Things to do in CHARLESTON with kids

Y’all ready for that southern hospitality? Then grab a cup of that sweet tea - it’s Charleston time! (And no, we don’t mean the dance!) This South Carolina capital is a beautiful city, filled with history, culture and magic.

One of the best ways to see this incredible city filled with fun things to do with kids, is take a tour of it! Companies like Old South Carriage Company and Classic Carriage Tours take you on fun (and sometimes horse-drawn carriage) tours where you can really learn the history of the city.

Looking out at at big expanse of Atlantic Ocean and wonder what’s below? Stay dry and take the kids to South Carolina Aquarium, where there are sharks, fish, turtles, otters…just to name a few!

Charleston is rich with history, and kids can immerse themselves in attractions such as the Civil War’s Fort Sumter National Monument, and a DUNGEON! The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon looks the same from back in the time of George Washington (and yep - a real dungeon!)

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  • South Carolina Aquarium

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    Charleston

    You'll find the aquatic habitats of the state from rushing mountain streams through rivers, lakes and the saltmarsh, to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way, encounters with river otters, ...

  • Old South Carriage Company

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    (1 miles) Charleston

    One hour fully narrated tours of the Historic District. City's only licensed guides in the Confederate uniform. Tours depart every 20 min. from our Barn. Clean restrooms and video entertainment while ...

  • Childrens Museum of the Lowcountry

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    (1 miles) Charleston

    Nine interactive exhibits, including a two-story Medieval Castle, a pirate ship and a dedicated Art Room, allow your children to explore the arts, sciences and humanities through their own hands-on ...

  • Classic Carriage Tours

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    (1 miles) Charleston

    Historic, fun and educational carriage tours around the stunning Charleston, South Carolina. A great way to spend the day with the family!

  • Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon

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    (1 miles) Charleston

    A fascinatingly historic day out with children, with the beautifully resorted Old Exchange building once danced in by George Washington, then a spooky dungeon below!

  • Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum

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    (1 miles) Mount Pleasant

    Patriots Point would become one of the largest museums of its kind in the world with the addition of other ships such as the destroyer USS Laffey, known as The Ship That Would Not Die. The Treasury ...

  • Fort Sumter National Monument

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    (4 miles) Charleston

    A historic day out at this South Carolina Civil War battle site, with indoor and outdoor activities.

  • Wild Blue Ropes

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    (4 miles) Charleston

    Feel like Tarzan with this South Carolina ropes challenge course, at 35ft off the ground! Great active fun for kids over 4 years.

  • Splash Zone Waterpark

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    (5 miles) Charleston

    Water park with caribbean theme and lots of fun rides and slides.

  • Splash Island Waterpark

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    (7 miles) Mount Pleasant

    A family water park hidden within the tropical vegetation of a county park, Splash Island is COOL for kids!

  • Monkey Joes

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    (8 miles) Charleston

    Wall to wall inflatables, obstacle courses, and other great activities for active kids under 12 in this South Carolina indoor play center!

  • Barrier Island Ecotours

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    (10 miles) Isle of Palms

    Spend your South Carolina day out with amazing wildlife, with tours to take you fishing, dolphin watching, and onto the shores!

  • Blackbeards Cove Family Fun Park

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    (10 miles) Mount Pleasant

    Go-Carts - Climbing Wall - Blackbeard’s Gemstone Mining - Jump Land - Indoor Play System (All Day) - Water Wars

  • Carolina Ice Palace

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    (13 miles) Charleston

    South Carolina's Ultimate Family Entertainment Complex, the Carolina Ice Palace was designed to be a year-round family playground for recreational skating, league hockey, figure skating, extreme ...

  • Whirlin Waters Adventure Waterpark

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    (15 miles) North Charleston

    A fun water park in North Charleston set over 15 acres.

  • The Center for Birds of Prey

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    (16 miles) Awendaw

    Offering a unique insight into the lives and spectacular abilities of more than 40 species of birds of prey, including eagles, hawks, owls, falcons, kites, and vultures. One of the many fun family ...

  • Music In Motion Family Fun Center

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    (20 miles) Summerville

    Family roller skating rink playing classic and contemporary pop music, with video game arcade including air hockey and pool tables also available.

