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Our most recommended South Carolina Family-friendly Activities

Hilton Head Island: Pirate Cruise on the Black Dagger

1. 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.

Charleston: Historical Downtown Tour by Horse-drawn Carriage

2. Charleston: Historical Downtown Tour by Horse-drawn Carriage

This 60-minute narrated carriage tour covers more than 2.5 miles and 30 blocks of historic downtown Charleston. It really is the best way to see the “Holy City” and learn about its rich and vast history. The tour begins at our stables just one block from the city market, where a number of our horses live. Restrooms and water are available as well as a loading ramp to easily board one of the custom-built carriages.  Departing from the barn, you will continue to the city gate located in the Old City Market. Historic Downtown Charleston is split up into a number of areas that each tour is directed to travel to. Some highlights of these areas are Charleston Harbor, Rainbow Row, 4 Corners of Law, King Street, White Point Gardens, and the Charleston Battery.  A licensed tour guide will be narrating the entire tour with informative and entertaining commentary. At the end of the tour you will arrive back at the stables, where you will get off the carriage using the unloading dock.

Charleston: 1-Hour Carriage Tour of the Historic District

3. Charleston: 1-Hour Carriage Tour of the Historic District

Explore Charleston's historic district on a horse or mule-drawn carriage tour. Listen to your guide tell you local stories and anecdotes as you go past iconic landmarks, buildings, churches, and more. Begin your tour at the Big Red Barn in downtown Charleston and meet your local driver/guide. Then, settle into a carriage drawn by either horses or mules for your guided tour. Follow a route that takes in some of the historic downtown district’s most elegant mansions and gardens, learning about the architecture of each place as you drive along. Catch the scent of jasmine flowers from deep, shady porches, and pass by rows of bristling palmetto trees. Get an overview of Charleston’s dramatic history, from long-ago pirate raids to plantations, Revolutionary battles, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. The city was founded in 1670, and Charleston's historic buildings have been meticulously preserved and restored. Conclude your tour with drop-off at the Big Red Barn.

Folly Beach: Folly River Kayak Tour with Dolphin Watching

4. 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.

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: Shrimp Trawling Boat Tour

6. Hilton Head Island: Shrimp Trawling Boat Tour

Join the friendly crew aboard the Shrimp Trawler Tammy Jane and see what daily life is like for local shrimpers. Start off with an introduction to the boat and the shrimping gear aboard. Then the boat will make its way to the shrimping waters off the coast of Daufuskie Island. Watch as the nets drag across the seafloor. After this comes the real fun as you help the crew sort through the day's catch on the sorting table. There will be a lot of bi-catch or other fish, sharks, and even stingrays that get caught in the net. The crew will go over what type of by-catch you should look out for, and will safely return these sea creatures to the waters. You get to take the freshest locally caught Carolina shrimp home with you to cook. The amount of shrimp isn't guaranteed as this is fishing, but it will be divided evenly among the parties aboard.

Hilton Head Island: Pontoon Boat Rental

7. 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. 

Charleston: Private Carriage Ride

8. Charleston: Private Carriage Ride

Experience Charleston on a private carriage ride. See the “Holy City” in a more intimate setting with your own personal tour guide, who will tell you all about the historical buildings, parks and plazas of the city. You'll get to see more than 25 blocks of this historic town.  For a truly memorable experience, choose the evening option to see the sun set over the city and the city lights coming on.  You will be travelling in a Palmetto vis a vis carriage, where two benches face each other, offering a wonderful experience for a small group or family.

Hilton Head Island: Virtual Reality Arcade Experience

9. Hilton Head Island: Virtual Reality Arcade Experience

Become fully immersed in a virtual reality video gaming world. Explore the solar system, shoot zombies, or paint and sculpt in a 3D studio. Try your hand at finding hidden clues in escape rooms, defending your castle with a longbow, or fighting in a boxing ring. You can even defend your spaceship in a visually stunning 3D environment, or defend yourself as a teddy bear against evil doll creatures that are attacking you. Whatever adventure you choose, go online and play with others around the world, or take on your own battles. Choose between 20, 40, or 70 minutes of unlimited virtual fun.

Charleston: Downtown Evening Carriage Tour

10. Charleston: Downtown Evening Carriage Tour

Palmetto Carriage Works, family owned and operated, has been leading tours since 1972.   They are the oldest and largest carriage company in town and boast the most experienced guides.  Their 35-minute evening tour is great way to get in a quick overview of Charleston's world famous history and charm.  Sights include the Charleston City Market, The Old Walled City, Waterfront Park and The Forner Corners of Law. Tours start and end in The Big Red Barn at 8 Guignard street where all are invited to visit with the animals and learn about their world class animal welfare program.   Carriages are easy loading and handicap accessible.  

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What people are saying about South Carolina

Totally loved the carriage ride and guide. The guide we had gave you the history behind the history which I totally enjoyed. This created a more vivid image of the people that settled in Charleston.

It was great learning about the history of Charleston! I was so pleased to see how well the horses are treated and how well the tour guides get into character.

Very knowledgeable and friendly guide. Most enjoyable tour we had on vacation.

A fabulous way to tour Charleston! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable!

Really engaging, fun and interesting. We loved it.