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June 14, 2021 4 min read

Folly Beach is a city on Folly Island, in South Carolina, just south of Charleston. It’s home to Folly Beach Pier, plenty of shops, great restaurants and a beautiful beach. With so many things to do, it can be hard to know where to get started. To give you a head start, we’ve narrowed it down to the very best things to do in this amazing city.

Here are the top 10 things to do in Folly Beach, SC: 


1) Folly Beach Beach

We love Folly Beach and so should you. It’s where we visit once a month. Folly Beach is located 12 miles from downtown Charleston and can easily be accessed. Folly Beach is full of charm, character and charisma. From the sandy beaches, to the awesome waves, Folly Beach is the place to visit if you enjoy a lively beach town. If you are looking to surf, Folly Beach is your go-to beach in Charleston. Don’t worry about your skill level here because it’s perfect for all levels. If you really want the true local surging sport then check out the Washout.


2) Morris Island Lighthouse

The Morris Island lighthouse is located on an island just off of Folly Beach. There is a nice walkway from the parking lot through the sandy dunes to a nice little beach where you can see the light. The beach area is super cute and fun with a lot of shells and a beautiful. It's about a mile walk, but very easy. One of the most exciting ways to visit the lighthouse is by water. Rent a boat or kayak and view the lighthouse up close. Along the way you will see lot’s of wildlife including dolphins feeding and playing in the warm Carolina waters.

3) Charleston Paddleboard Company

Enjoy the shores of folly beach with a rental of a paddleboard from Charleston Paddleboard company. Explore the endless wildlife and sandy shores on the water with this super fast growing sport. You can also take a guided tour or explore the low-country on your own with a paddle board rental! Surf Bar Folly Beach Fifteen minutes south of historic downtown Charleston, check out the surf bar on folly beach for live music, great food, and drinks.

4) Cool Breeze Bikes

Cool breeze bikes is the only local bicycle rental and retail bike shop In Folly Beach. With hundreds of bikes to rent for all ages and group sizes, why not explore folly beach on a bike.

5) Flipper Finder Boat & Sea Kayak

Now this is one thing we highly recommend doing. You can’t visit Folly beach without looking for Dolphins. With many years of experience searching for these beautiful animals join the crew at Flipper Finder and explore the marshes behind folly beach. Get on board as we explore the creeks and marshes behind Folly beach while we search for the wild Atlantic bottlenose dolphins that live here year-round. Your experienced captain shares their knowledge about this beautiful ecosystem, the local history, and our famous dolphins while always operating the vessel in a way that is safe and respectful of the resident wildlife. Strand feeding is usually seen between the months of July through September. On these tours you get to explore the backwaters and navigate to historic Morris Island, where you can hunt for fossils, sea shells, and sand dollars. This sounds like fun.

6) Folly River Park

Folly River Park is located on Center Street on Folly Beach. A wonderful park that shows a relaxing side of Folly than the beach offers. Folly River Park is a more relaxed and laid back area than the beach and is easier to get to. The park is generally not crowded during the day and free parking nearby allows everyone to enjoy the park. Enjoy the views of the marsh and the river, as well as enjoy a place to sit and play.

7) Sail Folly

If you are looking to view Folly Beach from the sea then check out Sail Folly. With many excursions on Stiletto 27 foot catamarans, this is the perfect way to explore and view nature's wonders. Sail the river behind Folly Island and also up the creeks through the salt marsh itself. You will be able to see dolphins, pelicans, herons, egrets, cormorants, and more. All of the trips depart from the Folly River boat landing, located at 97 Center Street, at the base of the bridge leading onto Folly Island.

8) Folly Beach Fishing Charter

Folly Beach fishing charters is a great activity to do whilst visiting or staying in Charleston. With a productive year round fishery, Folly Beach is known for abundance of redfish, trout, sharks and more. During your trip expect to see plenty of wildlife on your charter including bottlenose dolphins and a wide variety of birds.

9) St James Gate Irish Pub

The most popular pub on Folly Beach. St. James Gate Proper Irish Pub opened its doors on Folly Beach in June 2015. The name itself has always been associated with the brewing trade since the Middle Ages. With great food and tasty drinks, be sure to stop by and enjoy some Irish charm.

10) Ajax Golf Cart Rental

Cruise around Folly Beach in one of Folly Beaches most popular golf cart rentals. Golf carts for all group sizes, you will not be disappointed when you zip around town heading from A-Z.