The Best Things to Do in Beaufort, SC

Posted by Paige Rose on Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 at 2:31pm

Things to do in Beaufort

If you are looking for the very best things to do in Beaufort, SC, you have come to the right place! Locals and visitors alike can enjoy one of the Lowcountry’s iconic towns with wide eyes considering all the beauty, history, and activity available. Read on to discover our list of things you absolutely must see and do.

Things To Do In Beaufort: Go Back In Time

To learn about this historic city's 450-year past, visit the Beaufort History Museum located in the Arsenal (built in 1798) in the heart of downtown Beaufort. 

The Exhibit Hall features artifacts, photos, documents and displays telling the story of the Beaufort area. Docents relate a detailed history of Beaufort's founding residents and how they helped shape America starting from the ancient Spanish settlement in nearby Parris Island to the American Revolutionary War battle of Grays Hill (fought just outside of town). 

Learn about everything from the Beaufort residents who signed the Declaration of Independence, to secret meetings held at "Secession House" planning separation from the Union, and where Reconstruction began with the freeing of 10,000 former slaves.  

Beaufort History Museum

  • 713 Craven Street, Beaufort, SC
  • Open 10am - 4pm, Monday through Saturday
  • Admission: $7 per person; $6 for Seniors 65+
  • Children under 10 (accompanied by an adult) and Active Service members admitted free

Another great way to learn about the history of this town is to take a Beaufort Walking Tour! 

The city is so full of beautifully preserved architecture with antebellum homes and buildings that 304 acres of the city has been designated a National Historic Landmark.  The best way to see it all is to take a tour. We recommend a walking tour because the pace allows you to see and hear about meticulously restored and maintained structures by knowledgeable and passionate guides.
Additionally, you will find sites where Beaufort has been host to the filmmakers of Forrest Gump, The Great Santini, and The Big Chill! Enjoy the River Walk and Waterfront Park and see the beautiful maritime setting this safe harbor offers the city's visitors and residents. You can call 843-226-4412 or email to make reservations.

Things To Do In Beaufort: Explore Nature

Once you've enjoyed the waterfront park, be sure to visit the Spanish Moss Trail. The Trail was originally carved out of Lowcountry wilderness in 1870 by the Magnolia Line Railroad. Today it connects Beaufort and Port Royal with 10 miles of paved walkways perfect for biking and walking! 

The Spanish MossTrail is open to anyone who enjoys beautiful marsh views, Lowcountry wildlife in its natural habitat, and beautiful live oak trees draped in the iconic finery of the Lowcountry's Spanish Moss. The Spanish Moss Trail provides six different points of access, all strategically located with available parking.
Trail Details Include:
  • 10 miles of beautiful Lowcountry 12 foot wide paved trail
  • Open daily from dawn to dusk
  • Lowcountry wildlife, birdlife, live oaks and marsh vistas to dazzle
  • All pedestrian/non-motorized traffic welcome (and bring your leashed pets)
  • Free to the public

You can also get on the water to enjoy Beaufort from a different vantage point. Rent a boat, kayak, paddleboard, or hit Hunting Island Beach for a unique ocean landscape you won't soon forget.

Things To Do In Beaufort: Eat, Drink & Enjoy

You can eat, drink and be merry almost anywhere in Beaufort. Food choices abound, no matter your tastes. Enjoy genuine southern BBQ, pulled pork, sliders, fresh local shrimp, Frogmore stew, Brunswick stew, she-crab soup, shrimp and grits and much more.

There are more than 60 dining establishments in Beaufort offering everything from fine dining on linen tablecloths to casual cafes. Menus vary from Greek Mediterranean or authentic Italian to Lowcountry favorites and right on to pizza or burgers.

Diners along Waterfront Park on the picturesque Beaufort River will find tons of options as you stroll Bay Street. Each offer tasty libations including rare bourbons, local brews, and wines as well as great views of the river.  

Room for dessert? Beaufort features a variety of locales for those with a sweet tooth including creameries, The Chocolate Tree, bakeries and more. Top off your meal with some freshly made dessert; you won't regret it.

From the foodie in the family to the pickiest eater, there's something to please every palate in Beaufort.


If you're looking for things to do in Beaufort, SC...the list is endless! Come experience authentic southern history, architecture, food and drink, famous southern hospitality, and the pure beauty of a Lowcountry town on the riverfront. Be sure to visit the Beaufort, SC tourism bureau for even more information.

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