One of the most popular cities in the south, and a southern hallmark, Charleston isn’t lacking in fun things to do. From horse-drawn carriage rides to city tours to bar hopping to fine arts and much more, Charleston offers one of the most diverse cities in the south. Although you do in fact have to pay for many of Charleston’s attractions, there are many things to do in Charleston that are both free and fun. Since the weather is comfortable most seasons in Charleston, most of the following free things to do in Charleston can be enjoyed any time of year.
The Charleston Battery is one of the most famous attractions in the city. Located right on the water, it’s a can’t-miss any time of year. It captures the essence of historic Charleston, with its grand oak trees, scenic views across the water and artillery. This is one of the most photographed areas of Charleston. It offers views of Fort Sumter and the Sullivan Island Lighthouse. Swings line the waterfront area of the park, making it a pleasant late afternoon or evening spot with your family or significant other.
Though you’ll have to ride the ferry or take a boat over to it, Fort Sumter is one of the best free attractions in Charleston. It’s worth the visit just to see the views of historic downtown Charleston from the fort. One of the most famous Civil War forts, it offers a storied history, as it marks the beginning of the Civil War. Visitors can enjoy learning more about the Civil War and the fort itself by walking around the fort.
Charleston is quickly becoming a fine arts center of the south. The Spoleto Festival during the summer has become one of the largest art festivals in the U.S. Although Charleston offers art galleries around the city, most of them can be found in the French Quarter district. These galleries and free and open daily, with art for sale. Charleston also offers gallery walks regularly on weekends.
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