What to do on a rainy day in Charleston SC

If you are vacationing in Charleston, South Carolina, you were probably expecting great weather.  If you found this page, you are probably experiencing rainy weather and looking for what to do on a rainy day.  This post has some great suggestions.  First, we recommend that you check out our  list of 100 things to do on a rainy day.

Here is a list of the top things to do in Charleston, South Carolina on a rainy day?

 Great things to do in Charleston, SC when it rains

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If you are in Charleston SC and it’s raining, you are probably looking for what to do. If you want general suggestions for what to do, visit THE ULTIMATE LIST OF THINGS TO DO IN THE RAIN. This post features many of the most popular attractions and places to visit in Charleston. Charleston is an amazing southern city with incredible charm. Our list of things to do in Charleston will help you make any rainy day a great day.


Things To Do On A Rainy Day In Charleston

The South Carolina Aquarium

Mon 9:00 am5:00 pm
Tue 9:00 am5:00 pm
Wed 9:00 am5:00 pm
Thu 9:00 am5:00 pm
Fri 9:00 am5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am5:00 pm
Sun 9:00 am5:00 pm Closed now

– The aquarium is recommended for people of all ages.  The South Carolina Aquarium delivers a family friendly aquatic learning adventure where wonder and excitement meet to encourage the exploration of the world under the sea. Visitors enjoy the touch tank, sharks, alligators and so much more.

Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry

Mon Closed
Tue 9:00 am5:00 pm
Wed 9:00 am5:00 pm
Thu 9:00 am5:00 pm
Fri 9:00 am5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am5:00 pm
Sun 12:00 pm5:00 pm Closed now

The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry is excited to present The Big Build special exhibit March 26 – September 24, 2016.

The Big Build exhibit is a hands-on and play-based exhibit where children are invited to ‘Be the Builder’ using KAPLA, LEGO and Imagination Playground blocks

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Mon 9:00 am5:00 pm
Tue 9:00 am5:00 pm
Wed 9:00 am5:00 pm
Thu 9:00 am5:00 pm
Fri 9:00 am5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am5:00 pm
Sun 12:00 pm5:00 pm

This is recommended for those who have a particular interest in the Civil War.  Reviews from other visitors are not high if you have no interest in the Civil War.


What To Do In Charleston When It Rains

Old Slave Mart Museum – This museum is great for those who want to see where slaves were sold and learn more about Charleston’s role in the slave trade.  The museum features lots of reading material and is not the greatest for kids.  The Old Slave Mart Museum is the first African-American Museum.  It is often staffed by individuals who can trace their history to Charleston slaves.   Many people don’t realize that at one point during slavery as many as 35-40% of slave entered the United States through Charleston. Read about Charleston’s role in the slave trade here.


Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church Street Charleston, SC  An essential part of the streetscape of Church Street, the Dock Street Theatre is Charleston’s last surviving hotel from the antebellum period. The silhouette of its wrought iron balcony against the spire of St. Philip’s church may be the single most photographed spot in the city. The main portion of the building was constructed around 1809 as Planter’s Hotel. The hotel was built by Alexander Calder and his wife, who did so by renovating several pre-existing buildings at the site. The main entrance may not have been built until 1855 by J.W. Gamble.

Gibbes Museum features the Charleston Story exhibit, which is a permanent collection that shows Charleston history.
Tour the Yorktown   This museum is home to a fleet of National Historic Landmark ships and the Cold War Memorial. Patriots Point also houses the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and Medal of Honor Museum.  The hangar bay holds vintage aircraft, and if you’d like to try flying yourself, you’ll want to try the flight simulator.
Historical Charleston City Market This market that sells everything from jewelry to food to sweetgrass baskets. It boasts over 100 vendors and is the perfect place to shop and have a cup of coffee.

Visit one of Charleston’s Mansions.

The Russell
The Calhoun
The Heyward Washington
The Edminston-Alston

When it is not raining in Charleston, make sure you visit the Angel Oak Tree




Sky Zone Charleston

Recreation Center
Address: 411 Wando Park Boulevard, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Closed today · Hours
Chain of indoor trampoline parks featuring freestyle bouncing, dodgeball, fitness programs & more.

Monkey Joe’s

Amusement Center
Address: 4952 Centre Pointe Dr #116, North Charleston, SC 29418
Open today · 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Chain of indoor play spaces for children including inflatables, arcade games, slides & concessions.



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