The Pineapple Fountain is a focal point of the Charleston Waterfront Park, which people have been enjoying since it opened in 1990 – the spring after Hurricane Hugo. Pineapple motifs are common in Charleston and represent hospitality. The Pineapple Fountain was designed by Stu Dawson, Jay Faber, Varoujan Hagopian, and Mark Dawson, all of the design firm Sasaki.
The park’s eight acres face the Charleston Harbor and Ravenel Bridge. The park also features a larger splash fountain, where children of all ages play during hot Lowcountry summers. Children also frequently splash in the Pineapple Fountain itself, where wading is not only permitted but welcomed. (Note to grown-ups: You’re allowed, too!)
Getting Married at the Pineapple Fountain
Over the years, many people have asked how they might host their wedding at the Pineapple Fountain. The fountain is owned and managed by the City of Charleston, and you will need to contact its Recreation Department for a permit prior to your event. You will also need to pay a fee. We recommend that you apply a full 120 days in advance, provided you want to secure a particular date, but permits may be obtained up to 14 business days ahead of your event.
Please note that weddings at the Pineapple Fountain – and the Waterfront Park in general – are limited to 25 attendees, including the bride and groom!
The phone number for the City of Charleston Recreation Department is 843-724-7327. You may call to see if your date is available, and you may apply for a permit at 823 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403.
Reflections on the Pineapple Fountain
Photographer Pamela Oliveras, who shares the photo below, describes her visit to the Pineapple Fountain during the January 2018 snowstorm: “It was the day after the rare snowfall in Charleston. My dog and I decided to go explore. It was so cool that the pineapple fountain was frozen! I was really happy to capture this shot in a different light than how it usually looks. I think it looks magical. I would have loved to have captured it also as the snow was coming down the day before but roads were closed everywhere.”
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