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Our most recommended South Carolina Family-friendly Activities

Charleston: Fort Sumter Entry Ticket and Ferry Ride

1. Charleston: Fort Sumter Entry Ticket and Ferry Ride

Enjoy 2 convenient ferry departure points: Liberty Square in downtown Charleston or Patriot’s Point in Mount Pleasant. See the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge as you ride the ferry along, and take in sights of Charleston’s stately Rainbow Row and Battery homes.  As you approach Fort Sumter, graceful sailboats and playful dolphins add to the photogenic scene. If you depart from Mt. Pleasant you will enjoy views of the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier from up-close, while tours embarking from downtown will see Aquarium Wharf as they depart and return. Arrive at The Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park, which sits prominently at the mouth of the Charleston Harbor, a strategic location that was crucial to its defense.  While here, explore the grounds of Fort Sumter. Stand on the grounds where America’s deadliest war began at Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park. The first shots were fired here, igniting a conflict that saw more than 700,000 casualties. Experience the opening battle of the American Civil War and explore its origins with a National Park Ranger. Your approximate 1-hour visit to Fort Sumter allows ample time to explore well-preserved fort ruins and browse Museum Store souvenirs. A visit to Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park provides a window into the life and trials of America’s heroes, from the Civil War to today’s modern conflicts. Learn about the events leading to the war from knowledgeable National Park Rangers who will relay stories of courageous heroes in action from the Civil War’s first battle. Walk in the steps of those who shaped this nation alongside a National Park Ranger. Then enjoy the beautiful views of the city as you ride the ferry back to Charleston.

Hilton Head Island: Pirate Cruise on the Black Dagger

2. Hilton Head Island: Pirate Cruise on the Black Dagger

Search for sunken treasure with this incredible pirate cruise. Head to the docks, where you'll be given a new name and learn to speak like a real pirate. Then board the Black Dagger and set sail on the Calibogue Sound. Stinky Pete, the island’s smelliest pirate, knows about the treasure map and he stole the key. The race is on, to find Stinky Pete before he gets to the treasure. The crew will man the water cannons and blast Stinky Pete until he gives back the key.

Beaufort: Historic City Tour by Bus

3. Beaufort: Historic City Tour by Bus

Beaufort town, located on Port Royal Island, remains the Queen of the South Carolina Sea Islands thanks to its charm, natural beauty, fascinating history, and rich, diverse cultural heritage. On this 1.25-hour driving tour, explore the historic district of Beaufort, including the famous Old Point area and The Bluff with its antebellum houses and churches.  As you drive around in air-conditioned comfort, your guide will introduce some of these beautiful, historic sites. See townhouses up close and learn about the architecture and people behind them. Discover what happened to the houses and the people of Beaufort during the Civil War Union Occupation. See filming sites made famous by the over 24 Hollywood films shot in the area. Gear up for an exciting and fascinating tour of South Carolina's second-oldest city. Discover an area that delights visitors with its breathtaking natural beauty and impressive colonial and antebellum architecture.

Charleston: Historic City Tour and Harbor Cruise

4. Charleston: Historic City Tour and Harbor Cruise

Discover 300 years of Charleston history from land and sea with passionate licensed tour guides. Experience a 90-minute narrated tour of Charleston in a climate-controlled luxury coach and then head to the water for another perspective of the city from Charleston Harbor. Learn fascinating historical facts about Charleston while you cruise the gentle waves of her harbor. Knowledgeable and entertaining tour guides are licensed by the City of Charleston and are eager to share their knowledge with all guests aboard the cruise. Don't forget your camera as you will see all that the Holy City has to offer: Charleston's Historic Homes and Churches, the Old Market, Rainbow Row, Fort Sumter, USS Yorktown, and incredible views from Charleston Harbor.

Myrtle Beach: The Simpsons in 4D Entry Ticket

5. Myrtle Beach: The Simpsons in 4D Entry Ticket

Join The Simpsons, America’s Favorite Animated Family, on an exciting 4D motion experience with special effects. Enjoy a thrilling adventure as you visit the Aztex theater and the Kwik-E-Mart. This highly-anticipated attraction features authentic recreations of the show’s famous Kwik-E-Mart and iconic Aztec Theater, bringing a slice of Springfield to Broadway at the Beach. Explore the Kwik-E-Mart next door for a wide variety of unique merchandise and enjoy Squishees, Buzz Cola, and Lard Lad Donuts.

Hilton Head Island: Pontoon Boat Rental

6. Hilton Head Island: Pontoon Boat Rental

Explore the waters off the coast of Hilton Head Island with this pontoon boat rental. Have the option of renting the boat for 2 or 4 hours. Get a professional orientation on navigating Hilton Head Island’s waterways and access to life jackets.  Arrive at the rental shop and fill out the necessary rental paperwork. Listen to an engaging introductory briefing on how to make the most of the boat's features. Chart your own course that can take you all the way up to the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean.  Blast through the waters of Broad Creek. Go behind Daufuskie Island through the Cooper River or up the May River to check out the Sand Bar and Palmetto Bluff. Ask for some superb lunch recommendations on the water. Return the boat at the end of the rental period. 

