Planning the Perfect Fall Getaway Near Charleston, SC
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It’s finally starting to feel like fall on Seabrook Island, South Carolina and we are ready to celebrate with sugar, pumpkin spice, and everything nice! Our gorgeous, mild weather, crisp sea breeze, and falling leaves make Seabrook Island, South Carolina the perfect destination for your next fall getaway.
Even though some of our signature seasonal events have been postponed this year, there are still endless options for safe and socially distant activities to get you in the spirit. Whether you decide to leisurely stroll down North Beach’s pristine coastline or meander through a nearby corn maze, you will certainly fall for Seabrook Island this season.
Celebrate the Fall Season on Seabrook Island, SC
The off-season is the perfect time to visit our secluded barrier island. On average, Seabrook Islanders enjoy over eleven hours of the Lowcountry sunshine each day, with temperatures typically falling between 72 and 79 degrees. If you plan on coming to enjoy our wonderful autumn weather, here are a few fun must-dos to add to your itinerary:
Plan a Fall Themed Picnic On the Beach
For the perfect cozy picnic, gather a few beach blankets, lightweight throws, pillows, and eating utensils then head to Pelican Beach, the perfect place to enjoy vivid sunsets and magical evening skies. If you are feeling inspired, we recommend making some tasty fall dishes or setting up your own seasonal charcuterie board to bring along.
Once you have gotten your picnic essentials, all you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy each the company of loved ones on Seabrook’s breathtaking South Carolina beaches. Don’t forget to snap a photo of your spread and tag us on Instagram (@seabrook_sc) and Facebook (@seabrookislandsc)!
Brave the South Carolina Aquarium’s Haunted Trail
Get your share of “gills, chills, and thrills” at the South Carolina Aquarium this October. The Aquarium’s Haunted Trail includes a tour of eight spooky rooms that is sure to get your heart pumping. After you brave the haunted trail, you can head over to Boone Hall for a truly unforgettable night of fright! Keep in mind that with all of the creepy ghouls and ghosts that await, it’s best to leave young children at home for this Halloween adventure.
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Watch the Leaves Fall While Out On the Water
Enjoy the crisp fall air and falling leaves from a fresh angle: out on Seabrook’s beautiful waterways that wind through the heart of the island. Fall foliage isn’t the only thing to admire. Seabrook Island’s mild coastal winters and lush maritime habitat make for an ideal birding destination.
Whether you plan to charter your own vessel to catch a local sunset cruise at Bohicket Marina, there are so many wonderful opportunities to discover Seabrook. What better way to enjoy the season than out on the water wrapped in a cozy blanket with a cup of warm cider in hand?
Tour Some Haunted, Historic Homes in the Holy City
Seabrook Island is just a short drive from the Holy City, long rumored to be haunted with ghosts and ghouls from the past. To get in the spooky spirit, we recommend taking a guided ghost tour with a local company. Not only will you get the best views of Charleston’s historical homes lined with fall decor, but also a truly good scare. If you think you are brave enough to meet some of the nearby city’s former residents, check out some of the spookiest Charleston ghost tours.
Meander Around a Nearby Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch
Embrace the spirit of fall by visiting one of Seabrook Island’s local farms! They offer fresh, all-natural produce and a number of unique events that are fun for the whole family. During your stay on Seabrook Island, we recommend visiting these farms:
- Legare Farms: Pumpkin Patch, Hayride, Barnyard, and Playground
- Boone Hall: Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, and Halloween Trail
- West Farm Corn Maze: Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Barnyard, Hayride, Food Vendors, and Playground
Observe Resident Dolphins Strand Feeding
The Greater Charleston area is home to about 350 resident bottlenose dolphins, 25 of which spend most of their time on Seabrook Island. Our South Carolina beaches are among the few places around the world where the strand feeding behavior can be observed. If you visit between the months of August and November, you are in luck!
The likelihood of catching this rare phenomenon is at its highest in the fall months, as resident dolphins begin to prepare for the colder water temperatures and winter food shortages. Make sure to read our strand feeding guide to find the best spots on Seabrooks for spotting local dolphins.
Enjoy Seasonal Fine Wine or Craft Beer Tastings
As Oktoberfest is celebrated around the world, many craft breweries are unveiling their new seasonal specialties, and our local Low Tide and Fat Pig breweries are no exception. Spending the day leisurely tasting fall-flavored brews and hoppy pumpkin ales amongst friends is a day well spent in our book! If you prefer wine tasting, Deep Water Vineyard on John’s Island is the perfect alternative.
Saddle Up for a Horseback Ride
Breezy, fall days are perfect for horseback riding in Charleston SC. As the only oceanfront community in the Lowcountry with a full-service equestrian center, we offer both beginner trail rides and beach rides. Visitors and residents can adopt a horse to ride, groom and feed and can enjoy beautiful rides on the beach or take a trail ride along the island’s scenic marshes. Rides and lessons are open to the public but require advance reservations. And after your horseback ride, you will want to make your next pit stop at the Steeple Chase of Charleston!
Stock Up on Fresh Fall Produce
If you are craving the flavors of fall (pears, pumpkins, potatoes, and squash are a few of our seasonal favorites), pick up some locally grown produce and freshly cut flowers from one of our local farmers! Sea Island Farmers Market and Rosebank Farms are great options that are right around the corner from our oceanfront community. And just a short drive away is The Sunday Brunch Farmers Market on James Island and the Downtown Charleston Farmers Market!
Give Your Porch a Spooky Makeover
With Halloween quickly approaching, we can’t wait to see our Seabrook Islanders get in the spooky spirit this year. The Seabrook Island Garden Club’s Front Porch Halloween Decorating Contest is the perfect opportunity to celebrate. All participating Seabrookers should decorate and submit their front porch photos via email to firstname.lastname@example.org before October 30th, 2020 to be entered into the contest. The Garden Club will announce contest winners on Halloween and pass out spooky prizes.
With miles of pristine beaches, award-winning golf courses and facilities overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, endless dining and shopping options, a tournament-grade tennis center, a full-service equestrian center, and a state-of-the-art fitness and aquatics complex, Seabrook Island is an oceanfront destination that you won’t want to miss out on this season.
Contact us today to plan your perfect fall getaway to Seabrook Island, South Carolina! In the meantime, search our available vacation rentals near Charleston, SC.