Charleston Waterfront Park
Charleston Waterfront Park
4.5
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Overlooking Charleston Harbor and Cooper Park on the eastern coast of the peninsula, this expansive waterfront green space is perfect for laidback strolls and picnics.
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  • Deanna E
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking views
    There were breathtaking views of the harbor, Fort Sumter, and Mount Pleasant Point. The fountains were refreshing and well-maintained. However, be careful exploring the area after a rain storm, lots and lots of large puddles!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 11, 2023
  • dinerdon
    Bayville, New Jersey966 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely stroll
    Nice place for a stroll along the water. Places to stop and sit and enjoy the view. Nice refreshing breeze and easy to walk. Offers a different venue from the city streets.
    Visited May 2023
    Written August 1, 2023
  • A Midlife Adventure
    Dursley, United Kingdom2,768 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A small green oasis along the seafront
    Not as large as we expected but nonetheless worth a visit. We wandered through on our way back from the centre to the parking garage for the Fort Sumter ferry. It was lovely to see young children playing in the fountains and there are several decent benches to stop and take a breath. Great views out across the water so you can watch the boats sailing in n out.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 10, 2023
  • graceb_91
    16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Place to Cool Down
    This was a great place to cool down on a hot day. It is also the home of the popular pineapple fountain. Plenty of benches in the shade and some nice people watching. The main downside was that as of May 2024, there were several buildings under construction right against the park so it has hard to ignore the noise.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 27, 2024
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Svensota
Wilmette, IL260 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I always bring guests to the waterfront park. It's a great "front door' to Charleston. The views of the harbor are exceptional. And, there's always something interesting happening in the area--musicians, swinging in the swings, The City Gallery.
Written February 25, 2020
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flashncrash
Berkeley, CA678 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This waterfront park has expanses of grass, has sunny spots as well as plenty of trees for shade. The shooting fountain at the north entrance of the park at Vendue Range and Concord St is fun! This corner is also where you can catch the free DASH bus. The other fountain is the Pineapple Fountain, beautiful to look at and to see all the areas where water flows. The pier is wide and has some wide bench swings if you can snag one. From the pier you might also get the chance to see some pink dolphins, we did! Will say that you may come upon a transient or two but they don't take away from the enjoyment of this waterfront park. We found ourselves returning here multiple times during our stay in Charleston.
Written November 25, 2020
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Gina Watson
Fredericksburg, VA106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The pineapple fountain is a must see and the park is located right next to the gorgeous French Quarter. We also walked down to the swings on the pier. We found close parking near N. Atlantic Wharf.
Written February 9, 2020
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Nissins
Charlotte, NC98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
My small tour group stopped at this park on a very hot afternoon. The breeze was a very welcome treat! Our tour guide affirmed that there’s always a breeze at this place. I fell in love with the park right away! So I visited again the following day. I took the water taxi then afterwards just hang out and walked leisurely. I was able to capture a beautiful photo in front of the pineapple fountain and on other captivating spots! The stroll underneath the big trees was very relaxing - specially so - there was a young lady who serenaded us with her electric violin. Definitely my favorite spot in downtown Charleston!!!
Written June 18, 2022
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Cathy G
Clinton, MA336 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
This was the best place to cool off and we enjoyed the swings that are along the pier. There are only about 6 of them but nice wooden swings. I had flagged down a pedi-cab (rickshaw pedi cab) Charleston Bike taxi and it was the best thing as we were so tired from a walking tour we could have never made it here. The splash pad and pier area are very pretty and cooling on a hot afternoon then we walked along the water to the Pineapple Fountain. There were many people waiting in line for photo ops but it worked out well with each group taking the pic for the previous person. The tree lined area was a nice picturesque walkway also. This whole area was well designed and a beautiful addition to the waterfront. Down the street we stopped at The Rooftop bar at the Vendue for a cool beverage. Although I was disappointed in the view from there.
Written June 1, 2021
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Kersten S
Tulsa, OK74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
This park is so nice with lots of areas to sit in shaded areas and enjoy the waterfront. The pineapple fountain is beautiful and the swings are a nice place to sit and catch the breeze off the water. Near the Old Provost & Dungeon.
Written June 9, 2021
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Linda C
Cornelius, NC5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We went to the Joe Riley waterfront Park is part of a walking tour we were doing. It was a self guided walking tour from a booklet and we have been on our feet by that time for over two hours so perhaps that is influencing my review. However, there are not as many benches as you would like and certainly not enough overlooking the water. I also noticed a lack of water fountains and restrooms. We were there in January and the temperature was in the low 70s, so I can imagine that in the summer you definitely need to bring your water bottle with you and plan to end up somewhere where there is a restroom in the park. The park allows easy entrance to the battery but here again the whole battery is without a bench to sit on overlooking the water.
Written February 6, 2020
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Tom B
Worthington, OH462 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
The park stretches for about three tenths of a mile along Charleston Harbor bookended on the north side by a splash fountain and sizable public pier and to the south end public pier. Two walkways traverse the length of the park; a wide crushed shell open air path that follows the harbor sea wall and a paved lovely heavily tree lined walkway paralleling Concord Street with numerous bench areas and the city's iconic Pineapple Fountain. An enjoyable relaxing area of the city with scenic views of the harbor.
Written May 30, 2022
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN5,181 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
Nice place for a stroll along the Charleston Harbor with views of the Ravenel Bridge in the distance. Pineapple Fountain is quite pretty and a good photo spot. Nearby construction cranes takes a bit away from the experience.
Written December 6, 2021
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traveleveryweek
Boston78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
The water is on one side and beautiful homes/condos on the other. Fountains and old oaks line the park. Keep walking onto East Bay Street to see some of the most well kept and beautiful 1700's and 1800's homes in the city
Written September 5, 2022
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