Low-Risk COVID-19 Weekend Trips in the Carolinas

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If you’re looking for some outdoor fun in the sun that is an action-packed family weekend adventure away from COVID-19, look no further than Charleston, South Carolina!

Here are some great low-risk COVID getaways that will have you breathing fresh air and feeling recharged.

Sailing

If you own a boat, consider taking it for a spin. We’re pretty sure a fresh sea breeze is just what the doctor ordered, and whether you’re taking in the coastal sites or lounging on the deck reading a book, we’re pretty sure you’ll feel as though you’re miles away from civilization.

Among the best places to go sailing are Charleston, Lake Hartwell, Johns Island, Lake Keowee, Myrtle Beach and Lake Jocassee.

Fishing

Grab your pole and cast your line. Even if you don’t own a boat, you can visit one of Charleston’s many fishing piers and maintain six feet of distance. Consider checking out Mount Pleasant Pier, Folly Beach Pier, Charleston Waterfront Pier, Pickett Park Bridge or Palmetto Island County Park Fishing Pier. Pack a picnic lunch, bring the family and teach your kids how to fish this summer!

Golfing

Golfing is a healthy, outdoor sport that gets you out of the house, walking around picturesque scenery and taking in some jaw-dropping gorgeous views. Even if you’re a newbie, consider learning how to golf! Opt for a Par 3 or executive golf course, as these are excellent courses for beginners or those who don’t want to tackle an entire 18-hole course.

Biking

Explore Charleston by bike and ride around and take your own tours! Whether you decide to take in the city's sites, bike along scenic beach routes or tackle a mountain biking trail, endless options are available! The most popular and accessible biking routes include Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, West Ashley Greenway, Francis Marion National Forest and Sullivan’s Island.

Kayaking and Paddleboarding

Charleston’s outlying areas highlight gorgeous views, including blackwater swamps, creeks, rice plantations, and rivers, whether you're a newbie or an experienced kayaker or paddleboarder. You’ll see dolphins, herons, alligators and a variety of wetland wildlife. Among the best places to kayak and paddleboard include Sullivan’s Island, Shem Creek, Sol Legare to Sandy Point (Kiawah), Folly Beach and the Intracoastal Waterway.

Beaches

There’s nothing quite like soaking in the sunrays and relaxing on the beach while white sand tickles your toes. This summer, don’t let COVID get you down. Head out to one of Charleston’s beaches and, while maintaining proper social distancing, let go of your everyday stresses. Popular beaches include Kiawah Island, Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms and Seabrook Island.

Scenic Drives

If scenic drives are more your thing and you’ll feel safer avoiding the possibility of crowds, Charleston has several stupendous drives that are sure to impress and give you plenty of outdoor photo ops. Top scenic drives include Morris Island, Angel Oak, Pitt Street Bridge, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Deep Water Vineyard, Isle of Palms Beach, Shem Creek Park and Battery.