6 Exciting Charleston SC Attractions To Do With Older Kids And Teens

Charleston, South Carolina is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and there are more Charleston SC attractions than you can “shake a stick at” (a southern phrase you may hear while visiting).  Yep, it’s true, there’s more to this amazing city than just grits, sweet tea, and palmettos.  Let’s dig into 6 family-friendly Charleston SC attractions to enjoy if you have at least one older kid or teen in tow, shall we?!

6 Exciting Charleston SC attractions with teens & older kids - Charleston Carriage

Charleston SC Attractions

We lived part-time in this captivating city for about seven months when Superman’s job required it.  I was certainly up for the challenge! We fell in love with its Southern charm and out of all of the family travel coverage I write, this is one of my most beloved places.  Below are just a few of the many Charleston SC attractions that parents AND older kiddos can enjoy together.

Have fun!

PIRATE & WAR STORIES

You may have heard that there’s a lot of Civil War history in Charleston. Did you know that there’s probably more Revolutionary and pirate history than any other American city?

You’d never know that the serene White Point Gardens (that border “The Battery” seawall right across from the sea fort of Fort Sumter), where many can be spotted strolling through the brick-paved walkways or reading a book under the canopy of Southern oak trees is the same spot of fascinating pirate stories.  Teens will be fascianted to know that it’s where Blackbeard blockaded Charleston and gentleman pirate Stede Bonnet was hanged along with 5o others.  Find out more Charleston pirate history on a historical carriage ride or Charleston pirate tours.

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White Point Gardens, Torrey Wiley, cc

GOODY SAMPLING

Charleston’s historic City Market has hundreds of artists and craftspeople selling their wares like sweetgrass baskets and more.  Some of our favorite Charleston SC attractions, however, are the sweet shops along one side of the City Market.   Savannah’s Candy Kitchen of Charleston and Fudgery Inc will let you sample one of their goodies like fudge or pralines.  The Five and Dime and Moon Pie General Store are two other favorites stores that we enjoy.

6 Exciting Charleston SC attractions with teens & older kids - Savannah Candy Kitchen

Savannah Candy Kitchen

ROYALTY SHOPPING

You know you’re in a shopping mecca of the world when the street names are King, Queen, and George and known as the King Street Fashion District.  Boutique stores like Spartina 449 and the shops at Belmond Charleston Place will leave you speechless.  My daughter and I found a feminine place that had so much wall-to-wall jewelry and plush pink furnishings that we must have stayed for an hour!

6 Exciting Charleston SC attractions with teens & older kids - Charleston shopping

King Street Shopping District, nicksmirni, cc

INTRIGUING CEMETERIES

The sometimes Gothic architecture of these churches and cemeteries leave me spellbound with their iron gates, angel statues, and historic graves. We love meandering through and reading the gravestones – some as far back as the 1600s. St. Philip’s Church contains the graves of signers of the Declaration of Independence like Edward Rutledge and Charles Pinckney.

6 Exciting Charleston SC attractions with teens & older kids - Charleston cemetery

Charleston Cemetery, David McSpaddencc

JAW-DROPPING CHURCHES

Charleston is called The Holy City due to the religious freedom offered to many diverse houses of worship.  St. Michael’s Protestant Episcopal Church, St. Phillip’s, Brith Sholom Beth Israel Synagogue of Charleston, and The French Huguenot Church have some of the most jaw-dropping architecture. Taking a walk around the grounds and hearing their history is pretty fun. Watch the video below to find out why some people had to pay for their church seats:

 Charleston’s Historic Churches 

CHARLESTON WALKING TOUR

One of the most fun Charleston SC attractions we’ve experienced with our older kids is just walking the city on a self-guided tour.  My suggestion is to get your hands on the Charleston Walking Tour and Travel Guide right away.  This handy dandy guide includes routes, photos, and maps of the best way to experience the best of Charleston on your own timing.  There is a mobile guide with this pamphlet purchase as well.

Charleston Guide!

Hotels in Charleston


Which of these Charleston SC attractions will you visit first with your teen or older kiddo?


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25 Comments

  1. November 6, 2013 / 4:52 pm

    Such beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing!

    • November 6, 2013 / 6:10 pm

      Welcome to THTG and Thank You. I enjoy photography when we travel SO much.
      blessings,
      Shan
      The How to Guru

  2. May 9, 2018 / 8:40 am

    Sign me up for a pirate tour and a shopping spree! Dying to go here – hopefully in the spring next year!

  3. May 9, 2018 / 9:06 am

    Charleston looks like a place I need to visit, it’s beautiful. I really love those double doors in your pinnable image!

  4. May 9, 2018 / 6:55 pm

    Charleston is such a fun place! The food is great, lots of history and places to explore!

  5. May 9, 2018 / 9:17 pm

    Just got back from Charleston actually! We had a baby and a toddler with us so we didn’t get to do everything we had hoped but man is that a beautiful city! Can’t wait to go back.

  6. May 10, 2018 / 8:07 am

    This is such a perfect list! I can almost smell the candy store, it smells so good from the street!

    • Shan
      Author
      May 10, 2018 / 9:51 am

      Haha, Brittney. It DOES smell so good from the street. Oh, how I wish I was there right now! 🙂

      shan

  7. May 10, 2018 / 6:00 pm

    I have wanted to go and now I NEED to go! Thanks for the info!!

  8. May 11, 2018 / 9:53 am

    Gosh I’ve wanted to visit Charleston for YEARS and this post didn’t help any. Those pirate tours sound like so much fun, and I love all the history in the area. Next time we’re along the eastern coast you bet I’m giving Charleston a visit!

  9. May 11, 2018 / 12:17 pm

    I absolutely love the beauty and rich history of the Charleston area. Your photos are stunning!

  10. May 12, 2018 / 7:07 am

    I love going into candy kitchens to sample all the yummies and have been itching to get to Charleston!! Hopefully we will be able to hit it on our way back to Florida!!

    • Shan
      Author
      May 12, 2018 / 12:58 pm

      You’ll fall head over heels, Mel! I just know it!

      shan

  11. May 13, 2018 / 12:31 pm

    I want to go to Charleston so bad! It looks so beautiful and interesting to explore for all ages!

  12. May 13, 2018 / 3:42 pm

    My kids are still little but I think that they would love to try and buy some treats from the historic city market and nearby treat shops. We love to get goodies wherever we go.

  13. July 20, 2018 / 10:10 am

    These are great places to roam around . I love how you have done sharing your experience. And with such beautiful pictures as well. Thanks for sharing your trip. I would love to travel to charleston.

    • Shan
      Author
      July 20, 2018 / 12:19 pm

      Thanks, Aditi. I love it.

      much love,
      shan

  14. July 20, 2018 / 10:27 am

    I’d honestly want to do them all! I still have littles, but my older boys would love all the pirate history. I’d love to check out all the goodies and shopping! 🙂

    • Shan
      Author
      July 20, 2018 / 12:20 pm

      It’s a fun place for the whole family. Pirate history is fascinating! 😉

      much love,
      shan

  15. July 20, 2018 / 10:41 am

    Love this! I have always wanted to go to Charleston! It is on my list of places to go and your checklist will come in handy!

    • Shan
      Author
      July 20, 2018 / 12:21 pm

      Yay! So glad it helped!

      much love,
      shan

  16. July 20, 2018 / 4:16 pm

    I must take pictures on Rainbow Row one of these days!

  17. July 20, 2018 / 9:12 pm

    My sister lives in GA and we are dying to do a girls trip to Savannah and Charleston. Adding these to the list of things to do!

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