Family Attractions in Charleston

Family Attractions in CharlestonTaking the family out for a day of fun in Charleston is an adventure in and of itself! With so many great choices that range from making a big splash in a water park, to interacting with the exhibits at one of the city's finest museums, to having fun in one of the area's parks, each member of your family will find something fun and memorable about any of these attractions.

Charleston's Splash Zone
If the heat is getting to be too much for you, cool off in style at Charleston's Splash Zone. This water attraction features both tube-style and open, 200-foot slides while also providing a children's Caribbean play area with slides, wheels and sprays that are more suited to the park's younger visitors. If you prefer to just lounge and enjoy the scenery, float along the 500-foot lazy river which offers some unexpected fun with sprays and a big waterfall along the wet and wild route.

Address: 871 Riverland Drive, James Island County Park, Charleston, SC 29412 - MAP
Phone: (843) 795-7275
Web: www.ccprc.com

Charleston Wannamaker County Park
Enjoy the best of both worlds at the North Charleston Wannamaker County Park. The kids will love running free in the expansive park that spreads out over 1,000 acres. The park features various terrains for the kids to explore that include paved and unpaved trails and spacious fields for any type of sport they choose. The attraction also features picnic tables, a snack bar, playgrounds, restrooms and lots of parking. Plus, the area features a water park that offers many rides for all ages. To make visiting the aquatic adventure more convenient, there are also changing rooms and water equipment rentals available.

Address: 8888 University Blvd., North Charleston, SC 29406 - MAP
Phone: (843) 572-7275
Web: www.ccprc.com

Splash Island
Taking the plunge has never been as much fun as it is at Splash Island Waterpark ! This water park has been a favorite of both locals and visitors, as the park features vegetation from the Palmetto County Park to accentuate the surroundings. The attraction features such fun amenities as a recreational pool, a 200-foot water slide and 16-foot otter slide. Also, don't forget to ride the Cyclone, a whirling water ride that's 10 minutes packed with super slippin'-and-slidin' fun!

Address: 444 Needlerush Pkwy., Mount Pleasant Palmetto, Islands County Park, Mount Pleasant, SC - MAP
Phone: (843) 884-0832
Web: www.ccprc.com

Middleton Place
The family will surely enjoy a trip to Middleton Place as its dramatic history will capture the kids' imaginations as they walk through this 18th-century plantation. This historic attraction is listed as a National Historic Landmark and boasts one of the country's oldest formal gardens. Some of the structures on site date back to 1755, including a sugar cane mill and Plantation Stableyards for many animals that is still actively used. Don't miss the gift shop and restaurant area as you round out your visit to this truly amazing piece of Charleston's past.

Address: 4300 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414 - MAP
Phone: (843) 556-6020
Web: www.middletonplace.org

North Charleston Performing Arts Center
The North Charleston Performing Arts Center prides itself in the tradition of bringing Broadway attractions to South Carolina, as it annually presents stage productions that rival the ones staged further up the coast in a little place called New York City. The talented actors and producers put it all together and theater-goers in town look forward to these presentations every year. In addition to shows that appeal to a more adult audience, there are several titles that hold a high, family-friendly appeal that will no doubt introduce the charms and fun of the theater to the young and aspiring actor or actress in your family.

Address: 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418 - MAP
Phone: (843) 529-5050
Web: www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com

Gibbes Museum of Art
The Gibbes Museum of Art is an inviting adventure in art for the whole family. The galleries and exhibits are full of creations that are both highly appealing and thought-provoking for art lovers of any age. The kids will especially enjoy the special art presentations and classes that are offered at various times throughout the year. Plus, the fact that you can view art that dates back to the 16th century will impress the kids and mom and dad as well.

Address: 135 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401 - MAP
Phone: (843) 722-2706
Web: www.gibbesmuseum.org

Folly Beach
If your kids love to have fun in the sun, there's no better place to let them run wild than Folly Beach, affectionately known as "The Edge of America." This beautiful barrier island is a quick 15 minute drive from downtown Charleston and the Folly Beach County Park is located at the east end of the island. Showers, bathrooms and other conveniences are close by, and the sand, surf and sun of this popular stretch of beach will fast become one of your family's traditions whenever you're in Charleston.

Address: 1100 West Ashley Avenue, Folly Beach, SC 29439 - MAP
Phone: (843) 588-2426
Web: www.follybeach.com