Beaufort Day Trips

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Beaufort Day Trip Option 1 – Military Tour

 1. Arsenal Museum and Visitor’s Center

715 Craven St, (843)-525-8500Beaufort Day Trip Ideas

The Arsenal was built in 1798, and home to the Beaufort Volunteer Artillery, commissioned in 1802. This company was originally organized in 1776 and served in the American Revolutionary War. They were the 5tholdest military unit in the United States. The structure was constructed of brick and tabby; an early form of concrete made from lime, sand and oyster shells. It has taken part in every war fought on native soil. The building was enlarged and renovated in 1934. In the yard visitors will find brass trophy guns which were captured from the British in 1779, seized by Union forces in 1861 and later returned in 1880. The property now serves as Beaufort Visitor’s Center and Museum. Inside visitors will find relics of nature, war and early industry.

National Cemetery in Beaufort - Day Trips SC Lowcountry2. National Cemetery (1601 Boundary St, open 8-sunset)

The National Cemetery is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. More than 14,000 veterans lie in rest in the cemetery. It holds a Union Soldier’s Monument, the Confederate Soldier’s Monument and the Massachusetts Monument.  The Union Soldier’s Monument was erected in the 1870’s to honor 174 unknown Union soldiers buried in the cemetery. The Confederate Soldier’s Monument was built in 1997 in honor of Confederate soldiers interred at the cemetery. The Massachusetts Monument was built after the remains of the All-Black 55th and 1st North Carolina Infantry were interred in 1989.

3. Lunch at a local restaurantLunch in Beaufort SC

Beaufort has a large array of dining choices. Whether you are looking for a quick
bite or a full meal, we have what you’re looking for. Just consult the Visitors section of this website to find a sandwich shop or a restaurant that has exactly what you are looking for.

Parris Island Museum - Beaufort Day Trips4. Parris Island Museum

111 Panama St, Parris Island

The Parris Island Museum contains over 8,000 sq ft of gallery space dedicated to teaching the long and honored history and traditions of the Marine Corps. Visitors to the museum will find inspiration from stories told through artifacts and images of Marines who have served our nation.

Beaufort Day Trip Option 2 – Historic Downtown Tour

 

1. Arsenal Museum and Visitor’s Centeralt

715 Craven St, (843)-525-8500

This once vital military structure now serves as Beaufort Visitor’s Center and Museum. Inside visitors will find relics of nature, war and early industry. The Arsenal also has local attraction information.

alt2. Carriage Tour

Spend an hour of your day with a local tour guide being driven around our beautiful city in a horse-drawn carriage. You will come away from the experience with knowledge of our rich heritage and interesting tales of local folk lore.

3. Lunch at a local waterfront restaurantalt

After your carriage ride, head to Bay Street to pick a lunch destination from the many popular waterfront restaurants. Watch boats drift by on glistening water as you enjoy a meal prepared from fresh local seafood and produce.

alt4. Tabernacle Baptist Church

911 Craven St

The Tabernacle Baptist Church was built by the African American members of the Beaufort Baptist Church after Federal occupation of Beaufort in 1861. The churchyard cemetery is the final resting place of Robert Smalls. Smalls was a slave who rose to greatness during the Civil War.

5. John Mark Verdier House Museum
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801 Bay St

The John Mark Verdier House is located in Historic Beaufort.  The house was built by, and named for a prosperous merchant and planter. The Federal style house was visited by the Marquis de Lafayette in 1825. It also served as headquarters by Union officers during the Civil War.  The house is now a museum. Tours are available every hour on the half-hour, Monday thru Saturday.

alt6. St. Helena’s Episcopal Church

505 Church St

St. Helena’s Episcopal Church was built in 1724. It is one of the oldest active churches in North America. It is built of brick that was carried over in the ballast area of ships. The bricks were then smoothed over with stucco to create a smooth surface .St Helena’s most noted parishioner during the Revolutionary era was Thomas Heyward Jr, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The church is still in possession of a Communion set that was a gift in 1734 by Captain John Bull, which was given in memory of his wife, who disappeared during the Yemassee Indian War. The remains of Colonel John Barnwell, better known as “Tuscarora Jack” are buried in the church cemetery. He was a famous Indian fighter and former of Beaufort Town in 1711.

