Tips to Beat the Heat in Charleston

Tips to Beat the Heat in Charleston

  • Allie Webb Khayat
  • 06/18/24

When summer rolls around, many Charlestonians seek relief in air-conditioned spaces. Even those used to the heat need a break from 90°F days with full humidity.  Here are some top activities in Charleston to cool down:

Museums in Charleston

Charleston has a variety of museums, perfect for escaping the heat with full-blast air conditioning.  Some favorites include:

The Charleston Museum

360 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29403

Learn the history of the Holy City covering everything from fossils to Native Americans to the Civil War.

Adult Ticket is $15
Child Ticket is $6
Children under 2 are FREE

Gibbes Museum of Art

135 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401

Including historical, modern, and contemporary works, their collection spans 350 years and features some of the country’s most celebrated artists. There’s so much to see inside!

Adult Ticket is $12
Child Ticket is $6
Student Ticket is $10
Senior (62+) is $10
Children under 2 are FREE



North Charleston Fire Museum (kid-friendly)

4975 Centre Pointe Dr, North Charleston, SC 29418


It's an unforgettable experience for the firefighter in all of us!  You will gain valuable knowledge while having fun and leave here ready to share it.

Adult Ticket is $6
Child 12 and under are FREE 


Old Slave Mart Museum

6 Chalmers St, Charleston, SC 29401


This museum, the first dedicated to African-American slaves, is often staffed by individuals who can trace their ancestry back to the enslaved people of Charleston. It provides a powerful feeling and connection to the past.

General Admission – $8
Child (7-12) – $5
Child (0-6) – Free
Military & Senior – $6
Teacher & Student (with ID) – $5

Aiken-Rhett House

48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29403


Discover three unique eras of architectural design and the history of a powerful Southern family.

Adult: $15
Child 6-16: $7
Under Age 6: Free


Drayton Hall- A plantation museum tour

3380 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414


As one of the finest and most comprehensive examples of Southern colonial life available to the public today, the property serves a crucial educational role. It also functions as an active archaeological site, housing an extensive museum collection of rare 18th- and 19th-century objects and artifacts.


Interpreter Guided House Tour (All inclusive): $15  /$29 For all ages! • 1 Hour • General Admission Book

Grounds & Galleries Admission: $10  /$20Book

Family Fridays: $5 1 Hour • All AgesBook

Ashley River House & Garden Combination Tour with Middleton Place: $16  /$50 For all ages! • 5 Hours • General Admission Book

Drayton Hall x Charleston Stroll Combo: $37  /$60 Ages 4+ • 3 HoursBook



Water Parks

All this sunshine year-round means that water park season lasts longer! No matter what part of the city you’re in, you can cool down on a waterslide, in a wave pool, or in a lazy river.  There are many water parks in Charleston and surrounding areas but here are two we recommend:

Splash Zone

871 Riverland Dr, Charleston, SC 29412


Gold Pass: $90, $75 for Charleston County residents, or $60 for Seniors 60+ plus tax
(*Gold Pass holders are allowed admission of up to 15 people per vehicle unless otherwise specified and Gold Pass holders receive $15 off South Carolina Aquarium annual memberships.)

Individual Pass: $35 or $25 for Charleston County residents, plus tax

Whirlin’ Waters

8888 University Blvd, North Charleston, SC 29406


General Admission: $24.99 per person 

$15.99 per person after 3:00 p.m. Monday - Friday only (not including Memorial Day, 4th of July, or Labor Day)

Under 48”: $19.99 per person

Seniors 60+: $14.99 per person

Children 2 and under: Free

Groups: $19.99 per person (must have a group size of 20 or more people)



Charleston Aquarium

You can check out sea turtles, jellyfish, eagles, and more here. The inside galleries are all air-conditioned, so it’s a great indoor activity in Charleston, SC, to beat the heat.  The Charleston Aquarium is one of the most kid-friendly and popular attractions on the East Coast, showcasing animals and wildlife from Charleston’s diverse landscape.

Charleston Aquarium

100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC 29401

Spend the day connecting to water and wildlife. The aquarium has tailored programs and events for adults of all ages!

$32.50 (but pricing may increase closer to your selected date)


Rooftop Bars

Feel the breeze at one of the many rooftop bars. We're a bit obsessed with visiting these cool bars that offer great views of the city and surrounding water.

Stars Rooftop Bar & Grill

495 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

Eleve Rooftop Restaurant & Lounge

 55 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401

The Watch Rooftop Kitchen and Spirits

79 Wentworth Street, 7th Floor
Charleston, South Carolina 29401

Red’s Ice House

98 Church St. Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

The Boathouse at Breach Inlet

101 Palm Blvd, Isle of Palms, SC


Ice Cream Parlors

The warm weather just cries for ice cream.  Some of our favorite ice cream shops include:

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

1242 Belk Drive #101, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Ye Ole Fashioned Ice Cream

1502 N Hwy 17, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464


59 S. Market St. CharlestonSC 29401

Off Track Ice Cream

6 Beaufain St, Charleston, SC 29401

Spa Day

When all else fails? Head to the spa.  Some of our favorite local spas include:

The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place

205 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401

The Woodhouse Day Spa

10 Westedge St., Suite 150, Charleston, SC 29403

Edisto River

Only a one-hour drive from Downtown, this river is where the locals go when they want to float. You can rent a tube for only $20 per person and spend the next few hours relaxing. At the end of the experience, you’ll get shuttled back to your car after returning your inner tube.



The Andy Bovender Team at Compass Charleston isn't just about real estate; we're deeply passionate about immersing ourselves in the communities in which we sell real estate. We hope to see you and your family at these local spots to cool down this summer!


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