What to do in Charleston, South Carolina with your kids!

Charleston South Carolina

Every time vacation planning comes up in my house, Charleston, SC makes the list of places to consider! There is so much history in this town that your kids will learn without even realizing it! Don’t worry though, we will point you in the right direction to find all of the fun as well!

Places to Stay:

The Charleston Marriott is a great choice for your family’s stay! With the right blend of Southern charm and simple luxury, you will feel right at home! Your kids will love the beautiful pool and you will love the rooftop bar! We dig the bright colors in the guest rooms!

Charleston’s newest hotel is the Hyatt Place, and also a great place for families! They offer a complimentary breakfast, as well as a grab and go cafe area perfect for busy families!

Things to do: 

Grab a boat ride from Fort Sumter Tours and go visit the historic fort! The ride lasts about 30 minutes, all while being educated on the history of the fort. You and your family then have an hour to explore the museum and the grounds of the fort. Then it’s time to head back to the mainland via the boat.

Given the fact that my husband is a career firefighter and my boys are fire truck fans by default, a trip to the North Charleston & American LaFrance Fire Museum & Educational Center tops our list. You and your crew can get an up close and personal look at one of a kind fire apparatus pieces and some of the exhibits date back to the 1700s!

Photo Credit: Folly Beach
Photo Credit: Folly Beach

Hang out at the Folly Beach Fishing Pier for a little bit!  Even if you aren’t into fishing, just taking in the beauty of the ocean is enough for most visitors!

There are so many aquariums throughout the United States that it seems we often end up talking about visiting them. However, there always seems to be something unique at each location and the South Carolina Aquarium is no exception. They have a Sea Turtle Hospital where you can check in on the sea turtles that are being nursed back to health. Just as a note, tours of the sea turtle hospital are available at an additional charge and they are known to fill up quickly. Be sure to make your plans to get them ahead of time!

In our very humble opinion if you are near a beach, you need to visit it! That is just what you can do at Kiawah Beach Park; in 2013 it was named one of the top 10 beaches. Relax, breath deeply, listen to the waves and perhaps build a sandcastle or two!

Photo Credit : Classic Carriage Works
Photo Credit : Classic Carriage Works

When little (or big) legs get tired, hitch a ride on a horse drawn carriage, for a tour of historic Charleston! Classic Carriage Works offers a very scenic and beautiful tour of the town!

For the travelers in your family that can’t sit still, check out Nature Adventure Outfitters. They offer hiking tours, kayak and canoe trips, these sorts of tours will offer a totally different perspective on the area.

If you haven’t had the privilege of experiencing a dolphin cruise we highly recommend it! There is nothing quite like seeing the graceful dolphins swim up beside the boat! There are several different places in Charleston that offer dolphin cruises. Adventure Harbor tours offers sunset cruises, it would be the perfect way to end your day!

Have you been to Charleston? If so what is your family’s favorite activity? Planning a trip? What do you think will top the list?