Experience Charleston Charm… Without the Fees!

Usually, when you arrive in a city crawling with tourists, every business is out to make a buck or two from your visit. Well, often times more than just a couple bucks. Tourism can be incredibly expensive; between gallery tours, dining out, hotel accommodations and guided tours, the bill can get huge fast. The good news is, there are things in Charleston, South Carolina that you can do for free! That’s right, I’m serious. You can experience fun in a new city free of charge! Below are a few activities you can engage in that don’t have high prices attached.

If you’re an art and music aficionado, there are plenty of galleries and performances you can go to free of charge. One example of a free gallery is the Gallery Chuma, which is rich with history and culture of the city. They feature art created by the Gullah descendants of African Americans before the Civil War. Classical European art can be found as well, at the Sylvan Gallery, right in the middle of the antique district. As for music, you can watch a performance by the Youth Orchestra of the Lowcountry for free on most nights.

There are many attractions that one is strongly encouraged to see during their relatively short visit to Charleston. The Old City Market is one of these attractions. Located in the heart of downtown, this market is situated indoors and offers a wide variety of goods: anything from blow grass, woven baskets, knock-off sunglasses, movie posters and Salt-water taffy. Delight in the sights and sounds and the people you meet there. If you’d like to do some shopping, venture over to King Street for window-shopping and maybe even some people watching. See the street where some very memorable scenes from the Notebook where filmed.

There are even some free adventures for the kids! Your kids are sure to enjoy the Citadel Dress Parades that happen on almost every Friday when military classes going on. It’s the full ensemble: swords, rifles and official uniforms…complete with triumphant music. You can also visit the Citadel Museum while you’re in the area, which is also free. Then, make a stop by the Red Barn. There is no admission charged to visit the barn. It has a petting zoo with goats and ponies.

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This guest post was contributed by the good folks at the Governor’s House, a historic bed and breakfast in Charleston, South Carolina.

Reference: http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/city-guides/free-charleston-traveler/#

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