When everyday life starts to become routine, it’s time for an exciting getaway. There’s no better place to relax and reconnect with family than Charleston, SC. The Holy City is filled with natural beauty, world-class attractions, and endless amounts of fun. Come play in the ocean, explore an antebellum plantation, or browse through the unique shops downtown. If you’re ready for a vacation that you and your loved ones will want to recreate year after year, it’s time for your next Charleston family vacation!
If you are planning a Charleston family vacation, you may want to consider staying on Kiawah or Seabrook Island. Just 30 minutes from downtown, these gorgeous barrier islands feature pristine beaches, luxurious spa retreats, exclusive resort amenities, and more. Be sure to request our Kiawah and Seabrook Vacation Guidesfor more tips on things to see and do during your stay.
5 of the Best Things to Do During Your Next Charleston Family Vacation
1. Visit the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry in Charleston, SC
Are you looking for the best kid and toddler activities in Charleston, SC? Take your imagination on an exciting journey as you wander through the interactive exhibits at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. Your kids will love exploring the Medieval Creativity Castle, painting in the Art Room, or playing on a real antique 1939 fire truck. The museum even has a playspace that is dedicated to infants and toddlers.
2. Relax at the Beach
Imagine yourself lounging on a pristine stretch of shoreline while gentle ocean waves kiss your toes. If you are ready to experience a coastal getaway unlike any other, then you have come to the right place. Charleston’s barrier islands are home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. During your stay, we highly recommend stopping by Kiawah Island’s public beach at Beachwalker County Park. This family-friendly beach is ideal for swimming with the kids, sunbathing, or simply relaxing.
Voted “Best Restored Beach” by The American Shore & Beach Preservation Association, Seabrook Island is perhaps one of the best-kept-secrets along the East Coast. Watch the sunrise, go for a swim, or look for dolphins leaping in the waves. No matter what your family decides to do, we guarantee that they will have an incredible time.
3. Explore a Historic Plantation
One of the most exciting ways to learn about Charleston’s rich history is to tour an antebellum plantation. From the oak-canopied grounds of Boone Hall to the centuries-old structures at Middleton Place, the Holy City is filled with historic sites to explore. As you wander through the azalea-covered gardens and stately mansions, you’ll learn all about Charleston’s original inhabitants and earliest settlers. Afterwards, make sure to stop by the petting zoo at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Kids and adults alike will enjoy getting a close-up look at whitetail deer, pygmy goats, alligators, peacocks, and other native wildlife.
4. Peruse the Shops Downtown
Are you planning to do some shopping while on vacation? You’re in luck! From top brands to one-of-a-kind boutiques, Charleston has it all. Take your time browsing through all of the unique, local goods at the Historic Charleston City Market. Then, head over to King Street for incredible artwork, antiques, and the latest trends in men’s and women’s fashion. And you must check out all of the amazing shops at Freshfields Village. Located on Kiawah Island, this boutique shopping center offers an exclusive collection of apparel, accessories, and chic home decor.
5. Catch a Ride on the Charleston Water Taxi
One of the best ways to tour our coastal city is on the water! The Charleston Water Taxi is both a transportation service and a sightseeing cruise. On the tour, you can enjoy spectacular views of the Charleston Harbor, the U.S.S. Yorktown, the Cooper River Bridge, Waterfront Park, and Castle Pinckney. Make sure to bring your camera; there are several opportunities to snap a scenic photo and you may even spot dolphins! Sightseeing tours on the Charleston Water Taxi are just $12 and last approximately one hour.
Experience the Best Charleston Family Vacation With Pam Harrington Exclusives
Now that you have added all of these fun activities to your itinerary, it’s time to book your next getaway. Located just 30 minutes from downtown Charleston, Pam Harrington Exclusives offers a wide array of luxury vacation rentals on Kiawah and Seabrook Islands. Whether you are searching for an oceanfront property or a home with expansive marsh views, we are sure to have the perfect rental for your family vacation. Each of our homes and villas feature top-notch amenities and are just minutes from the best attractions.
Guests staying on Charleston’s Sea Islands also have the unique opportunity to experience championship golf,tennis, spa treatments, and excellent shops and restaurants. So, what are you waiting for? Check for our current specials on Kiawah and Seabrook Islands and book your stay today. We can’t wait to welcome you!