  • Edisto Island Serpentarium

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    (26 miles) Edisto Island

    You can view beautiful reptiles in both the indoor and outdoor facilities. Alligators and turtles swim and play in large outdoor ponds in the outdoor gardens, while other reptiles bask in the large ...

  • Georgetown Loop Railway

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    (54 miles) Georgetown

    The Georgetown Loop Railroad was one of Colorado's first visitor attractions. Completed in 1884, this spectacular stretch of three-foot narrow gauge railroad was considered an engineering marvel for ...

  • Adventure Cove Family Fun Center

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    (61 miles) Hilton Head Island

    Come and test your skills at Adventure Cove, the island's largest arcade. Adventure Cove offers a variety of games from the classics to the most interactive on the market. There is something for the ...

  • Coastal Discovery Museum

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    (62 miles) Hilton Head Island

    With indoor and outdoor exhibits, activity centers in the Sea Island Classroom, the History Time-line Exhibit, and Museum Store on-site, plus 11 different tours and cruises around the island, the ...

  • Wild Water and Race Theme Park

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    (78 miles) Surfside Beach

    24 Slides - Wipe Out Wave Pool - Lazy River Ride - Wallys Kiddie Lagoon - Adult Lounge Pool - Mini Golf - Go-Carts - Bumper Boats - Snack Bar - Gift Shop. One of the many fun family places to go if ...

  • Waccatee Zoo

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    (79 miles) Myrtle Beach

    located within 500 acres of private, carefully preserved, wooded property. Along winding trails, beneath shady trees you'll find over 100 species of animals, all treated like family. This zoo ...

  • Island Miniature Golf and Games

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    (80 miles) Savannah

    We feature an awesome 18 Hole Miniature Golf Course, where you play through streams, ponds and rock hazards, just like the real thing! We also feature Bumper Go-Carts Batting Cages Moonwalk ...

  • Fun Warehouse

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    (81 miles) Myrtle Beach

    Fun activities for active kids of all ages including laser tag, soft play, inflatables, roller skating and arcade!

  • PirateLand Family Camping

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    (82 miles) Myrtle Beach

    Great RV park with amenities for kids of all ages, including a brilliant 510ft lazy river, and swimming pool!

  • Fort Pulaski

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    (82 miles) Savannah

    The Battle for Fort Pulaski in April 1862 marked a turning point in military history. It featured the first significant use of rifled cannons in combat. Explore the historic fort, or take a scenic ...

  • Amicks Deep Sea Fishing

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    (82 miles) Savannah

    This first class fishing service offers deep sea and inshore fishing, sightseeing excursions, and dolphin tours.

  • Family Kingdom

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    (86 miles) Myrtle Beach

    More than 35 rides await in this family friendly, old-time amusement park right by the sea!

  • Barefoot Landing

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    (86 miles) North Myrtle Beach

    Live shows, big name entertainment and great attractions, including one of the largest reptile parks in the world, a carousel and 7D cinema! An entertaining experience at Myrtle Beach for kids!

  • Adventure Falls Golf

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    (87 miles) Myrtle Beach

    Two great miniature golf courses with cascading waterfalls, trees, a castle and caverns to play up, over and down, there is plenty of opportunity to get in trouble and to have some laughs at the same ...

  • Pavilion Nostalgia Park

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    (87 miles) Myrtle Beach

    A collection of classic rides from the Pavilion Amusement Park, like the famous Herschell-Spillman Carousel, Wave Rider, adult and kiddie Pirate Rides, and the Caterpillar, Dune Buggy, Boat and ...

  • Ripleys Haunted Adventure

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    (87 miles) Myrtle Beach

    3 Floors of Fright! Live actors and dramatic special effects. (Children under 6 not admitted)

  • NASCAR SpeedPark

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    (87 miles) Myrtle Beach

    7 Exciting tracks - 2 NASCAR Themed Miniature Golf Courses - NASCAR Silicon Motor Speedway - Kiddie Rides - Speed Bumper Boats

  • Myrtle Waves Water Park

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    (87 miles) Myrtle Beach

    South Carolina's largest water park, presents 20 acres of swerves, curves, waves and chutes and more than one million gallons of water.