When you decide to retire in the Lowcountry, you have the opportunity to make the most out of this new chapter of your life. Not only do you now have more free time to try out new retirement activities and hobbies, but you also have more time out of the year to devote to these activities. While many people look forward to warmer months to get back outside, in South Carolina, residents can practice popular summertime activities all year round. Whether you’re interested in trying something new, or if you’re just looking forward to spending time doing something you love, here are some of the best retirement activities in the Lowcountry.


Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in America. A 2019 report found that there are over 3 million participants and that 20.2% of the total participants are 65 years old or older. Pickleball is similar to tennis but has a smaller court, a lightweight ball, and a paddle instead of a racquet. The sport appeals to retirement activities because it’s inexpensive and easier on the body than tennis while still maintaining a high activity level. Pickleball shows no sign of slowing down, which is why many of our retirement communities have included pickleball courts as an added amenity for residents.

Water Aerobics

Water Aerobics has served as a traditional form of exercise for decades, and for good reason! Water-based activities offer gentle resistance to help lengthen muscles and benefit balance, coordination, and mobility. This exercise is easy on the joints, which sets it apart from other high-impact activities.

Any activity that takes place in the water has a longer season in the Lowcountry than in other parts of the country. Open-air pools are typically enjoyed from April through October in South Carolina, which allows for even more time to be spent practicing water-based activities like swimming or water aerobics. To cater to the long South Carolina summers, many of our communities offer pools and water-based activities like water aerobics to keep you active and cool all summer long. Having water aerobics as one of your retirement activities will leave you wanting to go to classes weekly.


There are many different fishing spots in the Charleston area that don’t require a boat to reach. Public piers, docks, and beaches all offer access to catching unique marine life. Whether you’re interested in spending your newfound free time enjoying the great outdoors or a lifelong fishing enthusiast that finds fishing an effective way of relieving stress, Charleston and its surrounding areas are the perfect spots to add to your list of retirement activities.


The Charleston area is home to many world-renowned golf courses, making it an ideal location for anyone looking to spend more time golfing or for those interested in taking some lessons. Make the most out of your golf season by retiring in the Lowcountry, where you can play all year long. 


Staying physically active is important at any stage in life, but there is a case to be made that should be even more of a priority in retirement. Studies have shown that regular exercise not only helps to maintain a healthy body but that it can also be beneficial for your cognitive health as well. Research has shown that cycling four miles a day can reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and strokes. Fortunately, communities such as Cane Bay and Nexton feature miles of trails and paved paths to help you stay on top of your retirement activities and enjoy some fresh air.

Contact the Martin Freeman Group

No matter what retirement activities you’re interested in, the Martin Freeman Group can help you find the perfect home. If you are looking for a home in the Lowcountry or have any questions about what the area has to offer, reach out to the Martin Freeman Group today.

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