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Activities on Folly Beach

This guide puts all the different kinds of activities you can have with the whole family at your fingertips whether on or off the water.

Top Six Reasons to go to a Charleston Riverdogs Game

If you like baseball and even if you’re not an avid fan, a trip to “The Joe” (Riley Stadium) to catch a RiverDogs game is a fun way to spend an afternoon or evening in Charleston, and here are the reasons why:

1. The Stadium. Built in 1997 on the banks of the Ashley River (yes, there’s an amazing view of the marsh), the 6000-seat Riley Park is easily accessible and strives to provide the best fan experience possible in minor-league baseball. You’ll understand why once you move through the turnstiles. Fun surprises abound at every game, whether it’s Boiled Peanuts Night, Monday Dog Days (featuring dollar beers and hot dogs), firework displays, or helicopter ball drops.

Sunset over “The Joe” (Riley Stadium) in Charleston
Sunset over “The Joe” (Riley Stadium) in Charleston


2. The Themes. The 2019 season will kick off its 70 home games on April 11 with its theme to “Make Fun” all season long. Some notable theme nights include C-Night on May 14 (because baseball is a game of averages), so fans are invited to an “average” night with “C” food specials, and kids who bring a “C” on their report card get in for free. Or come on June 15 for Balloons Night in honor of 10 years of the movie “Up.”

3. The Food. Thankfully you won’t find the usual mediocre hamburgers, pizza, and fries here. But you will find creative cuisine, and that’s part of the fun. Fried green tomato and pimento grilled cheese; a chicken and waffle bowl drizzled with hot honey; Mediterranean Healthy Nachos (hummus, guacamole, pico de gallo, olives and feta cheese); or French fries topped with mac and cheese, jalapeno bacon crumbles, fried onion straws, and barbecue sauce are some of the offerings. Pair them with local craft beers, such as the BellyItcher Ale or the famous beer shakes - an all new one for this season is a Strawberry Lemonade.

4. The Team. The RiverDogs are a minor league team that plays in the Class Single-A South Atlanta League and are an affiliate of the New York Yankees. For 2019 the Yankees’ once again highlight the roster - three hard-throwing right-handers are among four of the Yankees’ top-30 prospects currently slated to open the season here. The team has finished top-2 in the South Atlantic League in ERA the past three seasons.

5. The Co-owner and Director of Fun. Bill Murray. Yes, that Bill Murray of Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, and Groundhog Day fame. His love of baseball means you might see him in the stands or throwing out a ceremonial first pitch. Or selling the RiverDogs to fans: (insert his short video from March 2019 promoting RiverDogs).

Bill Murray on RiverDogs Tarp
Touch 'em all Bill! Charleston RiverDogs Director of Fun entertains the fans during a rain delay at Riley Park recently. The Charleston RiverDogs are the Class-A affilicate of the New York Yankees.


6. The Prices. You can get season tickets, half-season tickets, or individual tickets for reasonable prices ($10 and up). And food is not expensive either. Enough said for a great time at the ballpark!


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Coastal South Carolina Marsh Pluff Mud


South Carolina marsh pluff mud.
South Carolina marsh pluff mud.


I’m describing something salt marsh-ubiquitous. You’ve likely smelled it and maybe even stepped in it. Some have even smeared it on their face and body. If you’ve done these things, you’re allowed to call yourself a pluff-mudder. Oysters grow on it and spartina grows in it. Fiddler crabs stir it up. This stuff can suck the boots right off your feet.

I say pluff. Others say plough. So what’s it made of? -Fine sands, silts, clays, and organics. Sands, silts, and clays come from weathered and eroded mountains. As you can imagine, this process takes a while. Sands, silts, and clays (sediments), over vast stretches of time, make their way to the coast. Once at the coast, waves, wind, and water currents sort these sediments. The finer particles (what we call mud) settle in the quiet, low energy area behind the barrier islands (a.k.a. the ‘back barrier’). Periodic tides regularly nourish the back barrier salt marsh with new mud. Once the mud accumulates to at least average high tide elevation, spartina alterniflora (marsh grass) grows on it.

