Last year, I really enjoyed the Creating Really Awesome Free Trips series and showing you fun things to do in Raleigh. I wanted to share some cheap/free options for another city that has captured our heart: Charleston, SC.
Bigbad and I went there for part of our honeymoon, and we've been back several times. We love the vibe there that celebrates good food, good music, good gatherings. Everything is draped in that gorgeous Spanish moss that creates the movie set landscape that almost makes the humidity forgivable.
|Just married. Aww.|
These are some of our favorite locations and attractions:
- Angel Tree: What's the oldest thing you've seen? For me, my civics teacher is close second to this 300+ year old oak. Supposedly it's the oldest living thing east of the Mississippi. It's a beast. But I like to stop and think of the stories she could tell. She was here before the Declaration of Independence was signed. She's weathered a lot. I don't think she's going anywhere. The tree is on Johns Island and is free to visit. There is a small gift shop and some picnic tables.
- The Battery & White Point Gardens: Iconic Charleston. Enormous day dream fodder. Go on your own walking tour. Canons from Civil War for kids to climb on.
- Charleston Tea Plantation: If you're heading out to the Angel Tree, you might was well make the trek to the Tea Plantation. The factory tour is free and informative. We didn't go on the trolley tour because we were pressed for time, but it looks like gorgeous land.
- Beach: This goes without saying probably. Hours of relaxation and fun can be had at the beach-- swimming, fishing, shell collecting, sunbathing, sitting around practicing your stand-up comedy routine. There's nothing quite like it.
- Poe's: Edgar Allen Poe was served some time on Sullivan's Island during his military stint. This restaurant serves up some classic bar food inspired by Poe's short stories. Bonus points: it's right across the street from the beach.
- Arthur Ravenel Bridge: On a nice day, you could walk or bike the third longest suspension bridge in the Western hemisphere. It's 4km long. I'm not ready to try running it until someone can meet me on the other side.
- King Street: Yes, it's primarily shopping. A shopping mall stretched out along a nice stretch of road. But even if you have no money, it's still worth the walk for all of the people watching and the atmosphere. Poking around cute boutiques is fun, but you have to stop and admire some of the old art in the architecture (Urban Outfitters is in a gorgeous old theater).
- Charleston Market: see above. Except even more people watching (like those folks making the sweet grass roses).
- Historic Homes: Smallgood family did a tour of the Joseph Manigault House in Charleston in 2010. Touring the inside of many of the historic homes cost a fee, but some like the House at Snee Farm are free for visitors.
the backside of the Joseph Manigault House
- Parks (Marion Square): There are several nice spots to relax and have a picnic. Marion Square always has some activity going on no matter the time of year-- farmer's market, festivals, city Christmas tree. We had some photos of us taken at Washington Square Park which has a few monuments, pretty flowers, and (most importantly) shade.
|via Flickr (Bruce Tuten)|
|More just married shots.|
|Accordion musician outside Charleston Library on King St.|
|via Flickr (Carlosliveirareis)|
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