Charleston, established in 1670, routinely receives accolades as the world’s best and friendliest city. It’s a city that’s diverse, has an outstanding school system and plenty to do for families of all ages. Whether you come for a visit or live here, you’ll quickly to learn about why do families love Charleston. In this area you’ll find free and low-cost activities, indoors and out, that will appeal to every member of your family’s sense of fun, adventure and wonder! A great and knowledgeable real estate agent will be best at knowing what local activities would be best for you and your family.
Here are a list of items you’ll be able to enjoy with your family in Charleston:
Parks and Recreation
- Kids and splash pads are inseparable, and you’ll find one at the Charleston Waterfront Park. They’ll also enjoy the deeper water at the Pineapple Fountain, where it’s okay to play in the shallow water that rings the “pineapple” itself.
- The wharf area at Waterfront Park offers shade and benches, and still has plenty of room for the kids to play. It extends into the water and in quieter moments, it’s fun to look for dolphins in the deeper water at the wharf (as well as all the ships).
- Ducks and gazebos. Another free and wonderful park in Charleston is Hampton Park in the downtown area. It’s the city’s largest park, the avenues themselves lined with crepe myrtle and live oak trees. You and your kids will enjoy the gazebo and the pond. Depending on the day, you may even run into a a lively population of ducks.
- Aquatic life. The South Carolina Aquarium houses 5,000 animals and has plenty of exhibits devoted to all the life zones that South Carolina offers, from the mountains to the sea. Curious kids will definitely enjoy the touch tank, where they can learn about the invertebrates from the aquarium’s staff and volunteers.
- The library. If you need some quiet time, wander over to the Charleston County Public Library nearby (or the Mount Pleasant Library, one of the busiest libraries in the entire state of South Carolina). Both offer multi-faceted programs for the whole family, and give you a good idea of the area’s dedication to a positive learning environment for everyone. You’ll also be able to use the free wifi, and enjoy a vast selection of DVDs and Blu Rays if you are seeking a night in with your family (instead of just Netflix or whatever you may have lying around the house).
- Great Schools rates Charleston’s public schools highly, and the public commitment to quality of life through learning is obvious in the library system.
Take It Indoors
- History, history and more history. Charleston’s lush green landscape comes from rain, and when it’s in the forecast, be sure to look into visiting the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon. While dead men tell no tales, the history of the Dungeon will have you considering a pirate’s life in no time (let alone George Washington himself has some history here as well). Professional storytellers bring the history to life, making it a perfect spot to learn about history on a rainy day.
- Fire fighting. Heading north in the city to check out the Tanger Outlet Shops (or stopping by Boeing possibly), be sure to check out the North Charleston Fire Museum. It houses antique fire trucks and has hands-on areas for children. Kids under 12 are free and the admission includes fire safety tips for children.
- Golf. You won’t run out of golf courses in Charleston or Mount Pleasant, and some are in spectacular settings, like Patriot’s Point Links in Mt. Pleasant. Golf is a favorite sport in Charleston, and a local Realtor can give you all the help you need to find the right home on a golf course in the area. Many also have a family focus with amenities that appeal to kids of all ages.
- The water. Mentioning Charleston without mentioning the local water options would be ludicrous. Boaters and sun seekers alike enjoy the shoreline and intercoastal waterways. Jetskis, banana boats, kayaks, paddle boards, charters and even dolphin watching tours are all active and challenging ways for families to see the city from a different perspective.
These activities are suitable for families of all ages and interests. Exploring this city combines fun and adventure in an environment that offers plenty of personal enrichment.
Many visit Charleston once and fall in love.