The following is my list of FREE things to do in Charleston, if you can think of some that I haven’t mentioned here please comment on the blog:
1. Walk the Bridge. Directions: Take East Bay St towards the Bridge take a left on Cooper St. and the first right into the parking lot (do not leave valuables in your car!!), then walk back down to the light at Cooper and East Bay, cross East Bay and turn left heading up the pedestrian ramp, and onto the bridge. Stay in the left lane and watch for bikers on the outside. No pets! The bridge is 2.5 miles across, so a two and from journey is 5 miles with a nice upward grade on the Mt. Pleasant side.
2. Picnic at White Point Gardens, okay, I know this one’s a little touristy, but sometimes it is fun to be a tourist in your own town. Admission to the park is free, but you must provide your own food.
3. Frisbee Golf at Hampton Park: Hampton Park is my favorite park in town, it once was the site of a race track and the road around (the race track itself) the park is a mile long. Along with frisbee golf they also have a walking/jogging trail with little exercise stations like pull up bars and various other ways of improving your fitness. Dogs allowed, ducks to feed, picnic tables and the best ancient oak trees for climbing in town.
A good place to take photos and paint and draw is the Magnolia Cemetery. The oldest public cemetery in Charleston, founded 1849 on the banks of the Cooper River, is listed on National Register of Historic Places. It is the final resting place for generations of Southern leaders that include governors Thomas Bennett, Langdon Cheves, Horace L. Hunley and Robert Barnwell Rhett. The hundreds of Confederate soldiers buried here include five generals – Micah Jenkins, Arthur Manigault, Roswell Ripley, James Conner and C.H. Stevens. It is a creepy out of the way spot that shows you a different side of Charleston.