The month of July represents the epitome of summer! Patriotic celebrations, backyard BBQ’s, swimming, and most of all “heat”! Admittedly, July in Charleston is hot; however, there are plenty of ways to keep cool and enjoy all that Charleston has to offer. First of all, enjoy your stay in one of our beautiful rooms here at the historic Governor’s House Inn, a luxury bed and breakfast located in the heart of downtown Charleston. There is no better way to experience the pre-revolutionary period with the benefits of modern conveniences. While you are here, experience a part of Southern culture as you cool off late in the afternoon on the veranda with a tall glass of sweet tea! You cannot visit Charleston in July without a trip to one of our beautiful beaches. At Isle of Palms County Park and Kiawah Beachwalker Park you will find paid parking, boardwalks, outside showers, lifeguards, and cool treats such as ice cream. Sullivan’s Island and Folly Beach are also great beaches where the locals hang. For a memorable experience, dance the night away to classic oldies and beach music on Folly Beach’s Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier on Fridays and the Mount Pleasant Pier on Saturdays, both from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. For even more water fun, Charleston County Parks offer water parks to appease those of all ages. At James Island County Park you can drift down the lazy river and ride gentle water slides. Older kids and more adventurous adults enjoy Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Park at North Charleston’s Wannamaker County Park. If you enjoy walking and browsing, Charleston Farmer’s Market, downtown Marion Square, is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. At the Farmer’s Market you will find local produce, plants, cut flowers, vendors, live entertainment, as well as arts and crafts from local artisans. On every second Sunday of the month, historic King Street is closed to traffic from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. What a wonderful way to shop and dine at your leisure! For those wanting to escape the heat, two great options are a visit to the SC Aquarium and the Charleston Museum. At the SC Aquarium you can touch a stingray in one of the interactive exhibits, and you can see marine life indigenous to South Carolina. The Charleston Museum is recognized as the “oldest museum in America,” and does a great job of presenting the history of Charleston. The museum also gives you the option to purchase tickets to the Charleston Revolutionary Heyward-Washington House and the Charleston Huguenot Joseph Manigault House. What is July without baseball and fireworks! Experience Charleston’s most spectacular fireworks display on July 4th from the deck of the legendary WWII aircraft carrier, The USS Yorktown at Patriots Point. Also, enjoy hotdogs and boiled peanuts while watching a Charleston Riverdogs Baseball game at the Joe Riley Stadium. So, contact the Governor’s House Inn today to start the planning of your July stay in Charleston.