The 7 best free things to do in Charleston

Charleston is an absolutely amazing city to explore.  

Although this city has numerous fabulous restaurants and interesting events occurring daily, splurging all of the time can become costly. 

It’s important to remember that the beauty of this city can be enjoyed for free or at a small cost. 

All you need is a little guidance and a sunny day, and you’re set to begin discovering! 

Hampton Park

Oh, so charming! Hampton Park is stunning year-round. For the fitness junkies or for the nature lovers, this park offers something for everyone. Pick up a Holy City Bike and ride it through the trails at a low cost, bring some slices of bread to feed to the ducks swimming around the pond, or maybe do both! More information can be found here

Charleston Tea Plantation 

If you’re a lover of tea, the Charleston Tea Plantation gives you the opportunity to see how it’s produced and enjoy the beauty of the untouched land. At no cost, you can walk out to see part of the plantation. You can also visit the gift shop to try the nine flavors of tea. Follow this link to find out more about the history of the plantation. 

Angel Oak Tree

Located just a few miles from the Charleston Tea Plantation is the breathtaking Angel Oak Tree. The tree is estimated to be 400-500 years old and attracts tourists from all over the world to check out its beauty. It is completely free to visit the tree and take pictures for memories, but make sure to resist the urge to climb on it! You can find out the address and more information here. 

Waterfront Park 

The Waterfront Park is home to one of the most famous photo destinations in Charleston – the Pineapple Fountain.Even though pineapples do not grow in Charleston, they have become a primary symbol of the Holy City. Get your cameras ready because you cannot leave this gorgeous destination without a few photos to cherish. 

The Battery

One of the most dreamy destinations in Charleston is the Battery. Whether visiting  to relax or learn something, you’re in for a treat. Take a walk down the Battery to enjoy the outstanding views of the Ashley and Cooper rivers or pack a picnic and view statues from the Civil War. More information about the Battery’s history can be found here. 

The Ravenel Bridge

If you’re not afraid of heights, the views from the Ravenel Bridge are unlike any other. Whether you’re in the mood to exercise or simply enjoy the sights of downtown Charleston and the ports, the Ravenel is a great choice. One piece of advice – avoid going on a windy day! 

Self-guided downtown tour

Why pay for a guided tour when you can do it yourself? As long as you set an itinerary before you embark on your tour, you can be your own tour guide. Visit landmarks such as Rainbow Row, Marion Square, churches of your choice and more.

by Abigail Hillerich

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