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Charleston Outdoor Adventures – Rentals
5.0
Based on 2866 reviews

Charleston Outdoor Adventures is a professional family of guides and captains dedicated to offering adventures through some of the most beautiful saltwater estuaries in South Carolina. Rent kayaks or SUPs to experience the Lowcountry in a way you will never forget. Located on Bowen’s Island – a natural, scenic and cultural area that is not impacted by industrial tourism. read more

Charleston Outdoor Adventures – Tours
FROM$47per 2 hrs tour
5.0
Based on 2866 reviews

Charleston Outdoor Adventures is a professional family of guides and captains dedicated to offering adventures through some of the most beautiful saltwater estuaries in South Carolina. With their guided kayak and SUP tours you will experience the Lowcountry in a way you will never forget. Located on Bowen’s Island – a natural, scenic and cultural area that is not impacted by industrial tourism. read more

Nature Adventures
FROM$45

Nature Adventures offers kayak and stand up paddleboard tours to explore the beautiful South Carolina coast. Knowledgeable tour guides include marine biologists and master naturalists, who guide visitors through the unique tidal salt marsh ecology, local history of Shem Creek and Charleston’s relevance to the Revolutionary, 1812 and Civil Wars. read more

Charleston SUP Safaris

Charleston SUP Safaris

SUP Rentals, Tours & Lessons

FROM$35per 2 hrs

Charleston SUP Safaris is Charleston’s original paddle board company, and has led over 3,000 paddlers through Folly Beach’s waterways. They offer paddle board eco-tours, lessons, rentals and SUP yoga. Learn how to paddle board with the experts on the beautiful Folly River and let them guide you through the salt marsh ecosystem searching for local wildlife. read more

Carolina Salt Surf Lessons
FROM$45per 1 hr

Carolina Salt Surf Lessons offers surfing lessons in Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, Sullivan's, Kiawah and Seabrook Island. Their expert team of instructors is led by pro surfer, Kyle Busey, a Charleston local. They live and breathe surfing in Charleston, and will have you surfing on your very first lesson!read more

Charleston Paddle Company
FROM$45per 2 hrs

Choose from Paddle Board Tours, SUP Yoga, Kayaking, and Lessons in Charleston’s best locations. Charleston’s most diverse watersports company with the most launch sites including Folly Beach, Shem Creek, Kiawah/Seabrook, Charleston Harbor and Morris Island.read more

Flipper Finders Sea Kayak Tours

Flipper Finders Sea Kayak Tours

Kayaking Tours In The Low Country

FROM$45

Paddle the South Carolina Lowcountry on a kayaking Eco-tour of the Folly Beach area and explore the marshes, estuaries and wildlife just 20 minutes from Charleston! Learn about wildlife and history from Flipper Finders' trained guides, with opportunities to see dolphins, pelicans, and more. read more

charleston, sc

Charleston, South Carolina has always been known for its Southern charm – cobblestone roads, colonial houses, and warm summer days. What it is also known for is its nearby beaches and incredible opportunities for paddling its shorelines, exploring mangroves, rivers, inlets and marshes. Located just a few miles away from the Atlantic Ocean, Charleston boasts five stunning beach towns along its 60-mile beachside stretch. These beaches make the city a great adventure destination for anyone looking for sand and surf. With many options to explore, ranging from beaches boasting giant waves to serene rivers and wildlife-filled marshes, you’ll find a spot that will fit your preferences. Just 12 miles away from downtown Charleston is Folly Beach. Known as the “Edge of America”, the beach is a popular hangout for surfers and stand up paddleboarders. For a calmer SUP and kayaking experience, try Folly Creek and Kiawah Island where the rivers meet the ocean. Paddle or kayak around Isle of Palms to see Charleston’s rich wildlife.

things to do in charleston

If swimming is in your itinerary, visit Seabrook Beach, Edisto Beach, Sullivans’ Island Beach, and Harbor Island Beach. After a whole day on the water, visit one of the many stellar restaurants and bars Charleston is known for.

best time to visit charleston

The best time to visit Charleston, South Carolina is in spring from March to May, and fall from September to November.

paddle boarding charleston

TripOutside features the best local shops in Charleston, South Carolina for SUP, kayaking, and watersports gear rental and outdoor adventures.

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