Whether you live in the Lowcountry or are visiting our unique region, spending time taking in the natural beauty is a must. There are many things to do in Beaufort, but this article highlights the very best activities for nature lovers.

The Lowcountry offers everything from delicious food to historical sites and museums. What’s amazing is that nearly everything here centers on, or includes in some way, the natural surroundings. There is always an option to spend the day outdoors to bike a new path, picnic in a different park, visit a new beach, or tee off a new golf course. 

Whatever level of adventure you want this season, many Lowcountry summer activities are guaranteed to offer relaxation and fun. Check out some places we like to visit with out-of-town guests and family who are big nature buffs! 

Port Royal Sound Foundation

Have an immersive day soaking up all there is to know about the Lowcountry environment, wildlife, and more at the Port Royal Sound Foundation. The Foundation renovated the former Lemon Island Marina to create the Maritime Center, which opened in November 2014. 

It’s a fun place for families and kids of all ages, with programs like hikes, family fishing, and even crabbing & cast netting available. 

  • Address & Phone: The Maritime Center, 310 Okatie Highway, Okatie, SC 29909, (843) 645-7774

  • Hours:

    • Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 5pm

    • Saturday: 10am - 4pm

  • Cost: Free. Select programs may require a fee. Group tours are available with advanced notice. 

Afternoon in an Art Gallery

If it’s too hot to get outside, you can still get your fill of nature. Think outside the box and spend some time in an art gallery seeing nature through an artist’s eyes. From paint, photography, sculpture, and more - downtown Beaufort boasts a number of art studios, and every one is guaranteed to showcase pieces that highlight natural elements. A few we love include Atelier on Bay and Thibault Gallery. 

Some of the galleries welcome visitors to watch as artists create amazing pieces. Of course, the art is often for sale, and many artists will accept private commissions if you’d like something special. 

Any time we plan our own art gallery stop, we like to pair it with drinks or a meal. Art and dining by the water is a relaxing activity and we are grateful there is so much to enjoy about the Lowcountry lifestyle! While on Bay Street, pop into any number of delicious eateries to enjoy local, fresh-caught fish or shellfish and continue your day of nature as you dine. The Spanish Moss Trail is a partially-completed, ten-mile multi-purpose rail-trail in northern Beaufort County, South Carolina

Spanish Moss Trail

The Spanish Moss Trail is a ten-mile multi-purpose rail-trail in northern Beaufort County, South Carolina. Why is it called a rail trail? Interestingly, this path used to be the Magnolia Line Railroad established back in 1870. When operations ceased in 2003, the trail was developed for recreation and now connects the City of Beaufort to the Town of Port Royal. 

No matter your desire for the day, you are sure to find fun on the Spanish Moss Trail. Walk, run, bike, fish, skate, scoot or stroll the paved path that was recently named Top 10 Urban Walking Trail in the US by Outside Magazine. 

The trail is open from dawn to dusk with six parking trailheads. It’s pet-friendly and offers numerous fishing spots and public restrooms. Plan your ideal trail route here

Beaufort Kayak Tours

Gift yourself a day trip to remember with a kayak tour in Beaufort. Whether you choose to tour the ACE Basin, Hunting Island, Ebenezer Creek, or anywhere else, in fact, you’re sure to see a plethora of wildlife. From dolphins to turtles to crab and varieties of fish, Lowcountry waters are bountiful.

Explore the salt marsh near downtown Beaufort for the best of both worlds. Take in the historic beauty of Bay Street from the water while learning about the marine organisms that live in the water and the history of the area. You can even kayak out to a sandbar for a swim on a warm day. The options are truly endless if you’re a fan of kayaking!

Consider these lovely local companies for your next tour: Beaufort Kayak Tours, Beaufort Lands End Paddling or Higher Ground


Your summer adventure can be as simple as a day trip near Beaufort. When planning a relaxing summer afternoon, be sure to consider:

  1. Port Royal Foundation to learn about wildlife and more. 

  2. An art gallery stroll in downtown Beaufort. 

  3. Take a walk or ride your bike along the scenic Spanish Moss Trail.

  4. Book a kayak tour you’ll never forget.

What kind of day trip near Beaufort are you planning this month? What is your favorite summer activity in the Lowcountry? 

Share with us in the comments below.



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