Beaufort Area | Day Trips

Beaufort Day Trips

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. Beaufort National Cemetery

1601 Boundary St., (843)524-3925

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

676 Panama St., Parris Island (843)228-2951

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., (843)379-6335

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., (843)522-1712

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. Fort Fremont 

Land’s End Rdalt

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

2555 Sea Island Pkwy., (843)838-2011

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.

Beaufort Area | Dining

Beaufort Area Coffee Houses

City Java & News
301 Carteret St, (843)379-5638

Lowcountry Cider Company & Superior Coffee
102 West Street Ext, (843)524-2326

Dunkin Donuts
2427 Boundary St, (843)379-3865

Rain -N- Bagels
221 Scott St, (866)379-9300

Urban Brew + Co.
2139 Boundary St, (843)608-3174

Beaufort Area Breweries, Distilleries, and Wineries

Rotten Little Bastard Distillery
2139 Boundary St, (843)379-5252

Shellring Ale Works
1111 11th St, (843)379-2370

Beaufort Area Dining

Agave Mexican Grill
1430 Ribault Rd, (843)379-0232

Albergotti Grill
Holiday Inn & Suites, 2225 Boundary St
(843)379-3100

Blacksheep
1216 Boundary St, (843)470-8070

Blackstone’s Café
205 Scott St, (843)524-4330

Breakwater Restaurant & Bar
203 Carteret St, (843)379-0052

Bricks on Boundary
1420 Boundary St, (843)379-5232

Brusters Real Ice Cream
304 Robert Smalls Pkwy, 843-982-6277

Crave Cup Cake Boutique
1103 Boundary St, (843)379-1234

Dukes BBQ
1509 Salem Rd, (843)379-4744

Fat Patties
831 Parris Island Gtwy, (843)379-1500

Gilligan’s Seafood Restaurant
2601 Boundary St, (843)379-2244

KC Mike’s SMokin’
2001 Boundary St, (843)379-2378

Griffin Market
403 Carteret St, (843)524-0240

Hank’s Lowcountry Cafe
2139 Boundary St, (803)238-5252

Hearth Wood Fired Pizza
802 Bay St, (843)379-9806

Herban Market & Cafe
1601 North St, (843)379-5060

Hemingway’s Courtyard Bistro & Pub
920 Bay St, (843)521-4480

La Nopalera Restaurant
1220 Ribaut Rd, (843)521-4882

LongHorn Steakhouse
192 Robert Smalls Pkwy, (843)470-1718

Lost Local 
705 Bay St, (843)379-3838

Lowcountry Produce
1919 Trask Pkwy, 843-846-9438, (800)935-2792

Lowcountry Produce & Cafe
302 Carteret St, (843)322-1900

Luther’s Rare & Well Done
910 Bay St, (843)521-1888

Mameem and Maudie
81 Sea Island Pkwy, (843)605-6990

Maria’s Mexican Kitchen
330 Robert Smalls Pkwy Suite 22, (843) 379-5357

Maryland Fried Chicken
111 Ribaut Rd, (843)524-8766

Miramare Italiano at Habersham
27 Market St, (843)466-9765

O-Cha Noodle Cafe
1209 Boundary St, (843)379-8688

Old Bull Tavern
205 West St, (843)379-2855

Outback Steakhouse
2113 Boundary St, (843)379-6283

Panini’s Café
926 Bay St, 843-379-0300

Papaya Thai Cuisine & Sushi Bar
1001 Boundary St, (843)379-9099

Plum’s
904-1/2 Bay St, (843)525-1946

Q on Bay
822 Bay St, (843)524-7771

Rancho Grande
41-B Robert Smalls Pkwy, (843)322-9909

Red Rooster Cafe
2045 Boundary St, (843)379-2253

Roadhouse Ribs
7 Toppers Lane, (843)379-8899

Rosie O’Grady’s Irish Pub
2127 Boundary St, (843)379-7676

Ryan’s Famous Pizza & Subs
14 SC-128 #9, (843)379-3479

Sake House
274 Robert Smalls Pkwy., #200. 843-379-5888

Saltus River Grill
802 Bay St, (843)379-3474

Southern Sweets Ice Cream & Sandwich Shop
917 Bay St, Old Bay Marketplace, (843)379-0798

