Plan the Perfect Charleston Picnic

Sponsored by: Your Gaillard
By: H. A. Fisher

Charleston’s downtown is filled with green spaces and parks perfect for a picnic – whether it’s PB&J with the kids or wine and cheese with your sweetie. The Gaillard Center will have a gorgeous park area where visitors can relax and take in the surrounding downtown Charleston beauty.

Also, within walking distance of the Gaillard Center are additional City of Charleston parks with space for a picnic blanket or benches where you can have a sandwich or sipped an iced coffee.

  • Gadsdenboro Park (formerly Concord Park)

    This 5-acre park opened in May 2015 with a playground, sports field, benches and plenty of room to roam. The park is across from the Charleston Maritime Center, bordered by Calhoun, Concord, Laurens and Washington streets.

  • Marion Square

    Up the street at the corner of King and Meeting streets, is the expansive swath of green space that is Marion Square. Home to countless events and festivals, this park sits in the heart of downtown and is constantly bustling with people. Find a quiet corner where you can spread out a blanket for reading, sunning or people watching.

  • Chapel Street Fountain Park

    Just a few blocks away is a quaint little pocket park. With benches and a fountain, this park is the perfect little hideaway for a quiet lunch or a romantic picnic.

  • Tiedemann Park and Nature Center

    Located near Chapel Street Fountain Park on Elizabeth Street, this park was recently renovated by the Charleston Parks Conservancy and is a peaceful and shady spot for a picnic lunch. Plus, the abundance of flower beds and plantings make it a truly enchanting space.

Once you’ve decided on the perfect picnic spot, you can focus on packing the perfect picnic foods. Here are five must-have items for your picnic basket:

  1. Pimento cheese sandwiches. Nothing says “southern picnic” like pimento cheese.
  2. Olives – black, green, stuffed with cheese – they are a great finger food.
  3. Pasta or potato salad.
  4. Dessert – every good picnic ends with something sweet. Pack some homemade chocolate chip cookies or brownies to round out the meal.
  5. Sparkling water, wine or lemonade. Pick your favorite beverage but just make sure it’s cool and refreshing.

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