Thursday, October 11, 2012

Can you still be a tourist in your own town?

 A few years ago, my boys and I took a carriage tour on a whim. We had the good fortune of choosing a carriage with a sweet, young girl from Greenville, SC as our guide. She was a College of Charleston history major but better still, she was witty and full of local gossip. That's right, the good stuff - that home-spun, gritty dirt you don't mind paying for! She certainly put a new twist on a few downtown details. No matter if you're a local or have just lived here for a long time, your children will love this new view of Charleston.
For 15 years, The Charleston Visitors Bureau offered a discount pass to area residents that permitted a family of four admission to 28 local attractions for the incredible rate of $50. Sadly, the program (formerly known as "Be a Tourist In Your Own Town") is not offered this year. Next year, there may be a new program for "locals only". Until such time, is it still cool to wander around town like a tourist anyway? I vote to grab a camera and explore during this lazy time of year when the pace is a bit slower and the wave of tourists has subsided. Pick something you've never tried and check it out.
Or just stroll along the waterfront, smile at a passing tourist, and reflect on the fact that you live in paradise!

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