Our most muscle-bound Summer Guide ever

Our most muscle-bound Summer Guide ever

Pumped Up

We hope you flexed your biceps while picking up this issue of the City Paper. If you got your triceps involved, heck, even better. You see, this year, we decided to pump up our Summer Guide.

10 Family-Friendly Ways to Have Fun

10 Family-Friendly Ways to Have Fun

In case you didn't know, body builders create perfectly formed mini-body builders when they make babies. It's just one of those science facts. Buff babies are great fun, too, because you can take them on roller coasters way before other kids. Buff or not, your kids may enjoy the following locations and activities, with one festival starting this very weekend.

Seven music festivals you can drive to

Seven music festivals you can drive to

Unfortunately, Bonnaroo, the South's largest and most well-known music festival, has already ended. But who needs it anyway? Bonnaroo isn't the only festival the South has to offer, and, as this list shows, it's not even the best. Check out these upcoming music festivals to get your sonic fix while staying south of the Mason-Dixon this summer.

Seven spots to take fido

Seven spots to take fido

Summer is the perfect time to bond with your dog. Let's face it, it's nearly impossible to leave your pal at home when he's giving you sad looks through the window as you walk away. Luckily, there are plenty of pup-friendly spots in the Charleston area where you can grab a bite and a brew and relax with your best friend. You can even socialize with some humans if you want.

One way to have your best beach day on Folly

One way to have your best beach day on Folly

You can have a great day on any Charleston beach — make sure to check out IOP and Sullivan's, too — but we have a soft spot for Folly. It may be the surfers scanning the Washout for waves, or it could be the always-smiling faces greeting us at Bert's Market.

Eight Fourth of July celebrations

Eight Fourth of July celebrations

There are few things more American than hulky men and women tanned to a glistening glow. Don't take our word for it, just close your eyes and imagine our body builders bathed in the light of a fireworks show. Then head to these area July 4th shindigs, dinners, and throwdowns.

Four beach games for everyone

Four beach games for everyone

There's a happy medium between extreme water sports and ocean-side lounging: easy, breezy beach games. The following games are body builder approved. And most only require one hand, so the other can be sipping a cool beverage*. Match point, eh?

Six ways to get wet this summer

Six ways to get wet this summer

While kicking back with a solid beach read (check page 28 for our 2016 selections) is our favorite way to enjoy the beach, sometimes we get to itchin' for more action. The following sports range from the extreme to the easy-going, so even if you haven't been hitting the gym as much as our body-building pals, you can still have a good time.

Six opportunities to give back

Six opportunities to give back

It's summertime, and that means it's time to get outside, get active, and start working on your tan. But you don't have to sit on the beach all summer to get that bronze complexion. Put yourself to work and give back to your community with these six outdoor volunteer opportunities.

Six Charleston hot dog joints

Six Charleston hot dog joints

Nothing says summer like a good old-fashioned hot dog. The most unpretentious of cookout staples, the hot dog is best served with whatever topping you think it deserves. And the greatest dogs of all? You'll find those at a number of local hot dog joints, from Summerville to Mt. Pleasant. Hot diggity.

Five tips for no cook chefs

Five tips for no cook chefs

It's hot in Charleston. There's no way around the weather, but there just might be a way to skip the brutal heat associated with cooking in the summertime.

Six beach worthy reads

Six beach worthy reads

The Lowcountry is known for its beaches and bars, and we're sure you know that there's another B on that list too — books. With several prolific authors located right here in Charleston, we've got a wide array of novels to choose from, and you can bet your bottom (sand) dollar that they're the kind you want to read while lounging in a beach chair. Here are some books we think are just peachy, from near and far.

Six bars on top of the world

There aren't many tall buildings in Charleston, but it seems like all of those that do exist are topped with bars. Because who doesn't get excited about a rooftop bar? In the spirit of full disclosure, some of these bars will cost you a pretty penny per drink. So save them for a night when you really want to treat yo'self, or, if you're a high roller, feel free to make yourself a regular.

Eight soothing summer sips and tips

Eight soothing summer sips and tips

Here at the City Paper, we like to drink alcohol. Beer, wine, cocktails — you name it, we want it. When it gets this hot out, though, we aren't always sure what drink of choice to turn to.

Six ways to sweat

Six ways to sweat

It's hard to exercise in the heat, plain and simple. That's why we've rounded up a list of indoor workout studios that range from fun to fancy (hello espresso maker). Body builders hit the gym every day, and you may want to, too, after seeing what these places have in store.

Five places to buy a swimsuit

Five places to buy a swimsuit

Body Builders, by the very nature of their buff physicality, have the beach bods of the gods. And we say that not just because it rhymes, but because it's totally true. If you want to be like them, hit the weights, down your protein shakes, and visit the following Charleston shops.

