Family Friendly Fun: Activities and Restaurants

As summer winds down, it is a perfect time for the whole family to get away before the school year begins. The promise of great weather makes Charleston the ideal destination for a family getaway. There are stingrays to touch, otters to watch, pirate ships to climb, fly balls to catch, and lots of tasty food to eat. Check out our guide for suitable ways to fill your Charleston vacation with family-friendly activities and restaurants for kids of all ages.


The South Carolina Aquarium

Located right on Charleston Harbor, The South Carolina Aquarium is home to more than 5,000 plants and animals. Its Toddler Cove play area features life-size aquatic structures, perfect for those toddlers who like to jump and climb. The largest exhibit in the Aquarium, the Great Ocean Tank which extends from the first to the third floors of the Aquarium, is the tallest in North America and contains more than 300 animals. The Aquarium’s the Salt-marsh Aviary exhibit features a Touch Tank where guests can touch horseshoe crabs, stingrays and other marine animals.


Charles Towne Landing

Charles Towne Landing, a state park that was once the site of the first permanent settlement in the Carolinas, has a natural habitat zoo featuring animals indigenous to the Carolina Lowcountry including bison, bears, and elk. The Otter Exhibit features a viewing area that provides a look at the animal’s movements underwater. Programs are also held regularly on The Adventure, a replica trading ship moored at the park.

The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry

Take a visit to The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, Charleston’s only hands-on learning environment designed just for children ages three months to 12 years and their families. The museum’s eight interactive exhibits range from a pirate ship to a Medieval Castle to an area just for infants and toddlers. The museum is within walking distance of the Belmond Charleston Place Hotel.


Charleston RiverDogs

Bring the entire family to a Charleston RiverDogs baseball game. Games are held every week at Joe Riley Jr. Park located downtown. Each night, the RiverDogs have a variety of family-friendly activities. From face painting to kids running the bases, to kids eat free and fireworks displays, there is entertainment for everyone.





Described by the New York Times as a “must-eat” and locally viewed has one of the breakfast hotspots in Charleston, Toast is a great place for you and your family to enjoy the most important meal of the day. One of the most popular breakfast items on the menu is their twist on a breakfast classic, “The Deluxe French Toast,” stuffed with cinnamon apples or peaches and topped off with apple or peach syrup. If you aren’t in the mood for something sweet, they have an immense menu full of delicious dishes for everyone to enjoy. If you cannot make it in time for breakfast, you can always try again around lunch or dinner time because Toast offers breakfast all day.


Fleet Landing

Wondering where to savor lunch with the family? Ideally located on the Charleston Harbor, Fleet Landing is the perfect spot for you and your family to enjoy a great view with even better food. With outside seating, your kids are sure to experience the iconic Charleston scenery complete with dolphins, ships, birds, and the distinguished Arthur Ravenel Bridge. Savor the variety of delicious Southern cuisine with the best seat in town.


Home Team BBQ

Mentioned by USA Today and noted for its authentic barbeque, Home Team BBQ is a Holy City must, especially when traveling with the little ones. Known for its savory comfort food and extensive menu of entrée selections, you can’t go wrong with this classic cuisine. And to finalize your decision, Home Team is set with a delicious children’s menu, as well as an outside play area for kids of all ages. Don’t miss out on the best place for you and your family to enjoy Charleston’s most loved barbeque.



The perfect place for a date night where the kids can tag along as it offers something for everyone. Magnolias consists of three different dining areas and offers an extensive children’s menu for the kids. A great restaurant for your family vacation or if your sitter bails, without having to sacrifice an elegant meal paired with divine wines. Mom and Dad will be able to enjoy the Southern, romantic atmosphere and the kids will be happy too.


The Palmetto Cafe

Located inside the renowned Belmond Charleston Place hotel, the iconic Palmetto Cafe combines the very best of American Lowcountry cuisine with the freshest ingredients. Marvel in the giant glass windows whose immensity welcomes you by bringing the remarkable outside garden-like setting to life inside as well. Grab the little ones and dine al fresco in the lush courtyard, perfect for entertaining while your food is being prepared. Revel in the accommodations of the hotel’s Rooftop Relaxation package where children eat free with a paying adult.


Charleston is equipped with multiple family friendly activities to add to your itinerary kids of all ages will love. Parents will appreciate indulging in the scenery and dining the city has to offer. Most restaurants conveniently offer a children’s menu so the kids can always find something they will enjoy too. Come experience family fun the Charleston way.