Myrtle Beach: Legends in Concert Live Tribute Show Ticket

7. Myrtle Beach: Legends in Concert Live Tribute Show Ticket

The Legends in Concert's state-of-the-art theater is located in the heart of Myrtle Beach at Broadway at the Beach, the Carolina coast's premier shopping, dining, and entertainment destination. A ticket to a live tribute show at this iconic location promises nonstop entertainment. The Legends in Concert Theater boasts an ever-changing cast of top tribute artists performing the greatest hits backed by a live band and professional and talented singers and dancers. See some of the most popular acts in the history of music on one stage. Watch celebrity look-a-likes perform the songs and dances of stars such as Elvis Presley, Rod Stewart, and Dolly Parton, to name just a few. Experience an unforgettable live tribute show and take advantage of the myriad shopping and dining opportunities near the theater before or after the performance.

Myrtle Beach: Motown Tribute Show - Motor City Musical

8. Myrtle Beach: Motown Tribute Show - Motor City Musical

Motown crushed barricades, changed lives, and had all of America moving to the same beats. Follow one man’s dream that turned into everyone’s music. Bring your courage and sing along with the entire show, featuring hits from all the musical titans of the 60s and 70s. This musical cabaret revue features dynamic and exciting performances. Prepare to start “Dancing in the Streets,” celebrating the music and musicians of a powerful era, including Diana Ross, The Four Tops, Martha and the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Lionel Richie, Gladys Knight, and many more! This cast ranges from 5-7 performers each evening. The show lasts for 2 hours. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to performance time for seating.

Folly Beach: Folly River Kayak Tour with Dolphin Watching

9. Folly Beach: Folly River Kayak Tour with Dolphin Watching

Explore the waters of the Folly River by paddle power while learning about the wildlife and history of Folly Beach. Discover birds, dolphins, crabs, and more as you perfect your kayaking skills. Choose between a daytime or sunset tour to see the South Carolina Lowcountry in a different light. Meet your guide near the Folly River Boat Ramp and pick up your kayak, paddle, and life jacket. Get a lesson on the right way to paddle so you can hit the water with confidence. Navigate through the brackish estuary behind Folly Beach, where you will encounter native flora and fauna. Learn fascinating facts about the ecosystem. Keep your eyes peeled as your guide points out dolphins, crabs, pelicans, and various other birds along the way. Listen to stories of pirates who used to roam the waters. If you choose the sunset option, marvel as the sun sets over the beautiful Lowcountry.

Fort Sumter: Sunset BBQ Dinner Cruise & Tour

10. Fort Sumter: Sunset BBQ Dinner Cruise & Tour

Explore the grounds at Fort Sumter National Monument with a National Park Ranger and visit the Museum. Get a window into the life and trials of America’s heroes, from the Civil War to today’s modern conflicts. Enjoy a BBQ dinner on the way back from Fort Sumter. Depart from Liberty Square in downtown Charleston at 5:00 PM, see the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge as you ride the ferry along, and take in sights of Charleston’s stately Rainbow Row and Battery homes. Approach Fort Sumter with graceful sailboats and playful dolphins in sight. Arrive at The Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park, which sits prominently at the mouth of the Charleston Harbor, a strategic location that was crucial to its defense. Explore the grounds of Fort Sumter and stand on the grounds where America’s deadliest war began. Have enough time to explore well-preserved fort ruins and to browse Museum store souvenirs in 1 hour. Learn about the events leading to the war and stories of courageous heroes in action from the Civil War’s first battle. Walk in the steps of those who shaped this nation. Enjoy the beautiful views of the sun setting in the city and a delicious BBQ dinner as you ride the ferry back to Charleston. Relax and take in the spectacular views of the harbor and her marine life while dining on Southern BBQ cuisine. Feel free to purchase beer, wine, and cocktails to/from the fort. Arrive back in Liberty Square at 7:45 PM.

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What people are saying about South Carolina

The history surrounding Fort Sumter is so interesting. The walk around this place and hearing the significance it plays in our history is worth the ferry ride out there. Seeing the site in person is so moving. The ferry ride could be more interesting. Some sites were pointed out along the way.

We took our 5 year old granddaughter and she loved it! The crew was so wonderful with the children and get them engaged the whole time. Would definitely recommend for anyone with young children.

We were fortunate to be the last tour of the day (4 p.m. ), and our group was able to witness the lowering of the flag and helped fold it. The museum was very informative and interesting.

Excellent & heartfelt presentation at the flag raising. The ferry ride was very organized.

Interesting, beautiful ride to and from Fort Sumter. Perfect amount of time at the fort.