Sullivan's Island is a very small town located south of Charleston at the mouth of the Charleston Harbor. With a population of less than 2,000 people this town oozes charm and luxury. It has fantastic dining options and will be of interest to history lovers. There is good shopping on offer and a great variety of events are organized in the town at different times during the year. Its greatest asset is probably its beach which is meticulously looked after.
Things to Do
- Sullivan's Island is of historical interest mainly due to a battle that took place at Fort Moultrie in 1776 when American troops at the unfinished fort held off and defeated an attack from nine British warships.
- Edgar Allen Poe was also stationed at the Fort in the 1820's and based one of his short stories there. This town was also the site of entry for roughly forty per cent of the enslaved Africans who were brought to North America during the time of slavery.
- Different events are hosted by the town throughout the year. Come on the 4th of July with a blanket and a bottle of wine to sit out under the night sky and watch the fireworks display.
- There is a celebration on the 28th of June to celebrate Carolina Day in commemoration of the American Patriots who defeated the British forces on June 28th 1776.
- In Early December they light up the town's giant Christmas Tree and on New Year's Day brave souls dive into the cold waters as part of the Polar Bear Plunge.
Sullivan's Island Insider Tips
- Sullivan Island's beach is a beautiful getaway and is often far less busy than the beaches nearer to Charleston. Bring along your dog if you plan on making the trip as they are welcome. Just be aware you must pay for a $35 license to walk the dog out onto the beach. There are no public water fountains at the beach soo bring your own.
- Other nearby attractions that may be of interest are Fort Sumter and the Sullivan Island's Lighthouse which was the last major lighthouse ever to be built in the United States.