Charleston South Carolina is one of our favorite US cities. It has all the activities of a larger metropolitan area with a small, southern vibe. Charleston is perfect for travelers of all kinds: couples on a romantic weekend, history buffs, families, budget, beach/nature lovers, you name it, Charleston has it.
Charleston is also the perfect destination for sports buffs! The Adventuredawgs love sports related travel and Charleston is an area we frequent for sporting events. Luckily, we only live a couple hours away!
If your looking to spend a weekend of sports related fun, you have come to the right place. These events are perfect for adventurous couples, families, even a guys (or ladies!) weekend away. Use our guide to plan your weekend for an epic adventure!
Baseball, An American Classic: Charleston Riverdogs
Since 1980, Charleston has had a Single A Minor League baseball team, The Riverdogs. A New York Yankees affiliate since 2005, their home is the beautiful Joseph P Riley, Jr Park and is affectionately known as “The Joe”. Their food offerings have been featured in Esquire Magazine, and TV shows Man vs Food and Rachel Ray. A real travel bargain, tickets start at just $8 for general admission. If you’re visiting in early summer, plan to come for “Legends in the South”. Baseball greats from the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees World Series teams will be present and playing a rematch! This year is set for June 8, 2017 and Ryan Klesko is part of the line up. Gates open at 4 for batting practice and autograph signings. If you want to splurge (birthday, batchelor(ette) party?), there are a limited number of all-inclusive tickets available for $120 that include all you can eat and drink (beer/wine)! For all the details, check them out here.
Formerly the Family Circle Cup, the Volvo Car Open is an annual women’s tennis tournament played every April at the Volvo Car Stadium (former Family Circle Stadium) on beautiful Daniel Island. This is an awesome venue and holds other events throughout the year as well. It is one of my favorite concert venues in the area. General admission for the tournament start at $25 and juniors 15 and under are free! They also offer package deals, you can get more information here.
South Carolina’s Only Professional Hockey Team – Charleston Stingrays
For all the hockey fans (and who doesn’t love hockey?!) Charleston has the only professional ECHL hockey team in South Carolina! They are affiliate of the Washington Capitols and play in North Charleston at the Coliseum (also an excellent concert venue). They have been going strong since 1993. The games are fun for everyone and are a great family outing. When you’re there, make sure to get a picture with Cool Ray, their mascot! Tickets start at $11 and they offer discount for groups of 10 or more. Here is their site for additional info.
The Charleston Battery
We’ve saved the best (and our favorite) for last! The Charleston Battery started in 1993 and since 1999 have called MUSC Health Stadium (formerly Blackbaud) home. They are the only non MLS team to have their own stadium. This year they are an affiliate of the Atlanta United FC, Atlanta’s new MLS team. Along with the tennis center, the stadium is located out on Daniel Island. Parking is a bargain at $5 (free if you drive a Lexus 🙂 Battery games are a must attend event for any sports fan. Even if you think you don’t like soccer, I bet attending a game will change your mind. The stadium is incredible and has a large selection of delicious food choices from Cajun, Chick Fil A, to Chinese/Soul food fusion and the best brick oven pizza you ever had from a truck! After the game, head up to the Three Lions Pub for tons of soccer memorabilia in a cozy British sports pub atmosphere. Tickets start at $15, bleacher seats, especially in the east stands are general admission, even if you have a number on your ticket. The E1 section is the fun rowdy crowd. Bring your flags, cowbells, and loud voice to shout and sing along!
For a real treat, visit in February to see the Carolina Cup. You will get to see MLS teams play, which is really an experience if you’ve never seen the pros play before. You can find all the info here.
Even More Sports Options
There is plenty to keep you busy with the pro and semi pro but Charleston offers even more sporting events if that is not enough for you!
For a football experience like no other, head downtown to the Citadel and watch the Bulldogs play. Make sure you get there early, not only to tailgate in style, but to watch as all the cadets march into the stadium. After the game, stick around and tour the campus. The Citadel also offers other college sporting events. We’ve only been to football games but I’m sure they are all an awesome experience. ( Citadel soccer is on our list!) Here is the link to the athletics department for more information.
Charleston Watersports Fest
Visit in September for perfect weather and all the watersports you could want! It is a week long event and you can attend as a spectator or sign up to participate. For all the details, here is the link.
Megadock Billfish Tournament
For all the fishermen (and women), visit in July for the Megadock Billfish Tournament held at the Charleston Marina. This is the largest marlin and sailfish competition. Here are all the details.
The Gildan Charleston Classic
Basketball fans will want to visit in November for the Gildan Charleston Classic Tournament held in historic downtown at the TD Arena. Get your tickets and info for this year here.
College of Charleston Athletics
Also played at TD Arena are an array of sports from the College of Charleston. Here is a link to athletics site for all the info.
Cooper River Bridge Run
For those who would rather participate than watch, why sign up for the annual Cooper River Bridge 10k run and join 44,000 of your friends for a run across this 2.5 mile historic bridge? It’s the 3rd largest in the US and 18th largest 10k run in the world. It’s the first weekend in April and here is the link because you know you want to go sign up right now!
Are you in information overload yet? Or are you already planning that Charleston sports trip(s)? We hope this has inspired you to visit one of our favorite cities and has shown you how multifaceted Charleston is. It’s not just about history and old southern charm, it can be an exciting, sports filled adventure or anything else you want it to be. Just get out and explore and discover!
For more information of Charleston, please visit here.
What goes perfectly with sports? Beer! Charleston is becoming quite the craft beer city. You can read about our visit to one of their breweries here.
What are some of your favorite sporting events to attend and in what cities/locations? How about your favorite sports teams? Please share with us in the comments.
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