Charleston, South Carolina has been voted #1 for the Top Cities in the United States for several years consecutively according to Conde Naste Readers Choice awards and Travel & Leisure Magazine Charleston was also named the #1 friendliest state in the country as well.
Being a transplant from New England, I’ve come to love so many things about the Lowcountry after making it my home for the eight years.
While the city is a mecca of history known for five-star restaurants and beautiful beaches, what you may not realize is that the area is also very family-friendly with endless activities for the kids and inexpensive places to go.
For just $1 per person, head over to Wannamaker County Park in North Charleston and splash around in the spray park.
Shaded picnic tables are nestled around a large spray area and there’s an adjacent playground and walking trails and over 7 acres of open meadows perfect for wearing out kids! Visitors can take advantage of paddle boats, volleyball court and even a dog park.
Beautiful views from the banks of the Cooper River can be found at Riverfront Park in North Charleston.
Stay for the 4th of July Festival or just visit any time to splash in the water or picnic near the playground. The park is home to the must visit Naval Base Memorial as well.
Home to the Springtime Flowertown Festival, Azalea Park features 12 beautiful acres of walking trails, ponds, blooming flowers, sculptures, bridges and gazebos, it is the perfect spot to get a close look at the turtles in the pond.
If you’re in Charleston to board a Carnival cruise, you’ll of course be exploring the city at some point. There’s so much to do but if you do nothing else be sure to have a picture taken in front of the pineapple fountain at Charleston Waterfront Park!
Let the kids burn off some energy and cool off at the fountain before a walk on the pier and sit on the swings and enjoy the view of the USS Yorktown across the river at Patriots Point or dolphin frolicking below.
Not free but definitely worth a visit is Cupcake at 433 King to curb your sweet tooth. Note: The Chocolate Cake cupcake is vegan! A short 5 minute walk from Cupcake is the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry and a quick 3 minute walk to the Charleston Museum will guarantee a fun time for the little ones – see what’s going on at The Charleston Museum for some family friendly educational fun!
We enjoy visiting Tom’s Toys at 125 Market Street; the only Kapla Blocks store in the United States.
There’s a fun (air conditioned!!!!) play area where guests can have a seat and build to their hearts content. Visiting Charleston with little ones is fun and there’s never a dull moment; always something to do or see…or EAT!!