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If you’re new to the Charleston area or simply looking for a unique hangout spot, check out the new Mt. Pleasant Visitor’s Center and Waterfront Park. This nine-acre property hosts a variety of activities, parks and shops all while reflecting the traditional and historic roots of the area.

The grand opening of the new Waterfront Park was held on July 4th weekend, but the great features of the park can be enjoyed year-round. This park, as the name suggests, is right on the Cooper River. The Ravenel Bridge runs over part of the park, which offers beautiful shade and a truly one-of-a-kind atmosphere.

The Visitor’s Center is now open to the public from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. year round. Of course, a plethora of information on area attractions, restaurants, shopping and recreation can be found—perfect for those wanting to acquaint themselves with the area.

A Mt. Pleasant tradition, sweetgrass basket weaving, can be seen in the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion. On any given day, there will be multiple basket booths set up where you can watch the weaving happen, buy handmade baskets and learn about the unique culture. The Pavillion has an indoor section as well with historical facts about African American locals who’ve helped to create the distinctive Sweetgrass Basket Culture.

The longest fishing pier in the state can also be found here—stretching over 1,250 feet over the Cooper River. There’s a bait shop right before the pier that sells fishing licenses, poles and bait, which makes fresh fish for dinner even easier. You can also launch your kayak from this pier. Be sure to leave your pets at home if fishing is on your agenda– there are no pets allowed on the pier. The rest of the area is pet-friendly though.

The bait shop doubles as a snack and gift shop. Don’t worry about packing a picnic when you visit; this shop sells delicious salads, sandwiches and pastries for a great price. The gift shop sells traditional South Carolina souvenirs as well as beautiful art, crafts and unique keepsakes from local vendors.

In the middle of the park, you’ll find the War Memorial complete with a beautiful Lady Liberty statue, tribute bricks and a meaningful fountain. This is a great spot to capture the essence of true American heroes who’ve paid the ultimate price.

A very popular children’s playground is located right under the Ravenel Bridge, which keeps the area shaded and provides great entertainment for kids curious about cars and bridges. There are several swing sets and jungle gyms, as well as some more unique play features.

If you have a party or event coming up, there are two spaces that can be rented. The Cooper River Room is a 150 seated capacity, and the Sweetgrass Pavilion is smaller at just 40 seated capacity. These spaces are perfect for family reunions, company meetings, wedding receptions or rehearsals, or whatever else you can think of. The cost to rent these spaces vary based on the season, but can be found here.

“A location as historic and fascinating as the Town of Mount Pleasant deserves a Visitors Center that reflects its storied past and bright future,” said Mayor Pro Tem, Kruger Smith.. “Generations of visitors will visit this spot and know that they have found themselves in a unique and special place.”

To get to the Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, take US 17 to the Wingo Way Exit. Continue onto Wingo Way under West Coleman Blvd. The park can also be accessed from Patriots Point Road by turning right onto Harry Hallman Blvd., which joins up with Wingo Way. Parking is currently free, but there are meters in place, so be prepared either way.