10 Things to Do in Saint Helena Island That You Shouldn't Miss

March 9, 2018 Claudia Navarrete

Discover the best top things to do in Saint Helena Island, United States including Chapel of Ease, Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, Cast Away Fishing Charters, Parris Island Museum, Red Piano Too Gallery, Penn Center, St. Helena's Anglican Church, Fort Fremont, Beaufort National Cemetery, Camelot Farms Equestian Center.
Restaurants in Saint Helena Island

1. Chapel of Ease

Lands End Road, Saint Helena Island, SC +1 843-522-1717
Excellent
49%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
9%
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4.5 based on 106 reviews

Chapel of Ease

Reviewed By 185Days - Beach Park, Illinois

Nice sidetrip from Beaufort. These historic remains are a nice place to wander. You can picture the original church and appreciate the handiwork of the builders. Take bug spray and wear sunscreen

2. Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park

700 Bay St, Beaufort, SC 29902-4753 +1 843-525-7071
Excellent
81%
Good
16%
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1%
Poor
1%
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5 based on 925 reviews

Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park

Reviewed By KLE2013 - Centreville, Virginia

Winding along the bank of the Beaufort River, the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park offers lovely paths, stretches of grass, swings and benches from which to experience the charm of the area. On the west end of the park is a small marina and on the east edge of the park is the Woods Memorial Bridge where Forrest Gump ran in that classic film from 1994. Just a short walk south from Bay Street and close to bars and restaurants, the park also has restrooms and parking nearby.

3. Cast Away Fishing Charters

1006 Madrid Ave, Port Royal, SC 29935-2306
Excellent
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5 based on 141 reviews

Cast Away Fishing Charters

Welcome to Cast Away Charters ~ voted Beaufort, Port Royal and the Sea Islands best fishing charter service, fishing professionally since 2004! We are licensed USCG Master Captains and Pro Anglers, dedicated to providing amazing fishing adventures for our guests. We offer private trips for up to six anglers per boat for beginners to experts, and include licenses, bait/tackle, and coolers for beverages and snacks. We charter year round and customize our trips for large and small groups, corporate outings, vacationers and more. For larger parties we fish “tournament style” with a prize and certificate for the winners. Our 24 ft Sport vessels allow for tremendous performance and maneuverability in the shallow flats, ideal for hunting Redfish, Trout, Flounder, Tarpon, Cobia and other near shore and inshore species. Novices to seasoned anglers have the chance to reel in impressive trophy fish. Get Hooked on Cast Away Fishing Charters and Shallow Sport ~ Catch More Fish!

Reviewed By Darrin S

This was the best fishing charter I have ever been on. Captain Tim knew exactly where the fish were and there was never a pause in the action. We had a great time and I would recommend this to anyone. We will definitely be back.

4. Parris Island Museum

111 Panama St, Parris Island, SC 29905 +1 843-228-2951
Excellent
63%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
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4.5 based on 157 reviews

Parris Island Museum

The museum features large exhibit halls on the history of recruit training, 20th Century Marine Corps history and the history of Parris Island.

Reviewed By carolynv358 - Sturtevant, WI

I come from an army family, but I thoroughly enjoyed this museum and appreciated the opportunity to see this museum, base and many Marines. The museum follows the history of the Marines from the Revolutionary War up to present day. There was a fascinating film about basic training, many photos and displays with lots of equipment.and uniforms. You can browse quickly, or if you enjoy reading, you can spend several hours. Be prepared to show identification, vehicle registration and proof of auto insurance to gain access to the base

Saint Helena Island, SC +1 843-838-2241
Excellent
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5 based on 50 reviews

Red Piano Too Gallery

Reviewed By LesleyLaramie

I love Red Piano Gallery! They have so many absolutely wonderful and unique pieces by a bunch of extremely talented local artists. Cassandra Gillens is definitely my favorite and it is worth a visit to Red Piano just to see her exquisite paintings. But on top of that, there are the amazing baskets, the story people, the whimsical pieces in the front room and so very much more. I could easily spend hours and hours (not to mention thousands of dollars) at the Red Piano, without seeing everything. And the women who run it are so kind. They will never make you feel anything but welcome. And if you find a greeting card you like but the envelope is missing, just ask. They'll be happy to get one for you.

