With the long leisurely days of summer here, it’s a perfect time for the whole family to plan their next vacation. The promise of great weather and ample activities makes Charleston the perfect destination for a family getaway. There are horses to ride, stingrays to touch, pirate ships to climb, and fly balls to catch.
Located just a short hour drive from downtown Charleston, explore the picturesque beaches of Seabrook Island. The Equestrian Center at Seabrook Island is one of the few beach rides on the East Coast and caters to riders of all skill levels, from pony rides to professionals. Your family can choose between three miles of trails or the beautiful beachfront. After your excursion, enjoy a gourmet picnic packed by our team with delicious Southern delights.
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 play structures, perfect for those that 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 exhibit, the Saltmarsh Aviary, 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 animals’ movements underwater. Programs are also held regularly on The Adventure, a replica trading ship moored at the park.
Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry
Take a visit to the recently renovated Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry; Charleston’s only hands-on learning environment designed just for children up to 10 years old and their families. The museum’s eight interactive exhibits range from a full-scale pirate ship to a Medieval Castle to an area just for infants and toddlers. And the museum is within walking distance from Charleston Place hotel.
Bring the whole family to a Charleston RiverDogs baseball game. Games are held every week at Joe Riley Jr. Park 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.
Savor summer’s warm embrace, and escape on a family adventure with Charleston Place, A Belmond Hotel, as your guide. Set out for nearby Seabrook Island to ride horses on the beach and relax under the oaks with a gourmet picnic lunch. Then, return to your home away from home to lounge by our rooftop pool and end your day with a movie-night in your luxurious suite. Our hotel is the ultimate family friendly retreat in the center of it all. To book Family Time, visit our website or call 888-635-2350.