12 Things to Do with Kids in Charleston, SC
One of our favorite family daytrips from Savannah is Charleston, SC. (about a 90 minute drive from Savannah)
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.
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.
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
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.