Charleston With Kids

As if Savannah, Georgia didn’t pack on enough southern charm, it was time to head north for more good old fashion southern in Charleston.  Enroute we drove via Beaufort, a historic waterfront town in South Carolina. We also had one of the more disappointing lunches of our entire US roadtrip as our original lunch spot was closed and unfortunately going rogue does not guarantee you a good meal. On the upside Beaufort has a lovely waterfront park and playground and gorgeous boutique shopping opportunities.
Similarly to Savannah, we decided to go for an airbnb rental, this time a charming 2 bed house in North Charleston.  The location was perfect; we were walking distance to coffee shops and restaurants and only a 10 minute drive to historic Charleston.  Charleston and it’s surrounds is a great spot for family travel. There’s so much to see from a magnificent aircraft carrier to beautiful old plantation homes. Charleston will always have special memory for us as it’s where we spent our very first July 4th.  I always recommend you check local listings to see what’s on. We found out about the enormous July 4th party at the Riverfront Park. Music, food, fireworks, and fun – what a night to remember!

 What did we do in Charleston?
  • Patriot’s Point is home to the USS Yorktown, an Essex-class aircraft carrier built during WW2. If that’s not enough to whet your appetite, there’s plenty of aircraft to see on the carrier itself and also a submarine and Vietnam exhibit.  There are lots of stairs to clamber up and down so the USS Yorktown may not be suitable for those of stroller age. If you’re visiting during the summer, try to get there early as it can get quite hot in the belly of the aircraft carrier.
  • The South Carolina Aquarium showcases the region’s marine life from the Mountain Forest to the Ocean.  Particularly fun are the Touch Tanks where you can get up and close and personal with stingrays, sea urchins, starfish and more. Try to time your visit with the daily talks – ‘Turtle Talk’ in the ‘Sea Turtle Recovery Center’ is fascinating.  You’ll learn how they are rescuing injured sea turtles and how they move from rescue to rehab to release.
  • Seeking respite from the scorching heat, we headed to Folly Beach, just south of Charleston.  The place has a cool retro feel with a large stretch of sand, souvenirs shops and restaurants.
  • You can’t holiday in the Deep South and not tour a historic Plantation house. There are quite a few to choose from although if you’ve got young kids with you, they’ll probably last at one maximum. We visited Middleton Place which was beautiful. I sneaked off for the 45 minute House Museum tour.  Mr Jetlag headed to the Plantation Stableyards where costumed interpreters are there to demonstrate various activities. You’ll also find a number of farm animals wandering around.
  • Charleston’s Waterfront park straddles the Cooper River and is the perfect spot for an evening stroll. Start at the Hazel Parker Playground and then walk through to the fountain and waterfront swings. On your way back, admire the incredible Southern charm houses that line the water.
  • The Old Slave Mart Museum was fascinating. Whilst it’s not geared towards young kids, we thought it was important that we all learnt more about his period in American history.  It is thought that as many as 35-40% of slaves entered the United States through Charleston.
  • The Historic Charleston City Market is a lively place to stroll through and shop for souvenirs from local artisans.
  • We drove over the beautiful Arthur J. Ravenal Bridge, . As it was too hot, we didn’t get the chance to walk across it but Scary Mommy recommends doing so and heading to the park close by.

Where did we eat?

  • Our airbnb rental in North Charleston was slap bang opposite Evo Pizza and Craft Bakery.  You’re talking pizza jackpot – Evo’s Pork Trifecta is the best I’ve ever eaten!
  • We had another delicious, low-calorie lunch of chicken & waffles at the Early Bird Diner. Prepare to wait a while for table.
  • Pick up an ice cream or milkshake from the Belgian Gelato when you head to the Waterfront Park.
  • Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant is a glorious spot for a bite to eat. We chanced up on it by sheer accident. I had seen a picture of it at the Charleston City Market and through clocking a river on our car’s sat nav, we found it!  There are quite a few restaurants along the water and we ate at RB’s Seafood, an old-school joint with excellent views.
    For more on our roadtrip check out:
    Getting To Florida From Hong Kong
    Southern Charm in Savannah
    Things To Do In St. Augustine, Florida With Kids



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