Many people living in or visiting Charleston have probably never heard of Wadmalaw Island, SC which is only 30 minutes outside of downtown Charleston. Wadmalaw Island is a hidden treasure in the Charleston area as it has not become overrun with tourism and thus, has been able to preserve much of its quaint island feel.
If you are interested in escaping the fast paced Charleston metropolis to get a feel for southern island living, then Wadmalaw Island, SC is the place for you.
Deep Water Vineyard
Deep Water Vineyard is a lovely 48 acre vineyard/winery located on Wadmalaw Island, SC. It is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon outside of the hustle and bustle of Charleston. For only $5.00 visitors are able to taste all 5 of the vineyard’s muscadine wine varieties.
On weekdays, fruit and cheese trays are available. On Saturdays, a local food truck provides lunch options. This is a great budget activity! All you need is $5.00 and a picnic and you can spend the afternoon strolling around the grounds. Guests of the vineyard are encouraged to explore the beautiful property during their visit. The Vineyard is open to the public Wednesday-Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.
Firefly Distillery is known for creating the first ever sweet tea vodka. When visiting the distillery, visitors are able to learn about the distillation process and taste samples from any of the Firefly varieties for just $6.00! This is a must try! Anyone from the south knows that we are very serious about our sweet tea.
The Distillery is located on the same property as Deep Water Vineyard so it is really easy to hit up both establishments in one afternoon. Firefly Distillery is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm.
Charleston Tea Plantation
The Charleston Tea Plantation is the only tea plantation in all of North America! Both admission to the plantation and the tea factory tour are free to the public. Visitors are welcome to walk about sections of the property to take in the hundreds of thousands of tea bushes.
The tea plantation offers a 40 minute trolley tour ($10 adults, $5 children under 12) where you can see more of the property and the greenhouse. Personally, I chose to skip the trolley tour and walk around the property by foot. The plantation is open Monday-Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm and on Sundays from 12 pm to 4 pm.
Bears Bluff National Fish Hatchery
Bears Bluff National Fish Hatchery is the site of an estuary which creates a very diverse and interesting ecosystem. The property boasts a freshwater lake, a tidal marsh, a man made oyster reef, maritime forest, oyster flats and a salt marsh. Visitors can follow the trail on a self guided tour of the 31 acre facility to view each of these natural phenomena. The fish hatchery is open Monday- Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.
Drive Around Wadmalaw Island
Grand oak trees covered in Spanish Moss (which are so characteristically southern) can be found all around Wadmalaw Island.
Take a drive around the island to view a piece of the South Carolina Low Country that has been relatively untouched by tourism and big business.
The island is a great place for photographers looking to capture the southern, low country way of life.