Six Charleston bars on top of the world

Six Charleston bars on top of the world

There aren't many tall buildings in Charleston, but it seems like all of those that do exist are topped with bars. Because who doesn't get excited about a rooftop bar? In the spirit of full disclosure, some of these bars will cost you a pretty penny per drink. So save them for a night when you really want to treat yo'self, or, if you're a high roller, feel free to make yourself a regular.

See Also: Summer Guide 2016 Archives

PHOTOS: These 2016 beach looks will keep it hot all season long

PHOTOS: These 2016 beach looks will keep it hot all season long

Summer Heat

A guide to the best eats and sips at Charleston's three beaches

A guide to the best eats and sips at Charleston's three beaches

Drinks and Grinds

Beach brain: The not-so-scientific term for the condition which develops when you've been sitting in the hot sand too long, the sun baking your mind and the salty air leeching the water from your pores.

The Lowcountry's metal detecting club uncovers mysteries every day

The Lowcountry's metal detecting club uncovers mysteries every day

On the Case

Chris Jenkins heads to Folly Beach, Sullivan's Island, or IOP, about four times a week. He isn't sunning, walking his dog, or gazing into the deep blue sea. He's searching for treasure.

A day in the life of Bert's Market

A day in the life of Bert's Market

Doors Never Close

The days at Bert's Market start a lot earlier than the casual customer might think. From the time the last of the late-night crowd clears out, the third-shift get to work prepping for the morning. It starts with baking biscuits for the breakfast menu and brewing fresh coffee, which is free by the way, all day long. Because Bert's Market never closes.

Learning the ropes of life on a boat in Charleston

Learning the ropes of life on a boat in Charleston

My Home is the Sea

They're called live-aboards, simply enough. Not to be confused with those who vacation in Charleston aboard their luxury yachts, these are the men and women who live here year-round, but choose to do so off dry land on a boat.

Best-selling author Hugh Howey builds a boat and sets sail around the world

Best-selling author Hugh Howey builds a boat and sets sail around the world

Finding the Way

Hugh Howey always knew he'd see the world by boat. "There's a group of us that hung out at Rainbow Cafe and then later at Clara's Coffee Shop," he says, referring to his Charleston heyday in the mid-'90s. "There were about five us who sat around and dreamed of sailing around the world, and we either had boats or we sailed on other people's boats at the time.

Charleston's ocean lifeguards take life-saving seriously

Charleston's ocean lifeguards take life-saving seriously

Do You Have What it Takes?

There's a Baywatch movie coming out next year, starring Zac Efron, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and, of course, the TV show's signature beach babe herself, Pamela Anderson. The hype around the new film got us thinking — what does it take to be an ocean lifeguard?

See Also: Charleston Beach Guide Archives

A Coywolf by Any Other Name

A Coywolf by Any Other Name

What should we call these coyote-wolf hybrids?

Anyone hoping to learn about "coywolves" — a hybrid wolf and coyote, with a bit of dog thrown in for good measure — is bound to come across the name Roland Kays.

A look at South Carolina's very own Monkey Island

A look at South Carolina's very own Monkey Island

Monkeyshines

It's beginning to look like I'll never make it to Monkey Island. Sitting on a small stretch of dock at the Eddings Point Boat Landing in Beaufort, I'm spending a warm Sunday afternoon approaching boaters as they prepare to push off. It's a sleepy little spot, just a small parking lot and a short walking path that wrap around Jenkins Creek.

Vultures have been maligned for years — but today's hunters could be their saviors

Vultures have been maligned for years — but today's hunters could be their saviors

A History of Violence

Birds of prey have been feared, and their population threatened, since the mid-1800s. Improvements in firearms, an increasing human population, and a fear of the unknown converged to create a rise in bird killing.

See Also: 2016 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition Archives

City Paper interns answer your burning questions about college life

City Paper interns answer your burning questions about college life

Ask and Ye Shall Receive

Our interns are wise beyond their years (or at least that's what they tell us), so we asked them to fill us in on the what's what of college. Here's what they had to say.

Catch summer's final rays on three area beaches

Catch summer's final rays on three area beaches

Beach Blanket Bingo

You've arrived in what may seem to be the hottest place on earth. Trudging around campus, you find that lower back sweat has reached an all-time high, making running-down-the-leg sweat a river of truth. Grab your friends and head to one of the area's three convenient beaches where the sand and surf are free, free, free.

Ideas for cheap Charleston dates

Ideas for cheap Charleston dates

Shiver Me Tinder

Believe it or not, there are college-friendly date options that let you and your new lover get cozy without breaking the bank. Netflix in your dorm room is always an option, but if you're looking to impress someone really special, head to a local restaurant or park to see if sparks fly.

See Also: 2015 College Student Guide Archives

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