Summertime in Charleston really brings on the heat. The highs have already hit the triple digits and we know that it can be hard to figure out just how to escape those temps sometimes. Hitting the beach is always a great option (head to Folly beach, its only 10 miles away from us!) but sometimes you just need to do something that involves air conditioning. Here are a few options that are close by to us that provide fun for all and keep you feeling cool:

South Carolina Aquarium:
Filled with exhibits that showcase wildlife natural to South Carolina, the aquarium offers exhibits ranging from the mountains to the sea. Not just for kids, the aquarium is a great escape from the heat for everyone! You can pet stingrays, starfish and horseshoe crabs in the touch tank or walk out into the ‘backyard habitat’, filled with native plants that give you educational tips on how to attract butterflies and native birds in your own backyard. Tickets are $34.95 for adults (+13) & 27.95 for children (3-12). The aquarium is only 0.7 miles from the hotel, making it a quick 15-minute walk! (or an under 5 min drive, Uber, taxi).

Dock Street Theater:
This historic theater (also known as America’s First Theater) is home to Charleston Stage who perform a range of shows. Offering matinees, dinner packages, shows for the whole family or a perfect date night when your visiting, Dock Street Theater is the perfect escape to catch a musical, comedy or drama.

Charleston Museum:
Chock full of local history, the Charleston Museum is the perfect way to spend an afternoon of learning all about the lowcountry plus so much more. “Founded in 1773, The Charleston Museum, America’s First Museum, has been discovering, preserving, interpreting, celebrating, and sharing ever since. Our collections, exhibitions, educational programs, and events are designed to inspire curiosity and conversation – about the South Carolina Lowcountry – and the stories that make us who we are.” Perfect for people of all ages, the Charleston Museum does offer a special children section called Kidstory, a fun and exciting, hands-on exhibit for children. Tickets range in prices whether you want to include a historic home tour in your visit!

The City Gallery:
Located at the Waterfront Park (so you can catch the infamous Pineapple Fountain before you head in!), this art gallery offers free admission for all and a place where you can find contemporary art from regional, local, national & international artists.