Bluffton Day Trips

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Option 1 – Historic Walking Tour

alt1. Heyward House Historic Center,

(843-757-6293, 70 Boundary St, open M-F 10-4, Sat 11-2)
The Heyward House was built in 1840 as a summer home by a local plantation owner. Heyward House is only one of eight antebellum homes remaining in the area. It is located on the May River in what is now Bluffton’s Historic District. A slave cabin and the summer kitchen also remain on the property. Today the house remains virtually the same as it did when it was built over 170 years ago


2. Walking Tour

Use your Walking Tour Guide to meander the downtown streets of Old Town Bluffton.
There are many churches, homes and businesses that are historically significant to this town.

alt3. Lunch at a downtown local restaurant (See Visitors – Dining – Bluffton)

Bluffton has many fine lunch choices. Some are within walking distance of the tour.
Others are just a short drive away.

Option 2 – Plantation House and Wildlifealt

1. Rose Hill Plantation House Tour,
(199 Rose Hill Way, tours M-F 2:00)

2. Lunch at a local restaurant or picnic (See Visitors – Dining – Bluffton)

There are many delicious restaurant choices conveniently located on Hwy 278
between Rose Hill Plantation and Pinckney Island.

alt3. Pinckney Island Wildlife Area,

(843-689-6767, Hwy 278 between Bluffton & Hilton Head Island)

This island was once part of the plantation of Major General Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, a prominent lawyer and statesman from the early 1800’s. Few traces of the plantation exist today among the greenery of the preserve. While on this self-guided tour expect to see many different habitats from areas of salt marsh to fresh water ponds. These habitats support an abundant diversity of flora and fauna. Large concentrations of birds live on the island. The refuge offers ideal opportunities for hiking, bicycling, photography and wildlife observation. The island is open from dawn to dusk.  Guided tours are available through the Coastal Discovery Museum, (843)689-6767.

Option 3 – Dolphin Watching Cruise or Kayaking Adventurealt

(See Visitors – Tours – Bluffton), Spend the day on the
beautiful May River viewing local wildlife and our
ever-popular dolphins.

Option 4 – Bike Trails

(Call 843-757-6293 for map of trails.)

Load up the bikes and head over to the Buckwalter Parkway. alt
Bicycle paths wind throughout wooded areas and
along the parkway. Bring along a picnic lunch and enjoy nature and fresh air.

Option 5 – Art Galleriesalt

1. Stroll the ten unique art galleries of Calhoun St and surrounding area
(Also see Visitors – Shopping – Bluffton)

alt2. Lunch at a local restaurant (See Visitors – Dining – Bluffton)

If sweet tea and a sandwich on the porch sound appealing to you, head over to
Calhoun Street for a lunch you won’t soon forget.


alt3. On Thursdays during spring and summer months, drift through the Bluffton Farmer’s Market on Calhoun St from 2-6 pm. Local produce, jams, honey, baked goods, prepared foods and many other surprises await you at this street party.