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Pineapple Fountain — Charleston, South Carolina

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Pineapple Fountain

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.

Pineapple Fountain at Sunrise, Charleston

Stephen McCloskey of Irmo, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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!)

Waterfront Park Pineapple

Benton Henry of Latta, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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.”

Pineapple Fountain

Pamela Oliveras of Charleston, 2018 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

More Pictures of the Pineapple Fountain

Charleston, Pineapple Fountain at Night

Jim Miller of Mt. Pleasant, 2018 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Pineapple Fountain Downtown Charleston

Mark VanDyke of Herndon, VA © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Pineapple Fountain

John Sabatier of Charleston, 2018 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Pineapple Fountain Charleston Park

Ben Sumrell of Awendaw, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Pineapple Charleston

Mark Wickliffe of Charleston, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Waterfront Park Fountain

John Kirkland of Augusta, Georgia, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Pineapple Fountain Wildflowers

Nancy Garvin of Goose Creek, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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10 Comments about Pineapple Fountain

Karen Colburn says:
March 1st, 2019 at 10:43 am

AMAZING images, thanks!

SC Picture Project says:
November 4th, 2018 at 4:23 pm

Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials, we wish you the best! The link to get to the steps needed to get that venue secured are located here: https://www.charleston-sc.gov/index.aspx?nid=362, hope this helps!

Chelsea Koenig says:
November 4th, 2018 at 9:48 am

I would like to get married at the fountain. I know I have to contact the city of Charleston but I don’t know where to go on their website. Any tips? Thanks!

SCIWAY says:
February 24th, 2017 at 9:07 am

Hi, Natalie. You will need to contact the City of Charleston. Here is the website: http://charleston-sc.gov/ Best of luck!

Natalie Foster says:
February 23rd, 2017 at 9:12 pm

I am inquiring about getting married at the Waterfront Park. Can you tell me if there is a fee? it would just be myself, my future husband and two of our kids and the officiant. No decorations…

SCIWAY says:
October 24th, 2016 at 10:46 am

Hi, Beverly. We are so glad you like the photos in the SC Picture Project! There should be a link to the photographer if you click on his or her name beneath the photo you like. If there is no link, please send us the name of the photographer whose photo you wish to use, and we will try to get that person’s email address to you (we do not own the photos; the photographers voluntarily share them with us). Please email us the photographer’s name at this address: service@sciway.net Thank you!

Beverly says:
October 24th, 2016 at 9:40 am

I so love your pictures. I’m an esthetician and would like to use your picture on my Facebook page, twitter etc. I would be happy to say it’s yours! Thank you.

Rev. Lenora Hawkins says:
September 8th, 2016 at 3:23 pm

I’d like some information about having a wedding at Pineapple Fountain.

SCIWAY says:
May 7th, 2012 at 6:46 am

Hi Jenny! You can submit pictures to our gallery here – https://www.scpictureproject.org/add-your-image.html. Thanks!

Jenny McCorkle says:
May 5th, 2012 at 3:00 pm

This is one of my favorite sites in Charleston. I have some great pictures — how could I share these?


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