Traveling around can get pretty pricey, and it’s useful to know what things you can still enjoy without blowing your budget too fast. Cheap and free doesn’t have to be boring, and South Carolina is full of low-budget adventures.
Visit Myrtle Beach
Now don’t get us wrong, there is plenty to spend your money on at Myrtle Beach, from the shops to the shows, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a fantastic day out on a budget. Enjoy the beach’s glorious sands and soak up some sun, of course, but there is also plenty to see. Head over to Pavilion Nostalgia Park to marvel at the retro rides, or pop into the first floor of the Myrtle Beach Convention Centre to explore the South Carolina Hall of Fame.
Whether you’re a keen runner looking for somewhere to jog in the mornings, or a more relaxed sunbather just wanting to catch some rays, Hampton Park is a great spot. Full of beautiful flowers, a pond, and a stunning fountain, it also has free WIFI, picnic benches, and a playground. You could easily spend a full day here and have a great time across the 70-acre area.
Mount Pleasant’s Pitt Street Bridge
This bridge is a perfect place to watch a stunning romantic sunset with the one you love. Grab a picnic and enjoy some stillness, or just stroll around the beautiful park. There’s a reason that the Pickett Bridge Rec. Area and Pitt Street Bridge are so famous for proposals and weddings!
Organized by the Charleston Gallery Association of over 40 galleries, the art walks only happen four times a year (March, May, October, and December), but they are a fantastic way to get to see the best of the Charleston art scene – and enjoy some complimentary refreshments too!
If you’re looking for the perfect family-friendly beach, head to Sullivan’s Island, where alcohol and pets are banned, and the waves are much calmer than nearby Folly Beach (which is a much better place to head if you want to try your hand at surfing!). You can park for free, spend a day frolicking in the water safely, and not spend a penny – until you get distracted by the fantastic local eateries on the way back to the car!
There are so many places to explore on foot, and sometimes just getting lost in a new place is the best adventure. People watching is free, and there are plenty of parks, beaches, and walks where you have ample opportunity for that. Of course, the best thing about saving money is that you then have plenty for going shopping, and South Carolina has some pretty fantastic malls and shopping destinations too!