Located on one of South Carolina's charming barrier islands, Folly Beach is a relaxing and fun summer vacation destination for families with young children. Also known as "The Edge of America", Folly Beach is a gently sloping stretch of clean sand, so it's a perfect place to relax and let children explore the waves, dig in the sand, and scan the horizon for dolphins. When you're ready to explore beyond the beach, there are plenty of things to do here for children and adults alike. The county park area extends inland from the shore and offers walking trails and nature exploration opportunities. Additionally, you can relax in a spa, play golf, or enjoy the museums and nightlife of downtown Charleston.
Here are some suggestions of things to do in Folly Beach:
-Take an eco-tour: Explore the barrier island salt marshes on an excursion led by scientists. Learn about wildlife and native plant species along the coast, see dolphins interact, and even listen to them speaking to each other through an underwater microphone attached to the boat.
-Visit historic downtown Charleston: Explore the charming old-world architecture of this historic city just a 15 minute trip from Folly Beach. Shop at the boutiques and stop to rest your feet at a side street cafe.
-Go bicycling or picnicking at Folly Beach County Park: Plenty of outdoor grilling spots and shady picnic areas are available along Folly's 6 miles of beachfront.
-Watch the sunset from Folly Beach Fishing Pier: People come here to fish, but it's also an excellent location for dolphin watching.
-Enjoy the beach: Rent a kayak and glide along the coast, go parasailing, build a sandcastle, or just relax in the sun.
For your stay in Folly Beach, find a condo rental with ocean views, or a villa or summer home closer to Charleston so that you can take advantage of easy access to art galleries, live music performances and historic sites. No matter where you decide to book a vacation rental, the barrier islands will charm and inspire you. Bring your camera and prepare to relax, have fun, and make some memories.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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