8 Fun Family Summer Activities in Charleston, SC

 From the dreamy cobblestoned roads to the rich history and sunny beaches, there are so many fun things to do in Charleston all summer long. Take a journey to see 8 places South Carolinians go to have a good time!


Learn and Play in Charleston

1. South Carolina Aquarium

The South Carolina Aquarium also referred to as the Charleston Aquarium, is on a mission to offer the safest, wildest things to do downtown. They now offer 20,000-gallon touch tanks, which are a child-friendly way for guests of all ages to interact with stingrays and other admirable beasts of the ocean on a deeper level. While many other animal observatories trap the animals they display and keep them in careless climates for the rest of their lives, the Charleston Aquarium keeps their rescue animals in their own natural environments while they rehabilitate them. What a beautiful way to combine learning and taking care of the creatures of our world!


Location: 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC 29401

Hours of operation: Sun-Sat: 9am - 5pm


2. Fort Sumter National Park

This historic attraction is located just off the coast of downtown Charleston. You might recognize the name as the first place that represents the shot that began the civil war. The 30-minute boat ride adds to the thrilling scenery. Visit to learn more about the famous battle and witness century-old artifacts up close.


Location: Fort Sumter Island

Hours of operation: 1214 Middle St, Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482


3. Charleston Museum

Do you remember playing “grocery store” with your friends growing up? How about building forts or crafting? Give your children the wholesome experiences of the Charleston Museum’s 8 interactive play areas! The memories will flood back as you watch them hop on a cash register or buy pretend goods in the grocery store. They can be the captain or the crew in the pirate ship room. Let their imaginations run wild in the art room as they create take-home masterpieces they can be proud of! Some of the playrooms change periodically, so make sure to add this to your Charleston exploration to-do list every time!


Location: 360 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403

Hours of operation: Sun: 12pm - 5pm

Mon-Sat: 9am - 5pm


Charleston Sports

4. Joe Riley Stadium

Known by the locals as “the Joe” Joseph P. Riley Stadium is home to South Carolina’s most beloved Riverdogs baseball games! On a Friday night, you can bet on grabbing some classic baseball concessions, cheering for your team, and marveling at the post-game firework show! Because the stadium isn’t ginormous, you can’t make a bad seating choice.


Location: 360 Fishburne St, Charleston, SC 29403

Hours of operation: varies


5. North Charleston Coliseum

If sports are your thing, you’ll also want to catch a Stingrays hockey game at the North Charleston Coliseum. Treat your kids aged 14 and under to an unforgettable VIP experience when you join their kids’ club. KC passes include exclusive discounts, photo ops, and access to private areas including the ice where the games happen. The NCC is also the local hub for headlining concerts, comedians, and other major events, so don’t hesitate to see what they’ve got going on this summer!


Location: 5001 Coliseum Dr, North Charleston, SC 29418

Hours of operation: varies


Charleston Recreation

6. Folly Beach

Enjoy some fun in the sun at Folly Beach, which is a 20-minute drive from downtown Charleston. Build sandcastles, catch waves, taste delicious food along the second-longest boardwalk on the east coast, and let art-like landscapes come alive. This is one of the more popular things to do in Charleston, so if you’re looking for more relaxing vibes, try to go earlier in the day before it gets too crowded.


Location: Folly Island, SC 29439

Hours of operation: N/A


7. Splash Zone Waterpark


If the sand and seagulls aren’t your jam, let the kids wear themselves out at Splash Zone Waterpark.  down the 200-foot open slide, 200-foot tube slide, the Rainforest Water Slide Park, Bucket playground, and more! Feeling the sloth vibes? Chill out in the 500-foot-long lazy river. They normally open their doors to the public in late May and remain open until mid-August and all weekends until Labor Day.


Location: 871 Riverland Dr. Charleston, SC 29412

Hours of operation: Days vary; 10am-6pm


8. Charleston Fun Park


Charleston Fun Park is aptly named, having the widest selection of adrenaline-pumping things to do in Charleston under one roof! You can live on the edge with outdoor ax throwing, or keep it a little more calm on their 36-hole mini-golf course. Of course, you can speed around on their go-kart track after treating the family to some concessions. If you still have room for more thrill after perusing their 50+ arcade games, head over to their Omni virtual reality gaming arena. Even if you hate rollercoasters, the danger is all in your head on Charleston Fun Park’s virtual reality rollercoaster rides. Give them a whirl!


Location: 3255 N Hwy 17, Mount Pleasant, SC 29466

Hours of operation: Sun: 11am - 8pm

Mon-Thur: 2pm - 9pm

Fri: 2pm - 11pm


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Published 05.12.22

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