Fun Scouting: Top 5 Charleston Playgrounds You Might Not Know About

If there's one thing Charleston does really well for kids, its playgrounds. Whatever you're looking for - new equipment, shaded picnic tables, or just a change of scenery to shake things up - you're going to want to check out some of these top NannyPod spots. 

1. "Big Toy" Playground at Palmetto Islands County Park (Mount Pleasant)

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This playground is nestled in Palmetto Islands County Park, giving it a fun and natural feel. The play area is HUGE with new equipment and a separate area for younger and older kids. Additionally, this park offers picnic tables, public bathrooms - and best of all... SHADE, which makes this playground one of our favorites. 


2. Smythe Park - Pirate Cove (Daniel Island)

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Smythe Park is situated around a beautiful lake with scenic bike paths and picnic tables. There are swings, climbing structures, monkey bars, and soft sandy areas. Oh, and the whole playground structure is shaped like a Pirate Ship. Need we say more? 


3. Plymouth Park (James Island)

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This quaint playground is all about location. Plymouth Park Playground is right on the water, so it's the perfect place if you're bringing a picnic or your pet. To top it off, it's right next to a fire station - so you're sure to delight your little ones when the big red trucks roll by.


4. Wannamaker Park (North Charleston)

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There are 2 playgrounds in Wannamaker County Park (Tot-Lot and Fun-Lot), a seasonal water park, picnic tables, a snack bar, dog park, bathrooms, and hiking trails. Our favorite part - there's a big hill that's a ton of fun for kids and a great pre-nap option for parents.


5. Pirate Cove Playground (Folly Beach)

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There's something about pirates and big ships that really bring the magic. We love that this playground is in downtown Folly, right near the beach - so you can make it a part of your beach day, or grab some ice cream as a special treat. This playground is fun for older kids but also has some toddler-friendly equipment (smaller slides, toddler swings, and seahorse bouncies). 

 

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Our Top 5 Kid-Friendly Ways to Beat the Charleston Heat

Charleston is HOT...and hot kids get cranky! Here's a few of our favorite nearby activities that your kids will love, and won't leave you or your little ones begging for air conditioning.

1. Fire Museum (North Charleston)

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Free for kids 12 and under, the Fire Museum is the perfect "something new" your family-time schedule needs. The museum is educational, with an extensive collection of firetrucks dating back to 1780! Its also a relaxing and fun environment, with an indoor playground and interactive exhibits. Afterwards, swing by Mellow Mushroom next door for lunch and you've got yourself a cool afternoon with the family. 


2. Sky Zone (Mount Pleasant)

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If you've never been to Sky Zone, say hello to your child's new favorite place. Sky Zone is an indoor trampoline park with a foam pit and wall-to-wall trampolines for bouncing and playing. Toddler Hour is Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9-10:00am, so your little ones can jump around with parental supervision without "big kid interference." Sky Zone is fun for ALL ages... and while the kids get hot playing, you'll stay nice and cool. 


3. WonderWorks (Mount Pleasant)

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Escape the heat for an hour with a trip to WonderWorks. More than just a toy store, this interactive, magical place features a train set, kitchen play area, jumping station, and loads of toys out of the package for "testing." There's always plenty of other kids exploring for your little ones to interact with and the staff are always friendly and welcoming. 


4. Splash Zone (James Island County Park)

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James Island County Park will quickly become one of your family's favorite stay-cool spots. The park has a 200-foot tube slide, open slide, lazy river with water-walls and sprays, a leisure pool, and a "Jake and the Neverland Pirates"-like play structure. There are showers, restrooms, concessions, and picnic space as well. Kids under 2 are free, and over 2 it is only $9.99 - so you can enjoy the adventure without breaking the bank. 


5. Waterfront Park (The Battery)

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Beat the beach traffic and head to the Waterfront Park fountain and "swimmable" Pineapple Fountain. Bring your kid's swimsuits (they will get soaked!), towels, and sunscreen, for an afternoon splashing in the fountains along the scenic Charleston Battery. Afterwards, you're just a few steps away from swinging benches on the pier and an ice cream shop nearby. (Local hint: the Vendue Hotel has a clean bathroom and doesn't seem to discourage parents from bringing their kids in for a quick bathroom break!)

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Our Top 5 Most Parent-Friendly Places to Eat in Mount Pleasant SC

We believe spending time with your kids and enjoying a nice dining experience don't have to be mutually exclusive. It’s all about location, location, location: an environment that keeps the kids occupied, safe, and happy, along with good atmosphere, food, and drinks for the grownups – that’s the perfect formula. So, just for you mom and dad, we’ve put together our Top 5 picks for parent-friendly restaurants in Mount Pleasant SC, so all you have to do is go eat!

1. Morgan Creek Grill

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It doesn't get any more “Charleston,” than this. Morgan Creek Grill is right on the water, with simple and delicious seafood, fresh air, and gorgeous views. A large sandy area downstairs provides kids with room to run around and play while still staying in view. If you’ve got some tiny dancers on your team, there's often live music – and there’s nothing like 2 hours of dancing and twirling to get the little ones nice and worn out for bedtime. Be sure to stop by on a Saturday in October when they have regular oyster roasts with s’mores for the kids.


2. Muddy's Dockside Bar (Vickery's)

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Ideal for the little adventurers, this location offers a small “beach” and a dock on the water. It’s the perfect location for playing in the sand, catching crabs, and watching the boats and fishermen cleaning their fish. The menu is extensive, super tasty, and reasonably priced – and we love that there are healthy options for the kids, like grilled chicken strips or a PB&J with fresh fruit and veggie side options.  Shem Creek is the #1 place for laid back lowcountry fun.


3. Pickled Palate

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Creative, healthy, and locally sourced food shouldn’t have to mean a stuffy or ritzy environment – and this place proves it. Pickled Palate is the best place for health-conscious parents, who want a beautiful and satisfying meal with the kids in tow. There's a large kid-friendly garden area filled with flowers, succulents and herbs, so the kids can play, wander, and learn. With surprisingly low prices and great atmosphere, you’ll leave in a better mood than when you arrived.


4. Coastal Crust

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Kids love pizza. We love pizza. Throw in a vintage truck converted into a mini playground? SOLD. There is a Coastal Crust food truck, and also a brick and mortar location – both are as cool as can be! This is your spot for incredible “upscale-feeling” food and a nice glass of wine, while still somehow managing to be a good atmosphere that the kids will enjoy. 


5. Triangle Char Bar

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Sunday Funday? This may not mean the same as it used to – but at the right location we think you can still have a family-friendly fun-day. Triangle Char Bar has fun outdoor games (Giant Jenga blocks, Cornhole, and the fishing line and hook game) along with outside couches for a comfortable and relaxed afternoon. The kids won’t feel confined or bored, and you’ll get to relax and unwind from your busy week.

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