Visit Fort Moultrie National Monument: With the Atlantic Ocean on one side, and
Charleston Harbor on the other, this fort has a rich history as it was in continuous use by the Army for coastal defense for 171 years. Having been restored to reflect the major periods of history, a visitor to the fort moves steadily backwards in time from the World War II Harbor Entrance Control Post to the site of the Palmetto-log fort of 1776. $3 a person (children 15 and younger are free). Open 9am – 5pm everyday. Across the street from the fort is the Visitor’s Center and there you can view a 22 minute long video that plays every ½ hour (first show playing at 9am, last showing at 4:30pm) offering insight and history on Fort Moultrie. 1214 Middle St.
Sullivan’s Island Beach: Rarely crowded due to the limited parking options, Sullivan’s Island’s beaches are a great place to go to avoid the crowds. The town does not have a municipal parking lot. Visitors need to plan for parking challenges during the busy summer season, especially weekends and holidays. Please obey all parking signs and restrict your street parking to public rights-of-way, not residents’ yards or driveways and keep your tires off-road. The key to parking is to get there early in the morning or late in the day. No public restrooms except at the Fort Moultrie Visitors Center. Rent a bicycle for the day from Sealand Adventure Sports (located at 2021 Middle St.) for $25, and enjoy a bikeride on the beach or along the picturesque streets. Try paddle boarding – you can rent one from Sealand for $40 a day. Call them at 843.330.8156.
Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse: With no tours of the lighthouse (it’s a working government facility), you are only able to view it from the outside. It’s unique and worth driving by and grabbing a picture. Beach access near the lighthouse that leads to a vast beach.
Station 18 ½ Street, Sullivan’s Island.
Edgar Allen Poe Library: Uniquely housed in renovated Battery Gadsden, a former Spanish-American War four-gun battery. The library is named for author Edgar Allan Poe, who was stationed on Sullivan’s Island as a private in the United States Army in 1827 and 1828, and who used the island setting as the background for his famous story, “The Gold Bug.” Closed Wedn & Sun.
Sullivan’s Island Lunch: Poe’s Tavern: Located two blocks from the beach, Poe’s Tavern is open every day of the week 11am – midnight and is the perfect lunch spot near the salty sea. Serving fresh burgers and fries, delicious fish tacos and inspired salads in a laid-back oceanfront environment, Poe’s Tavern is a local favorite. Multi-national beer selection and healthy wine selection. 2210 Middle St. 843.883.0083.
Sullivan’s Island Dinner: The Obstinate Daughter: Rated #1 for restaurants on Sullivan’s Island by TripAdvisor! Offering eclectic New American fare, plus a raw bar, pizza & delicious pasta dishes. From their Lowcountry Shrimp Roll, Butterbean Ravioli, to their Seared Swordfish “Paella”, each dish is handcrafted, incorporating local seafood and produce. Dinner served Monday – Sunday 4pm – 10pm. 2063 S Street Ext. 803.416.5020.