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The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in Belmond Charleston Place

Just like her home city, Belmond Charleston Place is full of Instagrammable treasures. Here are our favorite ‘gram worthy spots within the hotel. Charge your battery and get ready to snap away.

Lobby Chandelier

As you enter Belmond Charleston Place, the magnificent Venetian chandelier will take your breath away. The chandelier is twelve feet in diameter and height, and comprised of 3,000 individual pieces of sparkling Murano crystal. Surrounded by a Georgian staircase; find the perfect angle of this magnificent lobby for your grid.



 As you pull up to Belmond Charleston Place, you will be greeted by the striking Quadriga fountain. A Quadriga is a chariot with four horses and it represents triumph, victory, and fame. The fountain became a signature piece of art that represents the historical city and reflects the history of the hotel as well. Snap a picture in the front of the fountain or from inside the hotel for an equally stunning view.


The Club Level Staircase

You’ll find the exclusive club level on the top two floors of the hotel. As the elevators whisk you up you will notice a picture-perfect view of the city. As you walk down our dazzling staircase, with a ceiling to floor window admiring the skyline dotted with church steeples, you can see it hugging a stunning droplet chandelier. You won’t want to miss ‘gramming’ this gorgeous sight, available only by private access.

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The Clocktower Terrace

The newly added hotel pool bar is the perfect place to relax and lounge with a cocktail. As you gaze at the historic and picturesque views of King Street and downtown Charleston, you will never want to leave. Stop by during sunset for a beautiful view and a colorful backdrop to snap a postcard-worthy photo.

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Market Street Fountain

After a day exploring charming Charleston, retreat to the hotel through the Market Street entrance. The first thing you will see is water sprinkling off of a gorgeous bronze fountain. As you walk into the courtyard and get taken away by the Market Street Fountain. As you are exploring the garden you’ll find there isn’t a bad angle to snap this stunning fountain. Get your camera ready because you will soon be distracted by this beautiful sight.

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Grand Hall

As you walk through the Grand Hall with oversized chandeliers draping down from above you and windows gaping with sunlight, you will feel like you are on a movie set. Don’t get too distracted by the King Street view that you forget to snap your favorite photo.


The Palmetto Cafe

 The Palmetto Cafe is the perfect place to relax and spend a day mingling with friends and enjoying cocktails over food. The giant glass windows allow you to sit inside with style while also enjoying the beautiful Charleston sun. If you want more fresh air, you can dine outside in the courtyard. The natural sunlight and gorgeous courtyard garden allows for the picture perfect photo.

Don’t forget to connect with us by tagging your pictures with #BelmondPostcards. Need more inspiration? Follow us on Instagram at @BelmondCharlestonPlace

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Juice Bars in Downtown Charleston

If you are looking for culinary options, Charleston, SC can meet just about any inkling you may have. If you are searching for something light and fresh to balance out the rich, Southern delicacies that fill the menus at our famous local restaurants, we’ve compiled a list of juice bars for you, all within walking or biking distance of our hotel in the heart of downtown. These juice bars offer everything from detox cleanses to acai bowls to salads packed with the freshest local ingredients. Each spot has its own unique character, from the artwork to the outdoor patios, and you may find yourself wanting to stay and enjoy the atmosphere a bit longer than you might expect. Read on for our list of juice bars downtown.

Huriyali Gardens

Huriyali Gardens

Bringing the LowCountry organic and nutritious products to nourish one’s mind, body and soul. A hidden gem on the upper peninsula where you can enjoy acai bowls and many more fresh specialties including cold-pressed juices, organic wraps and unique salads. Relax for a while in their outdoor garden area surrounded by peace and quiet.

401 Huger Street | 843 207 4436 |

The Daily Juice

The Daily

A neighborhood marketplace with top-notch coffee, breakfast, juice, smoothies, pastries, breads, wine, beer, and grab-and-go provisions. With easy parking and a location on King Street, a short drive from the hotel, this makes for a great place to start your day, especially if you are leaving downtown to go on adventures in the greater Charleston area. Meet a few locals and enjoy a wide variety of local made goods.

652 King Street | 843 619 0151|

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Just a couple blocks up King Street from the hotel, this healthy spot features acai bowls, poke bowls and juices. Great for a quick stop while you’re in the heart of King Street’s shopping district.

315 King Street | 843 212 5414 |

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Five Loaves Juice Bar

The newest addition to the Five Loaves family offers several juice and smoothie varieties. Nestled away from busy King Street, perfect for exploring the quieter streets of the peninsula.

43 Cannon Street | 843 937 4303 |


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