Charleston Children's Entertainment Tour, Charleston (Self Guided)

Charleston is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Southern USA and it has many tourist attractions that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Take the tour below to discover some of the best locations for some fun with your children and the family!
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Charleston Children's Entertainment Tour Map

Guide Name: Charleston Children's Entertainment Tour
Guide Location: USA » Charleston (See other walking tours in Charleston)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Author: alice
South Carolina Aquarium

1) South Carolina Aquarium (must see)

Opened in May 2000 on the historic Charleston Harbor, the South Carolina Aquarium is home to is home to more than 10,000 plants and animals including North American river otters, loggerhead sea turtles, alligators, great blue herons, owls, lined seahorses, jellyfish, pufferfish, green moray eels, horseshoe crabs, sea stars, pythons, and sharks.

The largest exhibit is the Great Ocean Tank, which extends from the first to the third floor of the Aquarium and is the deepest tank in North America (42 feet); it holds more than 385,000 US gallons (1,460,000 l) of water and contains more than seven hundred animals. The Aquarium also features a Touch Tank, where patrons may touch horseshoe crabs, Atlantic stingrays, and other marine animals.

Take the "backstage" tour to see the top of the tank, visit the food prep areas, and get up-close and personal with one of the sea creatures.
Bring your own water bottle to refill at the bottle/water fountain and your own snacks to eat in the eating area.
Maybe go a bit later in the day if visiting during the week/school year.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-4pm (building closes at 5pm)
Closed Thanksgiving Day and December 25
Sight description based on wikipedia
Charleston Museum

2) Charleston Museum (must see)

Founded in 1773 and commonly regarded as “America’s First Museum”, the Charleston Museum is located in the city's Downtown Historic District. The main museum's exhibits include natural history and local history displays as well as decorative arts, including silver. One display features objects from the museum's origins in the late 18th century. The museum also owns and operates two historic house museums: Heyward-Washington House – a late 18th-century period home of Thomas Heyward, Jr., Revolutionary patriot and signer of the Declaration of Independence; and the Joseph Manigault House – a Federal-style home decorated with American, English and French furnishing of the early 19th century.

Why You Should Visit:
To get a nice overview of South Carolina history, starting with the Native Americans, Wars, Slavery in the Lowcountry to after the Civil War. Plus, there's a wildlife/dinosaur and an antebellum clothing exhibit.

If planning to tour the Heyward-Washington and/or Manigault House (both are fascinating), you can get a discount on a combined ticket with your museum admission.

Opening Hours:
[Museum] Mon–Sat: 9am–5pm; Sun: 12–5pm
[Heyward-Washington House & Joseph Manigault House] Mon-Sat: 10am–5pm (last tour at 4:30pm); Sun: 12–5pm (last tour at 4:30 pm)
Sight description based on wikipedia
Children's Museum of the Lowcountry

3) Children's Museum of the Lowcountry (must see)

Opened in 2003, the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry is one of the most attractive places for children and families in Charleston. The museum is just what is needed for children in the age group 3 to 12 years. Separated into theme rooms, the children can enjoy so many activities under one roof. There are lots of amazing exhibitions, hands-on activities, classes, and many other interesting things to do. Among these: art room, castle room, grocery store, pirate ship, water play, while outside they have even more activities – from giant Legos to a fire truck! There also is an infant area for younger visitors.

The place thins out after about 1pm, so if you like less energy and your schedule fits try the afternoon.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sat: 9am-5pm; Sun: 12-5pm
Kaminsky's Most Excellent Cafe

4) Kaminsky's Most Excellent Cafe

Kaminsky's Most Excellent Cafe is very popular and here you can have some of the most delicious desserts in the city. Also Kaminsky's Most Excellent Café has a very good collection of beer, wine and liquor as well as other food. During the evenings, they have some amazing live entertainment. The atmosphere is great and friendly. Operation Hours: Monday -Wednesday: 2 pm -until late night. Thursday -Sunday: noon until late night, daily.
The Brass Pirate

5) The Brass Pirate

The Brass Pirate is a very special shop in Charleston. If you like pirates and everything about them this is the right place to come to. Here you will find some of the most amazing and interesting gifts and souvenirs on the subject. They also have some amazing tours for children. Operation Hours: Daily: 10.00 -17.00.

Operation Hours: Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
Dog & Horse Fine Art & Portraiture

6) Dog & Horse Fine Art & Portraiture

Dog & Horse Fine Art & Portraiture is a very special art gallery that focuses its attention on well-known dog and horse artists. They also have artists who paint portraits of pets, children and adults as well. The artists that are on display at the Dog & Horse Fine Art & Portraiture are both local and national.

Operation Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm;

Walking Tours in Charleston, South Carolina

Create Your Own Walk in Charleston

Create Your Own Walk in Charleston

Creating your own self-guided walk in Charleston is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Charleston Downtown Architecture Walk

Charleston Downtown Architecture Walk

Charleston is a very beautiful city, with a rich history, famous for its southern hospitality. Those who like architecture will find some marvelous buildings, structures, churches, mansions and other outstanding sights here. Take the tour below to see some of the most beautiful Downtown architecture.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Charleston Downtown Churches Tour

Charleston Downtown Churches Tour

Charleston is also sometimes called the Holy City. That is because of the large number of churches in the city. The city has many outstanding and fascinating religious structures. Take the following walk to see the most popular churches in Downtown Charleston.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Charleston is the oldest and the largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina. Known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, distinguished restaurants, and mannerly people, Charleston is a popular tourist destination and has received a large number of accolades, including "America's Most Friendly City" and also "The most polite and hospitable city in...  view more

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km
Charleston Art and Culture Walk

Charleston Art and Culture Walk

Charleston was founded in 1670 and is a great tourist destination that offers you some of the most amazing, old and interesting tourist attractions. There is some great art and culture to be visited and enjoyed. Take the following tour to see it all.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Charleston Harleston Village Churches Tour

Charleston Harleston Village Churches Tour

Charleston is very famous for its number of churches, as well as for being very open and tolerating different kinds of religious faiths. Charleston is the only city in the USA to have an independent Huguenot church. Here is a tour that will take you through Charleston’s Harleston Village churches.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Charleston Nightlife Walking Tour

Charleston Nightlife Walking Tour

Downtown Charleston is full of very interesting and entertaining spots, bars, nightclubs, discotheques, etc. There are places that cater to people of all ages and tastes. Take the walking tour below to see some of the most popular night spots in Downtown Charleston.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Charleston for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Charleston has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Charleston, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.