4975 Centre Pointe Drive, North Charleston
Take the short drive to North Charleston for the Fire Truck Museum, a hands-on educational museum that houses a collection of vintage firefighting trucks and wagon. Click HERE for info.
Ages 4 and up. The bowling, the skeeball & arcade games & kid-friendly fare make this cheerful place a big hit with all age groups. Little Insiders love the birthday party package deals.
131 Columbus St., Downtown | 843-818-4080 | thealleycharleston.com
All ages. More than a bee & honey depot, this family-run farm has a petting zoo w/ alpacas, monkeys, lemurs, turtles & more! Take a short scenic hike trail & enjoy outdoor picnic tables. Pack a lunch or enjoy a meal at the Zoo Café. This place is the coolest!
1066 Holly Ridge Ln. | Cottageville | 843-835-5912 | beecityzoo.com
CAROLINA ICE PALACE
Ages 4 and up. No need to be a ‘Zamboni mom’ here. Between an upstairs viewing area, frequent re-icing, adult & kid-sized plastic walkers to aid skate novices, a snack bar for the kids and the Penalty Bar for the adults, oversized comfy couches & big screen TVs, what’s not to enjoy?
7665 Northwoods Blvd. North Charleston | 843-572-2717 | carolinaicepalace.com
CHARLESTON FUN PARK
Ages 4 and Up. Tons of fun to be had here with a go-cart track, 2 mini-golf courses, a gem mining outpost, indoor game arcade, jump castles and climbing wall. Restaurants on site include a snack bar for kids & an outdoor Tiki bar that serves beer & wine for adults.
3255 N. Hwy. 17, Mount Pleasant | 843-971-1223 | charlestonfunpark.com
THE CHARLESTON MUSEUM
All ages. From the giant whale skeleton & other natural history artifacts, to the well-executed Native American, Colonial & Civil War exhibits, there’s a lot packed in here. Insiders love KidStory, where kids can dress up in 18thcentury clothing. The inventive scavenger hunts guarantee oodles of fun for all.
360 Meeting St. Downtown | 843-722 2996 | charlestonmuseum.org
CHARLESTON PIRATE TOURS
Ages 4 & up. In a town full of history tours, it’s the only pirate & daytime ghost tour for little ones! Kids 4 thru 12 will enjoy take-home schwag at no extra charge…so go on & wave those pirate flags!
79 Cumberland St. French Quarter, Downtown | 843-442-7299 | charlestonpiratetour.com
CHARLESTON ZIP LINE
Ages 5 and up. It’s the only zip line canopy tour in the area. Terrific outdoor kid zip & climbing wall specifically designed for ages 5-13. Let the friendly staff guide you & the kids as you fly, climb, zip & play! Insiders say, ‘prepare to have fun!’
1152 State Rd., S-10-98, Awendaw | 843-928-3947 | charlestonziplineadventures.com
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF THE LOWCOUNTRY
Ages I mo. and up. From infants to tweens, this institution has lots of hands-on interactive activities. Enjoy a lovely outdoor play area. The Idea Factory, the art room & medieval castle room are Little Insider faves.
25 Ann St., Downtown | 843-853-8962 | explorecml.org
CREATIVE ARTS OF MOUNT PLEASANT
Ages 3 and up. CAMP offers kids, tweens & adults unique art classes in a nurturing setting. Most weekly classes you can jump in, but not all, so DO check the schedule!
1125 Bowman Rd., Ste. 100 Mount Pleasant | 843-936-6351 | creativeartsofmp.com
EDISTO ISLAND SERPENTARIUM
Ages 2 and up. Well laid out & easy on the feet, this house of live snakes & reptiles (most are behind glass) is a hit with all ages. Attend a lively alligator feeding, learn about snakes & even pet one if you dare.
1374 Hwy 174, Edisto Island | 843-869-1171 | edistoserpentarium.com
All ages. One of the oldest still standing forts along the east coast, this national monument is a great place for kids of all ages to explore. Afterwards, visit kidfriendly Poe’s Tavern, Beardcat Sweet Shop & Republic Ice Cream.
