Our firstborn has technically been to Charleston in utero (here’s our Babymoon in Charleston itinerary), but this city is definitely on our list for a vacation with the boys. Here are 10 things I know they would love doing in Charleston:
Historic Carriage Tour
This is my #1 must-do item on all my Charleston itineraries, and although history and architecture aren’t always my kids’ favorite things to learn about, they love horses and carriage rides.
Fort Sumter Tour
A ferry ride with possible view of dolphins and a real fort with cannons to wander around. Need I say more?
Waterfront Park Pier and Swings
This park is the perfect place for a picnic lunch, but get there early if you’d like to grab one of the swings! They’re very popular.
Parents, no need to be stressed about letting your kids too close to this iconic fountain. Wading is welcomed!
White Point Garden
A shaded area to run and play with battle monuments and… you guessed it… more cannons.
The South Carolina Aquarium in downtown Charleston is a great option for a rainy day or to add a little science and discovery to your mostly historical and architectural itinerary.
Charleston City Market
Many of the souveniers and handcrafted goods at the city market would appeal to children, especially those with their own money to spend. There are also several sweets shops located in and around the market.
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
Pair an educational visit with their nature tram tour, a walk through their beautiful gardens, and a visit to their petting zoo. Finish off the day with a visit to their children’s garden for some imaginative play.
Folly Beach or Sullivan’s Island
Either beach is a great choice for some family friendly fun in the sand. Folly Beach has a few more restaurants and the additional perk of two playgrounds: Wave Watch and Pirate’s Cove.
Other Things to Do In Charleston with Kids:
These are all items we’ve experienced on previous trips that I know our kids would love, but I also found a couple items that are geared specifically to kids that we haven’t done yet.
Charleston Pirate Tours
The Charleston Museum
Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry
Charleston Riverdogs baseball game
North Charleston Fire Museum
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