So definitely do visit the Red Piano. Just know that you will get lost in all the wonderfulness they have. This won't be a quick stop for most people!

6. Penn Center

16 Penn Center Cir W, Saint Helena Island, SC 29920-5302 +1 843-838-2432
Excellent
47%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
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4 based on 162 reviews

Penn Center

A significant African-American institution in the United States, its mission is to preserve the Sea Islands' history, culture and environment.

Reviewed By brontz - Wichita, Kansas

The Penn Center is an African-American cultural and education center, we visited on Saint-Helena Island, while on tour with our senior citizens group. The first building we went into we saw a film, and an exhibit area. There was a man Mr. Milton who was last graduate from the Penn School. He has a book that he sells, and he talks about the film, and how when students graduated from Penn School they had a trade. The two women who were the first principles were Laura M.Towne, and Ellen Murray. They also have a gift shop, and other buildings on the grounds.

7. St. Helena's Anglican Church

501 Church St, Historic Downtown, Beaufort, SC 29902-4919 +1 843-522-1712
Excellent
77%
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4.5 based on 213 reviews

St. Helena's Anglican Church

Reviewed By Katherine E - New York City, New York

We were excited to see the "Docent on Duty" sign out on the church door. I was a hot August day and we were greeted enthusiastically by our docent, Rebecca, and invited to come right into the cool sanctuary. She was knowledgeable, entertaining and passionate about this lovely historic gem of a church. Beaufort is a beautiful, historic town and this church has been in the thick of it since Day 1.

8. Fort Fremont

1126 State Rd S-7-45, Lands End Road, Saint Helena Island, SC 29920
Excellent
33%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
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Poor
7%
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4 based on 102 reviews

Fort Fremont

Reviewed By doodlespots

Finding this fort is definitely an adventure. The address was correct, but our GPS took us through a trailer park. The ruins are between the coast and a neighborhood, so we didn't think our GPS was right at first.

Here are some tips/notes when you visit:
-bring bug spray!! This is a mosquito's paradise.
-don't go at night. The park is open 24/7 and is unsupervised. There are no lights available. Also no bathrooms.
-these are ruins! This information was left out, so we were a little shocked by the appearance of the fort. Its not trashed, but definitely isn't as pretty as other forts.

All in all, this is a neat place to visit for photo ops and with the family!

9. Beaufort National Cemetery

1601 Boundary St, Beaufort, SC 29902-3947 +1 843-524-3925
Excellent
78%
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4.5 based on 215 reviews

Beaufort National Cemetery

Reviewed By markfarner58 - Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

Small national cemetery with Union and Confederate soldiers plus veterans from all the other wars. Well kept, peaceful and easy to walk to from Bay Street.

10. Camelot Farms Equestian Center

101 Tom and Mike Rd, Saint Helena Island, SC 29920-3527 +1 843-838-3938
Excellent
75%
Good
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4.5 based on 27 reviews

Camelot Farms Equestian Center

Take a horseback ride on the beach and along moss covered tree lanes in the low-country of SC. We have something for all ages. Lessons, boarding, training, pony rides, guest house, camping areas, and a brand new gift shop. Enjoy the day discovering SC by horseback!

Reviewed By Terri O - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Went on the hour tour, I haven't ridden in years, but the horses were well trained and our guides were terrific. Lovely clean farm, you could tell the horses were well cared for. I booked our tour on their website, it was easy to use.Thank you Terri for your review! We are so glad you had a good tour. Glad our horses were on their best behavior!

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