As sun tans fade and the leaves change colors, fall approaches – and we all know what that means. Game Day. Athletes have trained through the off-seasons and they are finally ready to make their debut on the field. At long last, football season is finally here and fans are overwhelmed with excitement. NFL or college leagues, the football frenzy causes quite the commotion. For many, Saturdays entail road trips all over the southeast to join the game day madness at other universities. You know what they say…if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Why miss out on any weekend fun when there are alternatives to attending the game?
Bummed because you are missing the game day soiree? Sure, it may not be a lot full of gravel and tailgates, but there are plenty of cool places to go and watch the game (and by cool, I mean air-conditioned). On campus, I asked many of the students, professors, and staff about some of their favorite locations to watch their big game. A few of the most popular places included:
Eat. Drink. Bowl. The website doesn’t lie. After all, the Alley is arguably Charleston’s Best Sports Bar. On multiple large screens, you can watch college or professional football. Every Sunday, the Alley airs almost every game. While you’re watching, you can also take a break to bowl, eat, or choose from a variety of old-school arcade games.
Head on over to ‘Pie Town USA’ and enjoy your menu item of choice while watching your favorite game. Mellow Mushroom offers great food and specials, as well as majestic surroundings. The restaurant delivers its own kind of party, hosting many events like NFL Bingo.
Charleston Beerworks is prepared for game day festivities year-round. Not to mention, they keep a countdown for college game day on their website. This location is a great pick if you’re looking for “cold beer, fresh food, and sports”—exactly what Charleston Beerworks has to offer. The location has an authentic feel and athletic persona, making it a great place to watch any game.
For those who are not interested in watching the game, and prefer to engage in their own form of physical activity, don’t worry. Some great alternatives to being indoors on game day are:
Nature Adventure Outfitters
It is not too late to get in the water and have some fun. There’s always the option of renting Kayaks, Canoes, or Paddle Boards from Nature Adventure Outfitters. They even provide student discounts (don’t forget your ID!). This is a great alternative for someone who is looking to get outside and be one with nature.
Blackbeard’s Cove and Fun Park
Everyone needs some time to channel their inner child. Who says you have to completely grow up? Blackbeard’s Cove and Fun Park is the ideal place to play putt-putt, ride go-carts, play laser tag, or go crazy in the arcade. Blackbeard’s Cove and Fun Park is a fun place to let go!
Even though we may not have a football team, there are plenty of things that one can do around Charleston to keep themselves entertained. Whether inside or outside—watching the game or playing your own—Charleston offers some great alternatives to game days.