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!


  • 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. (Only open on the weekends).

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 Art Buzz at Wine and Design.
  • 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

  • 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.

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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