5 festive things to do in Charleston during the fall 

Charleston is a city famous for its beauty and warm weather. 

Summers are full of tourists braving the heat to explore the city or spend the day at one of the many beaches in the surrounding area.

Despite the summer-time appeal, once the city gets a little bit cooler and the humidity drops, fall is one of the best seasons of the year to spend time in Charleston.

A coastal, southern fall does not bring the changing of the leaves or the urge to break out a thicker coat that many Northerners are used to.

However, there still are many fall festivities that Charleston offers. So, here are five of my favorite fall activities to do, no matter the weather!

Go to Boone Hall Fright Nights

Do you love celebrating Halloween by visiting haunted houses and voluntarily putting yourself through fear? Well, Boone Hall Fright Nights is for you!

Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant is known for being the best haunted attraction in the Lowcountry, and it is well worth every penny.

This year, they are hosting a three-attraction extravaganza that includes a lodge-themed haunted house, a haunted cinema hayride, and a freak show attraction that guarantees the presence of clowns.

Boone Hall Fright Nights is open every weekend until October 30. Make sure you get your tickets here before they sell out!

Visit Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

If you want to enjoy all that Charleston offers in the fall without scaring yourself to death, consider visiting the oldest garden in the U.S., located right in our backyard!

Around a 30-minute drive from downtown, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is home to the most beautiful and picturesque romantic-style gardens I have ever seen.

The plantation offers many different ways to explore its grounds.

Start with a guided house tour, wander the gardens yourself, ride on a nature tram if you prefer to look rather than walk, and tour the slave quarters that serve as important monuments for the history of the property.

I just visited Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, and it is the perfect place to spend a warm fall weekend.

Book an evening ghost tour

Not only is Charleston known as one of the most beautiful cities in America, it is also known as one of the most haunted.

Ghost tours are an extremely popular way to explore the city and channel your inner history buff.

Guides will take you through haunting, ancient stories of residents, and famous buildings. 

There are many different options for a Charleston ghost tour that include but are not limited to carriage rides, haunted boat tours, graveyard walkthroughs, and ancient church tours.

Most ghost tours in Charleston are available for booking throughout the entire year; however, the attraction is the most popular during the fall season.

On the tour, make sure to pull out those ghost-hunting skills you acquired from watching “Ghostbusters” as a child because who knows what you will find.

Spend a Saturday morning at the Farmer’s Market

As the humidity disappears and the crisp air begins to form, Charleston mornings are the best when spent outside.

Every Saturday morning in Marion Square, vendors and farmers gather from 8 a.m-1 p.m. to sell their local produce and creations at the Charleston Farmers Market.

From April through mid-December, listen to the sounds of the city while perusing the different crafts, fresh and local produce, and various concessions.

There is no better way to spend a Saturday morning in the city.

Watch a fall sunset at Sullivan’s Island

If you want to hang onto whatever last piece of summer that remains, watching a beach sunset in Charleston is the best way to do that in the fall—bundled up, of course!

As a northerner, I never take the warm weather for granted, and I am always seen at the beach no matter what season it is.

There are many different beaches in Charleston, but my personal favorite spot to watch the sunset is the southern tip of Sullivan’s Island by Fort Moultrie.

You can see the sunset from anywhere in Charleston, but watching the sun dip below the ocean with the city skyline in the distance is the best view that I have ever seen! 

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