Top 5 FREE things to do in and around Charleston

Top 5 FREE things to do in and around Charleston

1. Take a walking tour with Free Tours by Foot

Charleston Walking Tours - Free Tours by FootCharleston, one of the oldest cities of America, will enchant visitors with its subtle and compelling southern appeal. It is the birthplace of the Civil War. Charleston is filled with history, fine architecture, and lots of southern charm. There is no better way to truly experience Charleston than by walking the streets and getting a real feel for The Holy City.  Walking tours of Historic Charleston with Free Tours by Foot go out daily at 9:30 am. (except for Mondays). We meet at the Pineapple Fountain in Waterfront Park off Prioleau Street. There is no upfront cost; tours run on a name-your-own-price model; reservations are required.


Free Things to Do in Charleston2. Enjoy the Charleston City Market

This popular market is a chance to get a glimpse of the old South, and satisfy your desire for local arts and crafts, as well as local foods, and probably some tourist kitsch, too.  Here visitors can witness the braiding of the famous sweet grass baskets. The market is located on Market Street and Meeting Street; it is open daily, 8:30am-5:30pm.  Read our blog post on the Charleston City Market for more information.


Charleston Battery3. Stroll along the Historic Charleston Battery and White Point Gardens

The city’s most southern tip is an absolute must, as you will see the iconic Charleston views, the sumptuous mansions of the Battery, the Cooper River, Fort Sumter, and Castle Pinckney.  Have a picnic in White Point Gardens, or just enjoy the sea breeze. If you drive here, there is free parking around Battery Street.


4. See the Angel Oak Tree

Angel Oak Tree free things to do in charlestonThis over 1000 year-old tree is the oldest tree in the East coast and is owned by the city of Charleston. It is located 25 minutes away by car outside of Charleston on Johns Island. For some it is just a tree, others say that the angel oak tree is truly beautiful and that one has to see it in person to grasp its magnificence. Admission and parking are free. The Angel Oak Tree Park is open Mon-Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun: 1-5pm and located near the intersection of Maybank Highway and Bohicket Road / Main Road on Johns Island.

5. Visit the Charleston Tea Plantation

Charleston Tea PlantationIf you are in the Johns Island area anyway, take a ride to the Charleston Tea Garden, a tea plantation where you can learn how the tea makes it from leaf to teabag. The plantation offers complimentary factory tours on a daily basis. Tours begin every 15 minutes on the quarter hour and can be accessed at the top of the stairs in the Gift Shop. The plantation is open Mon-Sat: 10am-4pm, Sun: 12-4pm. The plantation is located about 20 miles southwest of Charleston at 6617 Maybank Highway, Wadmalaw Island.