The beauty of Charleston, South Carolina is complemented not only by its interesting history but by the vast array of activities they have to enjoy and sights they have to explore. It’s no wonder Conde Nast has named it the #1 US City Destination for the fourth year in a row and the #2 City in the World (behind Florence, Italy) in the Conde Nast Reader’s Choice Awards. With its temperate climate, any time of the year is a great time to visit the Holy City—so pick your dates and start planning for the ultimate family reunion.
The first thing you need to think about is lodging. No matter how many family members you invite, it’s important that you’re all comfortable and happy. Charleston has many great hotels, ranging from the very luxurious to the eclectic boutique style. Whether you’re looking for a beachfront escape or something downtown and historic, the city boasts a diverse mix of family-friendly accommodations everyone will love.
Another option to think about is potentially renting a private vacation home. Enjoy unparalleled intimacy and all the amenities of a luxury resort with the benefit of personalized customer service. A vacation rental home can also save your family money on meals with easy breakfasts at home and planned dinners.
Next, you need to plan your itinerary. Take a walking or carriage tour of historic Charleston and make sure to stop at the Historic Charleston City Market where hundreds of local vendors fill the open-air structures with a plethora of products to peruse. Visit famous sites like Patriots Point—the home of the aircraft carrier, Yorktown—or Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor—the site of the first shots of the Civil War. Stroll down the picturesque Rainbow Row along the Battery for the ultimate photo op or ride bikes on Sullivan’s Island or Folly Beach. Explore the South Carolina Aquarium or the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry or even take a ghost tour to some of Charleston’s most haunted spots.
Whatever you want to spend your time doing, we recommending planning your family reunion to coincide with a local festival like Spoleto Festival USA or Charleston Food + Wine. It’s a great way to ensure that you’ll have an exciting activity to keep everyone entertained. However, if the influx of tourists is a little too hectic for you and your family, at least be there during the second Sunday of every month to experience 2nd Sunday on King Street, Charleston’s monthly mini-fest with plenty of great family-friendly vendors and activities.
One thing you may or may not know about Charleston is that there’s no shortage when it comes to excellent dining options. With over 200 restaurants to choose from—several featuring James Beard Award-winning chefs and many boasting an AAA Four Diamond rating—Charleston has plenty of delicious seafood, Southern favorites, juicy burgers, pasta, pizza, and barbecue. You will likely want to plan ahead by making reservations for your larger group so you don’t need to wait a long time to be seated together.
Charleston has always been a major destination for travelers worldwide. It offers countless family-friendly activities, events, restaurants, and hotels for every age and interest. Whether you’re on the hunt for historic landmarks, ready to shop, or hitting the beach with the little ones, Charleston has something to please every member of the family. Explore everything this fantastic city has to offer and make your family reunion an event that everyone is sure to remember.