Sub Station II
7 Robert Smalls Pkwy, 843-525-9224

Wet Willie’s
2127 Boundary St. #17, (843)3790560

Wing Stop – The Wing Experts
272 Robert Smalls Pkwy, (843)379-3535

Wren Bistro & Bar
210 Carteret St, (843)524-9463

Yes, Thai Indeed
2127 Boundary St, (843)986-1185

Lady’s Island Dining

La Nopalera Restaurant
5 Sams Point Rd, (843)525-0609

Lady’s Island Dockside II
71 Sea Island Pkwy, (843)379-3288

McKinnon’s Seafood, Wings and Gullah Tingz
81 Sea Island Pkwy, (843)379-3993

The Upper Crust
Hamilton Village, 97 Sea Island Pkwy
(843)521-1999

Port Royal Coffee Houses

Corner Perk
1628 Paris Ave, (843)298-0716

Port Royal Dining

Agave Mexican Restaurant
1430 Ribaut Rd, (843)379-0232

Alvin Ord’s Sandwich Shop
1415 Ribaut Rd, (843)524-8222

Chef Frank’s Bistro
1635 Paris Ave, (843)379-3664

Buffalo Wild Wings
121 Robert Smalls Pkwy, (843)525-0142

Carolina Tavern
1714 Ribaut Rd, (843)379-5959

China Dragon
14 Savannah Hwy, (843)322-6688

Corner Perk
1632A Paris Ave , (843)298-0716

Fat Patties
831 Parris Island Gtwy, (843)379-1500

Fishcamp on 11th Street
1699 11th St, (843)379-2248

Olde Schoolhouse Restaurant
1638 Paris Ave, (843) 379-7379

Old School Pizzeria
1635 Paris Ave, (843)524-1995

Madison’s
925 10th St, (843)524-3663

Marker 244
1 Landing Dr, (843)379-7979

Maynard’s Ice Cream & Cafe
1115 Paris Avenue, (843) 295-2911

Roadhouse Ribs
7 Toppers Ln, (843)379-8899

Smokehouse at Paris Avenue
914 Paris Ave, (843)522-0322

Sushi Sakana
860 Parris Island Gtwy, (843)379-5300

St. Helena Island Dining

The Foolish Frog
846 Sea Island Pkwy, (843)838-9300

Gullah Grub
877 Sea Island Pkwy, (843)838-3841

Johnson Creek Tavern and Restaurant
2141 Sea Island Pkwy, (843)838-4166

Beedos
1634 Sea Island Pkwy, (843)612-2901

Morgan River Grill at Dataw
100 Marina Dr, (843)838-3474

Seaside
1760 Sea Island Pkwy, (843)541-7224

The Shrimp Shack
1925 Sea Island Pkwy, (843)838-2962

Beaufort Area | Tours

Beaufort Area Tours

Bay Street Outfitters
825 Bay Street | (843)524-5250
Our Redfish fishery is rivaled by very few other locations, and with it being year round each season brings different habits from these fish so each one is a new experience.  Visit our website to see the seasons of these Reds and our other species here in Beaufort.

Beaufort Dolphin Adventures
1 Port Royal Landing Drive | (843)259-2581
Explore Beaufort by boat on a private 6 passenger tour. While out touring you will see amazing views, witness nature, and learn Lowcountry history with fun facts.

Beaufort Kayak Tours
(843)525-0810
Explore one of the most interesting areas in Beaufort county, from a natural history, conservation and cultural history standpoint. On this tour we will explore the “C” in the ACE basin, the Combahee River. We will discuss rice culture and history, conservation successes, and the present use of the historic rice fields. This trip is best in fall, winter and spring.

Beaufort Lands End Paddling
(252)259-6227
Take a two hour tour with an experienced guide. Choose between paddling the Beaufort River or Hunting Island, or a sunset tour at either location. There’s a good chance you’ll see dolphins!

Beaufort Photography Tours
(843)940-7166
Personalized photo tours of Beaufort and the Sea Islands. Combine the knowledge of hidden gems only locals know about with professional photographers and you have Beaufort Photography Tours. More shooting time, less searching time.

