Family Travel 2011

Megan Sexton



North Charleston firefighting museum worth a detour

Posted 1/24/2011 2:33:00 PM

Have a child who can’t seem to get enough of fire trucks or fire fighting equipment?

We’ve got the place for you -- the North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum and Educational Center.
The museum promises to offer its guests “the opportunity to get as close to a fire as possible without getting burned.”

There is a collection of antique fire equipment along with hands-on, interactive exhibits that children and adults will love. Don’t miss the "Home Fire Hazard Theater" (complete with live smoke) or the hands-on hose and hydrant.

The 26,000-square-foot center opened in 2007 and now houses 18 fire trucks, along with a kid‘s play area and a 40-seat theater. American LaFrance is one of the oldest fire equipment companies in the country, with roots that go back to 1832.

A visit to the museum will let your family will understand more about the history and science of fire and firefighting -- and have a lot of fun, too.

The center is adjacent to the Tanger Outlet Mall in North Charleston. Admission is $6 for adults and free for those 12 and younger. It’s open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. on Sundays.