Happy Earth Day Charleston Moms! We are so lucky to live in a warm, beautiful climate in Charleston, a place to be OUTSIDE all year long with your baby. (When I think of snow?! sNOw thank you!). When you’re feeling a little trapped or stressed by the long baby days, just get some fresh air. It does a world of good for mom AND baby! Take advantage of these 10 stroller friendly parks and trails in Charleston and get outside with baby!
And if you ever need backup, it’s okay to ask for help. Your Baby Consultant has a team of registered nurses (and lots are moms too) who provides day and night care for babies from birth through age 1. Sometimes you just need a break to talk a stroll by yourself and that’s okay too! Contact us for more info.
1. Palmetto County Park, Mount Pleasant
Hidden along the Wando River in Mount Pleasant is one of our awesome Charleston County Parks, Palmetto County Park. You’ll find wooden boardwalks and nature trails through the marsh and natural oak trees. You’ll pay admission to enter the park, then aim for the observation tower to park and get out and explore.
2. The Battery and White Point Garden, Downtown
Maybe this is an obvious choice, but the Battery is a beautiful promenade (the oldtime defensive seawall) leading to White Point Garden located in historic downtown and looking out over the Charleson Harbor. Stroll, then sit for a bit on the benches in the park. You could even pack a blanket and spread out in the grass under the classic Charleston shady oak trees.
3. Memorial Waterfront Park, Mount Pleasant
Park your car under the foot of the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge on the Mount Pleasant side and you’ll find a lovely grassy waterfront park at the Memorial Waterfront Park. Walk all the way out on the 1250-foot long Mount Pleasant Pier stretching out into Charleston Harbor to check out the water views of the harbor. There are picnic tables, swings, public bathrooms and a gift shop.
4. The Waterfront, Daniel Island
If you’ve never checked out this hidden gem of a neighborhood, take I-526 to Daniel Island. This small community boasts endless walking trails and the new waterfront park is a perfect starting spot. Point your GPS to The Dime Market & Eatery, a new coffee shop with packaged breakfast and lunch food from Mercantile & Mash. You can walk along the Wando River on dirt trails through the oak trees. Look for osprey, deer, dolphins, fiddler crabs, and bald eagles along the way.
5. West Ashley Greenway, West Ashley
The Greenway stretches 10.5 miles from the South Windermere Shopping Center on Folly Road to Johns Island. It’s totally flat and runs parallel to US-17, although it’s not directly on the street so you’re protected from car traffic.
6. Ravenel Waterfront Park and Pineapple Fountain, Downtown
Start your stroll at the famous Pineapple Fountain and stroll along the Charleston Harbor in this 8 acre Ravenel Waterfront Park. There’s plenty of shade, benches, and hanging bench swings to explore.
7. James Island County Park, James Island
Another amazing natural park space, James Island County Park is 643 acres of recreation and natural beauty. Stroll on three trail loops averaging around 1.5 miles each. You’ll stroll around the meadows, lake and woodlands. Park your car near the playground where there are public bathrooms and all three trails begin and take your pick of the paths.
8. Shem Creek, Mount Pleasant
Stroll on the wooden boardwalk along Shem Creek, checking out the marine life along the marsh grass. There’s plenty of pelican and dolphin sightings, even the occasional manatee. See the water traffic like shrimp boats coming in and out of the marina. You can even pick up dinner at the fresh seafood market or fishing boats. There’s a parking lot and public bathrooms.
9. Cypress Gardens, Moncks Corner
Okay, this one is out there, but for a change of scenery, stroll around Cypress Gardens, the swampy yet gorgeous location of scenes from the Notebook (remember the boat ride). You can stroll on a 3.5 mile path through the swamps and gardens and enjoy the nature views including water birds and alligators.
10. The Lowcountry Lowline (coming future)
A vision for an abandoned 1.7 miles of railroad track running through downtown Charleston. Friends of the Lowline are underway raising money and planning the best use of this forgotten green space to make a pedestrian friendly park for walkers and bikers downtown. Sounds awesome!
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