Top Ten Active Pursuits on Daniel Island
Daniel Island residents enjoy an active lifestyle year-round, but this is the time of year when fitness seems to be on everyone’s mind, as the days turn warmer and people start to get serious about getting in shape for summer. So what do Daniel Islanders do to get fit? You name it – there’s pretty much something for everyone. Here are some of the most popular ways of staying active and getting in shape in Charleston’s island town:
1. Walking and jogging on the island’s 18+ miles of scenic trails
Traversing through parks and maritime forest, along neighborhood streets and though the island’s downtown, the trails on Daniel Island offer scenic views of Lowcountry marsh, tidal creeks, parks, golf fairways and the Wando River. You never have to travel the same way twice!
2. Playing tennis at the Daniel Island Club or Family Circle Tennis Center
Charleston has been named the best city for tennis in America, and Daniel Island is at the center of the action, with the 18-court Family Circle Tennis Center (open to the public) and the Daniel Island Club’s Tennis Pavilion, which services 11 private courts for members. These two facilities offer all kinds of instruction, clinics, camps, teams and training for all ages and abilities.
3. Organized fitness classes
A diverse array of special fitness classes for all levels and all interests are offered by the Daniel Island Property Owners’ Association, City of Charleston Recreation Department and private personal trainers. Swimming lessons for all ages, water aerobics, boot camps, circuit training, yoga classes, running and walking groups and more – there’s truly something for everyone!
4. Paddle boarding and kayaking on Beresford Creek, Ralston Creek & the Wando River
Community boat ramps and private docks make access to Daniel Island’s tidal creeks easy for residents. For those who don’t have their own equipment, the Property Owners’ Association is now renting kayaks and paddle boards to residents for a nominal fee. There’s no better way to get some exercise and take in the scenery than a paddle on Lowountry waters!
5. On-island races and fitness events
Daniel Island is a popular destination for organized running and walking events that make use of the island’s scenic trails, quiet neighborhood streets and venues like parks, Blackbaud Stadium and the Family Circle Tennis Center. Among the larger events are the Komen Lowcountry Race for the Cure, Bishop England High School’s Daniel Island 5K and the Daniel Island Kids’ Triathlon.
6. Playing golf at one of the Daniel Island Club’s two private golf courses.
The Daniel Island Club’s two private golf courses, designed by Tom Fazio and Rees Jones, are nationally ranked and offer an outstanding golf experience for club members. Even better, they were designed to be walked. Many members skip the golf cart and get a workout as they play though 18 holes!
7. Hip Hop workouts with resident Angel Roberts at Daniel Island Hip Hop
This wildly popular dance studio has a loyal following, with students traveling from around the area to Daniel Island to break a sweat to the beat.
8. The “Workout of the Day” at Crossfit Discovery in downtown Daniel Island
The Crossfit craze hit Daniel Island years ago, and Crossfit Discovery is one of Charleston’s top Crossfit facilities, offering a challenging and supportive environment for getting seriously fit.
9. Competing in organized sports in the island’s parks
Between the City of Charleston’s Recreation Department (which has an office right here on Daniel Island), the Daniel Island Property Owners’ Association and groups organized by island residents themselves, there’s always an opportunity to participate in competitive sports like basketball, volleyball, soccer, lacrosse, kickball and more. Sports fields and facilities of all kinds are located in many of the island’s parks, and with so many active residents here, there’s always someone to play with!
10. Biking everywhere
“If you have a bike, and you have a basket, you don’t need a car and you don’t have to leave the island.” It’s been said many times, and it’s true. Whether you’re headed out to get a gallon of milk or hitting the trails for a 20 mile bike ride, you can get fit on Daniel Island any time simply by jumping on your bike. The island’s trails and sidewalks make it easy to safely bike pretty much anywhere on the island.