Family Travel Tips: Exploring The Historic City Of Charleston, South Carolina

If you are looking for somewhere to take a family trip, Charleston, South Carolina is one of the oldest cities in the United States, and a must see for anyone interested in history. It is also a fantastic spot to bring children, and is filled with plenty of activities to keep your kids busy and happy while learning a bit of history along the way.

You will easily get your fill of fun just strolling around downtown. There is a market where you will find plenty of South Carolina goodies such as Sea grass baskets hand woven by locals and the local specialty of boiled peanuts. If you are interested in taking the kids a little further into the culture and history I have rounded up a few of my favourite things to do in the Holy City.

Yes, this is the Calhoun house from The Notebook via our tour guide

Horse & Carriage Rides – I wholeheartedly believe that a carriage ride around downtown should always be the first thing you do when you arrive in a new city, (if it is an option!) I did the same thing in New Orleans and it truly helps to get get your bearings in a new area. I am not going to lie, there may have been some bribery in the form of a sucker involved in this excursion to keep the kids happy, but it was worth it. For one whole hour, we enjoyed a horse and carriage ride where we learned some great facts about the history of Charleston and the kids enjoyed the little excursion.


The Charleston Museum – There is SO MUCH for kids to do at this museum. It is very old, as it dates back to 1773, and is a place for children to immerse themselves in the culture of the Lowcountry as it is called. There are events every month as well as the regular activities like trying on classic colonial clothing, and examining fossils.


Museum Mile – The carriage took us through Museum Mile, but it is worth to walk around and actually go in some of the buildings. Museum Mile is a 1-mile stretch on Meeting Street, (one of the main streets downtown,) and features a ton of museums and historic houses. If the kids are too young, you can just take a look and marvel at the beauty of the buildings, and if they are older you will find plaques strewn about which can provide you with historic details to share.

New Cooper River Bridge (formerly known as the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge) – This cable-stay bridge is breathtaking. From afar it is the most interesting structure I had ever laid eyes on. From up close it held my attention! This is one of the most simple, yet rewarding things to do while in Charleston. You can take a 2.5 mile stroll on the bridge and get a great view of the city.

These are just a few of the many options when traveling to Charleston.