Beaufort History and Movie Tours 
(843)838-2746
Explore the 300+ year history of Beaufort, see its beautiful antebellum homes, Spanish Moss-draped live oaks and beautiful marsh views. Want to see where Forrest Gump crossed into Mississippi? Where Forrest and Bubba fought in Vietnam? Travel on the funeral procession route of The Big Chill. View the beautiful scenery from the Prince of Tides. Visit the spots where Julia Roberts filmed Something to Talk About. See where G.I. Jane was tortured.

Camelot Farms, LLC
101 Tom & Mike Ln, St Helena Island
(843)838-3938. Experience the South Carolina Lowcountry on horseback. Spectacular scenery on our Coast Line Ride, beautiful moss draped oaks on our Plantation Ride, and much more! Located between Beaufort and Fripp Island.

Coastal Expeditions
1006 Bay St, Beaufort & 1928 Sea Island Parkway, St Helena Island, (843)929-2047
Ecotours-We search for the most beautiful places on South Carolina’s coast so that you can experience the wonders of the Lowcountry by boat, kayak or paddleboard. Come out on a tour or rental to see the wild side of Beaufort!

Gray Line Beaufort Tours
928 1/2 St, (843)473-7107
Experience over three hundred years of history in Beaufort, South Carolina’s second oldest city. This charming city boasts a fascinating history of exploration by the Spanish, the French and the English. Explore the National Historic Landmark District to admire the sweeping antebellum homes, scenic views, and historic churches. Visit movie locations from Forrest Gump, The Great Santini, The Prince of Tides and The Big Chill, among others.

Historic Churches of Beaufort Self Guided Walking Tour
Click the above link to read about the historic  Beaufort churches. Some pre-date the Revolutionary War. Others were instrumental in the education of freedmen.

Janet’s Walking History Tours
1006 Bay St, Downtown Marina, (843)226-4412
Guided, fully narrated, 2 mile walking history tour of Beaufort. Tours begin and end at the Downtown Marina Ship’s Store. Special group tours and times available.

Kazoo Factory Museum and Tours
12 John Galt Rd, Beaufort, (843)982-6387
Fully guided tours are offered Monday – Friday. The tour includes presentations, demonstrations and a walk through the kazoo factory. Visitors even get to make their own kazoo.

Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts
713 Craven St
Discover South Carolinaʼs second oldest city with this Beaufort scavenger hunt. Established in 1711, Beaufort is one of the few cities in the South to retain so many historic buildings. Boasting a bevy of beautiful mansions, this coastal town is sure to induce “porch envy.” Moss-laden live oaks, sweeping staircases and grand two-story porticos line the cityʼs streets. And behind stately walls, Beaufortʼs historic homes hold fascinating stories of the people who shaped the cityʼs past and present.

Lowcountry Wildlife Photo Safaris
(843)524-3037, Explore the SC lowcountry with Eric Horan, professional wildlife photographer. Eric offers information tours open to photographers of all skill levels through scenic waterways and along pristine beaches of the barrier islands.

Parris Island Tour
111 Panama St, Parris Island (843)228-2951
Self-guided tours available at the Parris Island Museum.

Pat Conroy Literary Center
601 Bladen St, Beaufort
The Pat Conroy Literary Center will cultivate a passionate and inclusive reading and writing community in honor of Pat Conroy, who dedicated his life to spreading his love for literature and writing to future generations.
(843)-379-7025

Penn Center Museum and Historic Site
16 Penn Center Circle, St Helena Island
(843)838-2474

River Excursions of Beaufort
The Sands, Port Royal (843)812-9925
Offering dolphin tours, sandbar picnics, barrier island beach combing and much more.

Sea Island Carriage
930 Bay St, (843)476-7789
Narrated carriage tour of the Old Point neighborhood and Historic District of Beaufort.

Southurn Rose Buggy Tours
1002 Bay St, Beaufort, (843)524-2900
Narrated buggy tours of historic Beaufort by professionally trained guides. Buggies depart from the Waterfront Marina.

St Phillips Island Tours
Hunting Island State Park Nature Center, (843) 884-7684
Take the ferry from Hunting Island State Park to St. Phillips Island. Departing from the Hunting Island State Park Nature Center, the boat tour to St. Phillips Island is a naturalist-led ecotour along the Story River to the St. Phillips Island dock. Once on the island, a park ranger will welcome everyone before boarding the tram to the beach. You’ll have time to beach comb, hike interior trails or simply relax on the beach with a picnic.  After your ramblings on this pristine barrier island, the tram will take you back to the dock for the return trip to the mainland.

