When planning a family vacation, one of the goals is to design something that will make everyone happy. I mean, after all, not everyone has the same ideas of what is fun. Therefore, compromising on family activities is a must. One way to make sure that everyone in your family will be happy is having options that will appease everyone. Below are some of my favorite South Carolina family vacation locations, that I am sure your family will love too.
The Perfect South Carolina Family Vacation
Riverbank Zoo and Garden – Columbia
Zip-lining, carousel rides, rock walls, and a train ride are just a few of the options that families have when visiting the Riverbank Zoo and Garden. Let’s not forget getting up close and personal with the wildlife. Families will also be able to watch presentations on Sea Lions, and Penguins. All of this happens in between the gorilla feedings and the aquarium dives that everyone can watch. While here, families will also be able to walk through 70 acres of beautiful gardens that have over 4200 different species of exotic and native plants. I like the garden area, to relax and enjoy the scenery. It also gives the kids some time to unwind too.
South Carolina Aquarium – Charleston
The South Carolina Aquarium is in Charleston. Here families will be able to enjoy a 385,000-gallon two-story aquarium. I can say, their touch tank is sure to keep kids entertained too. It has stingrays, sea urchins, and hermit crabs to name a few wildlife creatures that kids can touch and hold. Families will also be able to see an American Eagle as well as American Alligators. While here, families will also learn about the conservation of animals. What better way to teach our kids? Being hands-on, and learning in a fun way, is the best way.
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate – Greenville
Your kids will love you even more for visiting The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. Kids love learning from interactive activities, and this museum is perfect for it. There are so many hands-on activities your kids will be busy for hours. From Bib’s World, where they learn about sustainable mobility and play on multiple structures made of Micheline tires, to the 7 News Studio, where kids can role-play their favorite news persona’s. Parents will also love The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. After all, we are never too old to learn and play too.
Fort Sumter – Charleston Harbor
Fort Sumter is guaranteed to be a favorite family spot. Located in the Charleston Harbor, families especially dads will love learning about Fort Sumter’s role in the Civil War. In fact, the first shots of the Civil War were fired from Fort Sumter. While here families will also learn about how South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union, to later join the Confederacy. Kids will love everything from the ferry ride to the cannons. Also, they can even become a junior ranger. I would recommend packing a few family snacks, or even plan a picnic lunch while here.
Kings Mountain Military Park – Blacksburg
The Kings Mountain Military Park is sure to be a family favorite too. The Kings Mountain Military Park is more of a laid-back, stroll through the park kind of family vacation spot. Families can watch a 26-minute video in the Visitors Center. Followed by looking at artifacts. Families can even tour the battleground that helped turn the tides during the Revolutionary War. If you are planning on coming here, make sure to keep an eye on the calendar, as they do offer live reenactments of the battle that took place here. During these reenactments, families will also be able to watch demonstrations of woodworking, blacksmithing, and leatherworking and how life was back in the 1700’s.
Broadway Grand Prix – Myrtle Beach
Your family is sure to love Broadway Grand Prix. Broadway Grand Prix will cater to all the family members that need speed, games and relaxing fun. I mean everything, go-carts, arcade, sky coaster, and miniature golf. The Broadway Grand Prix is sure to provide your family with hours of fun. Although in the event, your family needs more fun their sister parks Wild Water Wheels, Myrtle Waves, Ocean Drive Amusement Park will be sure to deliver even for fun.
Brookgreen Gardens and Huntington Beach State Park
One of the most popular and pleasant gardens in South Carolina, Brookgreen Gardens is 18 miles south of Myrtle Beach and sits on 9,100 acres of lushly landscaped grounds of four colonial-era indigo and rice plantations. Oak trees covered in Spanish moss, palmettos, dogwoods, and azaleas, in all their glory, as well as hundreds of sculptures, including many done by the owner, Anna Hyatt Huntington, who developed the site in the 1930s. Across the highway is the 2,500-acre Huntington Beach State Park , which sits on land carved out of the Huntington estate. Besides a nice beach and a popular campground, it features the Moorish-style castle called Atalaya that was Anna Huntington’s winter home.
I love exploring South Carolina. These are just a few of my favorite vacation spots. Remember, for a successful family vacation; everyone needs to have fun. Diversity is one way to achieve a fun family vacation. Let’s face it; a family vacation can never have too much fun. Even if you add in some learning experiences too, everyone can be happy.
Have you been on a South Carolina family vacation? If so, what has been your favorite South Carolina family vacation spot?