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Surf camps and sandcastles. Fountains made for barefoot play. Nature trails and a climbing wall. Get outside with more than 90 miles of coastline and 120 public parks.

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Charleston County Parks and Recreation

Campgrounds and cottages, a climbing wall and nature camps - the county's family of parks offers twelve diverse locations, each with its own outdoor recreation opportunities.

2 - 6 Enjoy the sparkling sand and cool surf of the Atlantic Ocean with three beautiful beachfront parks.

7 - 11 Fish on! Cast your line into the Atlantic Ocean from the end of the second longest pier on the east coast.

12 - 16 Paddle a kayak through habitats popular with rare wildlife, including American Alligators, Swallow-tailed Kites and Bald Eagles.

Beachwalker Park

Keep an eye out for the pod of dolphins that frequently frolics and feeds in the river adjacent to the oceanfront park on the west end of Kiawah Island.

2 - 6 Bring a shovel and a pail for hours of fun in the sand.

7 - 11 Who is your family can construct the most creative sand castle?

12 - 16 Bring a boogie board and rip up the waves crashing on this barrier island.

Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Waterfowl, otters and deer are a frequent sight at this rice-field-turned-wildlife-habitat with more than six miles of trails and elevated boardwalks through the cypress swamp.

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Isle of Palms County Park

Swim, sun, snooze and repeat. The tempo of life is slow and inviting at this beach park favored by families.

2 - 6 Take a break from the waves and visit the play area, where slides and swings wait for little ones.

7 - 11 This is a popular beach for shellcombing. See how many different shells you can find.

12 - 16 Hands up! The sand volleyball court is a great place for your family to have some friendly competition.

James Island County Park

When your kids "hit the wall," it will have an entirely different meaning. The state's tallest outdoor climbing facility is located in the middle of this multi-use park.

2 - 6 Splash around in the fountain area, perfect for cooling off little feet.

7 - 11 Pedal boats are a fun way for a family to power across the water together!

12 - 16 Rent bikes and explore the miles of paved trails.

Mullet Hall

More than 20 miles of trails weave through a southern pine forest and open meadows make this an idyllic spot for visitors with a horse.

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Palmetto Islands Country Park

Get lost amid this 943-acre nature park with bicycle paths and boardwalks that overlook the salt marsh.

2 - 6 Play games in the open meadow.

7 - 11 Ever played horseshoes? Challenge your family to a spirited tournament.

12 - 16 Climb to the top of the observation tower and peer at an opsrey's nest through the mounted binoculars.

Wannamaker County Park

More than 1,000 acres of nature and the area's largest water park make this park a favorite of families.

2 - 6 Play to your heart out at the two playgrounds - Tot-Lot and Fun Lot.

7 - 11 Check out the Big Kahuna wave pool - 27,000 square feet of exciting wave action!

12 - 16 Explore the five-acre lagoon in a rented pedal boat or kayak.

City Gallery at Waterfront Park

Enjoy the serenity of this contemporary art venue that exhibits new, vital and innovative art.

2 - 6 Wander outside to the iconic pineapple fountain, where little toes are welcome to take a dip.

7 - 11 Take a look at the building and its two-story bank of windows. Why do you think the architect designed it this way?

12 - 16 The ever-changing exhibit often features local artwork. What sort of emotional response does the current exhibit evoke?

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