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Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Charleston

Updated: December 22, 2023

Charleston is typically sunny and warm, but if it does rain while you’re here we’ve put together a few things and activities you can do on a rainy day.

Walking tour with Free Tours by Foot 1.  Take a walking tour with Free Tours By Foot! We have several tours to choose from and we go out rain or shine and will even provide ponchos to keep our guests dry and happy.


Charleston Aquarium parrotfish 2. Find out what animals like to call South Carolina and her waterways home at the South Carolina Aquarium. The aquarium displays wildlife from the upstate, the midlands, and the low country. Birds, snakes, and aquatic animals like sharks, fish, and rays are on display. As an added treat, buy a ticket to visit the turtle hospital. Wild sea turtles who have been found injured are brought to the hospital to be rehabilitated and released back into the wild. You can tour the hospital daily at 12pm and 2pm.

Charleston USS Yorktown 3. If fish aren’t your thing, but ships and airplanes are - take a tour of the USS Yorktown. The World War II aircraft carrier is open daily. Explore the huge maze that shipmates navigated daily on the high seas, walk into the hangar and view the planes and even try out a flight simulator. After that, step out onto the deck and admire the planes.  Patriot’s Point, where the USS Yorktown is located, also offers a Cold War memorial, the Vietnam War support base, and the Medals of Honor museum. If you have car, just cruise over the Ravenel Bridge in the right lane and make your first light at the foot of the bridge. No car? No worries! You can take a water taxi from the downtown peninsula over the cooper river to the park.

Charleston Fort Sumter 4. Determined to get on the water for longer than the 10 minute water taxi ride? Catch the boat to Ft. Sumter! The tour to Fort Sumter Tours will take you out to the fort on a boat that does offer covering in inclement weather. Of course, the harbor cruise includes admission onto the fort itself, so ponchos or umbrellas will still be necessary for that portion of the trip.

Smily 5. After a wet day, warm up with a belly laugh and maybe even try out your own improv comedy skills at Theatre 99. Enjoy some beer or wine, sit back, and laugh your rainy day blues away! For as little as $5 to as much as a whopping $12 per person you can enjoy a bit of fun and rub elbows (and quips) with locals.

About The Author

Scott Nelson

Scott has led over 2,000 tours of Charleston and has more than 1000 5 star reviews. He started working in museums at the age of 16 (Unsinkable Molly Brown House) and hasn't looked back. He was the Executive Director of Heurich House and on the historic interpretation/ education staff at Mount Vernon, both in Washington DC, for over 6 years. Scott moved to Charleston in 2012 for a job with the Historic Charleston Foundation and began leading tours for Free Tours by Foot.
Updated: December 22nd, 2023
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