Charleston attracts people with colorful architecture, delicious food, and small-town feel, which make it a wonderful place to live and visit. If you’re looking to have a fun day out with the kids in this great city, though, why not check out one of its many parks? Here’s a look at some Charleston parks to visit when you want to get outdoors.
With gardens, fountains, walking paths, and plenty of park benches, Waterfront Park is one of the most popular parks in Charleston. With a view of the Charleston Bay, it’s difficult not to find yourself at peace when you’re in this beautiful area.
Angel Oak Park
You can’t live in Charleston and not know about the ancient Angel Oak, from which this park takes its name. Experts estimate that this oak tree is at least hundreds of years old, though many believe it’s more than a thousand. It creates 17,000 square feet of shade for you to picnic under, making it the perfect urban retreat.
Charles Towne Landing
Combine a visit to a park with some history at Charles Towne Landing. This park has over 600 acres, including the site of the original Charleston settlement, which was first settled in 1670. Wander through the gardens, check out a replica of a 17th-century ship, and discover the area’s native animals.
Finally, if you find you need a new ride to visit these parks, come in to Mama’s Used Cars. We can help you find the perfect vehicle from our expansive used inventory.
This great city of Charleston offers so much to do at all times of the year, from great restaurants and bars to theatres, parks, and recreation right on the water. If you are looking for something new to do in Charleston, consider taking a tour of the Hunley Submarine.
The Hunley is located at 1250 Supply Street at the Old Charleston Navy Base in North Charleston, South Carolina. That’s just a 20-minute drive from Mama’s Used Cars at 1627 Savannah Highway in Charleston.
But what is the Hunley Submarine? We don’t want to give away all the excitement of the tour, so we will be brief. The Hunley was a Confederate submarine from the Civil War that successfully attacked and sank the USS Housatonic right off the coast of Charleston. This was monumental not just for the Civil War but for world history in general, as it marked the first time that a submarine sank an enemy ship.
But what happened next is still unknown. For some reason, the submarine—and the crew of eight—disappeared. The sub was discovered underwater in 1995 by Clive Cussler and brought to the surface in 2000. Scientists have worked to discover the mysterious sinking of the Hunley, but to solve it yourself, you’ll have to visit the lab. You can plan your tour on the Hunley’s website.
The holidays are just around the corner, and here at Mama’s Used Cars we can’t wait for the Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston event. There are a number of family-friendly activities during this annual holiday event. Capturing the spirit of the season, the Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston is truly great for everyone.
According to the event website, the Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston event is held throughout the month of December. It’s located in Marion Square, which is at the corner of King, Calhoun, and Meeting Streets. This is also the location of the city’s holiday tree, and there is a special stage for entertainment. Great for both kids and adults, this is one event you should be sure to visit.
Included at the square is a 60-foot holiday tree with magnificent lighting. There’s a Chanukah menorah, and Kwanzaa kinara as well. And, according to the event website, “each of these cultural symbols will be lighted at the appropriate times during the holiday season.”
You’ll find a number of things to do at the Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston. On Saturday and Sunday nights you can find fresh baked goods, arts and crafts, and other holiday gift items. There will also be bands, floats, parades, and more. Plan your visit today.
Spring is just around the corner which means strawberries will soon be in bloom. That means it’s almost time for the Lowcountry Strawberry Festival in Mt. Pleasant near Charleston! The festival brings the community together and attracts visitors from around the state for a time of fun-filled, strawberry-themed event. There will be three different areas for attractions so be sure to stop by them all!
The Family Attractions area will feature plenty of fun-filled shows suitable for children and adults alike. The K-9’s In Flight will return to the festival for another year, acrobatic stunts in tow. Giant inflatables, the Velcro Wall, All American Petting Zoo, and more will fill out the area, ensuring kids have a great time!
Amusements of America will present the second area of Festival Rides for another year as well. The area will feature all kinds of rides suitable for kids of all ages. From thrilling to kiddie, there’s a ride for everyone. Best of all, the rides will run throughout the event, day and night.
Finally, the U-Pick fields will make up the third area. Tractor rides will be available for attendees who want to pick their own strawberries. Prices are by the pound.
Taking place April 20th through the 23rd, the Lowcountry Strawberry Festival is one spring event you won’t want to miss!
We here at Mama’s Used Cars hope to see you at the Lowcountry Strawberry Festival this April!
A gathering of some of the best chefs and wineries is usually something you see on television. The Charleston Wine and Food Festival brings the best of the best to a tasting unlike any other in the area. Stop by this year to chat with some of the most regarded purveyors in the country.
The festival takes place from March 1st through the 5th in Marion Square and throughout Charleston. Experience exclusive dinners, fancy wine tasting, seminars, workshops, and more.
The festival is designed to bring the region’s homegrown-style flavor to top chefs, winemakers, artisans, and enthusiasts from around the world. Now in its 12th year, the Charleston Wine and Food Festival is scheduled to feature more than 100 events with over 300 chefs and 150 wine professionals.
The Culinary Village, the center of it all, will host three days of cooking demonstrations, special guests, and tasting. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from the best, including culinary celebrities like Sean Brock and Andrea Immer Robinson.
There’s no other wine and food festival like the one found in Charleston in the entirety of the United States. This is one event you don’t want to miss!
Here at Mama’s Used Cars, we love a good wine and food festival!
