Nothing says welcome like the colorful displays, gobs of tourist information and friendly staff at the Charleston Visitor Center on Meeting Street.

It is a place to cool off, do some shopping or catch the free trolley.

But for some, it is also where they get irritated over how the parking works.

Debbie Engimann and Marvin Duncan of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., felt that way on Thursday. They looked forward to riding the shuttle around the peninsula to see the sights, but frowned at the prospect of paying to leave their car at the tourist center.

There, parking the first half-hour is complimentary. Afterwards, it’s $2 per hour or a maximum of $12 per day.

“Now we’re going to get stuck paying. That’s ridiculous,” Engimann said.

Marsha Mann of Indiana agreed. She was surprised about the Visitor Center parking lot fees.

“I thought they would welcome us with open arms,” she said.

Read more in upcoming editions of The Post and Courier.