We recently made a quick trip to historic Charleston, SC for a little family vacation and work trip all rolled into one. Though a short trip, it was our second visit within a year. It has easily become one of our favorite coastal cities.

The old buildings, cobblestone roads, sailboats, yummy eateries, one-of-a kind stores, and short distance to the beach are all wonderful things about Charleston. But along with all that, there are so many things to do as a family. Like the park by the pier (just across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge) that has tables for picnicking and a great outdoor playground for the kids to burn energy. Or the waterfront park that has fountains to splash in, and a long pier with swings to watch sailboats and sunsets (a favorite place of ours). Lots of kid-friendly restaurants too, not to mention yummy candy stores like River Street Sweets where they offer free samples of their pralines! 

To say we love traveling is a bit of an understatement. There is so much to see and so much to do when you visit a new place! We wanted to share some of our favorite highlights for you, especially if you are making a trip with your own family.

There are many more places we wanted to explore but didn’t have the time this go-round. So here are a few places worth going to (in our opinion). 

Because we are early risers (not really intentionally when you have two little ones that get up super early), a top criterion for breakfast was a place that opened early. Bakehouse is a cafe downtown that offers it’s own home-made granola (delicious!), but it also opens at 8:00 a.m. on the weekends. We had parfaits with juice and finished our coffee down at the waterfront park. A wonderful start to the day!