Now that Memorial Day has come and gone it is officially summer on Edisto Beach. That means hundreds of people will be coming over the McKinley Washington, Jr. bridge to visit a piece of paradise.
Many of the people will be coming will be die-hards who have come for years (or generations, in some cases). Others will be first-timers, unaware of the fact that they are about to become addicted to Edisto.
As one of the die-hards, Im most excited for long days on the boat, cooling off in the ocean, and sitting on the porch while eating boiled peanuts. The best part about Edisto is that there is none of the glitz and glam that is found at other beaches (heres to you, Myrtle Beach). That reason alone is why so many of us love this place. Its another reason many say there is nothing to do here. However, I beg to differ.
If youre a first-timer to Edisto, take a look at this list to see what there is to do during a summer vacation on Edisto Beach.
- Bingo every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Edisto Lions Club on Myrtle. Doors open at 6 p.m. Be prepared to stand in line for a long time as this is one of the islands most popular events. Luckily you can buy snacks from the Happie Truck. Plus, you can even win prizes if you win at the game.
- Buy some local goods at the Arts and Crafts Market located at Bay Creek Park. This market is open from 9-5 every Wednesday and offers visitors a chance to find something unique to bring home as a souvenir.
- Visit the local movie rental store. Its one of the few left in the country that still has VHS available. Plus, it offers the best ice cream on the planet. If youre lucky enough to be there when they have the chocolate and peanut flavor youll be very happy.
- Go shopping in one of the dozen or so local shops on the island. These are great to visit when youve had a bit too much sun or need something to do during a rainy day.
- Head out to the Edisto Beach Museum or the Edisto Beach Interpretive Center at the Edisto Beach State Park and learn more about the island and surrounding waterways. These educational stops are fun for the whole family.
- Stop by the Serpentarium to view the snakes and alligators that call Edisto Beach home. This is a must-see activity for anybody new to the island.
- Enjoy yourself. Do whatever it is that makes you happy while visiting the beach and have a great time while doing so.
After more than three decades of coming to Edisto and even living here, I can honestly say there is no place on Earth that compares.