50 Things To Do

We compiled this list from suggestions we have received on Facebook!
Do you have something you love to do when visiting Beaufort, Port Royal and the Sea Islands?  We would love to hear from you!

Historical Landmarks

1. Historical Landmarks

With a rich and tumultuous history spanning over 500 years, the Beaufort area has no shortage of…

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Penn Center

2. Penn Center

Founded in 1862, the Penn Center is the site of the first academic school for freed slaves.

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Old Sheldon Church

3. Old Sheldon Church

A must see, Old Sheldon Church was originally known as Prince William's Parish Church and was built…

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Fort Fremont

4. Fort Fremont

Travel back in time to the 1890’s and the Spanish American War with a docent led tour at Fort…

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Historical Church Self-Guided Tour

5. Historical Church Self-Guided Tour

A vital element of Beaufort’s wealth of cultural history, her beautiful, historic churches are…

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National Cemetery

6. National Cemetery

If you’ve never paid homage to those fallen for our freedom, then you must go by the National…

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Parris Island

7. Parris Island

Parris Island is something everyone needs to experience while in Beaufort.

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Santa Elena

8. Santa Elena

Learn the real saga of America at the Santa Elena History Center.

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Resting Place of Robert Smalls/Tabernacle Baptist Church

9. Resting Place of Robert Smalls/Tabernacle Baptist Church

Built in 1840, Tabernacle Baptist Church is the resting place of one of Beaufort’s most beloved…

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Catch of the Day Charter Tour

10. Catch of the Day Charter Tour

Twenty-five percent of the U.S. east coast marshland water is here in Beaufort county and the…

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Paddleboard and Kayaking

11. Paddleboard and Kayaking

Beaufort’s unique waterways are one of the many qualities that make her special. What better way to…

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Bay Street Outfitters

12. Bay Street Outfitters

For more than 18 years, Bay Street Outfitters has been helping Beaufort’s visitors find exactly…

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Spanish Moss Trail

13. Spanish Moss Trail

For visitors and locals alike, the Spanish Moss trail is a wonderful way to enjoy some of the…

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Crabbing

14. Crabbing

One of the best things about visiting the coast is having the access and ability to catch dinner!

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Sweet Tea Float at Scout Southern Market

15. Sweet Tea Float at Scout Southern Market

It can get pretty hot down here in the Lowcountry so what better way to cool off than with a sweet…

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Macintosh Book Shoppe / Signed copy of Pat Conroy book

16. Macintosh Book Shoppe / Signed copy of Pat Conroy book

A staple in Beaufort’s downtown since the 1980’s, McIntosh Book Shoppe is truly one of a kind.

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Lowcountry Produce

17. Lowcountry Produce

A local favorite, Lowcountry Produce has a great selection of handmade jams, pickled goodies, fresh…

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Handcrafted Sweetgrass Basket

18. Handcrafted Sweetgrass Basket

Sweetgrass baskets are a time honored tradition and represent a long and rich cultural history.

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Fresh Produce from Outskirts of Town

19. Fresh Produce from Outskirts of Town

Considering Beaufort’s long agricultural history, it makes perfect sense that there would be…

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Captain Dick’s River Tour & Dolphin Watch

20. Captain Dick’s River Tour & Dolphin Watch

Do you love nature? A Beaufort River tour with Captain Dick is one of the very best ways to explore…

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Self-Guided Tree Walk Tour

21. Self-Guided Tree Walk Tour

If you love nature and are looking for a good excuse to get outside and stretch your legs then the…

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Kazoobie Kazoo Factory

22. Kazoobie Kazoo Factory

Who knew there was so much behind the kazoo?

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Beaufort Walking Tour

23. Beaufort Walking Tour

Beaufort is home to some of the best story tellers there are so if you want a truly unique…

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Carriage Tour

24. Carriage Tour

If you are looking for something a little different and unique to Beaufort, relive the glory days…

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Sunset Harbor Tour

25. Sunset Harbor Tour

Ahhh, the harbor at sunset….there’s nothing quite like it.

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Chocolate Tree

26. Chocolate Tree

Tom Hanks loves Chocolate Tree sweets and everyone else agrees it is the best!

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Shrimp and Grits at a local restaurant

27. Shrimp and Grits at a local restaurant

In the Low Country of South Carolina, shrimp and grits originated years ago as breakfast for…

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Shrimp Shack

28. Shrimp Shack

Another favorite of Tom Hanks, the Shrimp Shack has been a staple for both local and visitors in…

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Wine and Dine downtown

29. Wine and Dine downtown

Wining and Dining is one of Beaufort’s specialties. We know how to do it right and please your palate!

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Cooking lesson at Gullah Grub

30. Cooking lesson at Gullah Grub

For over 15 years, owner and chef, Bill Green, and his family have diligently prepared and served…

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Ask locals for his/her favorite restaurant

31. Ask locals for his/her favorite restaurant

Local Beaufortonians are some of the friendliest folks around and love their town, so don’t be shy!

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Golfing

32. Golfing

Golfers of all skill levels can enjoy themselves and even improve their game with a group or…

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Hunting Island Lighthouse

33. Hunting Island Lighthouse

The world looks a lot different from 132 feet high in the sky.

