I have been to Charleston a few times over my life since I grew up a few hours away in NC and it always is so charmingly southern! I love exploring cities with the kids because I get to do new things from their point of view & more family focused. One of the coolest things you can do in Charleston is get the above sign customized at the American Theater for 24 hours. It was Roman’s birthday “weekend” when we were in town, so I made sure everything was centered around his birthday (hence the sign). I made my first road trip by myself with both kids & we squeezed in as much as we could do in two nights. I wanted to explore two different areas that are family friendly while in town so you all could see the different options.
Sharing some pictures of our quick getaway first, scroll all the way down if you want the details immediately 🙂
(Kids are wearing local shop Pitt Street Kid attire, taken at beach entry pool located at the Beach Club Resort)
(Sunset celebration night at Beach Club, roasting S’mores!)
Where to stay:
1. Near Downtown/on the Marina
The Beach Club- At Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina– We stayed here our first night in town and I was blown away! I felt like I was on a tropical island resort the way they had everything set up. It is VERY kid friendly, they have their own kid camp director run by our long time friend Amy Smith who is amazing. My kids did not want to leave this place and neither did I. It is on the list to go back as soon as we can!
What I loved about this resort:
- The multiple pools: That’s probably what made it feel the most like a luxury resort. You could keep the kids at the beach entry pool, go to one that was heated, or go to the hot tub (which my kids live in). There were also pool bars & full menu pool service with staff that catered to you. All of this mentioned overlooked the beautiful marina view!
- Kids camp/Kid Parties: Here is a list of all their offerings, but you can see from these pictures how awesome their birthday parties are! Amy put together a special one for Roman that had sand art, splash pads, water balloons, you name it! I got his cake from a local place called Cupcake Down South!
- The Ferry/Transportation: They have a daily water taxi that takes you right to downtown charleston in 10 minutes!
- The Food: We had dinner & breakfast on site. The Restaurant Charleston Harbour Fish House was so good! I had the Surf & Turf, amazing. We also ordered room service in the morning, very large portions on everything and just as good.
- The Rooms: We stayed in the Harbor Deluxe room and you can see videos of the inside under my Instagram stories highlights “Charleston”. The room felt like a guest room suite in a house, it even had high ceilings with a sun light window! It is the first time I’ve ever stayed in a hotel room that welcoming.**They are offering 10% off reservations made by calling this number 843-284-3500 and mentioning discount Becca2019!! Certain black out dates my apply.
2. On the beach/Oceanfront:
The Tides– We went here on our second night in town & I loved how you can walk straight out to the beach immediately. The Tides hotel is located about 20 minutes outside of Charleston Folly Beach. They recently renovated the hotel!
What I loved about this resort:
- Oceanfront: This is the place to stay in folly beach if you don’t rent a house and want to be directly on the beach. It also had an oceanfront pool too, so you could hop back & forth with the kids!
- Walk out rooms: Request one of the first floor rooms and you will have patio to relax on right in front of the ocean!
- Location: Folly Beach, I loved how you could easily walk to all the cute restaurants and shops for several blocks.
- Dining: On site, we loved eating lunch at Pier 101 and also dining ocean front at Blue Restaurant & Bar. Pier 101 is at the entrance of the Pier, it was fun to walk down and watch the surfers & birds with the kids.
Where to eat:
If you venture away from either of these hotels, these are some of the places we have loved over the years or came highly recommended.
- Breakfast: The Lost Dog Cafe (in folly), Callies Hot little biscuit, Tasting menu at Charleston Grill
- Lunch: Leon’s Oyster Shop, goat.sheep.cow.north, huriyali
- Dinner: Husk, Fig, High Cotton, Magnolias
What to do:
- Get the VIP Charleston Tour Pass if you are in town for more than 2 days! We had these and used them to go to the Charleston Kids Museum which was really cute, but they give you access to 36+ hot spot attractions in town! Make sure to visit at least on plantation, they are gorgeous.