James Island

Charleston Insider Guide to James Island, SC

A popular bedroom community with quick access to downtown Charleston, James Island has a distinct character: down-to-earth, independent, and family-friendly. James Island County Park with its water parks and annual Festival of Lights, and the Terrace Theater, which features independent films, are favorite community perks.

Things to do

There are many activities to keep residents and guests entertained on James Island.  Wonderful parks, historic Plantations and community events are all available.  We outline some of the bigger attractions on our Attractions Guide but our Insiders have picked the best of James Island for our Community Guide.

McLeod Plantation has lived through all of Charleston’s historic events including the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.  Today is stands as dedication to the heritage and history of the Gulluah culture.  Visitors can learn about the daily life of the people who lived and worked McLeod Plantation.  Tours of the homes and buildings are also given.  The site is also home to the McLeod Oak which is believed to be 600 years old.


Overcome your fear of heights and test yourself to this challenging ropes course that offers heights of 35 feet and multiple challenges.  Perfect for a large group, team building or parties.  We recommend checking out their website for offers and information on how to book your adventure today.

It gets warm in Charleston so families will love the option to cool down at the Splash Zone Water Park.  Closed for the addition of a new feature it should be open in June 2018 just in time for summer.

If you like the theatre and live performing arts by local artists then the Charleston Performing Arts Center is the place.  C-PAC is located on Folly Road and is centrally located near many restaurants. We recommend reviewing the list of current shows and buying tickets on their web site.

(Insider tip: James Island is close to everything so our full Attractions Guide is also a good resource. We also recommend the James Island Bugle for the latest local news, events and stories from around James Island.)

Dining on James Island

James Island is close in to downtown Charleston and West Ashley but does offer some unique dining experiences including great beer taverns and some established food trucks.  Our friends at Eater Charleston update their neighborhood guide so we recommend checking out their recommendations.  Our Insiders recommend:

(Insider tip: James Island is close by to many award winning restaurants. Check out our full Dining Guide for a complete list.)


James Island is located in the Charleston County School District and offers a number of public and private schools.  We have partnered with GreatSchools.org to provide a complete list of schools in the James Island area.

(Insider tip: Check with the State of South Carolina Department of Education’s website for yearly report cards.)

Homes and Builders

Carved by tidal creeks and marshes, James Island offers residents expansive waterway vistas. Many neighborhoods here were developed in the 1980-90s, so established homes tend to be slightly older and shaded by established tree canopies.  A lot of single-family homes, apartments, and condos are newly built with some new home construction sites including .

James Island County Park

2015 Population: 11,789
Median Home Price: $280,000





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Services and Utilities

Municipal Government:
Town of James Island

Service District:
S.C. Electric & Gas Co.
Charleston Water System

More Info:
Charleston County Government