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25 Things To Do With Kids in South Carolina

From the coast to the mountains, South Carolina's country and cities feature a wealth of kid-friendly activities for families to explore.

Here are 25 worthy destinations during your trip:


1. Enjoy a picnic near the Beaufort River at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. The park also hosts exciting Beaufort festivals like the Shrimp Festival and Waterfestival.

2. Visit the Kidstory exhibition at the Charleston Museum before exploring other historic artifacts from Charleston.

3. Wander around Historic Charleston and show your kids a glimpse of what past antebellum life was like. Don't miss the city market for some delicious treats.

4. Stop by the Magnolia Zoo & Nature Center while visiting the Magnolia Plantation & Gardens near Charleston.

South Carolina Kids Activities

South Carolina Aquarium

5. Marvel at the 385,000 gallon Great Ocean Tank at Charleston's South Carolina Aquarium.

6. Take a break from city living with a trip to Columbia's Finley Park. Enjoy picnics, playgrounds, baseball fields, and the signature Finley Park Fountain.

7. Attend a University of South Carolina Gamecocks football game at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia.

8. Watch a NASCAR race in action at the Darlington Raceway, also known as the "original superspeedway", near Florence.

9. Hit the sand and surf at Folly Beach, located south of Charleston.

10. Show the kids how a luxury car gets assembled at the BMW Zentrum Museum near Greenville.

11. Spend quality time in the great outdoors at Congaree National Park near Columbia.

12. Stroll along miles of beach and hiking trails at Hunting Island State Park, found near Beaufort.

South Carolina Kids Activities

Myrtle Waves

13. See loggerhead turtles at Huntington Beach State Park near Myrtle Beach. Don't forget to visit its Environmental Education Center and Coastal Exploration Program.

14. Spend the day at Myrtle Beach's Broadway at the Beach entertainment district, which includes Ripley's Aquarium, the Vault Laser Maze, WonderWorks, and more.

15. Visit the Children's Museum of South Carolina in Myrtle Beach. Explore interactive exhibits and check out the special Digitalis Planetarium.

16. Check out the free Family Kingdom Amusement Park and its 37 rides in Myrtle Beach.

17. Enjoy dinner and entertainment all at once at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament at Myrtle Beach. For a pirate-themed dinner, check out the Pirates Voyage Dinner Attraction.

18. Ride one of the largest Ferris wheels in North America at the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel.

19. Take a trip to the water slides and wave pools of the Myrtle Waves waterpark.

South Carolina Kids Activities

Myrtle Beach Skywheel

20. Take your pick from seven go-kart racetracks at the NASCAR SpeedPark Myrtle Beach.

21. Catch a minor league baseball game featuring the Myrtle Beach Pelicans at TicketReturn.com Field.

22. Splash through the waterslides at Whirlin' Waters Adventure Waterpark, located in North Charleston.

23. Rent a boat or enjoy a picnic on the shores of Lake Marion at Santee State Park near Santee.

24. Explore the 10,000-square-foot Discovery Center and much more outdoor recreation at the Great Swamp Sanctuary in Walterboro.

25. Visit over 70 acres full of animals at the Hollywild Animal Park near Greenville.

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Best Western Hotels Along the Way:

1

Best Western Sea Island Inn

1015 Bay Street, Beaufort SC 29902-5514
Phone: +1 843-522-2090  |  Fax: (843) 521-4858  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

2

Best Western Charleston Inn

1540 Savannah Highway, Charleston SC 29407-7845
Phone: +1 843-571-6100  |  Fax: (843) 766-6261  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

3

Best Western Executive Inn & Suites

1720 Bush River Road, Columbia SC 29210-6812
Phone: +1 803-561-9027  |  Fax: (803) 561-9887  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

4

Best Western Plus Columbia North East

7525 Two Notch Road, Columbia SC 29223-6219
Phone: +1 803-736-6666  |  Fax: (803) 788-6011  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

5

Best Western Inn

1808 W Lucas Street, Florence SC 29501-1230
Phone: +1 843-678-9292  |  Fax: (843) 678-9990  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

6

Best Western Greenville Airport Inn

5009 Pelham Road, Greenville SC 29615-5465
Phone: +1 864-297-5353  |  Fax: +1 864-297-5353  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

7

Best Western Plus Grand Strand Inn & Suites

1804 S Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach SC 29577-4634
Phone: +1 843-448-1461  |  Fax: +1 843-448-1461  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

8

Best Western Plus Myrtle Beach Hotel

9551 N Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach SC 29572-4005
Phone: +1 843-213-1440  |  Fax: (843) 213-1446  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

9

Best Western Plus Airport Inn & Suites

2470 Prospect Drive, North Charleston SC 29406-4433
Phone: +1 843-574-0911  |  Fax: (843) 574-0186  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

10

Best Western Ocean Sands Beach Resort

1525 S Ocean Boulevard, North Myrtle Beach SC 29582-3933
Phone: +1 843-272-6101  |  Fax: (843) 272-7908  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

11

Best Western Plus Santee Inn

I-95 Exit 98, Santee SC 29142
Phone: +1 803-854-3089  |  Fax: (803) 854-3093  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

12

Best Western Of Walterboro

1428 Sniders Highway, Walterboro SC 29488-8417
Phone: +1 843-538-3600  |  Fax: (843) 538-3600  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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