I am slowly adding all of our favorite places in Charleston – kid and adult friendly. Check back as this page will grow! Last updated 10/24/2017
Open October 7th – October 29th
This pumpkin patch is on a working a farm which makes it very cool and interesting but also a little messy. Wear long pants and boots and prepare to get either muddy or dusty. The best part of this farm is the hay ride where you are taken to the cow field and given pellets to feed the cows. Again, it’s awesome and disgusting. Cows have long, slobbery tongues. They will suck your whole hand into their mouths when you try to feed them but don’t worry because they aren’t born with top teeth so they don’t bite. Fleet (7yo) had the most fun feeding the cows. Luke (6yo) enjoyed throwing the food onto the ground for the cows to eat. Elle (2yo) didn’t want anything to do with it! After the hayride you can feed a variety of goats, sheep, donkeys, rabbits and pigs. They pigs and cows seem to have free reign over the property, or at least they did when we were there. Elle was terrified when a cow walked up as she was on her way to the bathroom with her brothers. They also have a playground and plenty of space to run around. There are plenty of pumpkins to chose from and even some concessions.
This is one of my favorite spring time activities. For all the details about our most recent visit click here.
There are several historic plantations along HWY 61 including Magnolia, Drayton Hall and our favorite, Middleton Place. The grounds here are amazing. They also have farm animals including sheep, horses, cows and water buffalo. While your here, plan to do a kayak tour with my favorite person ever via Charleston Kayak Company.
The Aquarium never ceases to amaze. From the spectacular views of the harbor to the albino alligator, loggerhead sea turtle rescue center, sting ray touch tank . . . this place never disappoints. It’s expensive but worth it. If you think you will go more than one time in a year, buy a pass. Right now they have a pretty cool lego display going on as well. There are little stations all over the place for kids to stop and play for a few minutes like logs to climb through, a pirate ship to play on and a lego station. My kids are always awed and I love watching their little faces.
The Children’s Museum has something for all ages. They have a sweet little baby and toddler room with soft toys and small jungle gyms. They have a pretend grocery store, pirate ship, giant lego/block room, water room and castle. It’s pretty awesome. It does get crowded but my kids have a blast here. I’ve just learned about a program where you can get a free pass to the museum through the library but the wait list is pretty long so go ahead and sign up! If you have an aquarium pass you can get $10 off your museum pass.
Parks Around Town – that have playgrounds
James Island County Park
Palmetto Islands County Park
Folly Pirate Park
Folly Surf Park
Park Beside Aquarium
Riverland Terrace Park