Please note that this is not an itinerary submitted by an actual family. This day was planned by one of our travel experts as a recommendation for a family of children with ages 4 through late teens, based on knowledge of the city. Factors such as time, cost and distance have been considered to make this a great day to get a sense of the city and keep the children and teens interested and engaged.
Address: 20 Patriots Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464 – or –
10 Wharfside Street, At the Charleston Maritime Center, Charleston, SC 29412 (office/alternate pickup site)
Phone: (843) 442-9455
Hours: Tours vary by day and coincide with the tides, which vary. Call or consult website for specifics.
Getting There: Charleston Water Taxi can easily get you there from any of the downtown hotels, or for a $20 fee they can pick you up at the wharf downtown.
Admission: Adults – $55, Children (12 and under) – $30
The three hour tour to Morris Island has a lot to offer everyone in the family. The tour Begins with a beautiful view and guided tour of the harbor. Along the way you’ll see Castle Pinckney as well as Fort Sumter and be treated to a wealth of local history. This will be broken up with lessons in seamanship and knot tying that promise to be useful for adults and fun for children. Also on the way to the island is the high likelihood of a dolphin sighting. Once there, you will enjoy a walk down “the old Charleston jetty” (so note there is walking and on rather rugged terrain) to participate in a search for sea shells and shark teeth. There will be a host of local wildlife along the way which the informative guides will help identify and explain. This tour combines history, biology, naval pursuits and sightseeing with a healthy dose of adventure and even some souvenir gathering. It’s hard to imagine much more in the way of family fun.
Address: 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 720-1990
Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Getting There: CARTA DASH trolleys stop at the aquarium every day.
Admission: Adults – $25, Children – $18
The South Carolina Aquarium is home to more than ten thousand plants and animals. This huge aquarium includes nine galleries featuring 7,000 amazing aquatic animals in more than 100 exhibits. The largest exhibit is the Great Ocean Tank, which extends from the first floor to the third floor of the aquarium. This tank holds more than 385,000 gallons of water and is home to more than 700 animals. Little ones will love touching horseshoe crabs, sea urchins and starfish in the Touch Tank and feeding stingrays in the Saltmarsh Aviary.Madagascar Journey features unique habitats found on the island of Madagascar. Animals found here include ring-tailed lemurs, white spotted bamboo sharks, a Nile crocodile and a play area for toddlers. Have a seat in the 4-D Theater and view a family friendly 3D movie while feeling special effects including wind gusts splashes of water.