Whether you're visiting Charleston, South Carolina for the first time or regularly stay in the Holy City, the draw of complimentary local attractions and free things to do are highly appealing. Luckily, Charleston has a lot to offer both its local residents and tourists in the way of free events, historic sites, beaches and parks, both on and off the downtown peninsula.
Make the most of Charleston's mild climate and coastal disposition - explore the city's public parks and beaches to get a true taste of the natural beauty of the lowcountry. Make a day trip to Wadmalaw Island for a factory tour at the Charleston Tea Plantation, or Hampton Park and The Battery and White Point Gardens downtown. Charleston's beaches are a main draw for annual tourist visitors, and are equally enjoyed by local students and longtime residents. Make a visit to Sullivan's Island if you're traveling with a young family, or hit Folly Beach for bigger waves, surfing, and jet ski rentals. Both beaches have free parking!
Try out Charleston's art scene by joining in the fun of a free French Quarter Art Walk, which take place four times each year and include free food and wine at each participating gallery! Indulge the history buff in your group with a quick trip to the Charles Pinckney Historic Site, or plan for the fitness enthusiasts among you to enjoy a walk or run across the Ravenel Bridge, where anyone can enjoy some of the best views of Charleston around.