- South Carolina
In the marshes, swamps and beaches of South Carolina’s coast, known as the Low Country, find natural beauty as well as tasty regional cuisine and plenty of family-oriented fun.
Three well-known coastal cities have different personalities. Hilton Head is a laid-back beach destination, Charleston is home to fascinating history and Myrtle Beach is a bustling tourist spot. Here are suggestions for activities in each city that will create lasting memories for the entire family.
Hilton Head: Take a Dolphin Cruise
With beautiful beaches, island-wide bike paths, pretty scenery and family-friendly activities, Hilton Head Island is a popular, yet laid-back, tourist destination. After you’ve spent time on the beach, take a dolphin-watching tour. Professional tour companies usually guarantee a dolphin sighting. The tour guide will provide educational narration while you also look for pelicans, otters, ospreys, egrets and many other species of wildlife. Even younger children will enjoy this excursion.
Tourists take pictures of a dolphin pod while on a tour
Charleston: Ride in a Horse-Drawn Carriage
Founded in 1670, Charleston is the oldest city in South Carolina and one of the oldest in the USA. What’s the best way to explore this historic city? Try a horse-drawn carriage tour. Listen to the calming sounds of hoofbeats as a guide narrates the story of this beautiful city. Learn about the colorful homes on Rainbow Row, see resplendent mansions and churches and listen to three centuries of Charleston history. This activity is suitable for children who can sit during an hour-long carriage ride.
A Charleston carriage riding along historic Battery Street, where you'll see 18th-century Georgian townhomes
Myrtle Beach: Ride the SkyWheel
Myrtle Beach offers great hotel values, family-friendly beaches and activities for all ages, making it a great beach vacation spot. The center of activity is at the boardwalk, full of old-fashioned games, carnival attractions and casual restaurants. For a thrilling experience, ride the SkyWheel, a modern Ferris wheel with enclosed, air-conditioned gondolas towering 61 meters above the boardwalk. The views of the city and beaches from the top are outstanding. Older kids who aren’t afraid of heights will enjoy this activity.