Charleston SC Indoor Activities For A Rainy Day

At first, a rainy day on a beachside getaway may sound less than ideal. However, Charleston, SC, has indoor activities to preserve your precious vacation day! Between historical sites, fascinating museums, and fun attractions, there are plenty of things to do to avoid the weather. If you’d like a complete list of everything a Charleston vacation can be, be sure to use our Insider’s Guide to uncover dining destinations, excursions, breweries, and events to complete your trip.

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Explore These Charleston, SC, Indoor Activities on Rainy Days


The South Carolina Aquarium is located on the Cooper River overlooking the tranquil Charleston Harbor. Inside, you’ll learn all about the marine life that thrives just underneath these pristine waters. First, check out the care center, where the aquarium takes in sea turtles and brings them back to health. Then, stop by the touch tank to pet native horseshoe crabs, hermit crabs, sea urchins, and even stingrays! Finally, it’s impossible to miss the two-story Great Ocean Tank that’s filled with sharks and hundreds of species of fish. Prepare to be amazed at this breathtaking aquarium.


There are so many interesting museums you can explore during rainy days in Charleston. Take a look at a few of our top recommendations:

The Charleston Museum

The Charleston Museum was founded in 1773 and is known as one of America’s first museums. It holds prehistoric fossils and also features exhibits about local art and culture that include Charleston furniture, silver, ceramics, and Lowcountry textiles. In addition, the museum also owns two historic homes called the Heyward-Washington House and the Joesph Manigault House, which are also great for touring on rainy days!

The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry

If you’re traveling with kids, you have to take them to the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. They can release all of their pent-up energy from the rainy day exploring a medieval castle, picking herbs in the museums garden, and playing on a pirate ship all while learning about the history of Charleston.

Gibbes Museum of Art

There are so many breathtaking pieces in the Gibbes Museum of Art. This museum features over 10,000 works of art from Charlestonian artists and others throughout the Carolinas. Take a tour to get a look into the aesthetic of the Lowcountry and learn about the region’s unique history of art.


We suggest touring some of the most popular homes in the area on rainy days. These include the Aiken-Rhett House, the Nathaniel Russell House, and the Edmonston-Alston House, all which open their doors to the public for a unique viewing of their gorgeous interiors.


While Charleston, SC, has indoor activities for all to enjoy, you could also spend your afternoon curled up in your luxury accommodation provided by Luxury Simplified Retreats. High-end amenities, including modern fireplaces, waterfront views, inviting porches, and plush king-size beds can make any rainy day sound ideal. View our accommodations and discover which is perfect for your getaway to Charleston, South Carolina.

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