There’s no denying that one of Charleston’s major attractions, especially during the warmer months, are its many area beaches only a short drive away. You can’t go wrong by heading to Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Edisto, Kiawah, or Seabrook -- unless you forget to pack the sunscreen, that is.
Walk to "The Edge of America"
If you pick Folly Beach for your day trip, know this: in addition to having a great shoreline, Folly’s known locally as “The Edge of America,” so you owe it to yourself to walk out to the end of the island and get a close-up (well, relatively close-up) view of the Morris Island Lighthouse with a self-guided tour. Drive to the end of East Ashley Avenue, park on the side of the road (make sure all four tires are in the dirt!), and enjoy the local graffiti on the street as you hike out to where the sidewalk ends (which is also known as Rat Island, but don’t let that deter you). You’ll probably work up an appetite, so swinging by Folly’s best restaurants afterward is a must-do as well.
The Commodore is the phoenix rising from the ashes of A Touch of Class, a jazz club that was popular back in the day. This new iteration maintains the vintage jazz club feel with live jazz & funk bands, making it basically the closest thing Charleston has to a speakeasy. The $5 cover is totally worth it to enjoy the house band or touring groups, and dance all night to music you’re not likely to hear on the radio anytime soon.