With a pristine coastline, a rich antebellum history and a charming, historic downtown, Beaufort is more than one of the most enriching getaways in South Carolina. Here travelers discover a unique destination where stunning views of rivers, marshes and moss-hung oaks couple with authentic Lowcountry cuisine and a relaxing rhythm of life to create an experience that stays with them long after they leave.
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5 based on 925 reviews
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.
4.5 based on 213 reviews
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.
4.5 based on 215 reviews
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.
4.5 based on 659 reviews
The only public lighthouse in South Carolina.
Our family visited the lighthouse during Spring Break week and it was not overly crowded. Likely because you can complete the lighthouse climb and grounds within one hour of arrival if you're worried about time. It is about 167 steps to the top level where you can go out and view the incredible scenic visuals. You can also access and walk the beach just steps away from the lighthouse. There is a small gift shop and restrooms on premise.
4.5 based on 136 reviews
We toured this area by horse drawn carriage and our tour guide's explanations regarding the different architectural features and the families that built and lived in them made it all quite interesting.
So much beautiful architecture in a town this size is something that Beaufort's residents should be proud of. Besides all the beautiful homes The Point also boasts wonderful views of the surrounding waters and marshes. If I return I would plan on staying longer and either walking or renting a bicycle to get a closer look at this beautiful neighborhood.
4.5 based on 1 reviews
Park that is a large secluded barrier island with a historic 1859 lighthouse as its centerpiece.
We walked on the beach, climbed the lighthouse and walked several miles on the trails through the marsh woodlands. Very informative Center, friendly staff. Extremely well maintained. The visitor center at the end of the island is a wealth of information. The boardwalk out into the marsh is fabulous. Very relaxing.
4.5 based on 408 reviews
The main street of Beaufort, Bay parallels the Beaufort River and is filled with a variety of restaurants, retail shops and art galleries. Renovated 19th storefronts house unique boutiques, interior design studios, locally owned book stores and provide more than just the typical souvenir shopping. The Vernier House, the only historic house open to the public is located on Bay Street.
4.5 based on 113 reviews
The trail has recently been expanded but I have only done the first section. It is a wonderful way to see some nice neighborhoods. You will pass ponds, bridges and nature in many forms. There are a few places where you have to cross some traffic but quickly, you will find yourself back in nature. Worth the trip.
4.5 based on 72 reviews
We are excited to share with you the home of the Port Royal Sound Foundation - the Maritime Center. The Foundation renovated the former Lemon Island Marina to establish an engaging and exciting educational experience. The center opened in November 2014 and features exhibits, classrooms, hands-on learning spaces and other areas where you can learn about and celebrate Port Royal Sound. Enjoy diverse and fun opportunities to experience and connect with the Port Royal Sound Area.
Within the Port Royal area, you learn so much about what is going on in that area. Whether it's about sharks, conservation and all things in the water, you learn something you had not known before. Interesting displays. There is a guide there to answer any questions. Worth the stop !!
4.5 based on 66 reviews
I can't say enough good things about Hunting Island State Park and Ligthhouse! It costs $5 to enter. WELL worth it!! The drive through the park is just gorgeous! The beach is so beautiful I could stay there all day! The light house is so pretty. There are clean bathrooms there, a gift shop and snack area, picnic tables, trails, camping and more! It's an awesome place
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