Things to Do Around Folly

Explore the Best Folly Beach Activities & Attractions

Folly Beach is a place of beauty and diversity, celebrating both locals and visitors alike. If you are fortunate to ever visit us, be sure to take advantage of all the local activities and attractions along the shore. There really is something for everyone to explore here on Folly. Visitors will love the outdoor recreation, countless surf shops, eco tours, and simply walking along the beach. Whatever you're looking for Folly Beach is sure to have it. 

We’ve compiled a list of the best activities for you, and don’t forget to explore the surrounding areas of Charleston, SC! 

Art

Primarily known for the works of painter Betty Anglin Smith and her triplets, Shannon, Jennifer and Tripp. 
The gallery has become known for bringing innovative original artwork to local and national collectors alike.

The Charleston Artist Guild provides a beautiful gallery space for over 70 of their exhibiting artists.

Bridging Charleston and Broadway.
Dog & Horse Fine Art & Portraiture represent artists nationally and internationally recognized as leading talent in both canine and equine art.

Jim Booth Gallery is a contemporary gallery space and framing shop located on James Island, South Carolina.
Founded in 1982, Lowcountry Artists Gallery is the oldest artist owned and operated gallery in Charleston.
An impressive display that includes outstanding artists showing every style from classical to contemporary.

A "Sip N Paint" party on Folly Beach, no experience necessary! Classes are Thursdays at Chico Feo 


Featuring fresh, exciting work from the many multi-faceted and diverse Principle Gallery artists.
A nonprofit organization committed to fostering creativity and the cultivation of contemporary art. 
Brick-walled art gallery featuring work from visual artists in a modern-industrial interior.

The premiere gallery at The Sanctuary Hotel on Kiawah Island, dedicated to providing contemporary art works focused on the Lowcountry and Southern experience.

Attractions

The Angel Oak Tree is noted as one of the oldest living things in the country and is considered to be one of the top ten things to do and see while in Charleston!

Explore the flavors, sights, sounds and traditions found only in Charleston, South Carolina.

Get to know the passionate entrepreneurs, traditions, and certified authentic Made in Charleston items found at the Historic Charleston City Market!
Fort Moultrie is a series of fortifications on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina.

Where the first shots of the Civil War were fired.
Patriots Point Development Authority was established in the 1970s to develop a naval & maritime museum on Charleston Harbor with the World War II aircraft carrier, USS YORKTOWN as its centerpiece.
Leading the way to connect people with water, wildlife and wild places
With its scenic promenade and historic park, the Battery is easily one of Downtown Charleston's most iconic and memorable spots!

Beach Chairs and Umbrella rentals

Proudly offering ultra-premium V.I.P beach chairs, umbrellas, and canopy rental service island wide!

Bicycling & Walking

They've got 3G and PHAT Cycles for your enjoyment!
Outdoor equipment rentals, guided tours and teen summer camps on Folly Beach!

Breweries

 A small neighborhood brewery in Avondale, West of the Ashley. 
Straightforward neighborhood brewery featuring tours plus samples of its craft beers. 
A comfortable, relaxed, air conditioned atmosphere inside and a large outdoor patio brewery. 
Brewery located on the Ashley River. 
Come to Frothy Beard for great beer in a spacious indoor taproom and a pet friendly outdoor patio. 
A Charleston based nano-brewery. 
Craft brewery featuring a garage-like tasting room with a pool table & live music, plus free tours. 
Lively taproom offering beer tastings, snacks, a retail store & regular live music. 
Dog friendly brewery in a wharehouse style location.
Low Tide Brewing makes beer to connect people, food, and the environment we all share. 
Cool off from the inside 
A great brewery that features live music every weekend. 
James Island's First Brewery 
Come and enjoy West Ashley's first brewery. 
Take a tour, try a tasting, grab a pint of your favorite, and spend some time with Two Blokes. 
Craft brewery offering frequent tours plus a tasting room with rotating beers on tap. 

Churches

Sunday Worship at 11am, Sunday School (during the school year) at 9:45am 
Sunday Service at 11am, Sunday School at 9:45am
Worship Sundays at 10am, Sunday School at 8:45am
Sunday Mass at 9am and 11am
Worship every Sunday morning at 8 am or 11 am with Sunday school at 10 am. Bible Study on Wednesdays Noon and at 6:30 pm.

