9 Kid-Friendly Activities in Charleston, SC

Charleston is charming, packed with history, and frequently listed as one of America’s best travel destinations. The area is packed with beautiful beaches, fantastic architecture, and many streets and parks. Charleston is especially fun to visit with kids, and we have come up with ten of our top things to do with kids this summer in the area!

1. Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry

This adorable museum includes nine interactive exhibits, including a two-story Medieval Castle, a pirate ship and a dedicated Art Room. It is a must-visit if your kids love to explore arts and sciences through their own imaginative play. The $10 ticket price is hard to beat, but the museum participates in the Association of Children’s Museums Reciprocal Network, so your membership at participating children’s museum gets you in for free!

Ticket Information:
25 Ann Street Charleston, SC 29403


2. Fort Sumter National Monument

A 30-minute ferry ride from the Charleston Harbor will bring you to Fort Sumter where the whole family can enjoy learning more about the Civil War and where the first shots were fired. The island forts have giant cannons to check out, cool historic structures to explore and lots of ground to walk.

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3. Charleston Riverdogs Baseball Game

Come cheer for the hometown baseball team, the Riverdogs! The ‘Dogs play in their fun, compact stadium near the Citadel, and host numerous events and promotions for kids and families throughout the season. If you need a break from the game, you can head out back and look at the beautiful view overlooking the Lowcountry.

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4. Spend the Day on Folly Beach

What’s better than spending the day at the beach?! Enjoy Folly Beach with your family and play in the surf, build sandcastles, and soak up some sun along the pristine white sand beaches. If you get hungry, you can head up to the beach pier or enjoy lunch at one of our many restaurants.

5. Let’s Roam – Charleston Scavenger Hunt

With this smartphone app-lead outdoor scavenger hunt, you will explore Charleston like never before! Your family can walk the historic streets of Charleston and learn more about art, culture, and history. Buy a ticket online or in-app, and it is valid for two years in any of their 300+ locations.

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6. Cypress Gardens

This beautiful, historic South Carolina treasure was just reopened after it suffered from major flooding three years ago. Children can enjoy the butterfly house, aquarium, and bird exhibit! For $5 you can take a guided boat tour and learn more about the plants and wildlife that live in the swamp. This is also the location where the Notebook and the Patriot were filmed.

More Information:
3030 Cypress Gardens Road, Moncks Corner, SC 29461


7. The South Carolina Aquarium

If you need a break from the hot sun, The South Carolina Aquarium is well worth the visit. It is located on the Cooper River waterfront near the landmark Arthur Ravenel Bridge. Kids can enjoy the touch tank, exhibits about Charleston’s local waterways and marine habitats, and displays like Lego-Alive which recreates some of Charleston’s aquatic animals in little bricks. The aquarium is packed with lots of fun things to do so you should make enough time to spend the whole day here!

Ticket Information:
100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston SC 29401


8. Charleston Farmer’s Market

This fun market runs from April to November every Saturday from 8:00am-2:00pm. There are plenty of vendors, arts and crafts, and local artisans who offer delicious treats for the whole family. The market also has live music and special kids’ events as well as a lot of green space great for a picnic!

More Information:
Every Saturday 8:00am-2:00pm
Marion Square – 329 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403


9. Patriots Point

At the base of the Ravenel Bridge, the whole family can explore the historic naval warships, climb into fighter planes, take a tour to see what life was like on board during wartime, and even experience a flight simulator! There is plenty of cool things to do here, and you can explore the Ravenel Bridge area when you’re done! Kids under 6 are free.

More Information/Tickets:
40 Patriots Point Boulevard, Mount Pleasant SC 29464