Top kid-friendly must-see attractions in Charleston. By WhereTraveler
Zooming around the track at Blackbeard’s Cove in Mount Pleasant, SC (©Jonathan Boncer)
For kids, what’s more fun—amusement parks or historical sites? While Charleston is full of history and museums, sometimes it’s good to take a break and do something else. So, when Susie celebrates her 12th birthday and asks Mom to take her and—say, a half-dozen?—friends to Charleston for a celebration to remember, consider these attractions. (And who knows? By the time you get back home, Susie and all of her friends who are packed into that van may just consider you to be the BEST MOM EVER.) These three attractions will bring the family together in an exciting day of mini golf, amusement rides, bowling and more.
With locations in North Charleston, Columbia, Greenville and Raleigh, N.C., Frankie’s Fun Park knows how to show Carolina teens a good time. Watch as their tummies get tossed on the Drop Zone ride, as they maneuver along tracks in Go-Karts or as they bounce around the water in bumper boats. Also: Mini golf, a driving range, batting cages, an interactive arcade and other amusement rides.
The Drop Zone at Frankie’s Fun Park (©Andrew Cebulka)
It’s time to take the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge to Mount Pleasant, where Blackbeard’s Cove awaits with two miniature-golf courses, Go-Karts, a climbing wall and even paintball. On Saturdays, dads (and moms, too, if they would like) are admitted free of charge and can enjoy unlimited Go-Karts, mini-golf, climbing wall and Jump Land from 9 to 11 am, with complimentary coffee and doughnuts.
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The Alley in Charleston is perfect for groups looking for some fun. (Courtesy The Chart Group)
Downtown, The Alley awaits with eight lanes of bowling, a 10-foot basketball hoop, ping pong and retro-arcade games. And, Mom, go ahead and grab some boiled peanuts and a choice of 30-plus beers at the 150-seat restaurant while the kids burn more energy: After a day like this, you deserve it.
Author Jay Bemis serves as Charleston editor for WhereTraveler. WhereTraveler contributed this to MiniTime.
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