Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

SEP-OCT 2018

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Kids ages 5-12 can enjoy the Mini-Mariners Kids' Camp ($25 per child/day including lunch), which encourages them to step away from technology and engage in the environment around them by making weather instruments, interacting with ocean life, hunting for shark teeth, painting, fossil digging and piñata making with items from the earth. A daily dock walk in the summer months allows children (and parents) to learn about sea life above and below the water. Each evening, a "Sunset Celebration" at the beachfront fire pit involves roasting marshmallows followed by making a wish upon a shell and tossing it into the ocean, a ritual that studies show is calming to children, and teaches them to live in the moment. "Our location on Charleston Harbor and close proximity to downtown gives us the best of both worlds – exploring this amazing city through weekly field trips and getting the kids out into nature. Being near the water has a very calming effect on children and teens; and science shows it can make people happier and healthier," said Amy Smith, Recreation Manager and Captain of the Mini Mariner program. A very short walk along the marina's edge brings you to the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum, where you can easily spend the majority of an afternoon exploring the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier, the USS Laffey Destroyer and the USS Clamagore submarine, among other attractions. Hop on a complimentary Schwinn bicycle for the flat ride to Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, where there's a great playground and you can rent poles for fishing off of the pier. If you are feeling extra adventurous, continue up and across the three-mile span of the Ravenel Bridge, where kid favorite attractions include the South Carolina Aquarium, the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry, the North Charleston Fire Museum, carriage tours, and Charleston Pirate Tours. e beaches of Sullivan's Island are just 6 miles away. "When is the last time you drove a single speed cruiser to the beach? We're about showing our guests another side of Charleston–one that is unexpected and unique to our waterfront location and close proximity to the beach," said Oliver Rooskens, the property's Managing Director. The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina is located 7 miles from downtown Charleston at 20 Patriots Point Road in Mount Pleasant. Rates start at $249 per night. For more information visit sl North Charleston Fire Museum USS Laffey 49

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