The Ideal Family Vacation

Charleston Family Vacation


It’s summer, and you and the kids are itching to take that family vacation. Charleston is an easy fly or drive, meaning you will arrive before you have to endure the dreaded “are we there yet?”


Our kid-friendly city and vacation rentals provide the perfect location for making those special memories your children will tell their children in years to come.




Breakfast at The Charleston Chestnut Mansion

When you arrive, load up on all your groceries at Harris Teeter – a supermarket just two blocks away. That way you can relax and enjoy cooking in a chef’s-inspired kitchen your first morning in Charleston.


Morning at The South Carolina Aquarium

Meet more than 5,000 aquatic animals living at The Aquarium and learn how to protect them. The newest addition, The Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery Center, lets you come face-to-face with sick and injured sea turtles and follow their journey from rehab to release. Be adventurous at the two touch tanks, where you can pet stingrays, sharks, horseshoe crabs, sea stars, and urchins, and enjoy daily dive shows and animal encounters.


Lunch at East Bay Deli

After the aquarium, take a 5-minute walk to Easy Bay Deli to grab a quick lunch from their wide selection of sandwiches, soups, and salads.


Water Taxi to the USS Yorktown

Head back toward the aquarium to hitch a ride on the Charleston Water Taxi over to Patriots Point. Walk in the steps of heroes aboard the USS Yorktown, USS Laffey Destroyer, and USS Clamagore Submarine, and tour aircraft, the Vietnam Experience, and Medal of Honor Museum.


Dinner at Charleston Harbor Fish House

After seeing everything from sea turtles to WWII aircraft carriers, there’s one more thing you’ll want to see… the “best water view dining” according to Charleston Living Magazine. The Charleston Harbor Fish House is located at Patriots Point and features fresh, local seafood (so fresh the menu changes daily based on what the captains fishing the waters bring in). After dinner, you can take the water taxi or hop in an Uber or Lyft back to The Charleston Chestnut Mansion.




Rise ‘n shine and head over the Isle of Palms for a day at the beach!


Breakfast at Sea Biscuit Café

Start your day with a homestyle breakfast in this little cozy, nautical-inspired café.



A few blocks from Sea Biscuit Café is the Isle of Palms County Park, which offers everything your family needs for a day of sand and surf. Convenient parking and beach access are just the beginning! They also offer chair rentals, sand volleyball courts, a playground, picnic area with grills, ice cream, drinks and snacks, and restrooms.


Dinner at Acme Lowcountry Kitchen

Located just up the street from Sea Biscuit Café and rated #1 Isle of Palms restaurant on Trip Advisor, Acme Lowcountry Kitchen’s menu is loaded with traditional local seafood fare in a casual beach setting.




Breakfast at Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit

You’ve never had a biscuit until you’ve had a Callie’s biscuit! These are the perfect fuel to start your day.


Morning at Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry

A two-minute walk from Callie’s is the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry where children and parents alike spark their imaginations and explore hands-on exhibits certain to stimulate your curiosity.


Lunch at Monza

Just another two-minute walk lands you at Monza Pizza known for its Neapolitan-style pizza. Yum!


Dessert at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

Don’t leave Upper King Street without getting a cone from Jeni’s!


Cruise the Fort Sumter Tour

Hop in a car and head back toward the Aquarium to pick up a boat tour to Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began. Enjoy the 30-minute narrated boat tour then walking around the grounds and through the fort for about an hour before heading back to the mainland.


Dinner at Fleet Landing

Savor your last meal and waterfront views at Fleet Landing. This casual family-friendly restaurant is located just a couple blocks from The Charleston Chestnut Mansion behind the United States Customs House. Take a stroll after dinner and enjoy your final night in our famed city before heading back to the real world tomorrow.


This is a jam-packed three days sure to keep the entire family entertained and boredom-free. With kids on summer break, we invite you to take a few days off and come see what Charleston and The Charleston Chestnut Mansion have to offer!