A Charleston Birthday: Best Things to Do in Charleston, SC

Are you planning a Charleston birthday party? Whether you’re celebrating your 18th birthday or your 81st, there’s something for everyone in this beautiful seaside town! Charleston offers tons of unique activities, sights to see, and fun things to do to ensure the best birthday ever. We’ve rounded up all our local knowledge to create a fantastic list of the best things to do in Charleston, SC for your birthday bash!

Charleston Birthday Party Ideas

Check out Charleston’s Beaches

Charleston is a beach baby’s dream! This historic town is flanked by multiple beaches, each with its own character and unique vibe. 

Known for colorful buildings and vibrant murals, Folly Beach is a favorite among local surfers and tourists alike. Try some of the eclectic eateries, hit a beach bar or two for some live music, and wander the funky boutiques for a delightful Charleston birthday.

Are you looking for a peaceful day of fun in the sun? Stake out a patch of sand on Sullivan’s Island. Adjacent to Mount Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island boasts several delicious restaurants, fine dining options, art galleries, and boutiques. You may also enjoy checking out Fort Moultrie, which was constructed in the late 1700s, and snapping a pic of the Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse. 

Last but not least, be sure to include Isle of Palms on your list of Charleston birthday ideas! Isle of Palms offers a large expanse of shoreline along with popular restaurants, shops, and bars. Isle of Palms is also home to Wild Dunes Resort, known for its luxurious amenities and pool options. 

Explore the Historic District

Arguably the Holy City’s most prominent attraction is the downtown historic district. For a relaxing, low-key start to your Charleston birthday weekend, start the festivities on the stunning cobblestone streets and alleys. Allow time to duck into some of the historic churches, galleries that showcase local artists, stores, and coffee shops. You’re sure to find yourself mesmerized by our gorgeous town’s history, architecture, and elegant window boxes. 

Spend the Day on the Water with Harbor Bar Pedal Tours

Are you looking to create unforgettable memories with your friends or family during your Charleston birthday? Harbor Bar Pedal Tours are one of the best things to do in Charleston! 

During this unique experience, you’ll fall in love with the incredible 360-degree views of Charleston Harbor. The boat holds up to 26 of your nearest and dearest friends, and there’s plenty of space for dancing and mingling during your party. Post up at one of the 12 pedal stations and adjust the resistance if you want to squeeze in an extra workout – or let the boat’s motor do all the work! Bring your favorite beverages to put in the Harbor Bar Pedal Tours’ coolers, and settle in for an afternoon of revelry. 

Each Harbor Bar Pedal Tour includes a state-of-the-art Bluetooth-accessible sound system, clean restroom for your convenience, party lighting, additional bow seating, free parking at Ripley Light Marina, and the best routes for calm water and sightseeing. The Harbor Bar Pedal Tour staff is friendly, knowledgable, and happy to customize events for your ideal Charleston birthday party!

Enjoy a Night out on Shem Creek

After your Harbor Bar Pedal Tour, enjoy a night out on the water on Shem Creek. One of Mount Pleasant’s most happening neighborhoods, Shem Creek is known for its incredible sunset views, varied array of restaurants, and hip vibe. Whether you’re fresh off your Harbor Bar Pedal Tour or heading out in heels, you’ll find the perfect place to enjoy some fresh seafood, music, and cocktails on the water. Allow time to walk the expansive boardwalk over the marsh and snap a few pictures of the iconic Shem Creek shrimp boats. You may even spot some dolphins during your Charleston birthday festivities if you’re lucky! 

Make a Reservation for One of the Best Restaurants in Charleston

Hands down, eating is one of the best things to do in Charleston, SC. Foodies flock to Charleston for the innovative eats, restaurant concepts, and James Beard Award-winning chefs, so make your reservations well in advance for your Charleston birthday dinner! 

If you have a taste for fine dining downtown, make your reservations FIG, Husk, or The Ordinary well in advance. Are you planning a romantic date for b-day dinner? Malagon and Chez Nous are known for their intimate mood. Those birthday boys and gals searching for a laid-back vibe with excellent eats should check out Taco Boy, Lewis BBQ, or Bowen’s Island.  

Go See Live Music

After a day on the water with Harbor Bar Pedal Tours, hit the town for an evening of live music. One of Charleston’s most beloved live music venues, the Pour House, is conveniently located less than 10 minutes from the Ripley Light Marina, where you’ll begin and end your tour. The deck at the Pour House features local cover bands and original music in a chill, bohemian setting, while larger shows take place on-stage at the indoor portion of the venue. 

You can also catch local music at several fine dining restaurants, King Street bars, and Charleston music venues. Check to see what’s happening at the Windjammer, Music Farm, the Charleston Music Hall, and Forte Jazz Lounge while compiling your Charleston birthday ideas.

End your Charleston Birthday at a Rooftop Bar

Nothing compares to viewing Charleston by sea on a Harbor Bar Pedal Cruise, but a rooftop vista is an excellent second choice. Grab your crew and head to one of the area’s beloved rooftop bars to round out your Charleston birthday experience. Stars Rooftop Bar & Grill, the Rooftop at Vendue, Fiat Lux at Hotel Bennet, the Citrus Club at The Dewberry Hotel, and The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits are all excellent options. 

We can’t wait to host you on a Harbor Bar Pedal Tour for your Charleston birthday! Whether it’s your first time on board or you’re looking to plan a private party, our friendly and knowledgeable staff can’t wait to connect with you. Reach out to Harbor Bar Pedal Tours today to book your trip! 

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Tierney PorterTierney Porter
21:30 22 Apr 22
This was the best pedal pub I have ever been on and Captain Paul and Anna are absolutely incredible!! They made our pedal pub tour so much fun and I can't thank you them enough!! I will 100/10 recommend them to anyone!
Ragan WhitesellRagan Whitesell
12:16 14 Apr 22
Though our trip was not how me expected Paul and Anna were great and did everything they could to make our experience great. Such a great team! Would recommend!!
Marisa WMarisa W
19:53 02 Apr 22
Fantastic time! With my bride Erica. Our maid of honor Jeannie did a great job. I highly recommend him and it was a great time!
Erin MunsellErin Munsell
15:59 01 Nov 21
We had an absolute blast on this pedal tour for an October bachelorette party! The hosts were fantastic, entertaining and extremely responsive via text message with explicit instructions with how to get there, etc. The drinks were flowing and the music was great (we may have done more dancing than actual pedaling). Would highly recommend this tour!
Kelly ConwayKelly Conway
21:35 06 Aug 21
We booked a Harborbar Pedal Tour boat for our friend's bachelorette party a few weeks ago and it was the best experience! The boat was spacious, clean, and much nicer/newer than any of the competitors' boats we saw out that day. Paul was a blast - professional but also very fun and entertaining. Plenty of cooler space to bring your own drinks and a lounge area in the front of the boat if you don't want to sit on the bike seats. We had so much fun we didn't want to get off the boat. I HIGHLY recommend this company to anyone in Charleston looking for a pedal tour!
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