7. Stroll the many art galleries downtownalt

Beaufort has the distinction of being one of the top 20 art towns in America. Come visit our galleries and find out why.

Beaufort Day Trip Option 3 – Historic & Boat Tour

alt1. Guided Walking Tour

Soak up the local history with an expert walking tour guide. Stroll the streets and hear the stories of the forefathers of our fair city and the homes they built. Hear about the pirates that plundered off our waters and came ashore to cause mischief. You never know, there may even be a ghost story or two included.

2. Lunch at a local restaurantalt

Stop in one of our local restaurants to sample Lowcountry cooking at its finest.
Beaufort chefs use fresh local seafood and produce to create delicious mouth-watering dishes.

3. River tour

Spend the afternoon boating in the pristine water surrounding beautiful Beaufort. View marshes and sea islands of the ACE Basin. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture images of the area along with it’s abundant wildlife.

4. Port Royal Sound Foundation Maritime Center

310 Okatie Highway, (843) 645-7774Port Royal Sound Foundation

At the Maritime Center you can: Experience dynamic exhibits and the rich variety of life found in the Port Royal Sound Area: see what a 10 foot tiger shark looks like! Discover our amazing local marine life in a 3,000 gallon aquarium and the educational touch tanks. Enjoy the water by boat, kayak, canoe and more. Connect to the stories and rich history that make the Sound so unique.

Beaufort Day Trip Option 4 – Islands Tour

alt1. Penn Center

 

Located off Land’s End Rd at 16 Penn Center Circle West, St Helena Island

As stated in their official website, Penn Center is, “Tucked in the heart of the South Carolina Sea Islands between glimmering marshes and deep water, nestled beneath the silvery moss draped limbs of massive live oaks…” The Penn Center is the site of one of the country’s first schools for freed slaves. The historic campus of Penn Center sits on 50 acres in the heart of Gullah culture on St. Helena Island, off the coast of Beaufort.

alt2. Picnic or eat at a local Gullah restaurant

The Gullah style of cooking uses only local and in season ingredients for
cooking their dishes. Food is prepared in a natural and serene setting. Most menu choices are stewed, grilled or roasted. No Gullah meal would be complete without rice and cornbread. Stop by a local Gullah restaurant for what guarantees to be a unique and memorable experience.

alt3. Shop the local arts area

No trip to the Beaufort islands would be complete without a little shopping at Frogmore’s Four Corners on St Helena Island. Local artists display one of a kind artwork that is distinctive to the Beaufort islands.

alt4. Chapel of Ease

Land’s End Rd, St Helena Island

Chapels of ease were built during the Colonial Period as houses of worship for plantation owners and their families. One such structure is located on St. Helena’s Island. The Sea Island rice plantations were located too far from the churches of Beaufort. The Chapel of Ease was constructed here of tabby walls between 1742 and 1747. A forest fire destroyed most of it in 1886. All that remains today are tabby walls and a cemetery. Today the Chapel of Ease remains as a peaceful and tranquil reminder of Sea Island life.

5. Ft Fremont 

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Fort Fremont is located on St Helena Island in Beaufort County. Constructed in 1899, its purpose was to defend Port Royal Sound as a modern coastal defense system. Earthen bulwarks are in place to protect the harbor side of the fort, which accommodated many disappearing guns and a rapid fire battery.  It has recently been purchased by Beaufort County to be preserved as a historic site and public park. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Beaufort Day Trip Option 5 –Hunting Island Day at the Beach
Hwy 21

alt1. Hunting Island State Park Visitor’s Center

The Visitor’s Center is located inside the park gate. Inside visitors will find information on the park and educational programs that are available.

