Bike along the Charleston Battery, soak up the sun and watch fiddler crabs play in tide pools at the beach, explore the history and charm by horse-drawn carriage, pick up a hand-woven sweetgrass basket at the Charleston City Market or shuck oysters at the Lowcountry Oyster Festival - Charleston is brimming with family fun and a rich, diverse history just waiting to be explored. Palmetto trees pioneer your way to the coast and Spanish moss-draped oaks arbor a path to elegant plantation homes. Downtown Charleston is dressed in ornate ironwork, grand antebellum dwellings, cobblestone streets and flickering copper lanterns. It also has a thriving music and art scene, warm hospitality, world-class dining, historic landmarks, unbelievable shopping and waterfront views. The Barrier Islands offer whichever you desire, peace and seclusion or fun outdoor adventures and great restaurants. With so many ways to explore, sites to see and things to do there is something to be enjoyed by people of all ages.
If you are young at heart but slower in your steps consider a glass of champagne as you sail the harbor with Schooner Pride or peruse one of the three shopping districts on King Street. Take a breather on one of the benches and swings at the Waterfront Park or tour several historic homes such as the Joseph Manigault House and the Nathaniel Russell House. Take your taste buds on a journey with a Charleston Culinary Tour that highlights local cuisine and cocktails or enjoy a romantic sunset walk on the beach. Delight in a leisurely stroll through the untamed gardens at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens or at America's oldest landscaped gardens, Middleton Place, a National historic landmark. Visit some of Wadmalaw Islands unique and historic attractions such as the Deep Water Vineyard, the only domestic winery in Charleston or the Angel Oak, a live oak tree that is believed to be over 1,500 years old or The Charleston Tea Plantation with nine flavors of tea including the "American Classic" tea which became the first tea ever to be made with 100% tea grown in America. There are several ways to discover the history that made this city what it is today. Some notable options include: harbor and dinner cruises, carriage and walking tours, visiting historical forts and war-sites, and browsing more than 10,000 works of Southern art including both regional collections and pieces from the 1915 to 1940 Charleston Renaissance at the Gibbes Museum of Art. With so many annual events to choose from you can't go wrong. For instance the Annual Festival of Houses & Gardens, a rare opportunity to go inside the private houses and gardens of some of the most beautiful historic residents in America and the Charleston Jazz Festival with performances by many of the world's best known jazz musicians.
For younger crowds that enjoy more vigorous activities there's paddle boarding, kayaking or canoeing Shem Creek, flyboarding using a water jet-pack with Hydrofly Watersports, paintball, golfing, surfing, inshore/offshore fishing, biking through downtown Charleston and a vibrant nightlife at one of many Charleston bars and clubs. If food and beverage bring you joy try a brewery, winery or distillery tours with Crafted Travel or a local food event like the Food Truck Festival with live music and more than 30 food trucks and 20 craft vendors or the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, a five-day event that includes exclusive dinners, wine tastings, workshops, excursions, and seminars.
If finding the perfect family-friendly attractions are on your list, try these amazing options: the South Carolina Aquarium, Children's Museum of the Lowcounty, a beautiful day at the beach, Wild Blue Ropes Adventure Park where your family can navigate obstacles on a thrilling rope course, a zip line canopy tour at Charleston Zip Line Adventures, or waterparks, playgrounds, climbing walls, camping and fishing at several Charleston County Parks. There are also numerous interactive family-friendly options such as: trying to solve puzzles and decipher clues in order to escape a room in less than 60 minutes at Escape in 60, being a part of mystery theater at the Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre where volunteer actors from the audience are given scripts and become a part of the performance, trying an interactive scavenger hunt with Urban Adventure Quest that's played on your cell phones and has your family running all over the city in a race to find the answers to the clues that pop up on your phone, catching a ballgame, watching the Charleston River Dogs, a minor league baseball team and a visit to the charming and historical Dock Street Theater to catch a family-friendly musical or play.
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