1214 Middle St. Sullivan’s Island | 843-883-3123 | fortmoultrie.com
You’ll get to see where the first shots of the Civil War were fired and learn about Fort Sumter’s role in US History.
340 Concord St., Downtown | 843-722-2628 | fortsumtertours.com
FRANKIE’S FUN PARK
Ages 4 and up. Free Admission. Just pay per activity. Mini-golf, go carts, batting cages, arcade games, bumper boats, climbing wall & drop zone. Plus, plenty of kid-friendly menu options at Frankie’s Grill. Make a day of it!
5000 Ashley Phosphate Rd. North Charleston | 843-767-1376 | frankiesfunpark.com/charleston
All ages. What visit to a historic city is complete without a trip to the town’s dungeon? Along with pirates and ghosts, walk alongside a portion of the old walled-city. Kids can explore spooky vaults, while parents are amused by the Jack Sparrow type mannequin displays. Lighthearted & authentic- it’s historic & it’s fun.
122 East Bay St., Downtown | 1-888-763-0448 | oldexchange.org
Ages 14-up.Redux offers year-round art classes and workshops for kids and adults. Figure –drawing, oil painting, sculpting, jewelry making classes for all from beginner to advanced.
1056 King St., Downtown | 843-722-0697 | reduxstudios.org
PATRIOT’S POINT (Home of the USS Yorktown)
All ages. You and the kids will be walking in the steps of heroes as you explore & learn all about this historic aircraft carrier. Do wear comfy shoes! Kids under 6 free, but leave the baby stroller in your car. Little Insiders love the Sticky Fingers Snack Bar on the hangar level, and so will you.
40 Patriots Point Blvd. Mount Pleasant | 843-884-2727 | patriotspoint.org
Ages 5 and up. Located on the peninsula, this beautiful 25-acre layout is Team Pain designed, can accommodate all skill levels and is handicap accessible. Rad pro & intermediate bowls. Be stoked skaters, this park is sick!
1549 Oceanic St. NOMO, Charleston |843-795-4386 | ccprc.com/1725/SK8-Charleston
SKY ZONE TRAMPOLINE PARK
Ages 2 and up. This indoor trampoline park offers fitness fun for the whole family. Little Insiders Jumping stations for all skill levels, dodge ball court, ball pit, SkyRobics classes & more. Food concessions and lockers available. All participants must sign waiver. Hint: Sign online ahead of visit and save time.
411 Wando Park Blvd. Mount Pleasant | 843-588-5777 | skyzone.com/charleston
THE SOUTH CAROLINA AQUARIUM
All ages. Pleasant waterfront views, dozens of interactive stations, a touch tank w/sharks, urchins and more. Check out the Zucker-Family Sea Turtle recovery room & over 10,000 plants and animals on display daily. Be sure to say hi to “Alabaster,”one of only 50 albino alligators in the world.
100 Aquarium Wharf Rd. Downtown | 843-557-3474 | scaquarium.org
Ages 4 and up. With over 60 trampolines, launching decks, & the popular Ninja warrior obstacle course, the whole family can participate.
8551 Rivers Ave. North Charleston | 843-414-7411 | velocityairsports.com/charleston/
CHARLESTON WATER TAXI
All ages.Insiders think an all-day pass is an excellent option. Catch glimpses of harbor dolphins as you and your family are ferried to and from a number of great points of interests.
843-330-2989 | charlestonwatertaxi.com
WILD ROPES ADVENTURE PARK
Ages 4 and up. Locally owned & operated rope park w/ friendly staff that exudes confidence and safety. Pack in an adventure-filled day w/ rope courses for all skill levels & abilities. Pssst: ‘Don’t forget to bring the sunscreen!’
1595 Highland Ave. James Island | 843-225-1555 | wildblueropes.com