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. (Only open on the weekends).
  • 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.

West of the Ashley

  • Take in the beauty of Magnolia Gardens and visit the Zoo and Nature Center, to view native livestock and animals.
  • Charles Towne Landing offers a morning or afternoon of fun – explore the replica of a boat, walk through the animal forest, or bike the many trails.
  • Paint with the kids at Nailed It DIY Studio.
  • Teach the kids and yourself some new skills at the Kids Workshop at Home Depot. Participants receive materials for completing the craft, a certificate, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin.

East of the Cooper

North Charleston & Summerville

James Island

Johns Island & Surrounding Islands

All Around Charleston

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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