Charleston has a renowned reputation for being an adult vacation destination, with a prolific night scene, ghost tours, and lots of alcohol. It seems like it would be hard to find things for young people to do, but children are sponges and love to soak in the rich Southern history in the area. Even if your kid isn’t a huge history buff, Charleston is loaded with things to do for little ones. Check out some of our favorites below.
5 Kid-Friendly Things To Do In Charleston:
1. The South Carolina Aquarium
Kids love aquariums, and this one is no different. Exhibits here allow little ones to interact directly with sea, land, and air creatures native to the South Carolina area. Like many modern aquariums, this one features the Touch and Feel Tank, which allows youngsters to interact directly with sting rays, sea urchins, horseshoe crabs, and more. Kids with an imagination, rejoice; you can even meet a real mermaid here. This aquarium has something to offer the entire family, so check it out.
2. Patriot’s Point Maritime and Naval Museum
This one is sure to be a favorite of little boys and tom boys everywhere. Kids love seeing warships, planes, and submarines, and this museum will let them get up close and personal with the incredible engineering. Tour the inside of one and you’ll have something to talk about for the entire drive home.
3. Middleton Place Plantation
This working plantation will give your little one the chance to see what working on a plantation was really like. Milk a cow, take place in a historical reenactment, talk to working craftsmen, and view free range animals on their normal farm habitat. This is sure to spark some questions about country life and where your food really comes from, so be prepared for that conversation.
4. North Charleston Wannamaker County Park
Charleston has tons of parks, but this is one of our favorite, with a water park open during the summer among other things. This park also boasts two playgrounds, a 20 foot play hill (king of the hill, anyone?), open meadows, and a hiking or biking trail. If you’re looking for an active way to spend your vacation, definitely check out this park.
5. Carolina Ice Palace
Ice might not be the first thing on your mind when visiting South Carolina in the summer, but this ice skating rink is open year-round. You can rent skates, reserve the rink for parties, and enjoy the coolness on a hot day. Teach your kid to skate and they might be thanking you on their next field trip to the skate rink.