Sullivan’s Island: Our Favorite Charming Southern Beach

We recently took the kids out to our favorite beach town, Sullivan’s Island. We live a short 15 minutes away and love our weekends spent visiting the beach. I’m often asked about my favorite places in Charleston and the things tourists should do. I’ll start with this: take a drive around Sullivan’s Island, enjoy the beach, visit Fort Moultrie, check out the lighthouse, and eat delicious food!

Two little kids, a boy and a girl in bathing suits, running along the boardwalk at Sullivan's Island beach on family vacation.

Our Favorite Things to Do in Sullivan’s Island on Family Vacation

Visit to J. Marshal Stith Park Playground for the Kids

One of our favorite playgrounds in Charleston is located on Sullivan’s Island. You can park for free behind Sullivan’s Island Town Hall and they have restrooms that are open to the public. The playgrounds are shaded and they have basketball courts and soccer fields. Another bonus, several of the emergency vehicles are parked in the same parking lot and your kids will love seeing those during your visit.

A man and two young children pose in front of a police vehicle at J Marshal Stith Park Playground in Sullivan's Island.
A small blond haired toddler plays inside a playhouse at J Marshal Stith Park Playground in Sullivan's Island.
A man and a young boy swing on a tire swing at J Marshal Stith Park Playground in Sullivan's Island.

See Historical Sullivan’s Island Homes and Architexture

Some of my favorite homes in the Charleston area are located on Sullivan’s Island. There is a mix of stunning historical cottages and new builds located on the island. The lots are large and beautifully landscaped with gorgeous oak trees. Don’t miss an opportunity to drive around and dream big.

Dining on Sullivan’s Island

A few of our favorite restaurants are located on the island. We love going to Poe’s Tavern for burgers, nachos, and tacos. The Obstinate Daughter has a wonderful brunch. Finally, no trip to Sullivan’s Island is complete without stopping for Frose at The Co-Op.

Sullivan’s Island LIGHTHOUSE and Fort Moultrie

There are several historical areas to visit on Sullivan’s Island. The lighthouse is iconic and can be seen from several locations or you can find more about it here. You can also visit Fort Moultrie while you’re there.

Two young children, a boy and a girl, play on the sandy beach in  Sullivan's Island.
A small toddler boy wearing blue and white striped bathing trunks stands on a sandy beach in  Sullivan's Island.
A beach sign marking lifeguard station 26 sits on a sandy beach at  Sullivan's Island.

If you can’t already tell, Sullivan’s Island is one of my favorite places in the Lowcountry. I dream of owning a home there one day but until then, I will continue to visit frequently!

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