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60+ Free Things to See & Do in Charleston

Here is our list of 650+ free activities in Charleston. We hope you will add your favorites to the list!

    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 Civil 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 other animals at the Red Barn
    29. Enter Charleston’s 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:

  1. Charleston City Hall
  2. Charleston County Court House
  3. The Customs House
  4. The Old Jail
  5. French Huguenot Church
  6. Charleston Library Society
  7. The Fireproof Building
  8. South Carolina State Arsenal
  9. US Post Office & Courthouse
  10. St. Michael’s Episcopal Church
  11. First Scots Presbyterian Church
  12. South Carolina Bank of Charleston
  13. First Baptist Church
  14. Porter Military Academy
  15. Central Baptist Church
  16. Old Bethel UM Church
  17. Bethel Methodist Church
  18. St. Matthew’s German Lutheran Church
  19. Emanuel A.M.E. Church
  20. Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Synagogue
  21. St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church
  22. Circular Congregational Church
  23. Unitarian Church
  24. St. Philip’s Episcopal Church