Any casual observer on my Salt Marsh Adventure recognizes many forms of life within the back barrier. Several species of crabs, mollusks, echinoderms, mammals, fish, and birds live here. Guess what else they do here? Mhmmm, so this accounts for some of the organic fraction of our pluff mud. Think about this next time you eat a muddy oyster. Proper oyster roast hosts make great efforts to wash all the mud off the oysters.

I’ve gotten the question, “can I walk on that mud?” From my own experience, I explain what happens if attempted. “You’ll sink to your calves, then you’ll struggle to move, then sink to your knees and maybe your thighs.” Lots of un-matched boots now live in the marsh. In the winter during oyster season, pluff-mudding becomes a necessity. Wear tight-fitting boots.

Captain Anton DuMars, a coastal geologist and 30-year Folly Beach resident.

Originally published at www.follybeach.com on August 14, 2017


Enjoy the pluff mud, marsh views and native birds directly from our screen porch or master bedroom deck.

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Top 10 Things to do with Kids in Folly Beach

No matter what the season, Folly Beach offers lots of outdoor adventures to keep kids busy. So, have them ditch the electronics, at least for a while, and spend some time reveling in the salt air and sunshine. Our town home at Water’s Edge is family friendly and in a perfect location to enjoy the 10 favorite activities that our three boys enjoy (and still enjoy) when we’re visiting.



Collecting sharks teeth is among our favorite things to do.
Collecting sharks teeth is among our favorite things to do.


Look for shark teeth:
Best time to find them is after high tide or early in the morning. Teach your kids to look for shiny black sharp triangles, which are the most common shark teeth. Many shells fit this description, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll develop an eye for shark teeth.

Go crabbing: Purchase some chicken necks and a round net with string from Walmart, Bert’s, or Crosby’s. Tie the chicken neck to the bottom of the net and lower it into the water. Best places to crab are on our dock or the dock at the public park, which is on the left as you cross the bridge on to Folly. It requires a bit of patience - wait at least 10 minutes - and then pull up the net. Hopefully one or two crabs have crawled in. Be careful! Don’t let your kids try to pick them up - those claws are razor sharp! Just remember that you cannot cook them if they are less than five inches from spike tip to spike tip across their back.

Visit one of 3 playgrounds: Two nautical-themed ones, Wave Watch and Pirate’s Cove, are ½ mile to a mile away; Water’s Edge has a playground on site behind the church. See post: Playgrounds on Folly Beach.

Surf lessons: Folly Beach is all about surfing, and your kids might want to learn how to ride the waves. They can sign up for individual lessons or do a surfing camp during the summer. Isla Surf School offers camps for ages 5 and up. With a 3 student to 1 instructor ratio, the four-hour morning lessons provide lots of one-on-one instruction. You might need to sign up early for these as there is room for only 12 students each week. See post: Folly Beach Surfing Guide.

Walk to see Morris Island Lighthouse on the east end.
Walk to see Morris Island Lighthouse on the east end.


Take a walk at either end of the island:
The west end is Folly Beach State Park. You can park for $10-$15, depending on the season, or ride a bike or walk in for free. The beach has showers and bathrooms. Lifeguards, snacks, chair and umbrella rental are seasonal. Lots of beach to roam around, including the tip of the island that faces Kiawah. If you or your kids have lots of energy, take them to the east end. You can park at the gate and then walk the ¼ mile road to the beach where you’ll get a great view of the Morris Island Lighthouse. The walkway is full of colorful chalk “artwork.”

Take a dolphin tour: The Charleston area has about 350 resident dolphins that frolic in its waters, and it’s pretty likely you’ll see at least one if you take a tour. Plus, it’s always nice to be out on the water! See Flipper Finders boat and sea kayak tours on Folly Beach.