Tales of the Lowcountry
(843)812-2924
Two hour walking tour or a one hour air conditioned van tour jam packed with over 500 years of history, folktales, and Hollywood lore surrounding our beloved Beaufort by the sea. Take a ghost tour visit all the local “haunts” intertwining ghost tales with the history of Beaufort.

Tidal Tours
(843)592-0448
Cruise on our powerboat. Play on the sandbar, watch dolphins, or just drift with the tides and watch the sun go down.  Learn about the complex ecosystem within Fripp Inlet. Travel with the captain and explore one of our many barrier islands. Sailing enthusiasts will enjoy a sailing tour or lessons.

Beaufort Area | Shopping

Beaufort Area Shopping

Beaufort

Amidst the Adlers
223 Scott Street | (843)470-0244

Atelier Off Bay Art Gallery
203 West Street | (843)379-0186

Barefoot Bubba’s
722 Bay Street | (843)838-9222

Bathe
210 Scott Street | (843) 379-2284

Bay Street Jewelers
902 Bay Street | (843)524-4165

Bay Street Outfitters
815 Bay Street | (843)524-5250

Bay Street Treasures
1001 Bay Street | (843) 379-4488

Beaufort Art Association Gallery 
913 Bay Street | (843) 521-4444

Beaufort Belle Company
809 Bay Street | (843)379-2355

Beaufort Bookstore
2127 Boundary Street, Suite 15 | (843)525-1066

Beaufort Candy Shoppe
103 West St Ext, (843)379-7677

Beaufort Emporium & Dry Goods
905 Bay St, (843)379-9066

Beaufort River Glass
812 Bay Street | (843)379-5445

Broad River Exchange
20B Market Street #1 | (843)644-1075

Cabana 22
819 Bay Street | (843)812-3046

Carolina Me Crazy
723 Bay Street | (843)379-3414

Cook on Bay
720 Bay Street | (843)379-2202

The Chocolate Tree
507 Carteret Street | (843)524-7980

Coastal Knitting
900 Port Republic Street | (843)470-0148

Duffy’s
719 Bay Street | (843)593-1162

Finders Keepers
920 Bay Street | (843)525-9200

Good Aura
221 West Street | (843)379-0162

It’s Retail Therapy
700 Bay Street, Suite 102A | (843)470-0777

The Jeweler’s Bench
603 Carteret Street | (843) 522-0003

The Kazoobie Kazoo Factory, Museum, & Gift Shop
12 John Galt Road | (843)982-6387

Lowcountry Cider Co. & Superior Coffee
102 West Street Extension, Beaufort | (843)524-2326

Lowcountry Produce
302 Carteret Street | (843)322-1900
1919 Trask Parkway | (843)846-9438

Lowcountry Stitch
715 Bay Street | (843)379-7710

Lulu Burgess
917 Bay Street, Suite E | (843)524-5858

Marshview Mercantile
2631 Boundary Street | (843) 379-9097

McIntosh Book Shoppe
917 Bay Street | (843)524-1119

Modern Jewelers
807 Bay Street | (843)524-3526

Monkey’s Uncle
909 Bay Street | (843)524-6868

Nevermore Books
910 Port Republic Street | (843)812-9460

Olive the Above
821 Bay Street | (843)379-2000

Rhett Gallery
901 Bay Street | (843)524-3339

The Rustic Pup Biscuits & Boutique
724 Bay Street | (843)597-2507

Scout Southern Market
709 Bay Street | (843)379-2282

Serendipity
707 Bay Street | (843)379-6799

802A Bay Street | (843)379-1188

The Tabby Store Gift Boutique
101 West Street Extension | (843)379-5770
Thibault Gallery
815 Bay Street | (843)379-4278
Tidal Creek Haven
200 Carteret Street | (843)379-5155
Treasure House Thrift & More
914 Boundary Street | (843)525-0058

