5 Lowcountry Shops that Even the Kids will Love on Vacation

True, many shopping trips with the youngsters in tow often end in high-pitched screaming and red-faced apologies to every other shopper within a 200-foot radius. But that won’t be the case when the kiddos get a glimpse of what these Lowcountry peddlers have in store for them!


St. Simons

G.J. Ford Bookshop

Yes, we’re throwing a lot at the indoor kids, but there’s enough here to keep even non-bookworms happy. Rows upon rows of kids’ books, YA novels, games and more will give you a cool air-conditioned place to spend a little bit of quality time when the summer heat gets to be too much. Plus, you can send them back to school with the knowledge that they at least read something over the summer. 912.634.6168 gjfordbookshop.com


Barry’s Beach Services

The author of this piece being named Barry, there may be a little bit of a bias in play. However, the singularly enchanting name aside, this is still your go-to for renting kayaks, sailboats, stand-up paddleboards, beach bikes and anything else you need to get out there and kick the adventure up a notch.

You say you never learned how to sail? Well that’s something you should probably take care of before you get out there. Fortunately, they offer lessons (HINT: don’t fall in). 912.638.5390 stsimonskayaking.com


Jekyll Island

Gypsea Glass

If you want your standard “shells glued together with the town name written on in Sharpie” souvenir, there are plenty of places to find them. But if you want something truly unique to remember your trip to Jekyll Island, you can head to Gypsea Glass, where you’ll find works from local and regional glass artists, plus metalwork, crystals and more.

But the real draw for the family is the glassblowing demonstrations. When a hunk of glass gets seared under insane heat and molded into something amazing, we all become kids. 912.635.9797 gypseaglass.com



Historic Charleston City Market

As mentioned earlier, this is one of the most exciting places in the Holy City to just get lost in. More than 300 vendors stretch from one end of the market to the other, selling a little bit of everything you didn’t realize you always wanted.

You’ll be hooked on the intricate sweetgrass baskets woven by natives using the same techniques they’ve used for centuries, while your kids will have a hard time being dragged away from the copious stands selling sweets, toys and collectibles.

With so many different booths, it’s almost impossible to make it all the way through without finding that perfect purchase. 843-937-0920 charlestoncitymarket.com


Hilton Head

Boomerang Toys

If you’re here with the family, you’re going to wind up exploring all of Coligny Plaza on the island’s south end (right by, appropriately enough, Coligny Beach). But the one shop your kids will openly resent you for skipping is Boomerang Toys. Apart from the giant selection of pool floats and beach toys, you’ll find a little bit of everything among the racks here. Just remember, when you buy that giant squirt gun, to let the kids have a turn. 843.785.9998 colignyplaza.com/boomerang-toys

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