Frugal Fun: Summer activities for families on a budget at Charleston County Parks

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) is making it easy to find affordable fun this summer for the whole family. CCPRC’s “Frugal Fun” campaign highlights more than a dozen affordable recreational activities at various county park locations this summer. 

Visitors to CCPRC parks can choose from a wide range of activities that are available for five dollars per person or less (park admission fees sometimes apply). Many activities are also offered free with park admission.

Low-cost Frugal Fun activities at Charleston County Parks include:

     Spectating ($1) or skating ($3) at SK8 Charleston skate park

     Renting bicycles at James Island County Park (JICP), Wannamaker County Park (WCP) or Palmetto Islands County Park (PICP) ($4 per hour, plus refundable deposit)*

     Renting a two-person pedal boat or a kayak at JICP, WCP or PICP ($4 per half hour, plus refundable deposit)*

     Fishing at the Mount Pleasant or Folly Beach Pier ($3 for kids and seniors, $4 for active military, $5 for adults; equipment not included)

     Enjoying the kid-friendly Summer Entertainment Series, select dates in June through August, at James Island and Wannamaker County Parks ($5 per child or $4 in advance; chaperone free)

     Trying the archery range at Johns Island County Park ($1 admission per person; equipment not included)

     Exploring the equestrian and walking trails at Johns Island County Park ($1 per person or $5 with horse)

     Exploring the walking trails at Laurel Hill County Park in Mount Pleasant or Meggett County Park ($1 per person)

     Riding the mountain bike trails at the Wannamaker North Trail ($1 per person)

*Plus $2 park admission fee


Frugal Fun activities FREE with $2 per person park admission fee:

     Playing disc golf at James Island County Park (JICP) or Wannamaker County Park (WCP) (equipment rental available for $5 fee)

     Taking Fido to enjoy running off leash at the dog parks at JICP, WCP or Palmetto Islands County Park (PICP)

     Cooling down at JICP’s Spray Play and WCP’s Sprinkler

     Enjoying the playgrounds at JICP, WCP or PICP

     Exploring the Storywalk at WCP

For details on these activities, visit or call 843-795-4386.

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