Beaufort, named “America’s Favorite Town” by Travel + Leisure, among other honors, brings much more to the table than meets the eye. Drop anchor in a downtown marina and spend a night or three in Beaufort. Take a stroll from one delightful boutique to the next. Visit the Beaufort Historic Site and the North Carolina Maritime Museum, or launch your kayak in Taylor’s Creek. Then, at sunset, savor it all with cocktails and prize-winning seafood overlooking the water. It’s no surprise that so many people consider Beaufort to be their home away from home.
Beaufort is one of South Carolina’s coastal sea islands and is best known for its antebellum mansions and historic destinations. It’s known as a small city arts destination and the local area provides opportunities for water sports and boating. Southern Living calls it an inland coastal gem as it’s just a stone’s throw away from St Helena Island and Parris Island, and right between Edisto Beach and Hilton Head Island. In this post we will look at what activities you can do on your Beaufort trip. But first a quick look at what you should bring if visiting this summer.
Prepare your Beaufort trip
If you’re visiting during the summer months, pack a few pieces of your favorite sundresses, jumpsuits, and rompers, as well as your best pair of sandals since you will be doing a lot of walking. Bring a tote bag, so you don’t need to worry about carrying your belongings around.
It is also important not to forget to protect your skin from the sun by bringing some sunscreen and regularly applying it throughout your day. Be wary of getting dehydrated, too. Temperatures in the summer can reach upwards of 90°F so it is best to have a bottle of cold water with you. Drinking cold water can help you feel less sluggish—perfect if you’re feeling a little tired from all the exploring. Cold water is also much more effective than coffee or fruit juice if you are dehydrated. Drinking water regularly can also help regulate your body temperature, flush out toxins, and give you that radiant glow as you travel around.
Now that you’re all packed and ready, here are some of the top activities and destinations you need to experience:
The charming Beaufort Inn is a short walk from the city center. Some of Beaufort’s most beautiful homes have been converted into small inns and bed-and-breakfast establishments, and this is one of the best. It embodies Southern hospitality with its lush gardens, expansive verandas, and rocking chair-lined porches. The hotel’s 48 rooms are located in both the main house and cottages that overlook the gardens and courtyard.
Hunting Island State Park
Take a detour to Hunting Island State Park, South Carolina’s most frequented park, to see how two ecosystems coexist — 3,000 acres of marshland with a saltwater lagoon and an ocean inlet with five miles of quiet and peaceful beach.
This is an excellent time to make plans to visit this lovely coastal region. Day trips to the nearby historic cities of Beaufort, Charleston, and Savannah are available. Year round, enjoy the wealth of outdoor activities made possible by the warm climate, such as tennis or golfing. Kayak through the waterways or go charter fishing. Discover one-of-a-kind shopping and dining adventures! Relax at the riverfront pool or on a swing in one of our parks on the water.
Woods Memorial Bridge
The Woods Memorial Bridge, which connects downtown Beaufort to the sea islands, is perhaps the most widely known landmark in a place full of historic sites and scenic spots. The original bridge to the islands, built in 1927, was also a swing bridge. Previously, the only way to get to Lady’s Island, St. Helena Island, and the other sea islands was by boat.
If the place seems familiar, it’s because it appeared in the movie Forrest Gump, so you shouldn’t miss the chance to visit it. It overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway and has become one of Beaufort’s most well-known landmarks. However, if you are interested in the bridge you may not have much longer to see it. Rep. Shannon Erickson told Your Island News that the bridge’s obsolescence is coming and it needs to be replaced. It’s best that you visit it while you still can.
Another attraction that we highly recommend you visit is the Beaufort Children’s Theatre, showcasing classic favorites like The Wizard of Oz. Just last May, they featured a young performers’ edition of this timeless classic. You can also shop along Downtown’s Bay Street or close the day with a carriage tour or a boat tour on a Fishing Charter and enjoy a memorable sunset.
There are numerous reasons to visit Beaufort and the Low Country, including the beaches, marshes, food, Revolutionary War and Civil War history, literary heritage, and south Carolina Hospitality. You’ll most likely want to do everything. The one thing you will not want to do is leave. Stay a while and take in everything this unique region has to offer.