Top 6 Places to visit when it’s raining!

Top Spots When Beaufort’s Under the Weather


When the rain comes pouring down and is accompanied by the skyscape of gloomy clouds, it can dampen the radiating glow that Beaufort holds on all of us, but only outdoors! Within Beaufort, Port Royal & The Sea Islands, we have great indoor attractions, like the Santa Elena History Center, which provides Beaufort’s great history starting from the 1560’s! Even though the rain might hinder you from seeing all the attractions that Beaufort has to offer, we still have plenty of options that everyone can enjoy on rainy occasions!


Santa Elena History Center

Located on 1501 Bay Street, Open: Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 am to 4:00pm

The Santa Elena History Center reconnects the past events that happened throughout the area and how it held up in relation to the colonialization of North America. Santa Elena, a Spanish settlement on what is now Parris Island, (Port Royal)South Carolina, was the capital of Spanish Florida from 1566 to 1587. It was established under Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, the first governor of Spanish Florida. Along with the pre-existing historical information, there is now a new 3D Scale Model of Fort San Marcos, which is the oldest masonry fort in the United States! Beaufort, Port Royal & the Sea Islands has held deep roots in the foundation of the US, and this History Center not only preserves our bombastic presence but also conveys it with exciting and interactive ways. You will get to see the archaeological sites that have helped provide this historical information and more! Come by on a whim, or schedule a group tour for added benefits! To learn more, visit:


Beaufort History Museum

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Located on 713 Craven Street, Open: Monday through Saturday, 10:00am to 4:00pm

The Beaufort History Museum shows its cultural roots on the land, and how the town itself has grown to thrive from its foundation to today.  You’ll get to see the history of the first settlers, the early exploration of the mid-16th century, the Revolutionary War and more! Not only is there great historical information, there are monumental artifacts that were tools the Native Americans used, as well as Jean Ribault Paintings that resemble the establishment of the area. Coming up in June, there is a new special exhibit that focuses on the Civil War Reconstruction that happened right here in Beaufort! With the new exhibit right around the corner, and these rainy days happening, this place is a sure stop that you have to come and see! To learn more, visit:


Parris Island Museum

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Located at 283 Blvd De France, Parris Island, SC 29905 Open:  Daily from 10:00am to 4:30pm

The Parris Island Museum is a great museum that presents the great military history along with the history of Santa Elena, which is present day Parris Island. This museum demonstrates the Marine Corps and how Parris Island has helped the military needs of the entire area, from the American Revolution to the Civil War. You’ll get to see amazing artifacts and other incredible equipment that were used in the past that helped forge Beaufort’s history, as well as being able to walk and see the same points of interests that soldiers 200 years ago have seen! With rainy days happening often, this place is a great location to stop by and check out! To learn more, visit:



Port Royal Sound Foundation Maritime Center

Located on 310 Okatie Highway, Open: Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00am to 5:00pm

The Port Royal Sound Foundation steps away from the landscape of Beaufort and steps into the waterscape of the town! With rivers and the ocean surrounding the area, the history of what has happened on land is just as important as the history of the sea. This foundation brings awareness and amazing information on the ecosystem of Port Royal Island, with demonstrations of the unique water life found deep within. Come see the 3000-Gallon Aquarium, or see the Touch Tank Room and the ever-changing exhibits that come every few months! If you’re a lover of history, the Port Royal Sound Foundation is nothing to pass up, as it has plenty of exhibits that educate you on the past importance of the water that helped mold the Port Royal Sound to what it was and is today. To learn more, visit:


John Mark Verdier House

Located on 801 Bay Street, Open: Monday through Saturday, 10:00am to 4:00pm

The John Mark Verdier House is an important mark on the history of Beaufort, demonstrating beautiful architectural design that flourished in the time period and the cultural relevance behind the building itself. Built by John Mark Verdier himself, this house was built on his expanded wealth that came from trading indigo, which was an export that was fruitful in this area. This building shows the values that were formed in Historic Beaufort, not only demonstrating the important exports in the area but also the bustling growth in the town itself, marking the area as a point of interest for people to come to live and expand their families in. This cultural importance is matched in its infrastructure, with every room built with fine detail, marking every corridor with precision and awe-inspiring passion. Whether you’re here for it’s historical importance or the architectural beauty that it shows off, this location is a must. To learn more, visit:


Penn Center

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Located 16 Penn Center Circle West, St. Helena Island, Open: Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00am - 4:00pm

The Penn Center is a ravishing area, marked as one of the country’s first school for freed slaves. This center is a wonderful place to learn about the Gullah culture that lives throughout the area, and the cultural importance of African Americans. Among the culturally expansive center you’ll get to see wonderful artwork that represents the heritage that the center offers, as well as artifacts and objects of cultural significance to the Gullah culture. The Penn Center is the heart of Beaufort’s African American culture, blending the social importance and the physical landscape importance into one amazing experience.


These spots are just a few that you can come and visit on a rainy day in Beaufort, allowing you to not only enjoy your stay here but also allows you to learn about the history of the town itself! When the rain goes away and the sun comes out to brighten the rest of the day, you can use your understanding of Beaufort’s cultural and social importance of the area to the rest of your visit, making your experience here even better! To learn more, visit:

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