Summer Fun with Kids
Visit Charleston and find fun for the entire family! With exciting activities for all ages to enjoy, here are a few suggestions to get you started, and Charleston Gateway calendars have more suggestions listed!

Take your little ones through Charleston’s past with Children’s Discovery Tours, a fun way to get your kids excited about history! Geared toward children ages 5-10, these tours gather every Thursday during the summer at 3:30 pm in the Nathaniel Russell House or Aiken-Rhett House and include a craft project or activity. Summer topics include Spies and Codes on July 7th, Real Pirates of Charleston on July 14th, DIY Charleston Painting on July 28th, Colonial Toys and Games on August 4th and Charleston Fashion Week on August 11th. For more info, call 843-722-3405 or visit www.historiccharleston.org.

Located downtown on Ann Street, the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry sparks the imagination and curiosity of young minds with hands-on exhibits children and families can enjoy together. Kids can discover secret passageways in a medieval castle, climb aboard a Lowcountry pi-rate ship and race boats down rapids. Families can search for buried treasure, create inspired masterpieces and find gems under a waterfall. A world of adventure awaits encouraging lifelong exploration and creativity. For more info, call 843-853-8962 or visit www.explorecml.org.

Cast a line off the Mount Pleasant Pier or reel it in at Folly Beach Pier and enjoy fishing with your budding angler. Be it an expert or a novice, both piers offer all you need with equipment rentals, tackle and frozen bait, plus knowledgeable staff to offer tips. With snack shops, gift shops, restrooms and the best views both piers are equipped for a day under the sun. So slap on some sunscreen and head out to the piers this summer. For more info, call the Folly Beach Fishing Pier at 843-792-9516, the Mount Pleasant Pier at 843-762-9946, or visit www.ccprc.com.

Make your way back to Colonial times in a horse-drawn carriage. With a nearly universal appeal to children and parents alike, Charleston hosts numerous carriage tours revealing over 300 years of history. Options for families include tours that only allow children over eight years of age and others let children under three ride free if they sit on a parent’s lap. Parents can relax and take pleasure in the historic beauty of our city, while older children enjoy the stories and legends told by licensed tour guides.

Escape the summer heat with a visit to Charleston’s Waterfront Park, one of the most beautiful spots overlooking the city’s historic harbor. Be sure to take your camera, as photo opportunities abound when your little ones discover the fun of splashing and playing in the fountains. Pick up some lunch and eat al fresco as you watch the boats and enjoy a relaxing afternoon.

Older children will love exploring the site of the first shots fired in the Civil War. Take the ferry to Fort Sumter and experience where it all began along the sparkling Atlantic waterways. Departures are available from downtown Charleston at Liberty Square’s Fort Sumter Visitors Center and at Patriot’s Point in Mount Pleasant. For more info, call 843-722-2628 or visit www.fortsumtertours.com.