Sample Itineraries for your visit to Beaufort

Beaufort Activities

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Overnight/Half-Day Itinerary Suggestions :

DINNER: Lowcountry cuisine
BREAKFAST: Breakfast at your accommodation
TOUR: All touring options based on 2 to 3.5 hours
>OPTION #1: Walking, Carriage or Bus Tour of Historic District and Tour of John Mark Verdier House Museum
>OPTION #2: York Bailey Museum and Penn Center National Historic Landmark
>OPTION #3: Driving tour of Bonny Hall Plantation, 19th Century rice fields, Auldbrass Plantation, and Old Sheldon Church ruins
>OPTION #4: Hunting Island State Park Marsh Boardwalk and Nature Center
>OPTION #5: ACE Basin Tour
>OPTION #6: Kayak Tour
>OPTION #7: Parris Island Tour Base and Museum or golf at The Legends at Parris Island Golf Course
LUNCH: Options at local restaurants

Beaufort Two-Night Itinerary #1

DAY ONE: Check into Accommodations
DINNER: Lowcountry cuisine
DAY TWO: Breakfast at accommodation
OFFICIAL WELCOME at Beaufort Visitor Center
GUIDED TOUR of Historic District (choice of walking,
bus or horse-drawn carriage)
LUNCH in downtown historic districtBeaufort Downtown Map
LEISURE TIME to shop and explore Historic District
DAY THREE: Breakfast at accommodation
Hunting Island State Park Marsh Boardwalk and Nature Center
Explore the rich Gullah culture at The York Bailey Museum at Penn Center National Historic Landmark, Chapel of Ease, and Ft. Fremont

Beaufort Two-Night Itinerary #2

DAY ONE: Check into accommodation
DINNER: Lowcountry cuisine
DAY TWO: Breakfast at accommodation
OFFICIAL WELCOME at Beaufort Visitor Center
Visit the historic village at Port Royal, est. 1562
Visit Parris Island Museum
DAY THREE: Breakfast at accommodation
Tour the ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge

Beaufort Two-Night Itinerary #3
DAY ONE: Check into accommodations
DINNER: Lowcountry cuisine
DAY TWO: Breakfast at accommodation
OFFICIAL WELCOME at Beaufort Visitor Center
York Bailey Museum at Penn Center
Gullah demonstration or lecture
Shopping in St. Helena/Visit to Ft. Fremont
DAY THREE: Breakfast at accommodation
Tour of Historic District


50 Things to do in Beaufort (as compiled from Facebook suggestions)

1.  Stay in the renowned Rhett House InnThe Rhett House Inn
2.  Enjoy all the fresh local seafood available at all our great local restaurants
3.  Sit on a park bench or swing and drink in the beauty and tranquility
4.  Buy fresh seafood to take home and cook!
5.  Soak in the abundance of history
6.  Climb The Lighthouse at Hunting Island State Park
7.  Shop and stroll along historic Bay Street
8.  Visit Parris Island for a Friday Marine graduation
9.  Walk the gorgeous beaches on Hunting Island
10.  Take the haunted ghost tours through Beaufort during Halloween
11.  Take Woods Memorial Bridge down into Beaufort and enjoy the breathtaking view
12.  Walk the Marsh Boardwalk/Fishing Pier at Hunting Island
13.  See “The Big Chill House” and other famous film locations
14.  Hike the maritime forest trail around the lagoon on Hunting Island and play Geocaching
15.  Visit Beaufort in July for the Water Festival
16.  Learn the culture of Penn Center
17.  Kayak through the rivers and marshes
18.  Take a carriage ride through historic Beaufort
19.  Watch the Marine/Navy aircraft fly over the city
20.  Enjoy a blast from the past and go to a drive-in movie
21.  Get something yummy from The Chocolate TreeSheldon Church Ruins, where Forrest Gump’s chocolates were made
22.  Enjoy a Shrimp Burger at the famous Shrimp Shack
23.  Visit The Old Fort Ruins on St. Helena Island
24.  Have lunch and/or dinner on the Waterfront
25.  Visit the Sheldon Church Ruins
26.  Admire our majestic Live Oaks
27.  Walk the Old Point and check out all the old homes
28.  Enjoy the Shrimp Festival every October
29.  Vacation with the family on Fripp Island
30.  Buy a sweet grass basket in St. Helena
31.  Visit the Parris Island MuseumYemassee Indian Village, ca. 1600
32.  Learn the story of the development of modern American music forms from Gullah /African roots
33.  Enjoy the abundant wildlife
34.  Visit The Arsenal (location of the Beaufort Chamber VCB Visitor Center)
35.  Enjoy the view of the Spanish moss-covered tree canopies
36.  Visit Beaufort National Cemetery
37.  Swing on the bench swings in the Waterfront Park
38.  Get caught on Wood’s Bridge when it opens for a sailboat
39.  Shop the stores and galleries in downtown Frogmore on St. Helena Island
40.  Eat dinner dock-side in Port Royal
41.  Be a “snowbird” on Harbor IslandLive Oak (Quercus virginiana) - about 400 years old, Beaufort  County
42.  Visit Parris Island on The 4th of July featuring fireworks and the Marine Band
43.  Visit Old Towne Port Royal, est. 1562
44.  Stand on Hunting Island beach and watch the shrimp boats come and go
45.  Buy fresh produce from one of the many farmers markets in the area.
46.  Take time to talk to the locals. It’s amazing how nice the people are!
47.  Stop at Palm and Moon Bagel for a bagel and coffee
48.  Go to Sands Beach in Port Royal
49.  Relax on the beach at Harbor Island
50.  Take the kids to the play place in Waterfront Park