Just because you have to stick to a budget doesn’t mean that you can’t have an absolute blast. You don’t have to settle for less — there’s so much you can do around Holy City without spending big bucks. Here are some free or extremely affordable places you can incorporate into your travel itinerary.
Stop for a bite at Persimmon Café, one of the best local spots to grab sandwiches and paninis as well as homemade sides, soups, and hand-spun custards. This budget-friendly hole-in-wall wonder is not to be overlooked by anyone visiting Charleston. Don’t forget to grab a giant cookie on your way out!
Voted Best Local Theater Company by The Charleston City Paper, Theater 99 showcases original, never-gonna-see-again improv every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday night. Shows are PG13, but comedians are known to get playful at this cash-only venue, which also hosts live music and cabarets.
A Holy City icon, The Angel Oak has been around for over 400 years — it’s one of the oldest living perennial plants in the country. Its majestic trunk standing 66.5 ft tall is by all accounts an Instagram legend. Parking and entrance to the site is free and most people who visit come back speechless.
The closest beach to Downtown Charleston is Folly Beach, an excellent place for kayaking, paddleboarding, surfing, bike-riding sailing, fishing, and indulging in a variety of enticing restaurants and bars. Visitors flock this sun-kissed spot all year long — it’s beautiful, fun and won’t break the bank!
Remember, affordable living isn’t a restricting yourself, it’s about getting thrifty. We hope that you’ll explore some of these amazing options to make your next stay in Charleston one to remember.