Yes, Charleston has great fancy food, an amazing nightlife, and lots of adult-oriented fun to be had, but what about the thriving community of young families? Do they get to have fun, too? Of course they do! One of the largest, growing sectors of our population are young professionals and their young families. If you’re looking for fun, family activities in Charleston, we’re here to help!
Children’s Museum – One of the best kid-friendly places to go in Charleston is the Children’s museum. The museum is in downtown Charleston and features evolving displays, interactive stations, and lots of learning. With outdoor and indoor areas, this is great even for the hot summer.
Ice Palace – Ice skating is available all year round at the Ice Palace in North Charleston.
James Island County Park – Featuring a climbing wall, camping, hiking, cookout and picnic stations, water sports training and rentals (paddle boarding, paddle boats, kayaking), playgrounds, and a water park?! This huge outdoor county park is your answer to all things outdoor in Charleston.
Patriots Point – Explore the historic USS Yorktown (aircraft carrier), USS Clagamore (submarine), USS Laffey (destroyer), as well as Vietnam visits and the Medal of Honor museum. For a special treat, ask one of the veteran volunteers to share a story, and you won’t be disappointed.
Aquarium – Get friendly with sharks and rays in the new Shark Shallows exhibit, where everyone can reach into the shallow tank and feel the sea creatures! Then, take a tour of the aquarium to come face to face with the sea life in our harbor and all around the world in the large tanks and exhibits.
Blackbeard’s Cove – This family fun park in Mount Pleasant (2 minutes from Sullivan’s Island) includes putt-putt, go karting, arcade games, a climbing wall, gem/fossil mining, and a jump land.
Plantations – Get historical with walking tours of the local plantations, most include other attractions like petting zoos, gardens, and more.
- Boone Hall
- Magnolia Plantation
- Drayton Hall
- Charleston Tea Plantation
Whirlin’ Waters – The Whirlin’ Waters fun park in North Charleston features tons of water attractions with lifeguards for the entire family including kiddie pools, toddler play areas, wave pools, a slide complex, and a lazy river. Their lifeguards recently gained nationwide attention for their super fast reaction to save a drowning child.
Coastal Expeditions – Explore Charleston’s inter-coastal waterways and islands by boat or kayak, with the Coastal Expeditions eco tours. Get your family to the Bull’s Bay drop off, where you can explore the untouched island, find the best shells, and see wildlife for an entire day!
Wild Blue Ropes – Challenge courses, zip lines, and rope adventures are perfect for an active family day. Work together to get through the challenges and test your fear of heights safely with their experienced and helpful instructors.
Beaches – And as always, the beaches here are the biggest draw for families (and everyone else, too). With warm, shallow waters, gentle waves, and natural tide pools — even the little ones can have fun splashing and playing.
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If you and your family are ready to make the move, we can help you find the best neighborhoods in Charleston, made to fit your lifestyle, desired commutes, and housing needs. By living and playing in these neighborhoods we can help you find your best options. Whether you’re looking to buy your first home, expand to make room for a growing family, sell your old home, or find a vacation home, the real estate experts at The Block Charleston can help you find the best fit.
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