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Please be aware that many venues are temporarily closed due to COVID-19. We have added a new section of “Virtual Field Trips” on FieldTripDirectory.com in your state and beyond! Use the activity filter below to search for virtual trips, resources, and distance learning options in South Carolina or CLICK HERE for a list of virtual trips nationwide. Explore topics in the arts, science, social studies, and more from anywhere.

Charles Towne Landing

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site sits on a marshy point, located off the Ashley River, where a group of English settlers landed in 1670 and established what would become the birthplace of the Carolina colony.

GRADE LEVEL - Elementary School, Middle School, High School PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities. COST - Fee, Title I, Financial Support GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool SOUTH CAROLINA
Charleston
TEL - 843-852-4200
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Charleston Museum

The Charleston Museum document the city’s history through the Revolutionary and Civil wars, and exotic objects from around the world, including artifacts, fossils, historic crafts, textiles, and silver. 

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities. COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool SOUTH CAROLINA
Charleston
TEL - 843-722-2996
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Charleston Symphony Orchestra

Visit the Charleston Symphony Orchestra with your youth group or have them come to your school. Students will learn about the individual instruments and classical music during Young People’s Concerts, and Q&A with musicians. 

GRADE LEVEL - Elementary School PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Guided Activities, Performances. COST - Fee, Title I GROUP TYPE - School, Homeschool SOUTH CAROLINA
Charleston
TEL - 843-723-7528
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Charleston Tea Plantation

The Charleston Tea Plantation, home of American Classic Tea, features 127 acres of Camellia Sinensis tea plants, a working Tea Factory, and an educational Trolley Tour that explores the scenic grounds.

GRADE LEVEL - Elementary School, Middle School PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Performances. COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool SOUTH CAROLINA
Charleston
TEL - 843-559-0383
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Charleston Water Taxi

Catch the Charleston Water Taxi for all your transportation and sightseeing needs. The water taxi links Mt. Pleasant and historic Downtown Charleston, offering views of dolphins and historic sites.

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Guided Tours. COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool SOUTH CAROLINA
Charleston
TEL - 843-330-2989
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Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry

A world of discovery awaits at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. Kids can race boats down rapids, climb aboard a Lowcountry pirate ship and drive an antique fire truck.

GRADE LEVEL - Early Childhood, Elementary School PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities. COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool SOUTH CAROLINA
Charleston
TEL - 843-853-8962
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Fort Sumter

Fort Sumter is where the American Civil War began. Exhibits at the Visitor Education Center focus on the growing sectionalism between the North and the South, and how the conflict at Fort Sumter began the Civil War.

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours. COST - Free GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool SOUTH CAROLINA
Charleston
TEL - 843-883-3123
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Halsey Institute of Contemporary Arts

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Arts is excited to offer the Looking to See guided tour designed to increase accessibility and community engagement in the contemporary arts.

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Guided Tours. COST - Free GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool SOUTH CAROLINA
Charleston
TEL - 843-953-4422
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Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation has survived for centuries and witnessed the history of our nation from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond.

GRADE LEVEL - Elementary School, Middle School, High School PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool SOUTH CAROLINA
Charleston
TEL - 843-571-1266
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  • ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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  • EARLY CHILDHOOD
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  • HISTORY/SOCIAL STUDIES
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  • LIFE SKILLS
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  • RECREATION
    Find Charleston field trip ideas for adventure parks, ropes courses, ziplines, boat excursions, amusement parks, waterparks, kayaking, rafting, tubing, laser tag paintball, roller skating rinks, ice-skating rinks, mini-golf attractions, indoor amusement & recreation centers, and outdoor amusement & recreation centers.


Overnight field trips include trips to NYC, trips to Boston, trips to Charleston, trips to Washington, DC, trips to Chicago, trips to Atlanta, trips to Austin, and other historic cities throughout the US. Retreats are available for environmental education, team building, and recreation.

We created field trip lesson plans to help teachers, scout leaders, camp counselors, and homeschool parents provide an enriching experience for their groups. We know funds for class trips are limited, so we’ve included grants for field trips that cover admission, transportation, and more.

It’s important that students and youth explore new environments, learn about other cultures, and develop an understanding of inclusivity as part of the educational process. People learn in different ways—through hearing, seeing, touching, talking, or doing. Class trips can provide a multi-dimensional learning experience. FieldTripDirectory.com can help you find the right trip for your group. A world of experiences is just a click away at FieldTripDirectory.com.

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