With the 2019 Spoleto Festival just around the corner, I’ve got Charleston, South Carolina on my mind.
My husband and I were lucky to spend a little honeymoon weekend in Charleston a week after our wedding a few years ago. Since we didn’t have a toddler with us, I will do my best to include family-friendly recommendations.
Time of Year to Visit
If you can afford to visit in May or June, the Spoleto Festival (May 24th through June 9th) is worth the trip. Hotel prices skyrocket this time of year.
One of my best friends is from Charleston and she always raved about the festival. Of course I was thrilled when I finally got to attend a Spoleto Festival performance by Jason Moran at an outdoor venue on the College of Charleston campus. Kids were running and dancing around so some events are family friendly.
My husband and I remember the night fondly, but we recommend bringing mosquito repellent. (This stuff is the absolute best and made with natural ingredients).
Day 1 Itinerary
- Stroll though The Historic Charleston City Market and purchase a souvenir. I bought a cute sun hat here.
- Stop by the Market Pavillion Hotel for lunch on the rooftop (Pavilion Bar). If you have your swimsuit you can take a dip in the pool. Unfortunately it’s not a very kid-friendly spot, but the Tuna Tower is still on the menu and it’s delicious!
- Walk along King Street for some window shopping. Include a stop at the Savannah Bee Company for mead and honey tastings.
Day 2 Itinerary
- If you don’t have access to a car, book a tour of Fort Sumter and travel by boat. We didn’t have time to visit, but I will next time.
- If you have a car, drive over to Sullivan’s Island. Here you can visit Fort Moultrie. I don’t remember it being very stroller friendly, but older kids have space to run around.
- Before or after your visit Fort Moultrie, stop by Shem Creek Park for a walk, beautiful views, and dining. First we walked along the Shem Creek Boardwalk and then we dined at Tavern & Table. The food wasn’t great, but the view was excellent. There are plenty of other food options in this area.
Where to Stay
We stayed at the DoubleTree in the historic district. The rooms were pretty old fashioned and outdated, but I loved the location. Within walking distance of The Historic Charleston City Market. I recommend this area and there are plenty of boutique, modern hotels to choose from.