Fountains have long been gathering spots for people to cool off, refresh themselves, and hydrate since the ancient Roman Empire built the viaducts to carry fresh water to its citizens. Although their purpose has somewhat changed over the centuries, fountains still provide people with cool, refreshing places for recreation, respite, and reflection. There are a few stunning fountains that one MUST visit while staying here at the Governor’s House Inn.
The Pineapple Fountain
Perhaps one of the most famous fountains here on the Charleston peninsula is the symbolic Pineapple Fountain at Waterfront Park. The pineapple has long been a symbol for hospitality and since Charleston has been repeatedly nominated as one of America’s friendliest cities by Travel + Leisure Magazine and Conde Nast, it only makes sense that one of Charleston’s focal points would be a stunning, larger than life fountain in the shape of a beautiful pineapple. It is said that Christopher Columbus first made mention of this succulent fruit when he and his men landed on the island of Guadaloupe. So enamored with this delicious and juicy treat, they brought the pineapple back to Europe where it gained popularity. During America’s colonial period, the pineapple was what every hospitable hostess would serve to her guests. It would first grace the table as a centerpiece and then be cut and offered to her guests for dessert. Since then, the symbol of the pineapple can be found everywhere, especially in Charleston, where the people are just as warm as its weather.
Waterfront Park’s Splash Fountain
Another must-see fountain here in Charleston is the splash fountain, also found at Waterfront Park. After a long day of walking Charleston’s charming streets, shopping in our incredible and eclectic shops, and visiting our plentiful historical sites, there is no better place to cool off and refresh your feet than the immense splash pad that greets you on the corner of Vendue Range and Concord Streets. If you’re not in the mood to actually get wet, it’s always entertaining to watch people (and often a friendly dog or two) play among the rushing jets of crystal clear water.
Chapel Street Fountain Park
The Chapel Street Fountain Park is a perfect example of the quintessential quiet neighborhood park. Peaceful and secluded, this romantic spot is the perfect setting for folks who want to get away from the city’s hustle and bustle. Verdant greenery and foliage surround the large, iron fountain. Sit in the shade and read a book. Bring your special someone along and share a picnic lunch on one of the park benches. Have your binoculars handy and do some bird watching while enjoying the gentle sound of the rushing water. This charming Charleston fountain is located on … you guessed it… Chapel Street.
Be sure to visit Charleston’s gorgeous and relaxing fountains while staying here at the Governor’s House Inn! It’s one way to help stay cool and really enjoy all that our sweet city has to offer. Contact us today to reserve your unique room!
Photo courtesy of: Ron Cogswell