3 Free Outdoor Activities in Charleston, South Carolina

Steeped in history and Southern charm, Charleston, South Carolina, is known for its Revolutionary and Civil War history, architectural beauty, culture, and beautiful beaches. Vacationers can see the city’s rich history on constant display in its beautiful parks, charming streets, elegant antebellum homes and national historic sites, inviting visitors to explore the city. Even better, many of Charleston’s most well-known attractions are free. If visiting the area soon, check out these free outdoor activities in Charleston.

3 Must-see Free Outdoor Activities in Charleston

Relax at Battery Park

Take a stroll through Battery Park and the adjoining White Point Gardens, two of Charleston’s most beautiful public parks. Located on the waterfront at the tip of the peninsula, Battery Park provides postcard views of some of Charleston’s most historic sites. While exploring, see Sullivan’s Island, the site of a Revolutionary War naval attack commemorated by the white palmetto tree on the state flag. Or learn at Fort Sumter where Confederate soldiers overwhelmed the Union-held fort to start the Civil War. Before leaving, stop by the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier, which served in World War II, Vietnam and later as a NASA recovery ship.

Admire Charleston’s French Quarter

Enjoy a self-guided art tour of Charleston’s French Quarter located between South Market and Tradd Street, Market Street and the waterfront. The area’s cobble streets remind guests of Charleston’s colonial days when French Protestants settled the area that now houses 30 exciting art galleries. View gallery maps and sites.

Cross to Mount Pleasant

Visit the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site across the harbor in Mount Pleasant. Pinckney was a principal author and signer of the U.S. Constitution. Visitors learn about America’s “forgotten founder” and life on his 715-acre low country plantation, Snee Farm, with 28 acres of preserved grounds. Interpretive trails and handicap-accessible boardwalks tell the story of 18th century plantation life.

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