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Exploring Charleston’s Hidden Gem

When you think of Charleston, you may imagine the iconic image of the Arthur Ravenel Junior Bridge spanning across the Cooper River. But what exactly lies on the other side of the cable-stayed bridge? Just two and a half miles from downtown Charleston sits one of the fastest growing cities in South Carolina, Mount Pleasant -- an idyllic town known for its picturesque neighborhoods, award-winning public schools, and desirable quality of life. This charming community is an enviable place to call home and an equally exciting place to visit. Here are the top five Mt. Pleasant activities to add to your list.

Make a Maritime Memory

Flowing through the heart of Mount Pleasant, Shem Creek is a waterfront dining and drinking district offering patrons the very best of laidback lowcountry life. Known for its picturesque park, award-winning dining options, and breathtaking Charleston Harbor views, Shem Creek is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Take in the tidal tributary with a self-guided SUP or kayak adventure, take a leisurely stroll down the sun soaked boardwalk, or grab a bite with friends. Shem Creek is home to some of the best Mt. Pleasant restaurants and bars like Water’s Edge, Tavern & Table, and Red’s Ice House. Whether you visit by boat or foot, you really can’t go wrong with an afternoon or evening at Shem Creek.

Pay Homage to Heroes

At the mouth of the Cooper River, you’ll find Patriots Point--home to the USS Yorktown. The stunning aircraft carrier, once commissioned by the United States Navy, is now home to the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. With a destroyer, submarine, 29 aircrafts, and plenty of educational opportunities on board, Patriots Point is the perfect place to explore naval history. While you’re in the area, consider enjoying a round of golf at one of Mount Pleasant’s favorite courses, Patriots Point Links. Offering panoramic views of the city and a southern style clubhouse, you’ll need to book a tee time in advance at this popular golf course.

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Live Like a Local

Just southeast of Patriot’s Point sits Mount Pleasant’s oldest neighborhood, Old Village. With undeniable southern charm and charming historic feels, this neighborhood is the perfect place to live like a local. The Pitt Street Shops make up the heart of Old Village, home to vibrant independent businesses like a local florist, bed and breakfast, and old-fashioned pharmacy. Make your way to the Pitt Street Bridge for a leisurely walk or bike ride while soaking in the salty air and some of the best views of the Charleston Harbor. Or, head to Alhambra Hall, a former Ferry Terminal turned event venue and park, perfect for a family picnic.

Stroll the Pier

As a sweet reward for crossing over the Ravenel Bridge, make your way to the Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, an impeccably designed green space that sits just under the shade of the iconic bridge. Visitors can take their pick from the many outdoor activities offered at the park. Take a seat on a rocking chair or swing, overlooking the Charleston skyline with your sweetheart and enjoy a cold beverage at the River Watch Cafe. With a fishing pier, arts pavilion, gift shop, wide open green spaces, and playground, this cherished local hangout is a must see. The park also offers plenty of community events, local festivals, food trucks, and a free summer concert series.

Explore the Past

Take N Highway 17 up to one of America’s oldest working farms, Boone Hall. Best known for its perfectly placed live oaks and breathtaking gardens, Boone Hall is a must-see piece of Charleston history. With original slave quarters, historic mansion, and butterfly pavilion, you’ll need to schedule adequate time to explore the 738 acres that make up the plantation. As the perfect memento for your travels, take home some sweet peaches, strawberries, or tomatoes that are locally grown onsite. If you head up in the morning, we recommend stopping by Vintage Coffee Cafe on your way. The charming atmosphere of this Mount Pleasant house turned cafe is the perfect place to enjoy a fresh breakfast before a full day of exploration.

For more information about Mount Pleasant or Charleston, or to tour real estate in the area, please contact NV Realty Group.

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