Emergency and Urgent Care

Check in on-line and wait where you want! 
Changing what's possible 
Recognized for its leading edge technology and best practices. 
For those times when you need to see a doctor right away

Fishing

In-shore, near-shore and deep sea and eco tours!
Fishing for the family as well as the experienced angler!
Spend a day with Fins and Flies Charters to reel in one of coastal South Carolina's abundant saltwater fish.
Fishing, walking, birding, and the opportunity to enjoy breathtaking views of the "Edge of America" are just some of the possibilities at the Edwin S. Taylor Folly Beach Fishing Pier, where you can find some of the best saltwater fishing in the area

One of Charleston's premier fishing charters!
Enjoy sight seeing while exploring the Charleston Harbor and various waterways with experienced local licensed captain Randy Smith!
Come with us to search the Lowcountry's tidal waters for the highly sought after fighting Redfish and others!
Simply put, we go after THE BIG CATCH every time we leave the dock.
Whether it is catching the big one or simply taking a relaxing cruise, Sea Breeze is focused on providing you the best experience. 
We specialize in all saltwater fishing!
Specializing in deep sea fishing in Charleston SC!

Folly's Best Rentals Office

Folly's Best Rentals offers quality and comfort with affordable Folly Beach vacation rentals!

Golf

Charleston National is a Rees Jones designed championship golf course, open to the public, year round.
Commonly referred to as "The Muni," this course has established golf history since 1929. It has hosted a State Championship and remains the home of the Charleston City Amateur.
Overlooking Charleston's Harbor, Patriot's Point offers 18 holes of golf and a breathtaking event venue with spectacular views.

Golf Cart Rentals

Golf Carts, SUP paddleboards, bikes and more!

Come get your golf cart for your Folly Beach vacation! 843-442-5056
Have fun in a Bug! Providing affordable, eco-friendly Low Speed Vehicles to vacationers and commercial businesses, we take the hassle out of getting around your destination!

Grocery Stores

One of the most popular "local" spots on Folly Beach. Located just off Center Street, at 202 Ashley Ave, Bert's is a 24 hour grocery and convenience store that is known for its "We may doze, but we never close" motto. 
Healthy Food for Everyone 
Shop, swipe, save 
Your neighborhood food market 
Where shopping is a pleasure 

Gyms/Physical Fitness

Sharpen your boxing and kickboxing skills, learn self defense techniques, and improve your strength and endurance.
It's not just a gym, it's a lifestyle. 

Join today and be stronger with workout plans, classes, fitness tips, fitness webinars, and more!

Just You Fitness offers a unique, private personal training concept. 

Hair/ Beauty Salon

Online coupons available!
Walk-ins welcome!

Experience expertise in the ever evolving hair industry here on Folly!  
Great hair, wonderful atmosphere, and personalized attention come together to bring your ultimate satisfaction.
Fulfill your inner and outer beauty needs by visiting this eclectic team of artists that specialize in the art of hair!

Kayaking & Paddleboarding

Paddle the tidal waters at Middleton Place as well as Folly Beach!
Escape the city and explore Charleston's natural wonders!
Experience stand-up paddling through the waterways of Folly Beach!
Outdoor adventure outlet offering kayak tours, kayak & paddleboard rentals, lessons & boat charters.

Laundry Mat

Sorting out life, one load at a time 
Sorting out life one load at a time.
Open 24/7, Air conditioning, video surveillance, WiFi, clean restrooms, and outside deck make this a welcoming atmosphere!

Movie Theaters

Films, light meals, beer & wine, plus indie shorts by local filmmakers!
3D films on a giant screen! 
Multiple screens, new films, plush seating, & concessions!
Retro cinema showing popular & independent films, with concessions that include beer & wine.

Museums


The Historic Charleston Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve and protect Charleston's rich and irreplaceable heritage.
35-room Italianate mansion built in 1876, now open for tours detailing architecture, design & art. 
America's first museum, founded in 1773, exhibits relics from South Carolina & Confederate history. 

Parks and Recreation

Soccer complex located off of Fort Johnson Road in James Island
Local dog park to bring your furry friend to! Located at 512 E. Erie
Swimming beach with seasonal lifeguards & pelican rookery features in preserve. *Parking is limited
From festival events, farmer's market deals, and family fun nights- Folly River Park is a hot spot all year round! Check out live music, local vendors and artists, and nature all in one spot off Center Street!

