Where to take a 5 to 6 year old in Charleston

Best places to take a 5 to 6 year old in Charleston

There are plenty of fun places to take your little ones in Charleston.  These are the best places if you havePlaces to take a 5 to 6 year old in Charleston | BelliesBeyond.com a 5 to 6 year old in Charleston!

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The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry – 25 Ann Street, Downtown. Open Tuesday – Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm.  Special programs, summer camps, indoor play.  Admission is $8/person plus parking.  There are metered parking spots along King, Ann and John Street as well as 2 lots on Ann Street.

American LaFrance Fire Museum – 4975 Centre Pointe Dr. North Charleston.  Monday through Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 1pm-5pm. General admission $6, children 12 and under are free with paying adult. Free parking

SC Aquarium – 100 Aquarium Wharf, Downtown.  Open daily 9am-5pm.  Prices vary based on regular admission and 4D theater.  Adults (13 and up) $24.95-29.95; children (3-12) $17.95-$22.95; 2 and under are free. Metered parking and garage in front of aquarium

Charles Towne Landing -1500 Old Towne Rd, Charleston. $10/adult; $6/kids; under 5 are free.  Open daily from 9am-5pm.  You can walk through miles of trails, visit the animal forest or walk on the replica boats.
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The Library – There are several options depending if you live in Charleston County, Berkley County or Dorchester County!

American LaFrance Fire Museum – 4975 Centre Pointe Dr. North Charleston.  Monday through Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 1pm-5pm. General admission $6, children 12 and under are free with paying adult. Free parking

Monkey Joe’s – 4952 Centre Point Drive North Charleston. Monday-Thursday 10am-7pm; Friday and Saturday 10am-8pm; Sunday 11am-7pm. Pricing Monday through Friday $9.99/child; Saturday and Sunday $11.99/child.  Adults are free. Free parking.

SkyZone – 411 Wando Park Blvd, Mt Pleasant. Open jump starts at $9 for 30 minutes.  Hours TBA for summer

  • Toddler Time – Wednesdays 9-11am and Saturday 9-10am

Bee City – 1066 Holly Ridge Lane, Cottageville. Tuesday-Thursday 9am-5pm; Friday and Saturday 9am-6pm.

  • Petting zoo
  • Educational Center
  • Kid friendly cafe

Blackbeard’s Cove – 3255 Hwy 17 North, Mt Pleasant.  Sunday-Thursday 10am-9pm; Friday and Saturday 10am-12am.

  • Arcade – tokens
  • Indoor/Outdoor play
  • Food for purchase
  • 2 hour unlimited golf/climbing wall/jump castle/go cart $25
  • Tip: Tell your children how much they will get in the arcade; consider purchasing an unlimited attraction pass

Gateway Walk – Free

  • Begins at the gates of St John’s Lutheran Church on Archdale St.
  • Walk through gardens and cemeteries
  • Find the map here.

Water Taxi – $10/all day under 3 are free!

  • 4 locations
    • Waterfront park
    • Maritime Center
    • Patriots Point [USS Yorktown]
    • Charleston Harbor Resort

Gateway Walk – Free

  • Begins at the gates of St John’s Lutheran Church on Archdale St.
  • Walk through gardens and cemeteries
  • Find the map here.

Angel Oak Tree  3688 Angel Oak Rd, Johns Island. Free

  • Visit this giant Oak Tree and take in its beauty.
  • Tip – There isn’t enough to do for the whole day so plan to go to Kiawah or the Johns Island Library while you are there! 

Bull’s Bay: The ferry departs from Garris Landing  498 Bulls Island Road

Awendaw.  $40 for adults and $20 for 12 and under.
  • Take the ferry to a barrier island, explore the beach 16 miles of trails and nature!
  • Arrive 30 minutes before departure time to walk to the end of the pier from the parking area
  • Make sure to check out Boneyard Beach while you are there!
  • Sunscreen and water is available for purchase on the Ferry

Fort Sumter – Access only by boat

  • Liberty Square 340 Concord St Charleston SC
    • Departures at 9:30am; 12pm; 2:30pm
  • Patriot’s Point – 40 Patriots Point Rd Mt Pleasant
    • Departures at 10:45am; 1:30pm; 4pm
  • Adults $19; Kids 4-12 $12; 3 and under are free

Edisto Island Serpentarium 1374 Hwy 174, Edisto.  Adults $14.95; Kids 4-12 $10.95; 3 and under are free! Open Monday-Saturday 10-6.

