Memorial Day is of course in remmberance of those who’ve died in service to their country, but it also serves as the unofficial start of the season here on Folly Beach.
The weather should be warm, with average temperatures in the low 80s during the day and the low 70s at night, which means that there are plenty of outdoor activities you can incorporate into your vacation to make it a memorable one.
Maybe you’ve always wanted to surf, but never tried or had the opportunity. With a local surf shop to rent boards and recommend professional instructors, there’s no excuse not to give it a whirl.
Kayaking and stand up paddle boarding are other great ways to observe the scenery and wildlife of the coastal marshes and tidal creeks. Tote your own or rent them through one of the many local adventure outfitters in and around Folly.
Taking your kids crabbing in the tidal creeks around Folly is an affordable way to entertain the family; and if you hit the right place and time, you just might catch your dinner.
However, if luck’s not on your side and hunger beckons, seafood restaurants serving up fresh fish, crab, shrimp and oysters abound. There is also pizza, Mexican, Caribbean and more if ocean dwelling creatures aren’t your thing.
Memorial Day Weekend also marks the launch of the Moonlight Mixers at the Folly Beach Pier, a summer series of family-friendly concerts where you can groove to oldies and beach music. (Cancelled due to construction this year)
Beverages are available for purchase at the pier, but don’t forget that no matter how tempting it may be, alcohol consumption is prohibited on the beach itself.
No trip to Folly would be complete without a visit to the north end of Folly to photograph the iconic Morris Island Lighthouse. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the original 18th century tower was destroyed during the Civil War. Rebuilt in 1876, the 161-foot tall red and white-striped lighthouse makes a postcard picture. It shone its last beacon in 1962, but this beloved landmark is a favorite for locals and tourists.
Remember if you want a great selection or rentals and locations, book your vacation rental before the crowds fill up dates!
Regardless of where you stay, you’re sure to have a wonderful Memorial Day vacation experience on Folly Beach.