Beachfront park offering a playground & umbrella rentals, plus grills & a sand volleyball court.
A serene park with tidal creeks and trails- the perfect spot for biking, crabbing, and camping! There is also a climbing wall, dog park, and Splash Zone Waterpark!
Greenspace in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, spanning six and one half acres!
Get in on the local action that Mount Pleasant has to offer!
Tennis and basketball courts, a playground, and skate park all in one location at 510 E. Erie!
This piece of paradise is known for its soft beach music,kid and pet friendly atmosphere, and its magnificent view of a sunset over the many boats docked on Folly River. The ship store is stocked with boat safety equipment, pre-packaged snacks, and a full bar inside! Step away from the hustle and bustle of Center Street and into a little piece of Folly heaven.
A playground for smaller children at 500 W. Cooper!

Photography

The original beach wedding photographer in the Charleston area. They offer photography, videography, officiants, and music for weddings!
Capturing life one milestone at a time!

Visual storytelling documenting life and love
When is the last time you had a family portrait done? She offers exclusive family beach packages!

Combines certain aspects of location into one photo so that the entire “experience” can be viewed instead of a sliver in time.

Combines certain aspects of location into one photo so that the entire “experience” can be viewed instead of a sliver in time.

Plantations

1681 working plantation known for its moss- draped 3/4 mile avenue of Oaks and original slave cabins. Voted #1 Plantation in Charleston!
The best place for breakfast  - it's magical. (test info)
Along with the main house, the landscape and gardens of Drayton Hall have been admired through the centuries and show many examples of how human influences of the past have sculpted the features of the present.
Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond!
It is a place like no other, not frozen in time but vibrant, dynamic, and constantly evolving, where the winds of change whisper through the oak trees and voices from the past speak to all who pause to listen.
Middleton Place is a National Historic Landmark and home to America’s Oldest Landscaped Gardens.

Public Services/ Safety

Even on vacation you may find yourself needing access to a printer. The Folly Beach Library offers WiFi, copying, printing, and scanning. 
Folly Beach Fire Department 843-588-2433
Folly Beach Law Enforcement 843-588-7003
Folly Beach Post Office 1-800-275-8777 

Restaurants

The café accommodates indoor or outdoor diners for a dewy morning cup of coffee or supper by lamplight.

Bustling spot for refined seafood dishes, served in clubby, brick-walled environs, with a bar. 
Rustic-chic spot for Southern pub grub with Bavarian flair, plus craft beer with pour-your-own taps. 
The best place for breakfast  - it's magical. 
Upscale bar food in an alehouse dating back to 1803, featuring a charming, brick-walled courtyard. 
Stylish eatery serving simple yet inspired Lowcountry dishes plus wood-fired pizzas & small plates.
Chic ocean front bar and grill located at Tides Hotel offering seafood, brunch, and live music on the weekends. 
For the love of Burgers, Beer and Bourbon.
Located on the breathtaking waterfront, serving up fresh local fish with graffiti covered walls. Scenes from the motion picture "Dear John" were filmed on location!
Reinvents the traditional deli with a diverse menu. 


Family-friendly chain for seafood & American fare served in a fishing-boat-themed setting.
Folly's newest local coffee and pastry shop. Their coffee is roasted right on James Island!
Casual seafood joint by the water, with a convivial atmosphere & a sizable outdoor seating area. 
Funky outdoor cafe with live music, beer, and festive vibe serving diverse eats from tacos to pho.
Vibrant tavern serving a creative selection of locally sourced pub grub & craft beer. 
A casual atmosphere offering BBQ and southern side dishes. 
The frozen yogurt/ice cream spot on Folly Beach. Enjoy a sweet treat!
Funky local sandwich, salad & sushi shop with bar, live music & year-round delivery to the beach
Parisian-inspired cafe serving coffee during the day, with wine, tapas, poetry & music at night. 
Hip spot offering New American fare, beer brewed on-site & craft cocktails, plus a patio. 
A great place for pizza and craft beer. 
A great spot for pizza that has a great beer selection. 
Bustling cafe offers all-day eats plus coffee, beer & French wines to guests at communal tables. 
Elevated takes on Southern classics with seasonal ingredients served in an upscale-bistro setting.
Southern seafood staples served in sleek, light-filled quarters, with a patio overlooking the water.