Lady’s Island

Collectors Antique Mall
102 Sea Island Parkway, Suite C | (843)524-22769

Grayco Building Centers & Hardware
136 Sea Island Parkway | (843)521-8060

Higher Ground
95 Factory Creek Court | (843)379-4327

Mermaid Chandelier
120A Sea Island Parkway | (843) 605-6147

Old Timey Meats Beaufort
136 Sea Island Parkway | (843)770-0214

Port Royal

Beaufort Boat Dock & Supply
1734 Ribaut Road | (843)986-0552

Blue Rye
1406 Paris Avenue | (843)321-0385

Blush Room Boutique
1406 Paris Avenue | (864) 202-1003

Nuances
918 8th Street | (843)470-1110

Paints ‘N Paradise
1836 Ribaut Road | (843) 982-7677

Port Royal Farmer’s Market
Corner of Ribaut Road & Pinckney Boulevard

ZenDen
707 Paris Avenue | (843)929-9449

St. Helena Island

Barefoot Bubba’s Surfshop
2135 Sea Island Parkway | (843)838-9222

Lowcountry Cider Co. & Superior Coffee
507 Sea Island Parkway | (843)838-1231

Lowcountry Store and Vendor Market
736 Sea Island Parkway | (843)694-1559

Macdonald Marketplace
736 Sea Island Parkway | (843)694-1559

Beaufort Area | Real Estate

Beaufort Real Estate

Apex Realty
908 Charles St, (843)321-9204

Ballenger Realty
613-A Carteret St, (843)379-1400

Beaufort Realty Consultants
910 Charles St, (843)521-2022, (888)903-2481

Berkshire Hathaway Bay Street Realty
701 Bay St, (843)301-0013

Bundy Appraisal & Management Group
1204 Boundary St, (843)524-2207

Callawassie Island Club
22 Callawassie Dr, (843)987-2145

Celadon Real Estate
14 Celadon Dr, (843)525-9995, (866)525-9995

Century 21 Carolina Realty
920 Bay St, (843)521-2121, (843)476-6614

Coastal Real Estate Solutions
1630 Paris Ave, Port Royal, (843)647-4009

Coldwell Banker Platinum Partners
1211 Boundary St, (843)986-2444

ERA Evergreen Real Estate Company
1001-B Boundary St, (843)379-2411

Fripp Island Real Estate Company
1 Tarpon Blvd, #200, (800)845-4102

Habersham Properties
22 Market St, (843)846-1000, (877)542-2377

182-D Sea Island Pkwy, (843)522-0066

Lowcountry Real Estate
820 Bay St, (843)521-4200, (877)521-4200

Millenium Real Estate Group
1718 Ribaut Rd, (843)521-4600

Real Estate Professionals
15 Sams Point Rd, (843)522-3100, (843)321-1412
(800)772-3471

Southern Coast Realty
120 Sea Island Pkwy, Lady’s Island
(843)524-8876, (877)232-6278

Tideland Realty
41 Sea Island Pkwy, (843)525-6131

Town & Country Coastal Properties
1900 Sea Island Pkwy
(800)858-7595, (843)838-7595

Port Royal Real Estate

Apex Team Real Estate
820 A Paris Ave, (843)321-9204

Coastal Real Estate Solutions
933-A Paris Ave, (843)940-7076

Weichert Realtors-Apex Realty
1503 Paris Ave, (843)321-9204

Beaufort Area | Golf Courses

Beaufort Area – Golf Courses

Callawassie Island

Callawassie Island Club
176 Callawassie Island Drive, Okatie | (843)987-2125

Cat Island

Cat Island Golf
8 Waveland Avenue, Beaufort | (843)524-2000

Fripp Island

Fripp Island Golf
2119 Sea Island Parkway, Saint Helena Island
Ocean Creek Golf Course | (843)838-1576
Ocean Pointe Golf Links | (843)838-1521

Lady’s Island

Olde Beaufort Golf Club
139 Francis Marion Circle, Beaufort | (843)524-3635

The Golf Course at Pleasant Point Plantation
8 Barnwell Drive, Beaufort | (843)986-9432

Parris Island

The Legends Golf Course
Building 299, 2315 Belleau Wood Road, Parris Island | (843)228-2240

Miniature Golf

Glowcountry Indoor Mini Golf
46 Robert Smalls Parkway, Beaufort | (843)379-8911

Beaufort Area | Accommodations

Beaufort Accommodations

Bed & Breakfast and Inns

607 Bay
607 Bay St, (843) 962-3480

Anchorage 1770
1103 Bay St, (843)525-1770
Your home base for discovering the charm of Beaufort. Steeped in centuries of history, surrounded by nature, art and fresh coastal seafood, enjoy a stay at the Anchorage 1770 Inn. Read our BLOG on this historic inn.

