1 Vendue Range
Waterfront Park is an award-winning green space in the heart of Charleston. The park has 8 acres of beautiful landscapes and features, including a floating dock, a canopy of oak trees, fountains, and a palmetto-lined esplanade along the water's edge.
Waterfront Park to South Carolina Aquarium
(1.2 miles, about 5 minutes)
1. From Waterfront Park, ride northwest toward Vendue Range and Concord Street
2. Turn right to ride north on Concord Street toward Cumberland Street
3. Keep left and onto Pritchard Street
4. Follow the road as it curves right and becomes Washington Street
5. Turn right onto Laurens Street
6. Turn left onto Concord Street
7. Turn right onto Aquarium Wharf and arrive at the South Carolina Aquarium
100 Aquarium Wharf
Fun, wonder and education come together at the South Carolina Aquarium. See a rare albino American alligator, get hands-on at the Touch Tank, marvel at the sharks in the Great Ocean Tank, come face-to-face with rays in the Shallows, or see our brand new state-of-the-art sea turtle hospital in the new Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery experience. Don't miss our daily interactive dive shows and animal programs.
South Carolina Aquarium to Arthur Ravenel Junior Bridge
(1 mile, about 6 minutes)
1. Ride west on Aquarium Wharf toward Concord Street
2. Turn right onto Concord Street
3. Turn left onto Charlotte Street
4. Turn right onto Washington Street
5. Follow Washington Street as it curves left
6. Turn right onto E Bay Street
7. Follow the curve to the right and continue onto Wonder's Way to cross the Cooper River along the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge
At 13,200 feet in length (1,546 feet between the towers), the Arthur Ravenel Junior Bridge is one of the longest cable-stayed bridges in the Western Hemisphere. It has a bicycle pedestrian path named "Wonders' Way" in addition to 8 lanes for vehicular traffic. Construction of this contemporary structure began in 2001 and was completed in 2005. The 2 distinctive diamond-shaped towers connected to a web of cables is now an icon of the Charleston area.
Arthur Ravenel Junior Bridge to Shem Creek Park
(4 miles, about 20 minutes)
1. Continue on Wonder's Way across the Cooper River
2. Turn left toward W Coleman Blvd.
3. Turn right onto the ramp to W Coleman Blvd.
4. Merge onto W Coleman Blvd.
5. Arrive at Shem Creek Park on your right
Shrimp Boat Lane
Shem Creek is a Mount Pleasant destination known for its fresh seafood restaurants, views of the marsh and wetlands, and the boats that float past along the creek. Park your bike and walk the boardwalk to take in the scenery. Stop for a meal at one of the popular local eateries along the creek before pedaling back to Charleston.
Shem Creek Park to King Street
(6 miles, about 45 minutes)
1. Walk your bicycle northwest on W Coleman Blvd. toward Shrimp Boat Lane
2. Turn left onto Patriots Point Road
3. Turn right onto Harry M. Hallman Jr Blvd.
4. At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on Harry M. Hallman Jr Blvd.
5. Turn right toward Wonder's Way
6. Turn left onto Wonder's Way
7. Continue onto Wonder's Way across the Cooper River
8. Follow Wonder's Way as it curves to the left and continue onto E Bay
9. At the crosswalk on the west side of the bridge, turn right to cross to the other side of E Bay Street
10. Turn left to ride south on E Bay Street toward Blake Street
11. Turn right onto Columbus Street
12. Turn left onto King Street
13. Walk your bicycle down King Street
King Street is one of the 10 most famous streets in America. The Charleston landmark dates back over 300 years and is named after King Charles II of England. In colonial times it served as the main thoroughfare into what is now Charleston. Today the colorful facades of the historic buildings house a bustling strip of boutiques, restaurants, galleries, and nightlife. Stop and stroll down King Street to take in the beautiful architecture, shop, and have a meal.
King Street to The Battery
(0.4 miles, about 5 minutes)
1. Walk your bicycle south on King Street toward Horlbeck Alley
2. Turn left onto Horlbeck Alley
3. Continue onto Cumberland Street
4. Turn right onto E Bay Street to ride to the Battery
The Battery is a historic seawall in Charleston that was built in 1670 along the peninsula where Cooper River and Ashley River meet to form Charleston Harbor. This scenic landmark and the area around it is known for its grand, historic homes, including:
To return to Waterfront Park, ride north on E Battery/E Bay Street, then turn right on E Elliott Street to arrive at Waterfront Park.
Total Distance: 13.9 miles
Active Ride Time: About 1 hour 30 minutes
This tour is brought to you by MCB
You should consult your physician before starting any exercise program. Bicycling is an activity with risk of personal injury. My City Bikes and its affiliates are not responsible in any capacity for harm or injury that may occur as a result of bicycling. You are solely responsible for your safety while biking.