Free Things to Do in Charleston

THE 10 BEST Free Things to Do in Charleston

Best Free Things to Do in Charleston

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  • lithlith
    Michigan885 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Waterfront park is a must see/stroll while in Charleston. It's right on the water with lots of trees, benches, and fountains. You'll get some great photos here. If the Carnival Sunshine is in dock, then you'll see that from here as well as crew members hanging out in the park enjoying a break from the ship.
    Written February 21, 2024
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  • Sandra Jones
    Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, United States66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We spent a great day at Charleson.
    We had a chance to go to Aquarium and we also visited Fort. Huge boat took us there, we learnt a lot of history and made such a kool pictures. Great experience
    Written December 11, 2023
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  • lithlith
    Michigan885 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The City Market has great shopping and people watching. It's worth a walk through while you're in Charleston. There are many points of entry along the market and it's much longer than you might think from first view on the outside as it actually stretches several blocks.
    Written February 21, 2024
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  • Richard C
    Virginia781 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walking White Point Gardens is certainly worth your time when in Charleston. You'll be treated to see the harbor adjacent to the historic architecture that the city is famous for. There are benches to sit on, and it's a great place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the city.
    Written December 6, 2023
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  • David S
    Middlesbrough, UK1,722 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent stain glass windows enclose a mesmerising and extremely grand building with an amazing ceiling. My wife and I visited Charleston as part of a cruise and really enjoyed our stop off in this moving church. A relatively easy walk from the cruise ship terminal and well worth the effort to get there.
    Written June 7, 2023
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  • RozzyW
    Tampa, FL289 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating history! So many historical figures have been here…George Washington to Princess Di. Worth stopping by.
    Written October 14, 2023
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  • Cheri D
    Yardville, NJ453 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful campus. The architecture of the buildings was stunning. Nice bookstore. It was graduation day there. Our daughter-in-law graduated with her Master's degree, but didn't attend the ceremony. She just had to pick up a box waiting for her at the bookstore. Because of graduation, parking was extremely difficult to find. After riding around, we did find something. I imagine that it would be a lot better any other time.
    Written November 23, 2023
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  • JMCSTL
    Saint Louis, MO6,000 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Based on her recent positive experiences with a friend & travel partner, my sister recommended we begin our exploration of Charleston by stopping at the Visitor Center for assistance in planning our destinations for the day. First, the adjacent parking garage is VERY convenient and surprisingly affordable. Second, the modernized Visitor Center is clean & attractive (including the public restrooms) and has informative displays that are well worth perusing before you set off on your personal itinerary. Third, the staff on duty were all very cordial & helpful in providing key information to make our touring activities easier & more fruitful. And finally, the Center is a focal point for Historic Charleston ground transportation options including the free bus system called DASH (Downtown Area Shuttle). The Charleston Visitor Center is one of the top tourism assistance centers we've encountered in our travels around the U.S., and we highly recommend you make it your starting point for any visit to this beautiful historic city.
    Written November 23, 2023
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  • MB S
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My favorite gallery! I haven't gotten to visit in person, but I feel like I have. I've bought paintings from them starting for about 13 years. I also follow them on Instagram. They have diverse artists and you can always find something you love. If I won the lottery I'd buy everything here.🥰
    Written February 18, 2024
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  • april journey
    Bozeman, MT29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Off the beaten path , almost impossible to find, no signs to speak of , but once you find it , it's worth it , if you like cemetery's.
    Written September 16, 2023
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  • tiki c
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved seeing all the historic homes, colors and cobblestone streets. A must see for anyone who appreciates design and architecture.
    Written July 9, 2023
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  • David S
    Middlesbrough, UK1,722 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The College of Charleston is a public institution in the heart of South Carolina's oldest city. The assorted buildings of the College cover a vast area and make for a fascinating architectural stroll.
    Written June 7, 2023
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  • Monica I
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The park is beautiful, as is the fountain. The view into the harbor from the fountain is beautiful as well. We didn't initially have the fountain on our list to visit, but glad we did. It was worth seeing.
    Written October 23, 2023
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  • thetravelorganizer
    Tega Cay, SC602 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The perpendicular Gothic style and delicate fan tracery ceiling was patterned after King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England. The early art nouveau side windows were added after a hurricane in 1885. In keeping with the Unitarian tenet that death is part of the natural order, plants grow wherever they like in the adjoining garden cemetery, which pays homage to the free-flowing plan of Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA, also established by Unitarians. Just inside the Archdale Street entrance to the churchyard is a memorial constructed using bricks from the original church building and dedicated to “…the enslaved workers who made these bricks and helped build our church.” Each year, “…houses of worship across the peninsula welcome …visitors…interested in learning more about the history, culture and faith of the congregations lining (Charleston’s) streets” at an event called “Spirited Brunch” (April 23 in 2023). The Unitarian Church will be serving Thomas Jefferson’s deviled eggs and Abigail Adams’ apple pan dowdy (Abigail Adams was Unitarian and Jefferson held Unitarian beliefs).
    Written May 27, 2023
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  • DayTrip790081
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Churchyard was most impressive! Many of the stones have been well preserved and maintained. Interesting note regarding effects of climate change
    Written April 28, 2023
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