By the Sea

Tour historic downtown in a horse-drawn carriage and hear tales of the Lowcountry’s rich history. Take to the water for fishing, kayaking or paddle boarding. Nearby Hunting Island State Park has S.C.’s only lighthouse you can climb. The Gullah galleries downtown exhibit works by local artisans. Penn Center is the site of the first African-American school established for free slaves. History flourishes at spots like the ruins of the Old Sheldon Church or at Santa Elena, the first significant European settlement in what is now the United States, established in 1566.

Eat Experience making Lowcountry cuisine with a cooking lesson at Gullah Grub Restaurant, indulge in the Shrimp Shack’s noted shrimp burger, and sip a one-of-a-kind sweet tea float at Scout Southern Market. Wine, dine, and unwind at one of many downtown restaurants, including Old Bull Tavern, Saltus River Grill or Breakwater Restaurant & Bar.

Only here Beaufort Highway 21 Drive In is a blast from the past with two outdoor screens and four movies nightly. The smell of chocolate permeates The Chocolate Tree, noted for making that famous Forrest Gump box of chocolates. Another take-home must is a handmade sweetgrass basket. 

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