Joint Base Charleston Community
Sports and Recreation
Whether you’re looking to take in a round of golf or cool off with a trip down a waterslide, you will find what you are after in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties.
360 Fishburne St.
Charleston, SC 29403
The Charleston RiverDogs are a minor league baseball team that plays in the Class Single-A South Atlantic League and are an affiliate of the New York Yankees. The name originates from an urban legend that sailors in Charleston would notice large rats on the banks of the nearby Cooper and Ashley rivers and would call them “river dogs,” and was chosen in a name-the-team contest held at local Piggly Wiggly outlets in 1994. Catch one of their thrilling games at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park.
Edisto Island Serpentarium
1374 Highway 174
Edisto Island, SC 29438
Open since 1999, this modern indoor facility and beautifully landscaped outdoor gardens house a wide variety of reptiles native to the southeastern United States. The reptiles in the outdoor gardens are not displayed behind glass but are viewed by visitors who look over low-walled enclosures to observe the snakes living in streams, climbing in trees or basking on stumps or logs. Alligators and turtles swim and play in large outdoor ponds in the outdoor gardens, while other reptiles bask in the large indoor solarium.
Family Circle Tennis Center
161 Seven Farms Drive
Charleston, SC 29492
Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island has 20 courts and a 10,200-seat stadium. The stadium has hosted the Volvo Car Open, Family Circle Junior Tennis Championship, concerts and more. Programs and lessons are available for children and adults. Visit the website for more information.
Step to the tee among stunning mountains, rolling hills or beautiful beaches. South Carolina offers hundreds of golf courses across the state with temperatures that allow play year-round. A variety of public and country club courses are available in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties. In fact, Charleston has a wide array of golf courses to choose from, starting with the obvious selection of resort courses — five at Kiawah Island, including the Ocean Course, site of the 1991 Ryder Cup and 2012 PGA Championship, and two each at Seabrook Island and Isle of Palms’ Wild Dunes Resort — but also ranging to lesser-known greens offering easier access and good value. Mount Pleasant offers a trio of upscale designs: Charleston National, designed by famed architect Rees Jones; Dunes West Golf Club, designed by Arthur Hills; and RiverTowne Country Club, a onetime private club designed by Arnold Palmer and former host to Annika Sorenstam’s eponymous LPGA tournament. For a full list of public and private courses in South Carolina, visit http://discoversouthcarolina.com/golf.
The Palmetto Trail is South Carolina’s longest pedestrian and bicycle trail and largest trail construction project — 500 continuous miles once completed. It will extend from the Oconee State Park to the Intracoastal Waterway in Charleston County. The multiuse recreational trail consists of 26 connecting passages that showcase the unique history, culture and geography of the Palmetto State. Each passage is designed for a weekend’s enjoyment on the trail. Visit the website for an updated trail map.
South Carolina Aquarium
100 Aquarium Wharf
Charleston, SC 29401
The South Carolina Aquarium has thousands of native animals and plants to view in 60 habitats and the 385,000-gallon Great Ocean Tank. Visitors can feed stingrays, tour the sea turtle hospital or enjoy the antics of river otters
Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark
8888 University Blvd.
North Charleston, SC 29406
Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark in North Charleston Wannamaker County Park offers seasonal, island-style water play packed into more than 15 acres. Attractions include the Big Splash Tree House with 66 interactive play elements and the Big Kahuna wave pool.
Wild Blue Adventure Park
1595 Highland Ave.
Charleston, SC 29412
Wild Blue Adventure Park is Charleston’s award-winning ropes course. The course features 72 suspended obstacles up to 35 feet in the air. With four difficulty levels, the course is fun for all ages. Navigating obstacles and swinging from tree to tree makes it easy to channel your inner Tarzan.