South Carolina Attractions for Families

Kid-Friendly Activities | Thoroughbred Country

Looking for South Carolina attractions for families? Thoroughbred Country has many kid-friendly activities!

Experience Aiken’s charm with a Trolley Tour

Board the Aiken Trolley and discover the city of Aiken a little differently. On this two-hour tour you will see and hear about historic homes and churches, equestrian sites, the live oak canopy of South Boundary and much more. Until further notice, participants are to wear a mask. Contact the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum for reservations (strongly encouraged).

Pack a picnic for Hopelands Gardens

If the weather allows, grab your family and enjoy a nice picnic in Hopelands Gardens. This 14-acre park would be a great spot to enjoy nature and quality time with the family. Try bird/wildlife watching to offer a fun alternative to your trip.

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Canoe at Aiken State Park

If your family prefers a challenging water excursion, this one is for you. Set along the free-flowing Edisto River, Aiken State Park is a haven for canoeing. A scenic 1.7-mile canoe trail winds its way down the south fork of the Edisto River, attracting paddlers from across the region. This is a moderate-level trail, so we recommend you bring along someone with canoe experience. Families looking to enjoy this activity must bring their own canoe and shuttle.

See a race at Carolina Dragway

Get ready for thrills at ‘The House of Hook’. Carolina Dragway is a 1/4 mile drag racing track with a regular schedule of races and events you are sure to enjoy.

Drive a Lionel model train at the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum

The Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum has a Lionel model train that is remote operated. This is a lot of fun for the kids and can be a fun way to learn more about Aiken's railroad history.

Meet a retired racehorse at Equine Rescue of Aiken

One of the largest rescues in the southeast, part of Equine Rescue of Aiken's mission is to foster opportunities for people to connect with horses. Visitors are always welcome at the rescue. Open Monday thru Saturday from 9am to 1pm, no appointment needed. For groups, please contact in advance.


Walk the battlefield interpretive trail at Battle of Rivers Bridge State Historic Site

The site is 390-acres and includes an award-winning battlefield interpretive trail. This is great place to bring your family and spend some time outdoors.  

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Play disc golf at Boyd Pond Park, Riverview Park, Fuller Park and/or Williston Town Park

Have a love for disc golf? The Thoroughbred Country region has many locations to play. Our courses range from 9 to 18-holes and offer space to run free and even mess up if you’re a beginner. Check out Boyd Pond Park, Riverview Park, Fuller Park and Williston Town Park.

Fish at Barnwell State Park or Lake Edgar Brown

If you like fishing with your kids, be sure to check out Barnwell State Park. They offer three lakes for your enjoyment. Bass, bream, crappie and catfish are likely catches at this location. Another ideal spot for fishing in our region is Lake Edgar Brown. This is a 100-acre lake providing largemouth bass, bluegill, shell-cracker and catfish.

See what you can discover geocaching at Aiken State Park, Barnwell State Park, Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site and/or Battle of Rivers Bridge State Historic Site

Visit one or all of our state parks and join in on the hunt. Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity everyone in the family can enjoy. Just bring a mobile device and begin the world’s largest treasure hunt at our state parks.

Roam the grounds of Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site

Step into the pages of history when you enter the gates of historic Redcliffe Plantation. Gaze at the Greek Revival style mansion built in 1859 while you spend time wandering the grounds. Sit on the front porch, pack a picnic to enjoy, take family photos, the grounds are ready to be discovered. Scheduled house tours are available, contact park for current tour times.

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Swim at Aiken State Park and Barnwell State Park

Cool off by taking a dip in the water at Aiken State Park and Barnwell State Park. The designated swimming areas are swim at your own risk, with no lifeguard on duty. However, they are the perfect option for a family-outing. Miles of trails, playground areas, picnic spots and many other activities can be found at the parks.

Have a blast at South on Whiskey

Join South on Whiskey for mini golf. Mini golf equipment is sanitized before and after every use. This is a fun safe environment the entire family can enjoy. The competitive ones will love it here.

While traveling as a family, budget is important. Check out our Things to Do Free of Charge page for more trip ideas your family can enjoy.