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Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park

34. Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park

When visitors first arrive in Beaufort, they are drawn to the gorgeous Henry C. Chambers Waterfront…

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Woods Memorial Bridge

35. Woods Memorial Bridge

Famous for its appearance in the movie Forrest Gump and one of Beaufort’s most notable landmarks,…

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Movie-Famous Sites

36. Movie-Famous Sites

With over 16 movie sites in just downtown alone, and several more in the surrounding area, Beaufort…

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Anchorage 1770 Bed and Breakfast

37. Anchorage 1770 Bed and Breakfast

Recently renovated, Anchorage 1770 overlooks the bay and provides the ideal setting for your…

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Tabby Wall

38. Tabby Wall

If only walls could talk, oh the stories this wall would tell! Dating all the way back to 1760,…

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Spend the night in a B&B

39. Spend the night in a B&B

Whether you're looking for a vacation or a staycation, Beaufort’s historical Bed and Breakfast Inns…

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HWY 21 Drive-In Theatre

40. HWY 21 Drive-In Theatre

Whether you arrive in a classic convertible or a more modern sub-compact sedan complete with foggy…

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Cypress Wetlands

41. Cypress Wetlands

If you’re looking for a reason to get outside and enjoy wildlife, Port Royal Cypress Wetlands is…

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Beaufort Shrimp Festival

42. Beaufort Shrimp Festival

The Shrimp festival is one of Beaufort’s highlights every year and it easy to see why.

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Beaufort Water Festival

43. Beaufort Water Festival

Beaufort’s largest event, Beaufort Waterfest is held every year in July and attracts visitors from…

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Light Up the Night Boat Parade

44. Light Up the Night Boat Parade

Look at holiday lights in a whole new way with Beaufort’s Light Up the Night Boat Parade!

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Fall Festival of Homes and Gardens

45. Fall Festival of Homes and Gardens

With such an array of historic antebellum and Civil War era homes, it would be a travesty not to…

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Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Beaufort

46. Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Beaufort

Every Halloween, Bay Street is closed to traffic and becomes a kid’s paradise.

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Beaufort History Museum

47. Beaufort History Museum

Relive this area’s rich history by visiting Beaufort History Museum at the historic Arsenal in…

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Beaufort International Film Festival

48. Beaufort International Film Festival

Beaufort’s Film Festival is an annual event that celebrates both the past and the future of…

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Penn Center Heritage Celebration

49. Penn Center Heritage Celebration

A three day long event, the Heritage Days Celebration at the Penn Center is a fun, festive event…

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The Sands and Boardwalk in Port Royal

50. The Sands and Boardwalk in Port Royal

Looking for a quick beach getaway or boat ramp right here in town? The Sands in Port Royal is the…

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Historical Landmarks
Recreation Activities (Water and Land)
Shopping
Tours
Food
Golf
Must-See Sites
Festivals/Events

The Big List!

Historical Landmarks

1. Historical Landmarks 2. Penn Center 3. Old Sheldon Church 4. Fort Fremont 5. Historical Church Self-Guided Tour 6. National Cemetery 7. Parris Island 8. Santa Elena 9. Resting Place of Robert Smalls/Tabernacle Baptist Church 47. Beaufort History Museum

Recreation Activities (Water and Land)

10. Catch of the Day Charter Tour 11. Paddleboard and Kayaking 12. Bay Street Outfitters 13. Spanish Moss Trail 14. Crabbing

Shopping

15. Sweet Tea Float at Scout Southern Market 16. Macintosh Book Shoppe / Signed copy of Pat Conroy book 17. Lowcountry Produce 18. Handcrafted Sweetgrass Basket 19. Fresh Produce from Outskirts of Town

Tours

5. Historical Church Self-Guided Tour 20. Captain Dick’s River Tour & Dolphin Watch 21. Self-Guided Tree Walk Tour 22. Kazoobie Kazoo Factory 23. Beaufort Walking Tour 24. Carriage Tour 25. Sunset Harbor Tour

Food

26. Chocolate Tree 27. Shrimp and Grits at a local restaurant 28. Shrimp Shack 29. Wine and Dine downtown 30. Cooking lesson at Gullah Grub 31. Ask locals for his/her favorite restaurant

Golf

32. Golfing

Must-See Sites

33. Hunting Island Lighthouse 34. Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park 35. Woods Memorial Bridge 36. Movie-Famous Sites 37. Anchorage 1770 Bed and Breakfast 38. Tabby Wall 39. Spend the night in a B&B 40. HWY 21 Drive-In Theatre 41. Cypress Wetlands 50. The Sands and Boardwalk in Port Royal

Festivals/Events

42. Beaufort Shrimp Festival 43. Beaufort Water Festival 44. Light Up the Night Boat Parade 45. Fall Festival of Homes and Gardens 46. Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Beaufort 48. Beaufort International Film Festival 49. Penn Center Heritage Celebration

Here's what others enjoy

B.L. says:

"We love to go crabbing or either to buy some blue craabs"

Meta Mercer says:

"Water sports, boating, carriage rides, shopping, touring old homes, antiquing, eating, visiting historic sites, sunbathing"

Sandra Loving says:

"Beach"

Shelly Clemmer says:

"Relaxing Fishing Kayaking"

Cynthia Stansberry says:

"I would love to share this list with my clients planning to visit the Hilton Head/Beaufort area this August."

Faye says:

"Things to do with small children "

Gary says:

"Adventure,walk the beach and see historic sites"

jan dean says:

"We love the outdoors, swimming, fishing, hunting. We would like to see some of South Carolina mountains, monuments, some history of South Carolina. We have one daughter that just loves to shop the thrifty shops. Love the opportunity to see South Carolina finest. Thank you. "

candy lafreniere says:

"Fishing, Sightseeing"

Marti says:

"Beautiful city "

Jim Broden says:

"Fort Fremont"

Suzann Whiteley says:

"Dancing in the Waterfront Pavilion, carriage rides through the beautiful streets, visiting the lovely Bookstore on main street, enjoying a afternoon sitting on the swings on the waterfront, I would love to come to your Tour of Homes sometime. and Dream about the way live was there years ago!!!"

Lisa Haigler says:

"Fishing"

William Wester says:

"Interested in Fishing and the local Resturants."