Hit the Road

By Leslie Moore

Hit the Road

Surprise the kids with a day’s adventure!

A short drive in almost any direction will lead you to an adventure that both you and the children (or grandchildren) will enjoy. Sasee has come up with a few suggestions help plan your “Daycation” fun!


Fort Fisher
North Carolina

Located at Kure Beach, North Carolina, Fort Fisher (www.nchistoricsites.org/fisher) kept North Carolina’s port of Wilmington open to blockade runners providing supplies to Confederate Troops until the last few months of the Civil War. Today, this historic site is also home to the North Carolina Aquarium that offers free daily programs for children. (www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher) The best part for most kids will be the ferry ride across the Cape Fear River from Southport to Fort Fisher.


The Ingram Planetarium
Ocean Isle, NC

The Ingram Planetarium in Ocean Isle, North Carolina, is another fun stop, especially for older kids, with daily programs including laser light shows. (http://museumplanetarium.org)


South Carolina

You’ll have a hard time deciding which fun activity to try on a day trip to Charleston. Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired, is a good place to start. Boats to the site leave from Patriot’s Point in Mt. Pleasant and from the South Carolina Aquarium in downtown Charleston, (www.scaquarium.org) another fun site to explore. (www.nps.gov)


Water Parks
South Carolina

The Charleston County Parks & Recreation operates several water parks that will get even the most jaded kid excited (and the adults will love the reasonable admission prices). Splash Island in Mount Pleasant has milder thrills and water play for the little ones, and Splash Zone in James Island has more exciting tube slides, water falls and a 500 foot lazy river. (www.ccprc.com)


Lighthouse Island Shell Tour
Georgetown, SC

A little closer to home, but sure to feel worlds away, the Lighthouse Island Shell Tour leaves from Georgetown for a four hour ocean jaunt offering plenty of time to wander on unspoiled beaches and collect treasures left by the sea. (http://www.lowcountrytours.com)


Thompson Farm
Conway, SC

Show the kids where their food comes from (not the grocery store!) with a visit to Thompson Farm. (www.thompsonfarmandnursery.com) Located on Highway 701 near Conway, the farm offers tours and programs for children, but call first! (843-236-1400)


Children’s Museum of South Carolina
Myrtle Beach, SC

Local and fun, the Children’s Museum of South Carolina is right in the heart of Myrtle Beach, with exciting exhibits and discoveries for families. (http://cmsckids.org)

These are only a few suggestions to get you started on your own special “Daycation!” Hit the road and have fun!

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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