2. Day at the beachalt

Spend the day relaxing in the sun as the tides rise and fall. Watch fiddler crabs and sea gulls forage in the surf. Relax and enjoy the day in one of South Carolina’s most beautiful state beaches. Bath houses are located at each beach access area including restrooms and outdoor showers.

alt3. Picnic

Bring your picnic onto the beach or grill out in one of the many picnic areas located adjacent to the beaches. Grills and picnic tables are available.

huntingb-209 4. Lighthouse climb

Constructed in 1859, the historic Hunting Island Lighthouse is the only lighthouse in the state that is open to the public. The 167 step climb offers spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding marshes and maritime forest. Admission is from 10 am – 4:45 pm daily March – October, and until 3:45 pm November – February.

alt5. Scenic Marshwalk

Extending across the lush marsh tidal flats, the Hunting Island Marshwalk extends across to a small hummock that provides a magnificent platform for viewing area nature and wildlife. The boardwalk can be found on Hwy 21 on the west side of the park. Bring your camera and capture images of ever-present shore birds.

Beaufort Day Trip Option 6 – Kayak Tour

Spend the day enjoying nature at its finest on the pristine waterways around Beaufort.alt

1. Kayak tour of Beaufort waterways

Nature and history tours by kayak leave daily from downtown Beaufort, Hunting Island and the ACE Basin. No experience is necessary.

a935b10156537d26d1ae2886445051c42. Picnic

Spread out a blanket and enjoy a picnic lunch along the bank of the river.

Beaufort Day Trip Option 7 – Horseback Riding on the Beach

alt1. Horseback riding 

Enjoy the beauty of the Lowcountry with a horse back ride! Trails wander throughout a 60 acre farm, down roads and paths past beautiful old live oak trees and island palms. Trails take visitors on the edge of the marshlands with its wide expanse full of wild life. Other trails venture onto the beach.

alt2. Lunch at Lady’s Island Restaurant

Lady’s Island has many fine dining choices.

Beaufort Day Trip Option 8 – Gullah Heritage Tour

alt1. Gullah Heritage Tour

Gullah is a rich, cultural heritage linking West Africa and America. The Gullah culture is most resilient in those who live along the sea islands. There is no better way to discover the traditions of the island’s rich African-American culture of “Gullah” than with on-site recollections and stories rich in cultural history.

2. Lunch at a local Gullah Restaurantalt

The Gullah style of cooking uses only local and in season ingredients for
cooking their dishes. Food is prepared in a natural and serene setting. Most menu choices are stewed, grilled or roasted. No Gullah meal would be complete without rice and cornbread. Stop by a local Gullah restaurant for what guarantees to be a unique and memorable experience.

