Image by TheDigitel (original photo) Maybe get out, have some fun, and gain a new perspective.
The New York Times just put out an article aptly named "Charleston on the Cheap." Normally we wouldn't plug this so highly, but we thought it was so well done that even locals might find one or two cheap things to do that they haven't yet. If you think passing this story guide is a horrible idea, let us know.
The paper's slideshow ain't half bad either. Sure, you'll groan at some suggestions like the Marion Square farmers market, but I was reminded to go check out the stunning graffiti murals by Douglas Panzone on James Island, that the NotSoHostel has bike rentals, JB’s Smokeshack a BBQ place I have yet to try, and was reminded once again that I really need to go see the Angel Oak. We think most everyone in town (newcomer or not) will find a few things they've not gotten around to doing in sometime. And, here's an example of how they approach it, in regards to visiting Folly Beach:
Folly’s most beautiful beach can be found by driving all the way up to Folly Island’s north end along East Ashley Avenue and parking at the dead end. Walk or take your bike through the gate and head a quarter-mile north past the foundation of an old Coast Guard station, and you’ll find yourself on a secluded and protected beach in the shadow of the spooky old lighthouse that stands guard over Morris Island. After a conservation battle that lasted more than a decade, this uninhabited barrier island is soon to become a public park. Swimming is safe here; just don’t go out beyond the breakwater.
That's solid advise that I'd give to visiting friends. They talk a lot about Upper King Street, but overall it's a good, if long, read. Chances are you'll want to bookmark for the next time you have visitors in town.