Get out and explore Magnolia Plantation’s Audubon Swamp Garden, the Center for Birds of Prey, and South Carolina Aquarium's Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery exhibit.. Photographs (3) courtesy of the organizations
June 21, 2017
Five fun ideas for exploring the Lowcountry this season
Written by Lauren Johnson
Summer officially begins today, and while the current weather isn’t ideal for adventuring, plenty of sunny days are ahead. Check out these nature-centric ideas from our June feature, “Long Live Summer,” and go to charlestonmag.com for 85 more great ways to enjoy the steamy season.
Old Santee Canal Park
Cool tip: For five bucks per half hour, the Interpretive Center offers three-seater canoe rentals. To beat the skeeters, morning is the best time to navigate the three-mile paddle through the cypress swamp; it takes about two hours.
Cool tip: When the summer heat sets in, find respite in the shady bamboo garden, where the air feels several degrees cooler, or board the hour-long canopied boat tour to catch riverside breezes while puttering through former rice fields.
Center for Birds of Prey
Cool tip: The center is conducting a Citizen Science project to track the endangered swallow-tailed kite, a Neotropical raptor that breeds in the Southeast during summer. If you see these migratory birds, which boast striking black-and-white plumage and long, forked tails, report their locations and behaviors on the center’s website.
Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery
Cool tip: Guests have the opportunity to join the turtle triage team, checking vital signs and diagnosing a mock patient using iPads and augmented reality. The experience will help educate visitors on what conservation actions they can take to avoid landing these creatures in the hospital.
Cool tip: A six-person “Unity Hoopla” swing, designed for the enjoyment of children with and without disabilities, ups the fun factor of this fresh playground.
To find loads more ideas in “Long Live Summer,” click here.