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The shore gently recedes beneath the stunning Pawleys Island Pier. The unique island town, located about 25 miles south of Myrtle Beach and 70 miles north of Charleston, exudes laid-back, beachy vibes. Locals have definitely adopted an island state of mind and encourage visitors to as well. When you go, make sure to relax on the beach, explore the famous sand dunes, or fish in one of the many adjacent creeks.⏰ Best time of the day to visit: We guarantee that you’re going to want to spend a whole day here. We recommend getting to the beach at around 10am.🗓️ Best time of the year: Pawleys Island has the best weather during the spring and early summer months.🏖️ Things to do while there: Pawleys Island Nature Park, Pawleys Island Chapel, Hopsewee Plantation.🐠 Things to visit in the area: Brookgreen Gardens (brookgreen_gardens), take a walking ghost tour, Myrtle Beach (mymyrtlebeach), Harborwalk Marina, South Carolina Maritime Museum (southcarolinamaritimemuseum).🏨 Where to stay: The Oceanfront Litchfield Inn (oceanfrontlitchfieldinn), Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort (litchfieldbeachandgolf), Sea View Inn (seaviewinn), 620 Prince (620prince).Photo by qcphotographer
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Lowcountry EgretAnalog collage on 5x7 inch watercolor paperI'm back. I enjoyed my winter vacation at the beach on Isle of Palms, SC. It was great spending some quality time with my husband relaxing, reading and walking on the beach. Taking time off from social media was nice, too. I didn't spend much time making art, but did create this collage.Unfortunately, my creative mojo seems to have taken an extended vacation. I have struggled with my art making for the past 4 or 5 days. To those of you who are exchanging art with me, I haven't forgotten, I'm just in a creative dry spell. I hope to get collages made and on their way to you before too much longer.While stuck in this creative mire, I'm switching gears and focusing on some other things. For example, I'm working on my first Studio newsletter - welcoming my email subscribers and sharing news of some of the creative challenges and collaborations I'm planning for 2023. If you want to get all the news sent directly to your inbox, sign up with the link in my bio. Studio News is coming at the end of January.
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Fort Fremont was built in 1899 by the Army Corps of Engineers using local labor on condemned private property on St. Helena Island, across the Beaufort River from the Naval Station. It was designed to play a vital role in the protection of the strategic dry dock and coaling station which remained critical to the Atlantic Fleet during the Spanish American War period. For more information on this and other Beaufort attractions visit  https://southcarolinalowcountry.com/beaufort-port-royal-area/
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"The Beach in Winter Is Still the Beach"
-Melinda MorgensternAt the bottom of this post are the top 6 reasons why we love the beach in winter.*My husband and I love a winter beach getaway! We both needed this time away to press pause and to unwind from the last twelve months and to prepare for a major home project that we have coming up.
We boarded our kitty and drove from central North Carolina to our favorite getaway spot in the lowcountry of South Carolina, at Isle of Palms. We are staying in Wild Dunes (at IOP) for five nights to rest and rejuvenate. Yay!Starting tomorrow (Saturday) until we return on Thursday, we are unplugging and unwinding. No working, no business and no social media. I may even delete my social media apps from my phone so I won't be tempted. When I return home, I will ease back into things and be more mindful of my time and how I use it (in all areas of my life). I hope this time away will help me recenter and come home refreshed and ready for the next steps in my personal art practice and for the new collaborative things I'm planning to share with the collage community at large. I plan to send out my first Studio News email to my subscribers near the end of January. If you would like to receive occasional updates directly in your inbox, and you are not already a subscriber, you can signup with the link in my bio.*Why we love getting away to the beach in winter:
1. There are no crowds anywhere
2. It is so much quieter (and more romantic)
3. You almost have the beach to yourself (which is great for long walks or sitting and reading as you listen to the waves)
4. The local year-round restaurants and shops are uncrowded, so you can mingle with the locals who are more relaxed and friendlier in the off-season
5. It feels way more relaxing
6. The rates for accommodations are WAY less expensive than during the peak summer season (so you can spring for a much nicer place located even closer to the beach).Ten-four. Signing off...
Sunrays in the sky at Blue Hour on 1/20/23...such a beautiful sight!
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Discover at your own leisure at the coastaldiscoverymuseum 🌳  From century-old buildings with storied pasts, to wooden boardwalks that stretch into the Jarvis Creek salt marsh, there's always something to explore!
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Quietly, peacefully...sunrise creeps into the inlet!
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The Boynton House (12"x12" in oil on canvas) in the Donnelley Wildlife Management area in the ACE (Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto) Basin in South Carolina.... not to be confused with the Boynton house in Rochester,New York, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright !!The Boynton house in Donnelley is a Victorian style home, built in the beginning of the twentieth century by the Boyntons who raised cattle on their property.#boyntonhouse #donnelleywma #acebasin #plantation #southcarolina #sclowcountry #oilpainting #acebasinnationalwildliferefuge #bearisland #tranquility #silence #atmosphere #rustic #andywesselspaintings #luckydutchart #naturephotography #olieverfschilderij #andywesselsphotography #charlestonartistguild #charlestonartistguildgallery

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