What To Do on Sullivan’s Island

What To Do on Sullivan’s Island

Visitors often ask about what to do on Sullivan’s Island. There are a lot of things you can do. One of the most popular things to do is going to the beach.

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Sailboat passing Sullivan’s Island on the Intracoastal Waterway

You can also visit the historic Fort Moultrie. Fort Moultrie is one of the oldest forts in the United States. Also, you can see the Lighthouse. Though the lighthouse is closed to visitors, you can see it from the beach and other locations.

Several restaurants you can try offer everything from seafood to barbecue and more. These restaurants are all conveniently located a few blocks from each other.

Fish from the beach or book a fishing charter. Inshore and Offshore fishing is available in the area.

Sullivan’s Island park features tennis and basketball courts. You can also enjoy a picnic at the park or sit and enjoy the Gazebo. Take a walk or bike ride and enjoy all the beautiful homes. Climb “The Hill” at the park and enjoy an excellent view of the Atlantic Ocean, The Waterway, Ben Sawyer Bridge and more. The Hill also hides a fort that was part of the defenses of around Fort Moultrie. Sliding down The Hill is an age old tradition.

You can also make a quick trip to the Isle of Palms, just over the Breach Inlet Bridge. Isle of Palms offers beachfront and waterfront dining, souvenir shopping, a grocery store, a liquor store, and a pier at the county park on Front Beach. The Windjammer offers live music on the weekends and during the week, depending on the time of year.


Mt. Pleasant is a large city located just over the Ben Sawyer Bridge. The world-famous dining destination, Shem Creek, is only about ten minutes away. Visit plantations, golf courses, tourist attractions, shops, and much more in Mt. Pleasant.

How Far is Sullivan’s Island from Charleston

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How far is Sullivan’s Island from Charleston? Sullivan’s Island, located in Charleston County, is only about a 15-minute drive from downtown Charleston. From the Charleston International Airport to Sullivan’s is only about 25 minutes. Take Interstate 26 to Charleston, then take Highway 17 North over the Ravenel Bridge to Mt. Pleasant. After arriving in Mt. Pleasant, take Highway 703, Coleman Boulevard.

Where To Eat

There are several restaurants on the Island. Enjoy seafood, steaks, barbecue, Mexican cuisine, hamburgers, traditional dishes, or a fresh deli sandwich. The great thing about dining on Sullivan’s Island is the restaurants are all within a few blocks. They are all located just a block or two from the beach.

The beach is open to the public year round and is dog friendly too. Please be sure to follow all the rules for dogs on the beach.


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Find out more about the beach on Sullivan’s Island, where to find beach access, and how to visit the USS Yorktown. Also, find accommodations on Sullivan’s Island and nearby Isle of Palms.