I hope nobody thinks this is sacrilegious, but there’s an occasional way to attend church and save money on admission to local tourist attractions at the same time if you live in Charleston, S.C. The same type thing may apply to sites in your area, too.
On Easter, a local church holds services at several of the world-famous plantations — and everyone who attends gets free admission to the grounds (which normally costs $20-$24 per person). So a family of four can go to church and stay afterwards to wander around the plantation — saving about $100 in entrance fees.
On the way in, got to admire the beautiful blooming flowers, check out a field of live cotton plants and take in the breathtaking Avenue of the Oaks (a long lane lined with towering oak trees that was featured in several TV series including North and South).
If you’re going to church anyway… it’s a special treat to go to a gorgeous place like this.
Remember, though, that there may be quite a crowd — and you need to get there really early to find a parking place and make it to the service on time!