Go for a bike ride: Folly is six miles long and flat. Explore the hidden and quiet streets with your kids. We have six bikes, including a couple smaller ones (good for ages 8 and above). There are bike rental places on the island if you need a baby trailer or baby seats for young kids. See Cool Breeze Bikes rentals on Folly Beach.

Go fishing: If you have the money, splurging on a four-hour fishing trip is well worthwhile. Local captains will take you to their favorite fishing areas. They’ll clean the fish you and the kids catch so you can take them home for dinner! You can also rent fishing rods, bait, and get a license to fish at the shop on the pier. See Reel Time Charters. Tell Captain Ben the Spaid's sent you.

Walkway to beach is lined with courtesy beach toys for kids.
Walkway to beach is lined with courtesy beach toys for kids.


Play in the Sand:
We provide plenty of sand toys, but if you hauled everything to the beach and forgot to bring them, you can borrow some on the walkway just west of the Charleston Oceanfront Condos near Third Street. You’ll see the colorful toys hanging on hooks along the beach walkway - it’s kind of a sand toy lending program. When you’re done, just hang them back up on the hooks.

Walk the pier: It’s a fun place to people watch. Many people fish from the pier, and there’s a good chance your kids might see someone haul in a small shark. If they want a treat, head to the gift shop at the front of the pier for ice cream or candy.

Festivals: Folly has several festivals (Follygras, Follypalooza, Sea and Sand, Easter, Christmas Parade, Flip Flop Drop) during the year, and if you’re here for one of them, they usually always offer fun activities just for kids. See post: Folly Festivals and Events.


Our townhome is at Waters Edge, a charming development of colorful Charleston-style homes on Folly Beach. We are located in a quiet, tucked-away area on the river, but just a few short blocks to the beach and fun town of Folly.

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Folly Beach Surfing Guide


Surfer at the Washout on Folly Beach.  
Surfer at the Washout on Folly Beach.  


Folly Beach is the No. 1 place for surfing in South Carolina. It is among one of the top surfing destinations along the entire East Coast, in fact.

Why is Folly Beach an epic place for surfing on the East Coast?  First, Folly has nice long stretches of beach.  But it also has an inherent surfer vibe and culture, as well as enough other island attractions to entertain the surfer dude and dude-ette crowd.

Along Center Street are some neat grunge bars (one even called the Surf Bar) that play folksy alternative rock, provide an ultra-friendly environment (it's the South y'all), and offer good food to fill the tank after a rad day on the waves. There are more dudes sporting dreadlocks this side of California!

Depending on the weather, waves can range from small and gentle (good for beginners) to 10-foot swells if a storm is brewing.

Where to Surf: The best places to catch some nice swells are the Washout and near the Folly Fishing Pier. 

Surfing Hazards: Minor potential hazards include sharks and jellyfish (especially in August), but the more likely hazards are simply ensuring you know about rip currents, not surfing too close to the pier, and changes in the weather.  Know your capabilities when you're cramping, injured, or tired.  And it is best to surf with a friend.

When To Surf: Many don wet suits and surf all year. Spring water temperatures range from around 60-70, so a wet suit or jacket is often needed. In the summer the water is quite warm - like bathwater.  In the fall, temperatures can be quite comfortable in September and October, but it starts getting a little chilly come late fall. 

Hurricane Florence Surfing - Folly Beach, South Carolina
Thursday Sept. 13, 2018 - Folly Beach, SC - Although not as much swell as expected, Folly locals were treated to a morning of fun surf as hurricane Florence made it's way towards the east coast of NC.


Surf Shops: 
Two surf shops offer board rentals, demos and repair, and can provide pointers such as surf reports and local recommendations.  Both McKelvin's Surf Shop and Ocean Surf Shop are located on Center Street in the heart of Folly Beach.   

