Charleston, SC is a place where history can be found at every turn. Majestic plantations, deep-rooted traditions, and the best of Southern culture are alive and well in this well-loved travel destination.
But Charleston isn't just about travel and tourism - it's a great place to live and explore too. Living near Charleston, we are afforded opportunities to learn, play and explore everyday. Such exploration can only be made more enjoyable with a child (or two!) to share it with. Seeing the wonderment through the eyes of the next generation would warm our hearts in ways that we cannot find words to express.
Charleston is a facinating place. Having lived here for the last 15 years, we've only scratched the surface of its opportunities. Feel free to take a look around at just a few of the possibilities that Charleston, SC has to offer.
We are only 25 minutes from Folly Beach, Sullivan's Island, and Isle of Palms. Sun & fun, surf & sand - our proximity to the shore offers ample opportunity to build sand castles, splash around in the ocean waters, and enjoy sailing opportunities in the Charleston Harbor.
Our good friend, Chris, often invites Sean out for a little deep-sea fishing. There's nothing better than a little hands-on "working for your supper" and finding the time to relax with good friends at the same time.
Charleston's waters are filled to the brim with fresh shrimp, crabs, and mahi-mahi. Year-round oyster roasts (and oyster festivals) are a mainstay activity around these parts. The roadside vendors offer freshly caught shrimp. There is nothing better than the freshest seafood.
In fact, Sean's Aunt Amie and Uncle George used to go crabbing to collect blue crabs. Amie's Lowcountry Beaufort Stew is divine!! Activities such as this offer a day of both great fun and great eating.
Plantations & Gardens:
Boone Hall Plantation - One of America's oldest working plantations. The Lowcountry Oyster Festival is held here. This is also the site of the Scottish Highland Games that we attend almost every year.
Middleton Place Plantation & Gardens - Beautiful plantation and gardens. Absolutely breathtaking! This is where we spent part of our honeymoon! We have also attended Charleston Symphony Orchestra performances here along with a grand fireworks show and a picnic.
Drayton Hall - The only plantation house on the Ashley River to survive the Revolutionary and Civil Wars intact
Magnolia Plantation - One of the only plantations to still be under the original family ownership of the Drayton family.
Cypress Gardens - Cypress Gardens offers the experience of being one with nature while exploring the swamp and walking on nature trails. This is also where scenes from the movie The Patriot with Mel Gibson were shot.
Charleston Tea Plantation - Bigelow Tea's Charleston Tea Plantation is where American Classic Tea is grown and cultivated. It is also one of the only tea plantations in America today.
Charles Towne Landing - The landing place of the early settlers to the Charles Towne colony.
Colonial Dorchester State Park - An archaeological treasure, the park rests on the site of Dorchester, a trading town that flourished on the Ashley River inland from Charleston from 1697 through the Revolutionary War. Fun Fact: Sean and I were married nearby to this park!
Flowertown Festival - One of the best crafts fairs in the nation. Each year this festival is held just in time for the azalea blooms. There are more flowers per square foot in this little "Flowertown in the Pines" than anywhere else in the world during full bloom.
SC Aquarium - This is a lively family activity for sure. Sean and I try to go at least onc a year. It's fun to relax amongst the sea creatures for a while. Our family exhibit is the moon jelly fish. It's like watching a "live" version of a lava lamp! :-)
James Island County Park & Splash Zone Waterpark - A great place to cool off during the hot summer months!
Waterfront Park - A downtown hotspot. There's a huge pineapple fountain and a boardwalk with swings. Sean and I spent lots of time here dolphin watching while we were in college. Very relaxing!
Whirlin' Waters Adventure Waterpark - This is the waterpark we've been dying to try! There's over 15 acres of cool fun stuff!
Charleston Museum - Jam packed with cool history. Sean and I have visited several times over the years
Gibbes Art Museum - One of Charleston's best known and best loved art museums. Sean and I have visited and love gazing upon the fine art collection here.
Patriot's Point - USS Yorktown Tour - Patriot's Point is the home to the retired USS Yorktown aircraft carrier and Naval Historical Center & Maritime Museum.
Children's Museum of the Lowcountry - This is a fairly new attraction and one we haven't had the opportunity to explore. It is Charleston's first hands-on learning environment designed just for children ages 3 months to 12 years and their families.
South Carolina Stingrays hockey - Sean and I both enjoy watching hockey. Between getting to Stingrays games and watching our young friend, Grant as he participates on two teams, we get a lot of time at center ice.
Charleston Battery - A professional USL First Division soccer team based in Charleston, South Carolina.
Charleston RiverDogs - Charleston's profressional baseball team. Nothing better than spending time at "The Joe" cheering for the RiverDogs and enjoying a nice hot dog.
A QuickList of Fun (& Free!) Things to Do in Charleston
- Stroll The Battery - sunrise and sunset are optimum times.
- Swing on the swings at Waterfront Park.
- Window shop on King Street.
- Visit some cemeteries & churches (most are open in the daytime).
- Take a walk on Sullivan's Island.
- Visit Ft. Moultrie - site of a Revolutionary War battle.
- See The Angel Oak on Johns Island - 1400 yr. old Live Oak tree. Sean and I still need to do this!
- Visit the art galleries of The French Quarter.
- Check out "The Red Barn" operated by Palmetto Carriage Works (especially fun for children) - located at 8 Guignard Street.
- Stroll The Gateway Garden Walk- links The Unitarian Church to St. Phillip's Church.
Although we've barely scratched the surface, I hope that you can see the world of possibilities that await your child should you choose us to be his or her parents.