Whether it’s the weekend, a day off from school, or a birthday party celebration, there are tons of exciting things to see and do around Charleston with the kids.
Below are 7 of our favorite kid-friendly Charleston attractions and activities:
Charleston Pirate Tours: A fantastic tour for all ages, the Charleston Pirate Tours are a fantastic way to discover the enchanting legends, surrounding this old-world city.
Your pirate guide, Eric Lavendar, and his parrot, Captain Bob, will take you on an unforgettable, scenic and information-packed journey around downtown Charleston, introducing you to some of the authentic pirate stories and tales that happened more than a century ago in Charleston. Specifically, you’ll learn about Charleston’s Golden Age of Piracy, romantic piracy stories, and little-known facts about Blackbeard and his role in piracy in the Charleston area.
Kids can even have their birthday parties hosted by Charleston Pirate Tours! During these parties, Charleston Pirate Tours partners with Island Paradise Balloon Art to create an exciting and activity-packed party that includes storytelling, balloon twisting, and treasure hunting. They even have a mobile pirate ship stage that can be setup at outdoor birthday parties.
Click here for more details on Charleston Pirate Tours.
Image above of Eric and Captain Bob, taken from the Charleston Pirate Tours website.
Kiln’ Time: This place is AMAZING! Located on Bowman Dr. in Mount Pleasant (just a 15-minute drive from downtown Charleston), Kiln’ Time is a “paint your own pottery” studio that offers a wide selection of different pottery items. From batman to unicorns, and coasters to plates and other kitchenware, kids (and adults!) can select from a variety of different types of pottery shapes.
Once selected, you then choose your paint colors, grab an apron, and begin an exciting hour or two of painting. Once complete, your masterpiece goes into the kiln and a few days later, it’s ready for pick up!
Kiln’ Time is an excellent venue to host a kid’s birthday party, have the kids paint a gift for Mother’s or Father’s Day, or enjoy a rainy day inside.
Kiln’ Time is located at 1111 Bowman Rd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464.
Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry (*image to the left taken from the Children’s Museum Facebook page): With excitement around every corner, the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry is the perfect place to educate kids through interactive games and activities. From the Art Room to the Medieval Creativity Castle, the Kids Garden to the Fire Truck, and the Raceways to the Pirates Exhibit, kids will discover non-stop stimulation at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry.
Some of the activities that kids can partake in at the museum include boat racing, “driving” a fire truck, discovering gems beneath cascading waterfalls, paint and design works of art, and interact with other children.
Click here to visit their website for more details.
Pony Rides at Seabrook Island: A 30-minute drive from downtown Charleston, Seabrook Island is a family-oriented destination that is celebrated for great shopping, golf, beautiful beaches, and delicious restaurants. But one of the best ways to enjoy the outdoors with the kids is on pony rides at the Seabrook Island Equestrian Center.
Pony rides are led by the parents and are available between 9 am and 3pm by appointment only. These rides are for kids up to eight years old and are $40 per half hour.
If you’re child is a bit older, you could consider beginner trail rides, which are with horses and not ponies. No previous experience required.
For more details about the Seabrook Island Equestrian Center offerings, click here.
USS YorkTown: Bring Charleston’s rich history to life for your children on a visit to the USS Yorktown at Patriot’s Point. Here, the entire family can discover fascinating facts about the USS Yorktown and it’s significant role in United States history.
Aboard this 888 foot aircraft carrier, visitors can explore a variety of educational exhibits, including the Medal of Honor Museum (a truly inspirational experience that is a favorite among visitors), The Charleston Navy Shipyard Museum, the Engine Room, and, of course, the flight deck, which features a variety of aircrafts.
And if your children want to see if they have “the right stuff,” bring them to the Flight Simulator, where they can embark on a multi-sensory experience that uses audio, visuals, and motion.
Click here for more information on the USS Yorktown.
Out to S.E.A.: The Schooner Pride recently launched their Out to S.E.A. program, which is an educational sail for students in grades 3 – 5. This hands-on program, which is correlated to South Carolina educational standards, enables children to work together in an interactive setting and build teamwork and leadership skills.
Each of the educational sails offered is 2.5 hours in duration and can be focused around science or history.
Click here for more details on the Out to S.E.A. program.
South Carolina Aquarium: An absolute must-visit Charleston attraction, the South Carolina Aquarium features a plethora of wildlife exhibits, including Madagascar Journey, Mountain Forest, Saltmarsh Aviary, Coastal Plain, and more. Some of the most talked about animals that can be seen at the SC Aquarium include lemurs, an albino alligator, river otters, screech owls, chameleons, sharks, sea turtles, and SO much more. There’s even a touch tank, 4-D Theater, and Sea Turtle Hospital!
Click here to learn more about visiting the South Carolina Aquarium.
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