10 places to watch the sunset in Charleston

Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park
Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park | Photo by Gary Heaton

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Whether you’re an early riser or night owl, here are 10 sunrise + sunset viewing spots in the Lowcountry where you can soak in all the vibrant views

Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park — If you want to see the sunset behind the Ravenel Bridge, this is the right place.

Sunset Cay MarinaThis marina is perfectly named. Head to the bar on the top deck for the best views of the waterway and live music.

Pitt Street Bridge — Watch the sun set directly behind downtown’s skyline. You’ll be within earshot of the lapping waters in the harbor.

West end of Folly Beach — Walk past the county park + stop to admire the sunset on the curve at the far end of the island. 

Northbridge Terrace Park & Pool — This spot in West Ashley has unbeatable views from the fishing pier.

Shem Creek
Shem Creek | Photo by Billy Ellison

Melton Peter Demetre Park — This James Island gem is known as Sunrise Park. Get panoramic views of the Battery, Patriots Point, the Ravenel, Mt. Pleasant, and Sullivan’s Island.

Bridge to Nowhere — This unique bridge near Wagener Terrace may not offer a destination, but it does offer incredible sunset views.

South end of Sullivan’s Island — Stroll to the south end of Sullivan’s for a peaceful sunrise and the sounds of gentle waves. 

Joe Riley Waterfront Park — We recommend heading here for sunrise. Watch the sun rise behind the Pineapple Fountain to the sounds of birds chirping for a tranquil morning.

Shem Creek — Look out over the beautiful Charleston Harbor and surrounding marshes as the day ends.