Charleston Summer Bucket List (50+ Ideas for Fun with Kids)


Charleston offers so many fun activities for summer. Here’s a list of 50+ ideas to make this summer the best one yet with your kiddos! And don’t forget to check out our Ultimate Guide to Summer filled with all the things to do, see, and eat this summer around Charleston!


  • Enjoy hands-on fun through the many exhibits at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry.
  • A walk along the Battery to Battery Park and White Point Gardens offers many sights of the water and boats and beautiful homes.
  • Take a self-guided walking tour South of Broad and allow your children to explore the interesting architecture and history.
  • And while you are walking, be sure to stop at the Waterfront Park & Pineapple Fountain, where children and adults can cool off in the water fountains or enjoy a ride on the waterfront swings.
  • Catch Charlie and Chelsea at a Riverdogs game. Stay for fireworks after Friday games or catch a Kids Club Sunday game for free parking and kids eat free!
  • Saturday mornings at the Charleston Farmer’s Market offers food, fun, crafts, and live music.
  • Visit the Charleston Museum, which houses many child-friendly activities, including the playhouse.

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All Around Charleston

  • The Charleston County Library offers many activities for the summer, including a summer reading program, workshops, and movies. Pick up a complete activity calendar or visit for library-specific activities.
  • By purchasing a Gold Pass for the Charleston County Parks you can check the remaining fun places to visit off your summer bucket list for no additional cost!
  • Visit the Ravenel Caw Caw Interpretive Center for a scavenger hunt and nature walk.
  • Visit Kiawah Beachwalker Park for a morning beach session.
  • A trip to the Isle of Palms County Park offers a sand volleyball court, many picnic areas, and just a short walk over the dunes takes you right to the beach and oceanfront.
  • Folly Beach County Park offers a great spot with ample parking. This beach access is ideal as there is only a short walk to the beach. The shelter also offers restroom facilities, and there are changing huts with showers spread throughout the park area for after-beach changes.
  • Step back in history as you discover the beautiful grounds of McLeod Plantation.
  • Walk the trails at the Mullet Hall Equestrian Center. Also, the site is home to many equestrian competitions, you might just get a horse show too!
  • Venture to the northeastern side of Folly Beach to the Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve. This site offers views of Morris Island Lighthouse.
  • Explore one of Charleston’s many beaches with kids (and read these great tips first!)

What are your favorite things to do around Charleston with kids?


  1. I think both children and grown-up children would love the “Meet the Breeds” tour at Middleton Plantation. Watching the Cooper and candle-making demonstrations is also fun, especially when the peacocks interrupt!

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