Charleston SC is a great town to visit but being a tourist, especially with a family can get pretty expensive. Fortunately, there are many free activities you can enjoy in Charleston that won’t hurt your budget.

Here is a list from CharlestonGOOD of 50+ great things to see and do for free in Charleston.

  1. Hit the surf or walk the pier at Folly Beach
  2. Learn about African American history at the Avery Research Center for African American History & Culture
  3. Take a free tour at the College of Charleston
  4. Cool off in the fountain at Waterfront Park
  5. Ponder history while walking the Battery & White Point Gardens
  6. Browse fine art galleries in the French Quarter
  7. Stroll the Farmer’s Market at Marion Square
  8. Experience the majesty of our giant Angel Oak Tree
  9. Catch Friday Night* Fireworks at Brittle Bank Park (*after home games)
  10. Check out contemporary art at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park
  11. Feed the Ducks at Hampton Park
  12. Relax with a book at the Charleston County Public Library
  13. Soak up the pageantry at the Citadel Dress Parades
  14. Appreciate the historic beauty of unique iron work at Philip Simmons Gardens
  15. Commune with nature at the ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge
  16. Read History first hand at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum
  17. Walk, run or bicycle across the Cooper River Bridge
  18. Investigate Charleston’s oldest surviving public building: The Powder magazine
  19. Delve into Civi War history at the Fort Sumter National Monument Exhibit Hall at Liberty Square
  20. Take a peak inside historic John Rutledge House
  21. Find 30 minutes of peace at the St. Lukes Chapel Recital Series
  22. Search for ghosts at the Battery Carriage House Inn gardens
  23. Look back on technology at the John Rivers Communications Museum
  24. Run around or kick back at Charleston city parks and playgrounds
  25. Marvel at the renovations at The Dock Street Theatre
  26. Enjoy the free tour at Irvin-House Vineyards
  27. Brush up on your military history at the Citadel Museum
  28. Mingle with the chickens, goats, and miniature at the Red Barn
  29. Enter our own secret garden at the Gateway Garden Walk
  30. Connect with the ghosts of the Civil War at Magnolia Cemetery
  31. Take advantage of outdoor education at The Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
  32. Chill out in centrally-located Marion Square
  33. Wander through National Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition at Riverfront Park
  34. Sit in on some music with Chamber Music of Charleston
  35. Frolic under the bridge at Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park
  36. Scout out history and science at Fort Johnson & the Marine Resources Center
  37. Hop on the DASH (Downtown Area SHuttle) for a free ride through historic Charleston
  38. Find your inner peace in the beautiful gardens at Mepkin Abbey
    Explore Charleston’s many historic, religious and cultural buildings:
  39. Charleston City Hall
  40. Charleston County Court House
  41. The Customs House
  42. The Old Jail
  43. French Huguenot Church
  44. Charleston Library Society
  45. The Fireproof Building
  46. South Carolina State Arsenal
  47. US Post Office & Courthouse
  48. St. Michael’s Episcopal Church
  49. First Scots Presbyterian Church
  50. South Carolina Bank of Charleston
  51. First Baptist Church
  52. Porter Military Academy
  53. Central Baptist Church
  54. Old Bethel UM Church
  55. Bethel Methodist Church
  56. St. Matthew’s German Lutheran Church
  57. Emanuel A.M.E. Church
  58. Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Synagogue
  59. St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church
  60. Circular Congregational Church
  61. Unitarian Church
  62. St. Philip’s Episcopal Church