Family Circle Tennis Center is an award-winning public facility that encompasses 17 championship tennis courts—13 clay and 4 hard courts, all lighted for night play—including the 10,200-seat Family Circle Stadium. Surrounded by a lush landscape and ancient oak trees, the 32-acre facility charms its guests with a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse and pro shop, which include luxury locker-room facilities and a bevy of tennis services. The grounds host tennis camps, one-on-one instruction, and special events such as the historic Family Circle Cup, a tournament that invites some of the world's top tennis players to compete.
With three back-to-back US championship and five East Coast Surfing Championship titles to his name, Josh Wilson is no stranger to the allure and thrill of riding waves. He's spent nearly 30 years on the water, and for 10 he's been a CPR-certified instructor, teaching his skills to students of all ages and experience levels. At Charleston Surf Lessons' private, semiprivate, and group sessions, he covers techniques such as moving from a lying to standing position on the board before joining students for an hour of surfing. Beyond introductory lessons, Josh offers one-on-one training for surfers interested in the sport's competitive side.
Kirk Sprinkles abides by the philosophy "Once a dancer, always a dancer," which he's shown over the course of a decades-long career. Kirk, who has performed on Broadway, at venues across the country, and even on the open seas aboard cruise ships, now imparts his expertise to students of all ages and abilities during dance classes and private lessons. At Sprinkles Productions, students can stop in for a ballet, jazz, or pointe tutorial, or schedule one-on-one sessions to perfect new skills or correct left feet.
The multicolored handholds and footholds that litter the walls at Coastal Climbing help climbers scale the walls inside this all-bouldering facility where climbers ascend the walls without help from ropes. More than 3,000 square feet of wall challenge climbers with at least 100 different boulder problems, and experienced instructors are on hand to teach lessons. Costal Climbing also offers a full range of fitness options, including cardio equipment, free weights, and TRX suspension training.
As a Class A affiliate of the New York Yankees, the Charleston RiverDogs aim to enchant fans with shapely curveballs and winning line drives. The club takes the field at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, where fans can take in views of the Ashley River as they watch the next crop of MLB stars sprout from the nutrient-rich soil stored within their cleats. Between innings, fans can snack on the Riley Park's concession stands' pickle dogs, brat cheesesteaks, and old-fashioned boiled peanuts—just some of the delicacies that have lured ballpark-cuisine fans from the Travel Channel to The Joe.
Masters Studios trains students to defend themselves using the traditional styles of Shaolin Kempo karate, kung fu, jujitsu, and tai chi. After an introductory lesson, instructors pace students according to their skills in programs designed to heighten mental focus, improve strength and technique, develop responsive strategies, and build a healthy lifestyle. In addition to standard classes, the studio runs summer camps and maintains a list of its black belt team.