Naturally, any beach town is going to draw the most visitors during the summer when the weather is warmest and schools are out, but if you want to find a quieter time to experience all that Folly has to offer you should consider spending Thanksgiving here.
There are many advantages to booking your Turkey Day holiday on Folly, including thinner crowds, a slower, more relaxing pace and generally decent weather-average. November temperatures are 65 degree highs and 55 degree lows-and it only rains four days on average in the month. Most importantly, the humidity and mosquitoes typically are not nearly as bad this time of year.
Additionally, you can find cheaper rates for vacation rentals and plenty of spacious oceanfront homes to host large family/friend gatherings and prepare your traditional feast. Or if no one feels like cooking, there are myriad places where you can dine out both on and off the island, including venues offering full Thanksgiving buffets with all the sides and trimmings.
Another advantage to visiting in late fall is that you avoid the madness of the big crowds, so it’s much easier to find parking for local landmarks like the Folly Beach Pier and the Morris Island Lighthouse. The ocean might be a little too chilly to swim in, but surfing enthusiasts can always don a wet suit and ride some waves. Surfing may not interest everyone in your group, but don’t forget this is also a great time to just explore the beach and search for shells or shark’s teeth. And you can always scan the water for potential dolphin sightings and birds.
If you’re a health nut, or just looking to fit in some fitness before splurging on a holiday meal that promises to tighten your belt buckle, the Charleston area around Folly offers Thanksgiving-themed 5Ks and challenges such as the Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble for you to burn some calories.
And sure it’s Thanksgiving, but it’s never too early to start getting into the Christmas spirit. For an event the entire family will enjoy, just a short drive away in nearby James Island County Park is the annual Holiday Festival of Lights (a fee is required for entry), a three-mile driving tour through a spectacular light display featuring attractions, shopping and food.
Spending Thanksgiving on Folly Beach is a relaxing way to experience all the island and surrounding areas have to offer minus the stress of fighting the big crowds.