Our Top 10 Edisto Beach Recommendations
Here are our favorite things to see and do while visiting Edisto Beach.
Some are well know, some not so well known. Have a look around as we have included photos, videos, information and links.
They are in no particular order.
1. The Edisto Island Serpentarium
The Edisto Island Serpentarium is located right on Hwy 174, originally know as the King’s Highway back in colonial times. This was the original road into Edisto and still is the main way on and off the island, making it an easy drive to the Serpentarium from the Beach.
The Serpentarium is a wonderful place to view snakes and other reptiles in their natural environment. The Serpentaerium offers a wide variety of attractions (both indoors and outdoors) and daily shows. They have a great staff who are friendly, helpful and very professional.
2. The Plantation Golf Course
This beautiful course awaits your arrival! Winter, spring, summer or fall, it’s always a good time to play a round.
Don’t forget to book your tee time, 843-869-1111. What else is there to say???
3. Edisto Beach
The Beautiful Beach! No matter what time of year you visit Edisto, a trip to the beach is a must!
Regardless of the season, everyone should check out the beach. Whether your thing is to sit and enjoy the peace and serenity while listening to the waves lapping on the sand at low tide, splashing in the ocean, hunting for shells and sharks teeth or taking a stroll along the beach, everyone one should visit the beach during their stay. It is definitely on the very top of my list!
4. The Edisto Island Museum
The Edisto Island Preservation Society was founded in 1986. They acquired their first artifact in 1987 and a house was donated to them in 1988. That house became the official site of the Edisto Island Museum and they officially opened their doors in September of 1991.
Since that time the museum has continued to expand their collections and to work to preserve the island’s rich and varied history both in and outside of the museum. They have helped to restore some of Edisto’s historic cemeteries and graves. They have cleaned up historic properties like the Hutchinson House, oldest Freedman’s house on the island and have also worked to preserve the 2 remaining slave cabins on the island and then donated one to the Smithsonian African American Museum of History and Culture in Washington, DC.
5. Botany Bay Eco Tours
Botany Bay Eco Tours
Take one of the many boat trips offered by Botany Bay Eco Tours. Go on an adventure and search for dolphins, relax and unwind at the end of your day with a Sunset Cruise, learn about the Gullah culture and meet a real live dolphin whisperer or choose from any of the many other tours offered by Botany Bay Eco Tours.
6. Botany Bay Plantation
Be sure to visit Botany Bay Plantation at low tide, so you have plenty of time and beach to explore Boneyard Beach.
Plan to spend about a half a day on your visit to Botany Bay Plantation. Take the driving tour thru the Plantation ruins and leave plenty of time to explore Boneyard Beach!
7. Tours of Edisto
Tours of Edisto by Miss Dottie and her wonderful staff
Take a tour of Edisto with Miss Dottie or one of her capable staff members as they reveal all the secrets of the island and take you to places that most tourists will never see, UNLESS, of course, you take this tour! She has lived on the island all her life and knows all the island history as does her staff. Don’t miss a chance to learn all about Edisto thru their exciting narrative of folklore, ghost stories and romance! Definitely something for everybody.
8. Edisto Rocks
Edisto Rocks, in more ways than you know!!
Are you an artist or just like to dabble with paints? Do you like treasure hunts? Would you get excited if you were lucky enough to find an Edisto Rock like this one? Or any one? Well take your artistic talents and your enthusiasm for treasure hunts and and start painting, hiding and finding these little gems all around Edisto. Edisto Rocks was started by a resident a few years ago. It has taken off like a wildfire. This is one of our families and many families who visit, favorite activities to do when we are here. The kids love it and really….so do the adults! Just be sure to label the back of your rocks with the message: when found post to Edisto Rocks FB page. Then check the Facebook page and see who finds your rocks and be sure to take a picture and post the rocks you find so others can see where their master piece has landed or where it may be going. That simple and such fun!
9. The Edisto Beach Shag Festival
If you are lucky enough to be in Edisto over the Labor Day Weekend plan to spend at least one day at the annual Edisto Beach Shag festival held at Big Bay Creek Park. This is a 3 day event, starting at noon on Friday of the weekend of Labor Day and ending on Sunday.
Lots of food, crafts, several bands each day for music, a (non-professional) shag competition and even a junior shag competition. So get your dancing shoes on and walk over to the festival. Yes, I said walk! From our house you can walk out the resorts’s back gate, cross the street and walk over to the park. No need to move your car or deal with the parking lot hassle!
10. Edisto Beach Loggerhead Turtle Watch
Visiting in June or July? Don’t forget to sign up for the Sea Turtle Night Walks.
Experience a nighttime walk on the beach with a member of the Edisto State Park Sea Turtle Patrol and hopefully watch as a sea turtle builds a nest and lays her eggs. This is truly an amazing experience you won’t want to miss. Be sure to book several weeks ahead because they fill up fast. 843-869-4430.
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