Discover the history, heritage and natural beauty of Beaufort, South Carolina
A 1 day tour of South Carolina
from our Southeastern issue,
Beaufort is the second oldest city in South Carolina and was founded in 1711 by the British. It has a rich history that dates back centuries, including ties to the Revolutionary and Civil wars.
Located on Port Royal Island and its surrounding area within South Carolina’s Lowcountry, Beaufort offers visitors a historic waterfront community situated along the Atlantic Ocean, and it is conveniently located just 70 miles from Charleston and 40 miles from Savannah.
In addition to its rich history and variety of outdoor activities, Beaufort also offers visitors a rich dining scene featuring fresh seafood and Lowcountry flavors.
If your group is day tripping to Beaufort, here is a taste of what Beaufort’s Discover Tours has to offer:
Set off on a tour of historic Beaufort and Parris Island Marine Base to learn more about the city’s colonial and antebellum past, as well as its role in preparing Marines for battle throughout the past century.
Currently, the U.S. Marine Corps Recruiting Deport in Beaufort is responsible for all Eastern Seaboard recruits, and it transforms 20,000 recruits into Marines annually.
The Parris Island Marine Museum is a 10,000-square-foot facility with exhibits that focus on the long and honored history and traditions of the Marine Corps.
On display are artifacts covering Port Royal’s important military role from the American Revolution to the Civil War, along with development of the island into a Marine Corps installation after the Spanish-American War through the present.
The museum also features videos and a gift shop.
Admission is free, but access may be dependent upon current security needs.
Then, depart for Hunting Island State Park, South Carolina’s most frequented state park, where your group will enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach.
The park is home to miles of trails, pristine beaches and a campground.
After the picnic lunch, you can capture a bird’s-eye view from the park’s historic lighthouse, the only lighthouse within the state that visitors can tour.
There is also plenty of time to explore the five miles of natural beaches along this semitropical barrier island.
Following exploration of the beach and lighthouse, a local park ranger will provide a tour of the park’s nature center for a deeper look at area wildlife that can be found within the park.
Wrap up the day with dinner in historic downtown Beaufort. The city’s restaurant scene continues to garner national attention because of its fresh-from-the-boat seafood creations and Gullah influence that date back to the 1700s.
Fresh local seafood and produce, combined with culinary customs from England, France, Africa and the West Indies, help create the signature flavor of the Lowcountry’s Beaufort area.
Also, legend has it that Frogmore Stew originated in the Frogmore community on St. Helena Island near Beaufort. The seafood stew is also oftentimes referred to as the Lowcountry Boil or the Beaufort Stew.
Dinner arrangements can be made at any of the area’s restaurants. Some options include Panini’s Café, located in a historic bank building on the Waterfront Park, which features stone-baked pizza, panini sandwiches, local seafood and hand-cut steaks.
Or try Barbara Jean’s Restaurant — best known for its crab cakes and she-crab soup, as well as its “Chocolate Stuff” dessert and homemade artisan breads. The menu features the best of seafood and home-style cooking.
Parris Island Marine Museum
Hunting Island State Park
Barbara Jean’s Restaurant
Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Visitor & Convention Bureau