  •  Inside and outside attractions
  • Snakes, alligators, turtles and more!
  • Daily alligator feeds and other learning lectures!
  • Shows at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm

Music in Motion – 1341 College Park Rd, Summerville SC – Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 12pm-5pm

  • $8/per person; 2 and under and children with disabilities are free
  • Arcade – additional cose
  • Skating rink
  • Food and beverage are available for purchase

Frankie’s Fun Park – 5000 Ashley Phosphate Road North Charleston. Monday-Thursday 10am-1opm; Friday and Saturday 10am-12am; Sunday 11am-10pm

  • Indoor/Outdoor activities
  • Arcade
  • Food on site

Chuck E. Cheese

  • 2 locations
    • 1610 Sam Rittenburg Blvd #103, Charleston – Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm; Friday 11am-10pm; Saturday 9am-10pm
    • 7258 Rivers Ave, North Charleston: Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm; Friday 11am-10pm; Saturday 10am-10pm
  • Free admission, arcade, rides, food for purchase

The Charleston Museum – 360 Meeting Street: Monday – Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 12pm-5pm.

  • General admission adults – $10; kids $5
  • Kids activities often scheduled
  • 2 historic houses as part of museum (additional admission)
    • Joesph Manigault House – 350 Meeting Street
    • Heward-Washington House – 87 Church St

Natural History Museum at the College of Charleston – 202 Calhoun Street, Downtown Charleston.  Open daily except Wednesdays from 11am-4pm.

  • Free but donations are greatly appreciated
  • 3000 fossils, from a megladon to fish!
  • Tip: We are planning a trip next week but based on our research it looks like its best for older children

Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon – 122 East Bay Street, Downtown Charleston.  Open daily from 9am-5pm

  • Adults $10, Children 7-12 $5, Children 6 and under FREE
  • Learn the history of the Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon

Visit the Hunley – 1250 Supply Street (on the old Charleston Navy Base)
North Charleston. Tours are Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm. 

  • Adults $10, Age 5-17 $7, 4 and under are FREE
  • See the submarine in a tank, the lab and artifacts they have collected from the submarine

Parks – We love this list from Charleston Parks Conservancy! You can find all the parks as well as if they have bathrooms, water fountains, free wifi, etc! 

County Parks 

  • Palmetto Islands County Park 444 Needlerush Parkway, Mt Pleasant. $1 admission each person.
    • Big Toy Playground
    • Observation deck
    • Snack bar
    • Kayak Launch
    • Picnic Sites
    • Bike and Paddle boat rentals
    • Crabbing and fishing
    • Splash Island Waterpark
      • General admission 7.99; Charleston County $6.99; Under 48″ $5.99; Seniors 60 and up $3.99. Under 2 free. 10am-6pm daily.
  • James Island County Park – 871 Riverland Drive, Charleston. $1 admission
    • Spray pool
    • Playground
    • Climbing wall [additional fee]
    • Campground [additional fee]
    • Challenge Course [additional fee]
    • Disc Golf
    • Bike, pedal boat and kayak rentals
    • Covered shelters
    • Dog park
    • Fishing and crabbing
    • Splash Zone
      • 10am-6pm Daily
      • General admission $11.99; Charleston County $9.99; Under $8.99; Seniors over 60 $5.99; 2 and under free.
  • Wannamaker County Park – 8888 University Blvd North Charleston
    • 2 playgrounds
    • Dog park
    • Play hill
    • Spray area
    • Snack bar
    • Picnic Sites
    • Sand volleyball
    • Horseshoe pits
    • Bike and boats rentals
    • Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark
      • General admission $19.99; under 48″ $9.99; Seniors over 60 $9.99; under 2 free.

Boone Hall 1235 Long Point Rd, Mt Pleasant – Adults $20; Children 6-12 $10; 5 and under are free

  • Exploring Gullah Culture
  • House tour
  • 40 minute open air coach tour
  • Black History in America Exhibit
  • Slave Street and History Presentation
  • Garden Tour
  • Butterfly Pavilion
  • You pick – contact them for available options

Yorktown – 40 Patriots Point Way – Adults $20; Children 6-11 $12; 5 and under are free

  • Flying simulators
  • Actual artifacts

Magnolia Plantations and Gardens! 3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston. Adults $15; Kids $10; Under 6 are free! Additional charges for other tours and attractions

  • Maze
  • Petting zoo (dear, turkeys, chickens and other local animals)
  • The Conservatory (semi-tropical plants)
  • Peacock Cafe – Enjoy some lunch

Hike the Palmetto Trail

  • The trail runs the length of SC but starts right in Awendaw.

Storytimes can be great for this age! Check out the local storytimes here!

Dont forget to check the calendar for events!

Did we forget somewhere? Let us know in the comments below! 

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