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12 Things to Do with Kids in Charleston, SC

SouthernMamas.com regularly spotlights our favorite nearby daytrip spots to visit with kids outside of Savannah.

One of our favorite family daytrips from Savannah is Charleston, SC. (about a 90 minute drive from Savannah)

Things to do with kids in Charleston, SC include:
SC Aquarium Charleston Shark Shallows

1. South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston Harbor. Hours, daily events, admission rates & specials here.
Now open, Touch sharks & rays @ Shark Shallows. This new exhibit enables you to reach out & feel the skin of bonnethead sharks, cownose rays and southern stingrays. Details here. OPEN FOR MLK JR DAY.

2. Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, Charleston. Hours, exhibits, admission rates & more details here. OPEN FOR MLK JR. DAY, 9AM-5PM.

3. Fort Sumter & Fort Moultrie national monuments, Charleston. Info on these forts Junior Ranger program here.

4. The Center for Birds of Prey Avian Conservation Center Awendaw SC

5. Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, Mount Pleasant

6. James Island County Park Climbling Wall, Charleston – South Carolina’s tallest, outdoor climbing wall.

Splash Fountain Charleston Waterfront Park 7. Pineapple Fountain & Splash Fountain in Waterfront Park, Charleston. Wading in these downtown fountains is permitted & encouraged.

8. Awendaw Passage (7 miles) of Palmetto Trail (Hike or mountain bike)

9. Fresh farm stand/u-pick farm (depending on the season) including
* Ambrose Family Farm: Wadmalaw Island. www.stonofarmmarket.com/ambrosefamilyfarm.html
* Boone Hall Farms: Mount Pleasant. www.boonehallfarms.com
* Rosebank Farms: John’s Island. www.rosebankfarms.com

10. West Ashley Bikeway 2.5 mile biking & walking path, Charleston

11. Morris Island Lighthouse, Folly Beach

12. Waterparks
Splash Zone Waterpark in James Island County Park
Splash Island Waterpark, Mount Pleasant, SC

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Free trolley transportation

Free Public Transportation in Charleston via DASH Trolley

Charleston’s free public transportation – DASH Trolley – is operated by the city’s CARTA bus system and runs throughout the historic Charleston peninsula.
Route 210 (Orange) drives from College of Charleston to the Aquarium.
Route 211 (Green) drives to the waterfront, Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon, and City Market
Route 213 (Purple) drives to Brittlebank Park, Riley Stadium, historic city center.
All three routes converge at the Visitors Center, Marion Park and Charleston Museum.
Wait at an official CARTA bus stop, denoted by the green signs.