Here are five fun things to do this weekend
Take advantage of the clear, warm Memorial Day weekend weather with a trip to Isle of Palms. The park includes more than 600 feet of oceanfront, and with water temperatures in the mid-70s, this weekend is an opportune time to take a dip. Visitors can have a picnic or a cookout using one of the park's grills or picnic areas, but concessions are also available on site.
The park also has lifeguards stationed down the sands, which some local beaches lack. Lifeguards help make a busy beach day much safer, according to Sarah Reynolds, a spokesperson for the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission.
"It's important to swim under the watch of a lifeguard. There's a lot of people out there on Memorial Day weekend," Reynolds said.
Just don't bring the beer cooler. Alcohol is not allowed on area beaches.
When: Every day, 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Where: 1 14th Ave., Isle of Palms
Cost: $7 on Saturday and Sunday, $10 on Monday
Cool off or get a thrill with a visit to Splash Zone. The water park, located in James Island County Park, has attractions for guests looking for excitement or relaxation. Thrill-seekers can fly down one of two 200-foot slides, while more mellow visitors can take a trip on the 500-foot lazy river. Kids will enjoy a Caribbean-themed play structure, outfitted with sprays and smaller slides, and all visitors will enjoy a swim in the water park's leisure pool.
"It's great for all ages, but it still has an intimate family atmosphere," Reynolds said.
Entrance to the water park includes access to the rest of James Island County Park. Guests can rent bikes to explore the park on their own or kayaks and paddleboats to ride on the lake. James Island County Park also features the Lowcountry's tallest climbing wall.
When: Every day, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Where: James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr., Charleston
Cost: $1 park admission plus $9.99 for Charleston County residents, $11.99 for general admission, $8.99 for guests under 48 inches tall and $5.99 for seniors. Free for children 2 years old and under.
Nearly 50 local artisans and vendors will bring their goods to the Bazaar at the Point, a monthly market at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina. Guests can peruse Lowcountry-made items including lotion, jewelry and baked goods, according to Shannon Hartman, the hotel's director of sales. Last month's inaugural event had everything from kettle corn to fine art. Live music will be performed by Asheville's Locust Honey String Band under the hotel's pavilion.
When: Sunday, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Where: Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, 20 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant
The RiverDogs take on the Greenville Drive this Memorial Day. The game kicks off the "Battle of the Palmetto State," pitting the Lowcountry against the Upstate. The RiverDogs swept the Drive in a three-game series at Greenville's Fluor Field last time the two teams met. Charleston has won four of the five games it has played against Greenville this season.
The entire team will wear red uniforms in honor of the military, and there will be a military tribute video and moment of silence before the national anthem is performed. Guests who wear red to the game and purchase tickets at the box office will get a $1 discount with the option to donate that dollar to Folds of Honor and Canines for Veterans, two military-oriented charities the RiverDogs support.
When: First pitch at 7:05 p.m.
Where: Joseph P. Riley Park, 360 Fishburne St., Charleston
Cost: $8 to $18.
More than 350 miles of the scenic Palmetto Trail are now open for hiking and biking, but you can easily break it down into a manageable day hike. Along the way you may spy white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, great blue herons, egrets, ospreys or bald eagles.
The Awendaw Passage doesn't particularly lend itself to biking but is one of the most manageable hikes, running seven miles from Buck Hall (where there are restroom facilities but there also is a $5 parking fee) to where the Palmetto Trail joins with the Swamp Fox Passage just off Highway 17 south of Awendaw. You can also break it down into a shorter hike of approximately 4½ miles by ending (or beginning) your hike at the public Awendaw Canoe Launch, located at the end of Rosa Green Road off Highway 17.
Starting at Buck Hall near the Intracoastal Waterway on a boardwalk surrounded by beautiful palmetto trees, you veer into the pine woods and eventually make your way into the maritime forest.
When: Any time
starting point: Buck Hall Recreation Center, Buckhall Landing Road, McClellanville
Cost: $5 for parking at Buck Hall