Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, is a small suburban town, which is famous for its WW2 memorial war-ships, especially the USS Yorktown. If you are looking for water-related activities and parks, this is the place to be. Here’s our take on best things to do in and around Mount Pleasant - a comprehensive list that’s bound to keep you busy through the days.
1. USS Yorktown, Patriots Point
If you are interested in WW2 warships, this is the place to be. Apart from the USS Yorktown, which was a highly decorated aircraft carrier, you will also find USS Clamagore which was a submarine.
Together, they form the Patriots Points making it a rich naval historical site great for a hands-on approach. USS Yorktown is the main highlight of the Patriots Point and also the most decorated warship in the area.
There are as many as 25 aircrafts (naval) which include the iconic A-7 Corsair and F-14 Tomcat. There is also a museum that will allow you to view medals of honor.
Address: 40 Patriots Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, USA
Website: USS Yorktown
2. The Avian Conservation Center
The Avian Conservation Center is a bird sanctuary for birds of prey like the eagle, owl, hawk, and the falcon. The center actively rescues and provides shelter to these birds and is open for tourists who are passionate about these amazing creatures.
The staff is very caring and there are countless cases of injured birds who were found and taken to the center, and were nursed back to health. There are guided tours available but, kids under the age of 6 are not allowed.
The Avian Conservation Center
Address: 4719 Highway 17 N, Awendaw, SC 29429, USA
Website: The Avian Conservation Center
3. Palmetto Islands County Park
The Palmetto Island Country Park is a must visit. The tropical setting of this family-oriented park means that you will find bicycle tracks, picnic sites, and boardwalks to spend quality time.
The picnic sites also come with built-in grills so you can enjoy a barbecue with your friends and family. Other attractions include an island, plenty of natural hiking trails, a playground with toys for kids, kayak zone, fishing zone and volleyball courts.
Palmetto Islands County Park
Address: 444 Needlerush Pkwy, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, USA
Website: Palmetto Islands County Park
4. USS Laffey (DD-724)
USS Laffey is also known as the “ship that wouldn’t die”. Although it witnessed a number of casualties as well as destruction, the ship continued to fight and contribute to the war. There is a video that was shot using the on-board camera during the invasion that is worth every penny you will spend visiting this memorial. You cannot access the entire ship as some parts of it are still restricted to the general public.
USS Laffey (DD-724)
Address: Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, USA
Website: USS Laffey (DD-724)
5. Farmers Market
The Farmers Market is an amazing place for all food lovers. As the name suggests, you will find fresh veggies, fruits, seafood and a large variety of spices and country food.
There are so many dishes to try and buy here that it may take hours to go through everything. If you are hungry, you can find sandwiches, cookies, burritos, and more. The ambience is great, the food is delicious, and the farm products are fresh.
Address: 645 Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, USA
Website: Farmers Market
6. Memorial Waterfront Park
The Memorial Waterfront Park is a beauty to look at during the sunset. There is a small pier that is dedicated to those who love fishing. If you want to buy some souvenirs, you will notice that there is a small gift shop right near the entrance.
There is a reservation system, so it is recommended that you reserve your place before visiting. Usually, the spots are readily available.
Memorial Waterfront Park
Address: 99 Harry M. Hallman Jr Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, USA
Contact: +1 843 7629946
7. Shem Creek Park
Shem Creek Harbor - Mt. Pleasant, SCPosted by Southern Living Photography by Dan Thompkins on Sunday, 17 January 2016
Shem Creek Park is known for its amazing collection of seafood restaurants. The night life is vibrant and the food is delicious. The place is a heaven for seafood lovers. If you are looking for a view of the creek to snap some pictures, you can visit the boardwalk. While the boardwalks are long, there are also some trails that are short.
Shem Creek Park
Address: Shrimp Boat Ln, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, USA
Website: Shem Creek Park
8. Boone Hall Plantation
Boone Hall Plantation has the honor of being one of the oldest working plantations in the USA. It has been in operation for the past 320 years. This plantation also has a history with slaves. A must visit for history diggers who can see the slave houses that will shed some light on their working conditions. There are coach rides available for those who want to cover the entire plantation.
Boone Hall Plantation
Address: 1235 Long Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, USA
Website: Boone Hall Plantation
9. Mount Pleasant Pier
There is a guy called Gerald Granier who his better known as Jerry on the pier site. Most tourists, and even the locals, pay him a visit for he is an excellent fishing guide. Local anglers visit the pier in great numbers for fun, food, and fishing. There are a lot of food stalls, and fishing accessory shops for you to choose from.
Mount Pleasant Pier
Address: 71 Harry M. Hallman Jr Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, USA
Website: Mount Pleasant Pier
10. Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
Charles Pinckney is known for being the principal signer and author of the US constitution. This national historic site is a well-preserved plantation that will take you back in time to when the African Americans were still enslaved. There is a small library where you can see an old video of the man in action.
The park is lush with greenery and there are park rangers who are known to be friendly. There is a map that you can borrow to better understand the layout of the land. You will find pottery tools, and several locations show signs of archaeological diggings. Overall, an amazing experience.
Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
Address: 1254 Long Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, USA
A great little getaway...
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina is a great place for those who are looking for a quiet place to fish, who love seafood, who want to spend a night with food and people, and who love seasides and piers.
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