Fun Places for Kids near Summerville, SC

by Rebekah Worsham
Summerville's tropical climate provides kids the opportunity for year-round outdoor play.

Summerville's tropical climate provides kids the opportunity for year-round outdoor play.

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Summerville, South Carolina, a suburb of the greater Charleston area, is a tight-knit, family-friendly community with a wealth of recreational opportunities. In addition to its easy access to nearby beaches, the city of Summerville is rich in historical attractions, play centers and sporting facilities of particular interest to children.

Family Fun Centers

Located in the heart of Summerville, the Music in Motion Family Fun Center ( offers an abundance of activities designed for kids of all ages. In addition to its indoor roller skating facility, the center features arcade games, air hockey tables, pool tables and skeeball. North Charleston, located 10 miles from the center of downtown Summerville, is home to Frankie's Fun Park (, a multi-attraction facility that offers bumper boats, fun slides, a rock wall for climbing and mini golf in addition to a large indoor video arcade.

Water Parks

Operated by the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission (, Whirlin' Waters Adventure Waterpark is located just 9 miles from the heart of Summerville. The park is located on over 15 acres and features island-themed water play, water slides, a kiddie pool and a 27,000-square foot wave pool. Also operated by the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission, Splash Zone water park is located in the community of James Island, 11 miles from Summerville's downtown district. In addition to a leisure pool and multiple water slides, the park features a lazy river and Caribbean-style play structure complete with spray hoses and a waterfall.

Sports Attractions

Downtown Charleston, located 11 miles from the heart of Summerville, is home to Carolina Ice Palace ( The facility features an indoor ice skating rink and is open for figure skating, hockey and games of broom ball. The facility may also be rented for private parties and events and classes are available. 20 minutes from Summerville in the Charleston suburb of Mount Pleasant, the Batter Up Batting Cage and Training Center ( features indoor batting cages and instruction for baseball fans of all ages. In addition to one-on-one instruction by specially trained baseball coaches, the facility is available to host birthday parties and special occasions with advanced notice.

Kid-Friendly Museums

The greater Summerville area is home to a wealth of museums that cater to children. Located in the heart of downtown Charleston, the Children's Museum of the Low Country ( offers interactive exhibits and weekly classes that allow children to play and explore as they learn about significant points in history. Also in downtown Charleston, the South Carolina Aquarium ( offers kids a fun, interactive approach to learning about seal life. The museum is home to more than 60 exhibits including fish, amphibians, plants and reptiles.

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