1  Get On The Water -
Charleston is surrounded by water, which provides one of the best and most fun ways to experience this coastal city.  There are multitudes of harbor tours, fishing charters, dinner cruises, ecotours, kayak and water sport companies that can accomodate your family or larger group.

2  Go To The Beach -
Of course the beach is a great activity that all kids enjoy.  There are three main beaches in the Charleston area: Folly, Isle of Palms and Sullivan's Island.  Isle of Palms and Folly Beach are good because they offer better parking options, public restrooms, dining and shops.

3  Take a Tour -
Some favorites include Patriots Point, the South Carolina Aquarium and ghost tours if the kids are old enough.  Kids also get a kick of of tours or storytelling with Charleston Pirate Tours.  The guide looks like he just walked the set of a Pirate of the Caribbean movie and even brings his big parrot with him.

4  Family Parks -
There are three water parks in the area.  The largest is Whirlin' Waters at Wannamaker Park in North Charleston, Mount Pleasant is home to Splash Island, while Splash Zone is in James Island.  Call (843) 795-4386 for more information and directions.  In addition, Blackbeard's Cove in Mount Pleasant offers putt-putt, go-carts, arcade games and more.  Call (843) 971-1223 for information.

5  The Children's Museum -
Located on Ann Street in downtown Charleston, this is the area's first hands-on learning environment designed for children ages three months to 12 years.  There are eight interactive exhibits ranging from a full-scale shrimp boat to an area just for infants and toddlers.  Call (843) 853-8962 for more information.

6 The South Carolina Aquarium -
Located overlooking the Cooper River near Calhoun Street, the South Carolina Aquarium has something for everyone.  Take a traditional stoll through the aquarium or sign up for a "behind-the-scenes tour" or visit the Sea Turtle hospital.  There is an almost 400,000 gallon tank containing the largest fish, sharks and turtles, and in that tank is a daily interactive dive show.       www.scaquarium.org