Ah – tis the season. Those happy spring colors are returning to the Holy City, as well as lots and lots of visitors with Festival season kicking off last month with a roar! Everything outside is colored a beautiful shade of mustard yellow as the pollen coats every surface. The sidewalks and green spaces will soon be buzzing with school groups of all ages – shoulders, legs and faces sporting bright pink sunburns after being bundled up for a cold winter and eager to explore Charleston. Very soon, the Spring Breakers for a vacation in Charleston will join the mix of all the other visitors descending on the Lowcountry to welcome Spring and put their toes in the sand again.
Planning Spring Break trips for kids these days has got to be a bit more challenging than years ago when my parents packed us all in the station wagon and we caravanned to the beach – visions of sand spurs, fried shrimp and putt putt in our little minds. Once or twice, when daddy was really interested in reliving his Florida days, we’d venture further south and see Mickey and Minnie – one year we even went to Daytona! I had an earache the whole trip but remember how loud and fast the cars were at that track!
Now, thanks to technology and savvy teachers, young people might not be satisfied with a rollicking round of putt putt and a day on the beach. Their young minds and bodies want to be challenged and your adult minds want to keep them busy all day so they’ll sleep at night and you can also enjoy spring break perhaps with a nice cold beverage! Trust us when we say that there are a ton of fun things to do in Charleston and here’s a quick list of some of our favorites!
If putt putt – or mini-golf as it’s now called – brings back your sentimental spring breaks then Frankie’s Fun Park is the place to be down here. Frankie’s, in North Charleston, offers so much more than the vintage putt putt courses – remember those pesky windmills? A visit to Frankie’s might include a championship game of mini-golf but you can also hit the Batting Cage, jump on the Bumper Boats, hit the Road Course or teach your kids those old school Arcade games. One stop shopping for every adventure level in your family.
To keep the adrenaline pumping and fine tune those hand–eye coordination skills, why not hit the Wild Blue Ropes Adventure Park on James Island? With 72 suspended obstacles – high and low ropes courses, this locally owned, family operated adventure promises lots of laughs and family fun for you as you visit Charleston.
With all the games and green screens kids may find on line these days, why not take them to the places where history actually did take place – not the made up CG versions. Fort Sumter Tours will take you to the exact spot where the American Civil War started. A National Monument smack dab in the middle of the Charleston Harbor – only accessible by boat…..what’s not to interest a budding history minded young person?! Also, visit Fort Moultrie on Sullivans Island and explore bunkers carved into sand dunes and learn just how important a solid military and defense were to the history of South Carolina – and how cool a well built Fort can be!
The Lowcountry is so named because we are the lower half of the state of South Carolina. It is a very marshy, swampy area filled with all sorts of critters who love to make their homes in a marshy, swampy area – snakes, alligators, turtles – mosquitoes! Since 1931, guests to the Lowcountry have gotten up close and personal with these critters and our swamps by visiting Cypress Gardens in Moncks Corner – just a few miles outside Charleston.
Devastated by record flooding a little while ago, Cypress Gardens is scheduled to reopen on Saturday, April 13 with new and improved facilities and programs. What is a Swamparium you might ask?? Think snakes – lots and lots of snakes! How about a Swamp Boat tour through the 80 acre blackwater bald cypress and tupelo swamp? You might find some remnants of former movie sets back in those trees!
Now – I can’t in good faith not mention a day at the beach while you’re here for Spring Break. Toes in the sand and that crunchy first sunburn of the year – salt for the soul of you cold weather dwellers. After a good dose of salt water and sand, some yummy fried shrimp and hushpuppies – you absolutely have to make a trip in town for a ghost tour with Bulldog Tours!
Nothing screams Spring Break like spooky ghost stories in a Revolutionary War era Dungeon, pirate tales along the dark waterfront, and superstitions about people being buried alive in the oldest Graveyard in this Holy City. And for the very brave…….The Old City Jail tours and investigations!
The most important part of Spring Break is quality time with your family and friends so no matter what you chose to fill your days – have fun!