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.