6 Free Things To Do In Charleston

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6 Free Things To Do In Charleston

Attractions and activities that won’t bust your vacation budget.

If you have a small budget for your trip to Charleston or you’re a local that wants to have fun without spending, we’ve got many ideas that will keep you entertained, learning more and more about the Lowcountry without touching your savings.

There are all types of activities! History, nature, architecture…

These are 6 free things you can do in Charleston:

1. Enjoy Folly Beach

Lay back on a beach chair at Folly Beach. It’s just 20 minutes away from the city limits. Then walk 30 minutes in the sand to the Morris Island Lighthouse and take some pictures. A perfect afternoon!


2. Walk across the Arthur Ravenel Bridge

One of Charleston’s most iconic structures is this gigantic bridge that crosses the Cooper River. You can walk over it and take pictures of the river and the amazing skyline views.


3. Visit the Angel Oak Tree

It’s a little bit outside Charleston but totally worth the drive. The giant oak is located on Johns Island and is estimated to be around 400 to 500 years old. People organize cultural events under its branches. You can find all of the details about it here.

4. Go hiking near/in Charleston

South Carolina is filled with natural wonders. There are many hiking trails that you won’t want to miss if you love walking, running, or even biking. Some of these trails and parks have lakes where you can rent boats and kayaks.

5. Go see the Pineapple Fountain

Take a walk around Waterfront Park, an 8-acre park located on the banks of the Cooper River. Around Waterfront, you’ll be able to see amazing antebellum architecture and cobblestone streets as well as the legendary Rainbow Row.


6. Head over to the Mace Brown Museum of Natural History

This museum houses almost 1000 fossils that include dinosaur bones, crinoids, mammals, mosasaurs, cave bears, ocean life, and fossil plants. Admission is free, and donations are encouraged.


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