Bike on the beach. Bicycles specially designed for sand can be rented either from wherever you’re staying on, or from shops on E Ashley st., near Center st.
Seek out some dolphins. Shops along Center st. and further up on Folly Beach Road offer boat or kayak tours into the creeks of the salt marshes where you can see different species of sea birds, oysters, and the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin. Tideline Tours (http:// www.tidelinetours.com/) is stationed right on the island, and tells historical tales with an ecological twist.
Catch both sunrise and sunset. Because Folly Beach is a long, thin island, you can easily watch the sunrise and sunset from both the ocean side and the more serene marsh side. Sunset Cay Marina, near the western point of the island, has a deck with a bar where you can grab a cold beer as the sun sinks quietly into the horizon. On the ocean side, Folly Beach Pier provides a magnificent vantage point.
Visit Charleston. Since it’s so close by, you might as well enjoy the architecture and the seafood restaurants, and yes, all the historical sites. Booking a guided tour at the visitor center on Meeting st. across from the Charleston Museum is a good place to start.