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Seven Ways to Enjoy Charleston on the Cheap

Chantel.Fox
My family and I recently relocated to Charleston, SC. I have been on the hunt for inexpensive places to explore on the weekends or when family comes to visit. We have been to many beautiful and fun places with a wide range of price points for admission, but here are some great places to visit that I have found that won’t cost you much, if anything at all!

Charleston Farmers Market

If you’re looking for some fresh flowers, fruits/veggies, local art, food vendors and so much more, be sure to check out the Farmers Market. Every time we have gone, there have also been bounce houses and pony rides for the kids (very inexpensive). Hours: Saturdays, April-October, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Admission: FREE

 

Historic Charleston City Market

The City Market has been part of Charleston for over 200 years. Today it houses over 100 vendors and is a great place to walk around, shop or just stop to people watch. Hours: Open 365 days a year from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Admission: FREE

 

White Point Gardens

“The Battery,” as it is commonly referred to, is a Charleston must-see! The park is located on the waterfront and has wonderful views of Fort Sumter and the Charleston Harbor. If you have kids, they will love climbing on the cannons or running around the grassy areas (also perfect for dogs). I love looking at all the beautiful Victorian and Georgian houses nearby (and dreaming that I could afford one). Hours: Open daily. Admission: FREE

 

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum

Charleston is a city rich in history, and there are numerous places for a history lover to go. This museum, housed in an old Greek Revival church, contains original, historical documents and manuscripts. Hours: Tuesday-Friday (Closed on holidays), 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission: FREE

 

Angel Oak Tree Park

The Angel Oak Tree is a majestic tree with a shade area of 17,000 square feet. Kids will love climbing over the lower branches, many of which rest on the ground. There is a picnic area in the park and a small gift shop. Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Admission: FREE

 

North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum

This is a fun place for kids and adults. Younger children will enjoy the fire pole and slide located in the center of the museum, as well as the interactive fire truck. My oldest child really enjoyed the “Home Fire Hazard Theater” which had great information on keeping your home safe from fire. The whole family will enjoy looking at all the vintage fire trucks and reading the displays on the history of firefighting. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Admission:  Adults- $6, Children under 12 FREE with adult admission

 

Tanger Outlets

When you’re done at the North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum, head right down the road to the Tanger Outlets for some bargain shopping. Be sure to become a fan of Tanger Outlets on Facebook too, because they occasionally give away gift cards to followers! Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p..m, Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission: FREE

 

This is a guest post by Erika from Charleston, SC
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