Things to do in Bluffton

Looking for things to do in Bluffton, SC this summer? Whether you are visiting on vacation, new to town or a long-time resident looking for something new, we’ve gathered seven of our favorite activities right here for you. 

So, what is there to do in Bluffton? Let us take the guesswork out of your next outing and guide you to some of our most beloved locales.

Things to do in Bluffton: Get Outside

There is no shortage of gorgeous scenes in and around town. One of the most beautiful places to enjoy the outdoors is Old Town Bluffton. Home to two parks and endless history, these blocks are home to gorgeous architecture, great restaurants, and two public parks. 

You will want to see Heyward House Museum and Welcome Center, built as a summer home for a local plantation owner. According to their website, it “was constructed circa 1841 and is one of only eight antebellum homes remaining in the Lowcountry coastal town of Bluffton.” It’s truly beautiful and a great place to start your tour.

Be sure to stop by Bluffton Oyster Factory Park located on the May River. It is right next to the stunning Church of the Cross building that dates back to 1857. This park is a great place for a stroll or picnic lunch. Enjoy these amenities: 

  • Boat ramp access to the May River/public dock
  • Open-air pavilion
  • Picnic tables
  • Fire/oyster roast pit
  • Gorgeous views of the May River
  • Free parking

If you’re up for a different kind of strolling, how about a round of golf? Bluffton is home to plenty of courses including a few public courses such as:

If you are a local and belong to a golf club, summer is a great time to enjoy the vast reciprocal program that spans much of Beaufort county.
There are tons of other things to do in Bluffton, SC if you want to enjoy the outdoors. Throw a stone, and you can find a place to enjoy activities in and around our many trails and waterways like:

  • Biking and hiking
  • Fishing and crabbing
    • Check out May River Excursions for a great crabbing tour if you don’t have access to your own crab pot.
  • Sailing, canoeing, kayaking or paddle boarding

Things to do in Bluffton, SC: Eat and Drink

With the burgeoning food scene growing at a fast clip, eating and drinking are definitely one of the best things to do in Bluffton this summer. No matter your mood, there is a place with five-star reviews waiting to serve you. Here are a few of our favorites:

The Pearl | Inspired fine dining featuring coastal cuisine in the heart of Old Town Bluffton

Southern Barrel Brewing Co. | Award-winning craft beer and elevated bar fare 

Local Pie Bluffton | True Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizza made with locally sourced ingredients

Nonna Rosa Italian Restaurant | Featuring a Naples-born Chef serving up authentic Italian comfort food


We hope you enjoyed our list of activities! There is so much to enjoy in this town; we’re sure you will uncover more to add to this bunch. Here are some of our favorite things to do in Bluffton:

  1. Explore Old Town Bluffton.
  2. Tour the Heyward House.
  3. Stroll through Oyster Factory Park.
  4. Launch a boat, kayak or paddleboard on the May River.
  5. Catch some local crabs or fish on your own or on a tour.
  6. Indulge at The Pearl or Nonna Rosa.
  7. Kick back at Southern Barrel Brewing Co. or Local Pie Bluffton.

What are your favorite things to do in Bluffton?

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