Shellfish can be eaten by the bucketful at this relaxed local joint serving seafood with a southern twist
Best steaks you've ever had and spectacular service as well! Voted BEST steakhouse in the state of South Carolina as well as many other notable mentions.
Local spot with an arcade room, turning out pastas, pizzas, sandwiches & burgers.
Refined eatery with daily live music & Lowcountry fare cooked using ingredients from nearby farms. 
An ever-changing menu of locally sourced Southern dishes served in a restored Victorian-era home.
The menu is chef-inspired, crafted and created for everyone!
Global pub grub. house made sangria & lots of beer choices in a hole in the wall setting with a patio!
Casual local chain serving chicken sandwiches, wings, tenders & wraps, plus burgers & loaded fries. 
Casual local chain serving chicken sandwiches, wings, tenders & wraps, plus burgers & loaded fries.
Casual local chain serving chicken sandwiches, wings, tenders & wraps, plus burgers & loaded fries. 
Casual local chain serving chicken sandwiches, wings, tenders & wraps, plus burgers & loaded fries. 
Italian pasta, meat & seafood dishes & a generous wine list in a mall space with outdoor tables. 
Relaxed joint serving oysters, Southern-style seafood & fried chicken in a rustic, trendy setting. 
Offering daily specials, full service bar, and a laid back dining experience! 
Festive hangout doling out drinks & American chow with a deck providing ocean views & live music!

Cozy cafe serving all-day breakfast & coffee plus sandwiches, salads & wraps has a dog wall of fame. Woof!
A refined take on traditional Southern cooking, served in a warm, sophisticated environment.
Acclaimed spot for high-concept, locally sourced American food in an intimate, brick-walled setting.
Delicious food in a fun & creative environment! 
Delicious food in a fun & creative environment! 
Veteran family-run outfit serving Carolina barbecue & side dishes in casual wooden-boothed quarters. 
Hip, brick-walled eatery offering inventive Mexican eats, house cocktails & a sizable tequila menu. 
Traditional Italian fare in a casual atmosphere with outdoor patio, daily specials & a full bar. 
Locally sourced beef & sustainable seafood in an elegantly renovated historic bank building.
No-frills neighborhood pizzeria also offers sandwiches & salads plus personal TVs on all the tables. 
The best place for breakfast  - it's magical. 
Relaxed, light-filled eatery with outdoor seating, serving classic seafood, raw bites & burgers.
Raw-bar fare & seafood entrees in a classy yet casual bistro setting also known for its bar scene.
Happy hour specials, seafood, and live music on the pier at Folly Beach!
Offbeat neighborhood bar/eatery offering burgers & other American classic cuisine with live entertainment.
Industrial-chic hot spot serving locally sourced, traditional Southern BBQ & stylish cocktails. 
American fare, from burgers to seafood, pet friendly outdoor seating, and live music!
Relaxed brick-&-mortar offshoot of a food truck offering fish tacos, sandwiches & seafood baskets.
The only Starbucks serving shop on Folly Beach, located inside the Tides Hotel. Enjoy an ocean view as you take a sip of your favorite expresso!
American comfort food with a twist, plus drinks, in trendy, retro-style digs with a covered patio. 
Deliciously diverse. 
Fast and delicious NY style pizza by the slice!
Modern Southern & Lowcountry cuisine served in an airy, 18th-century warehouse.
Casual hub for drinks & barbecue food offers 45+ craft beers plus pizza & wood-grilled quesadillas. 
Great spot for seafood, weekday happy hours and food specials, sports bar, as well as an expansive rooftop bar! The top nightlife location on Folly Beach.
Classic Irish tavern with various whiskeys & seafood entrees. Live music and a year- round garden patio.
Casual counter-serve chain for build-your-own sandwiches and salads.
Relaxed watering hole with beachy decor, patio seating, pub grub & a calendar of live music.

Open Tuesday-Friday nights. Located off the side bar of the Drop In Deli. 

House-smoked meats & creative sides served in a funky BBQ spot with outdoor seating, beer & bourbon. 
¡Fiesta at the Folly Beach Taco Boy! Savor the authentic Taqueria/Cantina flavor and delicious drinks.
Upbeat watering hole serving elevated bar food & craft beer in unfussy digs late-night.
Snug relaxed eatery with pizza, inspired sandwiches & range of Pan-Asian dishes.
Intimate English pub for fish 'n' chips, burgers & craft beer, with walls covered in signed dollars. 

