All in the Family
Day Trip to Charleston

Charleston All in the Family Day Trip
(Things to do with Kids!)

What are the best things to do in Charleston with kids when you only have one day to do it in? Check out our Charleston for Kids page and then come back here to see a suggested day trip itinerary.

My biggest advice here is to be very weary of packing too many things into your day with real little ones. Not only the heat but also the humidity in the summer months can wipe the best of us out. So bring lots of water and plan for delays. Scheduling rest times are a good idea too.

Have you seen the hand held fans that squirt water? Another lifesaver for parents of the very young! (PS... it's great for mom and dad too! When we are out to eat, I put ice cubes in it to keep the water refreshing and cool.)

Please keep in mind that this All in the Family itinerary is not a one-size-fits-all. So use the following simply as a suggestion and curtail it to your liking.

Also, please note that there are multiple options listed under each part of the day. Your ability to do more than one option will depend on how much time you spend at your first stop. In some instances, only one activity will be doable.

Regarding any of the dining options: These are purely suggestions based on where you may end your touring of the city. Visit our Charleston Restaurants page for a plethora of dining opportunities that may better fit your palate and budget.

Disclaimer: Please note that is not a concierge and is unable to make bookings for the below Charleston Day Trip. The itinerary listed below is merely a suggestion to assist you in developing your own agenda while in the Lowcountry. As always, please contact any listed attractions to assure the correct operating hours and pricing.

If you are interested in a planned itinerary, please visit our Charleston Tours page for touring companies who specialize in optimizing your time in Charleston.

All in the Family Day Trip (Things to do with Kids!)
A Suggested Itinerary

Breakfast Options
Hominy Grill
Diane’s Restaurant

Morning Activity Options (9:00am – 11:30am)
SC Aquarium
Tour of Fort Sumter National Monument

Lunch Options (12:00pm – 1:30pm)
Bubba Gumps
Noisy Oyster
Charleston Crab House
East Bay Crab Shack

Afternoon Options (2:00pm – 4:00pm)
Carriage Ride
Children’s Museum

Pre-Dinner Options (4:30pm – 5:30pm)
Stroll the Old City Market
Run and play at White Point Gardens at Battery Park (there is a "Play-In" water fountain so be prepared!)

Dinner Options (6:00pm – 7:30pm)
Southend Brewery
Sticky Fingers

Night-time Options
Ben & Jerry’s at 96 N. Market St.
Charleston’s Candy Kitchen at 32 N. Market St.
Swings at Waterfront Park

View other Charleston Day Trip suggested itineraries:

Charleston Favorites
Historic Charleston
History Buff
Foodies Delight
The Shop-a-holic
Riding in Style
Sunny Side Up

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