CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Lowcountry Weekend) – Gentle breezes are getting crisper, the afternoon light is turning from white to gold, the nights are getting longer day by day… Yes, it’s official: fall has arrived at Charleston County Parks! At the end of the summer, dozens of fun programs and events appear in the parks for the new season. This fall, try new fitness activities, discover the natural wonders of the Lowcountry and enjoy relaxing festival days in the parks. Here’s a look at some of the upcoming opportunities for nature lovers of all ages:
Take advantage of the cooler weather when you move your training out of the gym and into the parks. Walk, run or bike on miles of scenic trails; get your flow during Starlight Yoga on Mount Pleasant Pier; learn to surf the ocean in a kayak; reach new heights on the 50-foot climbing wall; or join other community members for open gym recreation in Hollywood. Do you have a competitive spirit? Sign up to participate in the Chile 5K or the Lowcountry Trail Half-Marathon and 5K. And McClellanville Youth Sports introduces energetic kids to tackle football, flag football or cheerleading.
Those looking for less strenuous fun can choose from a myriad of nature programs. Bird lovers will all delight in the amazing avian diversity of the Lowcountry on birdwatching walks at the Caw Caw Interpretive Center and Lighthouse Inlet. Sharp-eyed observers are delighted by raptors at Johns Island County Park and witness the migration of monarch butterflies at Folly Beach. And young (and young at heart) learners are all welcome in the hands-on classes. Toddlers will delight in the Wee Wild Ones series, while elementary and middle school nature lovers will thrive in the Homeschool in the Parks, Earth Explorers and Junior Naturalist programs. Older children and adults can deepen their understanding of the natural world through interpretive programs, including beach walks, canoe trips, and the Poetry at McLeod series.
Ready to relax and unwind with family and friends? Sip and stroll through beautiful Lowcountry scenery at Wine Down Wednesday and Toast Under the Oaks; spin and shimmy at Dancing on the Cooper; and enjoy live music at the Palmetto Park Jam. Celebrate fall in epic fashion at Harvest Festival, a popular and thrilling festival famous for its bluegrass music, delicious food and family-friendly activities. Humans need canine escorts for Dog Day Afternoon, when fur babies invade Charleston County’s water parks. And really good boys and girls can meet friends (and their humans) at midweek Yappy Hour events.
This season, fall in love with Charleston County Parks all over again!
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