Things to do in Charleston SC with Kids

Things to do in Charleston SC with the Kids

So you have found your cheap hotel in Charleston SC and know to planning your time there.  Traveling with kids can at times  be a challenge but Charleston has lots to offer to keep them entertained.  So many things to do in Charleston for adults and here are 10 Kids Activities that you can consider.

1. South Carolina Aquarium. Located directly on the beautiful Charleston harbor, the aquarium is educational in mission and style, a total must see. There are examples of marine life and ecosystems from the upstate of SC to the shore and beyond. The Things to do in Charlestonbiggest exhibit includes a great ocean tank housing thousands of different species of fish as well as sharks and a loggerhead sea turtle. Check out their website for special offerings, and if you have the time, you can also take a behind the scenes tour of the Sea Turtle Hospital, which helps rehabilitate and release sea turtles from all over the east coast.

2. The Charleston Water Taxi.  Even though Charleston is easy to walk, sometimes you just need to take a rest. The Taxi is cheap (10 dollars – ride all day!) and is a great way to see the Holy City from a different perspective. The dolphins are everywhere too. It only takes about 30 minutes to get across and if you park on the Mt. Pleasant side of the harbor, parking is ample and free.

3. Patriot’s Point. The crown jewel in this naval museum complex is the USS Yorktown, a heralded aircraft carrier turned war memorial. Your kids will love this one.  Not only is the ship huge, there is so much to see. Not much of it is off limits, so you really do get to check out all the good stuff, plus there are aircraft, a flight simulator and other touch stations that bring the experience alive.

4. The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge  It’s free it provides amazing views. You can see for several miles out into the ocean and beyond. There is always a breeze up there and it’s perfectly safe – the guard rail is very high and there is a thick and tall cement barricade between auto and foot traffic. There is also a wonderful park complete with playground and pier near the base of the bridge on the Mt. Pleasant side.

5. Plantations – Drayton Hall,  (  Middleton Place  ( and Magnolia Plantation and Gardens ( are each outstanding examples of plantation life and each boasts its own particular claim to historic fame. All have beautiful grounds and gardens, educational activities that provide hands on learning as well as the museum house itself.   In the East Cooper area of town is Boone Hall, ( ) which was recently made famous (again) by being the location for the nuptials of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds. Boone Hall has a world famous avenue of oaks (major photo op) and also has tons of hands on activities perfect for engaging kids.

6. The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. Located on the Meeting Street “Museum Mile”, the children’s museum is perfect for taking a breather from the walking around that you will surely be doing through the historic district. There is an enormous art room, a medieval “castle” for pretending, puppets and dress up. There’s a water room (plastic aprons provided), a grocery store, a fishing boat replica and many other stations for kids to play.

7. The Beach! Charleston is fronted by several barrier islands and therefore we have some spectacular beaches. There are county parks located at Kiawah and the Isle of Palms  Parking, restrooms, showers and snack bars make the county parks an amazing resource for visiting families. There are several other awesome public beaches as well, including Sullivan’s Island, Folly Beach and Edisto Beach. Edisto is typically the least crowded but it’s also the furthest away from Charleston.

8. Vickery’s  Located on Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant, Vickery’s has good food, reasonable prices and is totally low-key and casual. The view is amazing – shrimp trawlers come and go all day long, you can walk the docks where they pull in to sell the seafood, there are almost always dolphins to watch.

9. Poe’s Tavern At one point, Sullivan’s Island was home to author Edgar Allen Poe, who apparently was known not only for his gift of dark storytelling, but also for his love of good food and drink as well. Taking a cue from the writer, Poe’s is located about a block from the beach and has amazing food. The vibe is casual and relaxed, the food is delicious and the location is awesome.

10. Dining Out  Andolini’s , The Kickin’ Chicken and Moe’s Downtown. All are great, casual, reasonable and all are located on the Charleston peninsula.   Andolini’s has a decidedly funky groove and amazing pizza. Kickin’ Chicken has great sports watching without being somewhere you wouldn’t take your kids and super delicious wings. Moe’s has a very broad menu, all of which is delicious.

Savannah has a wealth of family friendly lodgings – to see a selection of Guest Recommended Hotels and Apartments and in particular Cheap Hotels in Charleston SC check out our recent video.

Thanks to Scarry Mommy for providing the bare bones of this list



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