Raileigh and the Pineapple Fountain

Today, our family headed to downtown Charleston to enjoy this absolutely gorgeous weather.  It’s only February 1, and we enjoyed a beautiful day in the low 70’s.  Pure bliss.

One of our very first stops was Waterfront Park.  In case you aren’t familiar with this lovely little spot, it’s home to many wonderful things, including the iconic Pineapple Fountain.  The pineapple is a symbol of hospitality, and one that has long been associated with Charleston.

The Pineapple Fountain is one of two fountains in Waterfront Park that can be classified as “splash fountains”.  This means that you are welcome to take off your shoes and dip the toes in the water to cool off for a bit.  There is no lifeguard on duty, so it’s all at your own risk.

Today, as we approached the fountain, Raileigh asked if she could touch the water.  When we asked if she’d like to take her shoes off and touch the water with her toes, she was delighted!  Though the day was beautiful, there was really no one else around.

We spent the good part of an hour watching as Raileigh enjoyed the nice, cool water at Pineapple Fountain.  At first, she somewhat timidly dipped her toes and fingers in.  By the time we left, she was completely sitting in the water, drenched.  She splashed, made water hand and feet prints on the sidewalk, and had an overall amazing time.

I see many return trips in our future.  However, I will definitely be sure to come more prepared since I know Raileigh will most likely be completely wet from head to toe.

I’ll leave you with some pictures of Raileigh enjoying herself on this beautiful February afternoon.

Raileigh, just before touching the water for the first time

She started by somewhat timidly touching the water with her fingers and toes

That quickly turned to all out splashing

She also enjoyed walking along the perimeter of the fountain

She is practically sitting in the water at this point

Completely drenched and completely happy!