So you came on vacation to Folly Beach craving sunny days on the beach, then the clouds moved in and it’s raining.  Not to worry, there are plenty of things to do around Charleston, that you could have missed out on if you just stuck to the beach.  Folly Beach is usually known by the locals to have the “Folly Bubble”, meaning that the sea breezes keep strong storms north of Charleston, but occassionally these storms sneak through.  Here are some things to do with your family while you wait for the sun to return.



Movies – Carmike James Island 8

The closest movie theater to Folly Beach, showing the latest movies


1743 Central Park Rd
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 762-4904



Movies – Terrace Theater James Island

More of an art house theater showing indie flicks and sometimes children entertainment.  Full Bar and retro decorations and feel.

1956 D Maybank Highway

Charleston, SC  29412


Terrace Theater Showtimes and Information


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Roller Skating – Hot Wheels Skating Center

Great place to escape the weather, less than 5 minutes from Folly Beach.  Old school roller rink with arcade games, snack bar, and more.

1523 Folly Rd

James Island, SC 29412


Hot Wheels hours and information




Bowling – The Alley

Downtown Charleston’s happening bowling spot is the alley.  Full restaurant with great food, full bar, limited lanes so call ahead or get there early.

131 Columbus St

Charleston, SC 29403


The Alley Charleston


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Bowling – AMF West Ashley

Tons of space to spread out and enjoy bowling with the whole family.

1963 Savannah Hwy

Charleston, SC  29407


AMF Triangle Lanes



Bowling – Sparians Mount Pleasant

Updated bowling center and aracade, they bring full service food and drink to couches at your privat bowling area.  Full bar.


613 Johnnie Dodds Blvd
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464



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South Carolina Aquarium

A fully interactive aquarium with 1000’s of fish and animals.  Sharks, turtles, jellyfish, birds, lemurs, otters, you name it.  One of the best attractions for families in Charleston.  Worth every minute.

100 Aquarium Wharf

Charleston, SC 29401


South Carolina Aquarium


  Childrens Museum

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