Beaufort Inn
809 Port Republic St, (843)379-4667
Experience the charm of Beaufort from the heart of the Landmark Historic District. Historic architecture, lush gardens, sparkling fountains, inviting verandas and porches lined with rocking chairs await our guests.

The Cuthbert House Inn
1203 Bay St, (843)521-1315
A serene waterfront sanctuary set on Beaufort Bay, Cuthbert House is a grand, historic inn that graciously welcomes guests to step into the storied pages of the past.

North Street Inn
1411 North St, (843)986-1126

The Rhett House Inn  
1009 Craven St, (843)524-9030

The Emerald
501 Carteret St.

Camping

Hunting Island State Park
2555 Sea Island Pkwy, (843)838-2011, (866)345-7275
Two campgrounds are located at the northern end of the park near the ocean. One of the campgrounds provides individual water and electrical hookups. Some sites accommodate RVs up to 40 ft.; others up to 28 ft.

Parris Island RV Park
Bldg 1018, St Mihiel Rd., MCRD Pais Island, (843)228-7472

Tuck in the Wood Campground
22 Tuc In De Wood Ln, St. Helena Island, (843)838-2267
RV, full hook-up, near boat landings and beach, playground, basketball, sports field, nature trails, fishing pond.

Hotels and Motels

America’s Best Inn
2448 Boundary St., Beaufort (843)524-3322

Best Western Sea Island Inn  
1015 Bay St, (843)522-2090

City Loft Hotel
301 Carteret St, (843)379-5638

Comfort Suites Hotel
131 Big John Rd, (843)379-9400

Country Inn & Suites
2450 Boundary St, (843)379-4000

Greyhound Flats
210 Scott Street, (888)522-0250, (843)379-4667

Hampton Inn
2342 Boundary St, (843)986-0600

Hilton Garden Inn
1500 Queen St, (843)379-9800

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
2225 Boundary St, (843)379-3100

Home 2 Suites
3658 Trask Pkwy, (843)379-4663

Howard Johnson Express Inn 
3651 Trask Pkwy, (843)524-6020

MCAS – Inns of the Corps
Bldg. 1108, Delalio Ave., MCAS, Beaufort (843)522-1663

Quality Inn at Town Center
2001 Boundary Street, (843)524-2144

Sleep Inn
2523 Boundary St, (843)522-3361

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Beaufort
2227 Boundary St, (843)379-1124

Super 8 Motel
1360 S. Ribaut Rd., Port Royal (843)524-9333

Tru by Hilton
3664 Trask Pkwy., Beaufort (843)379-5511

Vacation and Property Rentals

Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort
2119 Sea Island Pkwy, St Helena, (843)838-1558 or (888)741-8974
Beaufort’s Seaside Resort. Just down the road and a world away.
Imagine getting away to South Carolina’s best kept secret and most beautiful barrier island ~ and its just down the road from Beaufort. Two championship golf courses, tennis, swimming, fishing, biking and miles of unspoiled beach are waiting for you to discover. Call our vacation planners today and let them help you fall in love with Fripp Island.

Fripp Vacation
Fripp Island, (877)374-7772

Magnolia Court
1204-1206 Pigeon Point Rd, Beaufort, (843)812-5173

Natural Retreats
(877)805-7794
Making our guests feel like home & our homeowners feel like guests. Offering distinctive coastal homes paired with boutique-style services & amenities for a one-of-a-kind Lowcountry experience.

Red Door Rentals
1022 11th St., Port Royal (843)252-1414

Sea Island Rentals
910 Charles St, Ste. A, Beaufort (843)521-1942

Seaside Getaways
1551 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island, (843)868-8381

Tidewatch Vacations
2123 Sea Island Pkwy, Harbor Island, (843)838-4001
Welcome to Tidewatch Vacations and the casual coastal living of the South Carolina Lowcountry. The area is rich in history and blessed with an abundance of natural and resort amenities. Let us find the perfect vacation spot for you.