Surf Lessons: If you're a beginner, you can take advantage of several surfing schools that  provide boards and lessons.  Even if you're not a beginner and want to pick up some new tips and improve some skills, these outfits are a good option: Isla Surf School, Folly Eva Surf School, Folly Beach Surf Lessons.

Surf Boards: For most people, a long board that is at least 8' 6" is recommended for typical waves on Folly Beach. But if you're more of an expert and you're coming to hit the bigger waves, you'll want to bring a short board.

Surf Cam & Surf Report:  You can watch live cams as well as get water temperature, wave height and wind speed, air temperature, and the short and long-term weather forecast by clicking on the links here:  The WashoutFolly Beach Pier

Originally published at www.coastawhilevacations.com


Escape on a getaway to historic Charleston! Stay at our comfortable, well-appointed, and beautifully decorated town home on Folly and enjoy the best of both worlds - the relaxed beach atmosphere of Folly and the charm and culture of Charleston.

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Folly Gras 2019

Folly Gras 2018 Highlight Video
Uploaded by Visit Folly on 2018-02-20.


Saturday, February 23rd - A Folly Gras tradition, the annual parade will kick-off at 11 am, entering from West Ashley and exiting on East Hudson. Dressed in their Folly Gras finest, folks from all over the Low Country take to Center Street to spread Folly Gras cheer.

Festivities include: Dozens of arts, crafts and fashion vendors, live music, free kids’ activities, and, of course, lots of delicious food and drinks.


Our townhome is at Waters Edge, a charming development of colorful Charleston-style homes on Folly Beach. We are located in a quiet, tucked-away area on the river, and an easy walk to the beach and all the fun restaurants and shops.

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Ten of Our Favorite Things to Do on Folly Beach

Folly Beach holds a special place in our family's heart.  So in honor of Valentine's Day, we thought we would share our 10 most favorite things to do on Folly. 

  1. The Beach:  Duh!  Folly has six miles of public beach.
  2. A visit to Bert’s:  This friendly, local market is open 24 hours and you’ll find everything here, from free coffee and organic produce to fishing tackle.  If you don’t need it, you probably won’t find it.  But you should visit Bert’s just to get a local flavor of Folly.
  3. Paddle boarding:  Take a lesson and tour, which includes heading down the Folly River. Dolphin sightings not guaranteed – but highly likely.  And anyone with a little balance can do it!
  4. Crabbing:  Depends on the season, but it’s cheap enough to purchase a crab net and a few chicken necks and drop it into the water. Kids love this.
  5. Breakfast at the Lost Dog:  No guests of ours should miss going to this Folly breakfast institution at least once during their stay.  It’s an easy walk!
  6. Watch the sun set:  If it’s nice weather, you’re guaranteed a beautiful sunset from the dock at Water’s Edge. Folly is called the Edge of America for a reason.
  7. Take a stroll on the Folly pier:  People watching on the pier is entertaining. 
  8. Visit a food truck: Eating a chocolate/whipped cream/banana crepe at Tokyo Crepes.
  9. Biking:  We provide several beach bikes, so explore! You can’t get lost and Folly is flat!
  10. Shark tooth hunting: Hunting for shark teeth on the beach.  Beach replenishment has tossed up fossilized shark teeth on the beach.  Maybe you'll find a Megalodon tooth!
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Playgrounds on Folly Beach


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If you have young kids, you'll want to know where on Folly Beach you can bring them so they can release some of that pent-up energy. There are two awesome play



Our townhome is at Waters Edge, a charming development of colorful Charleston-style homes on Folly Beach. We are located in a quiet, tucked-away area on the river, and an easy walk to the beach and all the fun restaurants and shops.

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Townhome in Folly Beach. Escape on a getaway to historic Charleston! Stay at our comfortable, well-appointed, and beautifully decorated town home on Folly and enjoy the best of both worlds - the relaxed be...


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