Charleston bloggers with colorful umbrellas

Rainy Charleston days can really bring me down, because we are mostly used to sunshine around these parts! If you do happen to find yourself here during a visit to Charleston when it’s rainy, have a look at some of my recommendations for what to see and do to ensure you still have an enjoyable visit.

all images c/o Jennifer Collins Photography unless otherwise noted

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Sunshine-y Shopping

Of course I hope you’ll check out our shop, Cannonborpugh Collective! It’s kind of always sunny inside because we usually have a balloon wall installation & plenty of cute gifts to make you smile. We also have adorable colorful umbrellas!

Cannonborough Collective | 185-A St. Philip Street  image c/o Aneris Photos

Cannonborough Collective | 185-A St. Philip Street

image c/o Aneris Photos

There are plenty of other cute shops all over town, of course! Skinny Dip has a lot of light coming through upstairs, so I never mind working from their upstairs coffee shop when it rains! The Community is a great spot to go grab gifts or pick up a cute card, and Indigo Market is always dressed to the nines with their reclaimed vintage furniture.

Take a Class

Since we are such a foodie-filled city, you can find several cooking classes around town. You can check out In The Kitchen With Bob, but I hear it fills up quick . Another favorite class of mine is the Candlefish candle making classes. You can BYOB while you hone your chandling skills!

Grab Coffee & Dessert

Some of my favorite cozy cafes are: 132 Spring, The Harbinger, The Daily at the Gibbes, and Gnome Cafe.

Rainy Day Charleston activities Gnome Cafe

Catch a Movie at a Unique Theater

Having an adult beverage or even a meal during a movie can make your cinema experience that much more fun! I certainly don’t go to Cinebarre just for the food (sorry to say it’s never blown my socks off), but it is a nice convenience to be able to order food while you catch a flick. My husband and I usually prefer to attend movies at Terrace Theatre, where I often get a Guinness while I watch. The adorable Charleston Flower Market is next door, and there are 2 good restaurants in the same shopping center; Zia Taqueria and Crust Wood Fired Pizza. Not only is the Citadel Mall an IMAX theatre, I hear it also has big comfy chairs that recline all the way; perhaps you can skip the food & bev and opt for rainy day relaxation instead.

Try Break Out/Escape Games

This kind of activity sounds like a bit of a claustrophobia nightmare to me, but I guess it could be a fun way to spend the afternoon if your down for being locked in a room for an hour!  Downtown we have Break Out Charleston, Escape in 60, & Time Traveler Escape Games

Visit a Museum/Peruse Some Art

The Gibbes Museum of Art recently underwent a renovation, and the gift shop alone might be worth the trip!  There are also so many cute art galleries in the French Quarter area of downtown, so check out some of those. I would start at Robert Lange Studios and then make your way to the galleries on State & Church streets.

See a Show

There are a plethora of places to see an entertaining show. Theatre 99 is great if you long to laugh, or Dock Street Theatre and Sottile Theatre usually have good offerings for the live performance lovers out there.

Check Out a Fun Nail Salon

If you want cute-sy decor & non-toxic salons, grab a pal & check out Mylk Bar or The Water Room. I also love Lu.Nu.La Nail Lab, which is more of a 1:1 studio; the owner is super talented if you want some trendy nail art!

Kid-Friendly Ideas 

I don’t have any munchkins of my own yet, but for something fun for the whole family I would recommend The Aquarium, The Children’s Museum, or The Alley (bowling & arcade games).


Drop any other rainy day ideas you have in the comments below so everyone else can enjoy them,

and check out my Charleston Guide for more things to do around the Holy City!

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