Port Royal Accommodations

Hotels and Motels

Days Inn  
1660  Ribaut Rd
(843)941-4547

Super 8 Motel  
1360  Ribaut Rd
(843)593-0353

Vacation Property Rentals

Little House by the Sea
67 Shipwright Cr, (828)698-6273

London Mews
905 16th St
www.vrbo.com/299056

The Preserve at Port Royal
1 Preserve Ave West, (866)582-8155
www.liveatpreserve.com

Red Door Rentals
1022 11th St, (843)252-1414
www.thereddoorrentals.com

 

 

 

 

Beaufort Area | Sights to See

Beaufort Area Sights to See

Beaufort Arsenal

Beaufort Arsenal Museum
713 Craven Street | (843)525-8500
Built in 1798 & expanded in 1852. As a result of the secessionist movement. Contains Civil War artifacts and exhibits on local history.
Beaufort Arsenal Museum Blog Post

Beaufort National Cemetery

Beaufort National Cemetery
1601 Boundary Street | (843)524-3925
One of the first cemeteries established during the Civil War, it is one of the few that contains the remains of both Confederate and Union soldiers.

St. Helena Chapel of Ease

Chapel of Ease
Land’s End Road, St. Helena’s Island
Built between 1742 and 1747 to serve the planters on St. Helena Island. In 1886, a forest fire destroyed part of the brick and tabby chapel. The ruins and a small graveyard remain.
Chapel of Ease Blog Post

Charlesfort Monument

Charlesfort-Santa Elena National Historic Landmark
Parris Island Marine Corp Station | (843)228-2951
Visit the site of the early French and Spanish settlements. There is a small exhibit at the site; full exhibit at the Parris Island Museum.

Cypress Wetlands Trail

Cypress Wetlands Trail
1700 Paris Ave, Port Royal | (843)524-4333
Cypress Wetlands Rookery Loop is a 0.8 mile loop trail located in Port Royal, that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The wetlands support abundant populations of native wildlife.  The trail around the wetland is a combination of boardwalk, paved trail, and roadside pedestrian and bike trail.
Cypress Wetlands Rookery, Henry Robinson Boardwalk and Sands Beach Blog Post

Fort Frederick

Fort Frederick
601 Old Fort Road, Port Royal | (843)255-2152
Fort Frederick Heritage Preserve is a 6-acre property owned by the SC Department of Natural Resources and Beaufort County. Fort Frederick is the oldest surviving tabby fort in South Carolina and the oldest known tabby structure in Beaufort County. Built by the British colonial government between 1733 and 1735, its most important contribution to history was over one hundred years later on Jan. 1, 1863, when people walked across a dock over the top of Fort Frederick to hear the first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in the Southern states.  Visitors can enjoy lunch under a covered pavilion and read historical details on the interpretive signs. The property is open from dawn to dusk every day.
Fort Frederick Blog Post

Fort Fremont

Fort Fremont Preserve
Land’s End Road, St. Helena Island
A unique example of a Spanish American War Endicott Era fortification built to protect the U.S. Naval Station in Port Royal.
St. Helena’s Lands End Road Blog Post

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Hunting Island State Park
2555 Sea Island Pkwy. | (843)838-2011.
Lighthouse, cabin, camping, picnic shelters, lagoon fishing, boat ramp, nature programs, park store, gift shop, nature center, marsh boardwalk, admission fee.
Walk on the Wild Side Blog Post
Get Away from the Everyday: Little Hunting Island Blog Post
Hunting Island Lighthouse is closed for repairs, but visitors have options.

John Mark Verdier House

John Mark Verdier House
801 Bay Street, Beaufort | (843)379-6335
Operated by the Historic Beaufort Foundation. Circa 1800. Built in the Federal style by one of Beaufort’s most successful merchants, it is an excellent example of an early Lowcountry home. Museum gift shop open.
John Mark Verdier House Museum Blog Post

The Mather School

The Mather Museum & Interpretive Center
921 Ribaut Rd, Building #1, Beaufort | (843)379-2787
Located on the campus of the Technical College of the Lowcountry, this museum depicts the history of the Mather School and its founder Rachel Crane Mather. The school was founded in 1868, shortly after the civil war, to teach the daughters of the newly freed slaves how to read and write and become homemakers. The School remained open for 100 years, closing it’s doors in 1968 and becoming a state trade school and eventually the Technical College of the Lowcountry. Hours of operation: Tues-Fri 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Old Sheldon Church Ruins

