Charleston SC Family Activities

South Carolina Aquarium

Interactive exhibits create an environment of fun and learning that the whole family will enjoy together. Observe loggerhead sea turtles, stingrays, otters, sharks, eels, alligators and more only 9 minutes from The Cottages on Charleston Harbor. 

Center for Birds of Prey

This educational conservation program features guided walking tours with captivating flight demonstrations. Experience the grace of a bald eagle first hand, as well as other birds including great horned owls, golden eagles, red-tailed hawks, and peregrine falcons. Located 15 miles away from The Cottages on Charleston Harbor. 

Children's Museum of the Lowcountry

A truly interactive experience for your littles ones, with nine hands-on exhibits, including a two-story Medieval Castle, dedicated Art Room and more. This museum is only 9 minutes away from The Cottages. Allow your children to explore the arts, sciences and humanities with their own hands.

Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park

Grab one of our beach cruisers and head over to the Memorial Waterfront Park, located at the foot of the Ravenel Bridge, featuring a visitor center/reception facility, Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion, a war memorial and nautical-themed playground.

Coastal Expeditions

If you rather skip the historic houses and see what Charleston has to offer by way of sea, and sky set up a guided kayak tour, charter boat trip, or just rent a paddleboard and head out. Our partner Coastal Expeditions can set you up. With certified guides and four waterfront locations tour Charleston's natural side. 

Cooper River Bridge Run

Lace up your sneakers and sign up for The Cooper River Bridge 10K Run & Walk. The third largest 10K in the US, we are located only a warm up walk away from the bridge.

Splash Island Waterpark

This seasonal family water attraction provides hours of fun and recreation for toddlers to pre-teen children. Featuring a body flume, otter slide, and other swirling water rides, Splash Island is only 8 miles away and is sure to wear your little ones out!

Yorktown Ghost Tours

Do you have an interest in the paranormal? Sign up for a guided ghost tour that seeks to explain the mysteries of the USS Yorktown. Keep in mind that SyFi Channel's "Ghost Hunters" performed an investigation on the site, and there was said to be some pretty interesting results!