Looking for some thematic events to get you into the holiday spirit? Look no further than these top-notch things to do in Charleston this Christmastime.
The Holiday Festival of Lights
Going strong for 27 year and many more to come, this festival has been recognized worldwide as one of the best of its kind. Visit the James Island County Park, park your car and enjoy a stroll like no other. For three miles you can take in an amazing site of over 700 beautiful and unique light displays. You can also enjoy sand sculptures, a Victorian carousel and a treat from Santa’s Sweet Shoppe.
Groovy Kinda Christmas
Get the friends together for a night out. Live entertainment at the 34 West Theatre will have you singing along to Christmas classics and the best of the 1960s. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.
Holiday Pub Crawl
This annual tour brings together holiday spirit and holiday spirits in one neat package. A two and a half hour tour will stop at four historic pubs and taverns in Charleston. Each stop allows participants a chance to taste local craft beers or holiday concoctions along with hors d’oeuvres and sweet treats. Learn about Charleston history along the way as a tour guide tells tales of pirates, patriots and everything in between.
If you are a fan of country music, then you absolutely must check out the upcoming Fall Y’all Country Concert, an event that will be remembered for years to come. With a stellar lineup and benefiting a good cause, it’s on track to be the festival of the year.
Eli Young Band, Thompson Square, Trent Harmon, Lanco, and Runaway June will be performing, providing a diverse mix of the some of the latest and greatest country music stars, sure to please.
The Fall Y’all Country Concert is being presented by New Country Kickin’ 92.5, the area’s top choice for the latest country music. Plus, proceeds from the event will benefit the Palmetto Goodwill, so you know that your money will be going to a good cause.
The show itself will begin Wednesday October 12th, at 7:30 p.m., but you will want to get there early for a good seat and to buy any snacks and merchandise before the lines get too long. You won’t want to miss a single artist from the excellent line-up.
For more information or to buy tickets, head to the official website. And while you are in the area, consider stopping by to visit us, here at Mama’s Used Cars, where we’ll keep you posted on all the area’s best events and opportunities.
Maybe you want to show off your ride. Maybe you love classic cars, but don’t own one yet. Maybe you just want to socialize with like-minded people. Either way, classic car shows are the place to be for drivers who love their classic cars. If you’re in the Lowcountry South Carolina area and don’t know where to start, check out one—or all!—of these three classic car shows.
Coming up first on September 24th, this annual festival features a car show as well as Taste of Crowfield and other activities. Children’s events will be provided to keep them busy as you peruse the other cars and maybe even show off your own.
Summerville Dream Machines Open Auto Show
This October 1st show has a new location for the 2016 festivities. One of the most popular car shows in Lowcountry, you’re sure to see many beautiful machines. It’s family-friendly, too, so you can take the kids.
Knights of Columbus Annual Fall Car Show
On October 8th, the Knights of Columbus Show features a competition in which vehicles will be awarded trophies for the top 40. You must be pre-registered by October 1st to participate!
There are many other classic car shows, as well as more casual weekly cruise-ins for enthusiasts. Explore your options, and maybe you’ll even make some new friends.
Not an actual house on the tour, although we wish it was.
The 40th Fall Tour of Homes takes place this October and if you’ve been to this event before, you already know what you’re missing out on. The Preservation Society has arranged plenty of opportunities for locals and visitors alike to take a tour of historical homes. From self-paced walking tours to lunch lectures, there’s something for everyone and we here at Mama’s Used Cars have the details!
Take to the streets on October 27th for the Tradd Street Tour. This tour reflects Charleston’s architecture from the city’s oldest houses to several 20th century models. The street also runs from the Cooper River to the Ashley River, the only street to do so, making it a popular spot both back then and in the present day.
Taking place on October 29th, the Battery Tour gives visitors a closer look at the early houses built at the time the city was first expanding. Several of the houses were built a few years prior to the American Civil War and survived their front-row seat. Having survived fierce weather, military occupation, and artillery strikes, these homes offered a close-up of history in the making.
Closing out the fall event is the South of Broad Tour. Showcasing some of the city’s most significant properties, ranging from the 1700s to the late 1900s, the properties are perfect for history and architectural lovers alike. Adapted for a modern day style, the homes show how southerners lived for ages. Effectively a trip back in time, the South of Broad Tour takes place on October 30th.
No matter where you’re from, there’s nothing quite like a classic American cruise-in to lift your spirits! Open to visitors of all ages and backgrounds, the event is designed to bring together automobile enthusiasts and performance junkies alike. Here’s everything you need to know about the classic American cruise-in from us here at Mama’s Used Cars.
Taking place on the first Saturday of each month at the Sonic in Goose Creek, the American cruise-in is open to imports and American-made models of all years and makes. Falling on Labor Day this year, there’s bound to see some spectacular goodies that show up!
The event, sponsored by Lowcountry Muscle Car, holds a “Feature” night where Mustangs, Camaros, trucks, and other various models take the front 13 spaces. Space is limited so the event runs on a first-come-first-serve basis. Make sure to arrive early!
September 3rd, Labor Day, happens to be “Chevelle Night” which means, you guessed it, Chevrolet Chevelles! Originally produced from 1963 to 1977, the Chevelle has long been on the production line but its style has inspired dozens in the modern automotive market. In 1969, the Chevelle was advertised as “America’s most popular mid-size car,” giving it a status few models can compete with.