Old Sheldon Church Ruins
948 Old Sheldon Church Rd., Yemassee | (843)522-1712
1.7 miles north of the junction of Highways 21 & 17 near Gardens Corner. Sheldon Church has laid in ruin for more than 140 years. Its gable roof, pediment, windows & interior have disappeared, but the classic simplicity of its design still remains. Burned by Prevost’s British troops in 1779, and again during the Civil War it still serves as a religious center for special observances. Admission – Free.
DRIVING TOUR BLOG POST
OLD SHELDON RUINS GAIN PROTECTION BLOG POST
OLD SHELDON, THEN AND NOW BLOG POST

Parris Island Museum

Parris Island Museum
676 Panama St. | (843)228-2951
Housed in the War Memorial Building, it is devoted to the portrayal of the history &  development of Parris Island and the Port Royal area along with the Marine Corps & recruit training facilities.

Pat Conroy Literary Center

Pat Conroy Literary Center
601 Bladen St. | (843)-379-7025
The Pat Conroy Literary Center cultivates a passionate and inclusive reading and writing community in honor of Pat Conroy, who dedicated his life to spreading his love for literature and writing to future generations.

Penn Center

Penn Center
16 Penn Center Circle, West, St. Helena Island | (843)838-2432
The 50-acre Penn School National Historic Landmark District features the York W. Bailey Museum as well as 18 other structures related to the education of African Americans, Reconstruction, and the Civil Rights Era. Enjoy a permanent exhibit, “Education for Freedom: the Penn School Experiment,” as well as temporary exhibits. The museum, housed in the newly renovated Historic Cope Industrial Building, includes four galleries and a gift shop.
Penn Center Blog Post

Port Royal Museum

Port Royal Museum
1634 Paris Ave. | (843)524-4333
Take a trip back in time when lowcountry living was centered around the harvesting of seafood from the local creeks and rivers.  Find out how the deepest natural port provided opportunities and inspired local craftsmen to build boats and trawlers and market their bounties to the world.
Historic Port Royal Foundation Museum Blog Post

Port Royal Sound Foundation

Port Royal Sound Foundation
310 Okatie Highway | (843)645-7774
The Port Royal Sound Foundation features exhibits, classrooms, hands-on learning spaces and other areas where you can learn about and celebrate Port Royal Sound. Enjoy diverse and fun opportunities to experience and connect with the Port Royal Sound Area. Come by the Maritime Center to see the animals in action every Saturday at 2pm! A naturalist will feed and discuss the critters in various tanks. Fun for kids and adults alike! Other activities include Saturdays on the Sound, Tuesday Talks, Eco Boat Tours, story times and art contests.

Spanish Moss Trail

Spanish Moss Trail
Lowcountry’s Rails to Trail located in the heart of Northern Beaufort County, SC. This 10 mile long hiking and biking trail is open for public enjoyment.  The trail is open dawn to dusk. The path is open for pedestrians and non-motorized transportation (Exception: motorized wheelchairs). There are six parking trail heads available. The trail is open to pets on a leash; pet-waste stations are available. The trail offers beautiful water and marsh views and coastal wildlife viewing. It is also open for recreational fishing on various trestles. There are two restroom facilities (Broome Lane and Parker’s Convenience Store.
Trail head access located at Clarendon Road, Depot Road, Westvine Drive, Broome Lane Access, Beaufort Plaza, Roseida Road, & Clarendon Road.
PART 1 BLOG POST
PART 2 BLOG POST

St. Helena's Anglican Church

St. Helena’s Episcopal Church
505 Church Road, Beaufort | (843)522-1712
Established in 1712 as a colonial parish of the Church of England, St. Helena’s Episcopal Church is one of the oldest churches in America. The original church was built on the present site in 1724 and appears today as it did in 1842 following its final enlargement.
Brief History and Map
The Parish Church of St. Helena Blog Post

Tabernacle + Robert Smalls

Tabernacle Baptist Church/Robert Smalls Grave
901 Craven Street, Beaufort | (843)524-0376
Tabernacle Church was formed by African-American members of Beaufort Baptist Church after Federal Occupation of the town in 1861. Robert Smalls, a slave who during the Civil War became a Union Naval Captain and later a US Congressman is buried in the churchyard.
Beaufort’s Hero Robert Smalls and Tabernacle Baptist Church Blog Post

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