Supremely healthy and nutrient dense juices

 

Seasonal New American fare made using local ingredients served in a chill space with a big deck. 
Creative menu items include bone marrow bread pudding at this lively farm-to-table American eatery. 
Neighborhood sports bar featuring TVs galore, a covered patio & rustic decor, plus Sunday brunch!
One of the most popular "local" spots on Folly Beach. Located just off Center Street, at 202 Ashley Ave, Bert's is a 24 hour grocery and convenience store that is known for its "We may doze, but we never close" motto. 
Local chain serving cocktails, locally sourced burgers, tacos & more in a vibrant setting. 
Local chain serving cocktails, locally sourced burgers, tacos & more in a vibrant setting. 

Inventive tacos stuffed with international fillings & served in a chill eatery with picnic tables.

Full service deli that features all natural, steroid and antibiotic free meats and cheeses and all organic produce.       

Casual quick serve New York Style Pizza along with subs and salads!

Shopping

Beach novelty store with Folly flare!
Beach store with t-shirts, swimsuits, boogie boards, & more!
#LetsGoShopping 

One of the longest established surf shop in South Carolina and one of the oldest on the entire East Coast!

An upscale shopping center located in Mount Pleasant! 
Opened in 1951, this store still holds its original beach shop feel!

One of the longest established surf shop in South Carolina and one of the oldest on the entire East Coast!

Carrying a unique and exclusive variety of resort wear and gifts.
One of the most popular "local" spots on Folly Beach. Located just off Center Street, at 202 Ashley Ave, Bert's is a 24 hour grocery and convenience store that is known for its "We may doze, but we never close" motto. 
Shopping-mall chain featuring a variety of brand-name & designer outlet stores.
Everything you need for the beach and more!

 

A boutique on wheels which carries an eclectic collection of items from local artisans and designers. Many pieces are truly one- of-a-kind treasures! 

Spas

For the mind, body and spirit 
Whether you are looking for a massage, wax, or facial- Folly Beach Massage is your go to place! 
Hide away from the world in your own secret sanctuary
A tranquil, transformational environment that's both memorable and healthful.

Surfing

Learn how to surf at this surf school on the Isle of Palms!
Ride the waves right on Folly Beach! CPR certified staff works with every level of experience!
Learn how to surf and do yoga on Folly!
Sol Surfers is an official Billabong camp. Specializing in surf camps all summer long as well as customized surf boards!
Some of the best surfing on the East Cost! This spot hosts regular surf competitions on Folly Beach. 

Taxis & Shuttles

From party buses to airport pickup, Charleston Black Cab offers unparalleled service and an unforgettable experience!
Call 843-452-3684 to get a ride to destinations on Folly Beach, Charleston International Airport, or Downtown Charleston!
The Folly Trolley provides both taxi & event services!
The Original 'Party Bus' Company for Charleston, we cover a lot of needs in town for both for daytime and nighttime travels.

Tours

Adventure Harbor Tours specializes in private boat tours, sunset boat cruises and parties in and around historic Charleston harbor. 
Adventure Sightseeing offers a wide range of comfortable and climate controlled bus tours all over the Charleston area. 
Charleston Culinary Tours combine the best of Charleston history, food and drinks with unique historic tours that highlight local cuisine and cocktails. 
Looking for a unique venue to host that special occasion or party?  What better way to WOW your guests than a cruise on the beautiful Charleston Harbor.
Join Charleston's most photographed guides and their parrots on walking tours in Charleston's historic district.
Take a walking tour in downtown Charleston. 
Look for the red sash and enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride touring downtown Charleston. 
Sightseers ride behind horses in old-fashioned carriages while receiving a narrated history lesson. 
Sites and Insights Tours, Inc. is a premier tour company that offers motorized tours of the Charleston area. 

Veterinarian

The highest standard of care for your pets 

Yoga

Sweat the body, quiet the mind
Experience yoga beach side when the weather permits with Folly Beach Island Yoga! Bring sunscreen, a large towel, and water to ensure the best experience. 
A place to bend, breathe and be
Malama Massage Therapy is the passport to to the island's healing experience!

Oceananda Yoga offers a diverse team of yoga instructors who provide classes on Folly Beach! 

Yoga Mama Studio specializes in Women’s Health and Children’s Yoga.
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