Santa Elena

8. Santa Elena

Learn the real saga of America at the Santa Elena History Center. Founded in 1566, Santa Elena was the first European settlement in North America. Her fascinating but little known story is one of religion, geopolitics, cultural clashes, war and struggles to survive. The History Center is now open seven days a week and is housed in the newly renovated, federal courthouse in downtown Beaufort.

Today, the Santa Elena site is a National Historic Landmark, important for its associations with the 16th-century conflict between Spain and France for control of the New World. Located on nearby Parris Island, the site is also considered archaeologically significant and tours of the site itself are available. To learn more about the Santa Elena Foundation and to plan your tour, please visit Santa-Elena.org.

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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 25. Spartina Eco-Boat Cruise

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. Spartina Eco-Boat Cruise

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."