Things To Do in Beaufort, SC

Founded in 1711, Beaufort, the “Queen of the Carolina Sea Islands” exudes warm southern hospitality, coastal breezes, and a rich cultural environment. Named by Southern Living as the #1 “Favorite Small Southern Town”, by Fodor’s as the #3 “Best Small Town to Visit” and as a Top 100 Small Art Town In The United States, Beaufort is home to the eighth best beach in the US and holds the distinction as a top 20 fishing destination in the US.

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Beaufort, SC Things To Do

Beaufort History Museum

Phone: 843-379-3079
To relive the area’s rich history, start with a visit to Beaufort History Museum at the historic Arsenal (1798) in downtown Beaufort! One of our knowledgeable docents will guide you through 450 years of Beaufort’s past, recounting stories about this place that shaped America.

Santa Elena History Center

Phone: 843-379-1550
More than 40 years before the English settled at Jamestown in Virginia, the Spanish established a town and fort on the shores of Port Royal Sound in Beaufort County, S.C. Discover this lost story at the Santa Elena History Center!

Sea Island Carriage Company

Phone: 843-476-7789
Experience Beaufort’s rich history and unique charm on a 55 minute fully-narrated horse-drawn carriage tour.

Spanish Moss Trail

Following the path of the former Port Royal Railroad this 10-mile trail is accessible from
several locations including Depot Road, Broome Lane, Westvine Drive, and Roseida Road.

Spirit of Old Beaufort

Phone: 843-525-0459
The Spirit of Old Beaufort has been offering tours for more 20 years.  Certified guides share the history of Beaufort, SC through storytelling and song in costumes.

Southern Rose Buggy Tours

Phone: 843-379-3331
Re-live the past through the narration of professional guides and the clippity-clop of horses.

Verdier House

Phone: 843-379-3331
Enjoy a docent-led tour of the John Mark Verdier House Monday-Saturday: every hour on the 1/2 hour from 10:30 AM until 3:30 PM.

Beaufort Biplane tours

Phone: 904-910 6369
Join retired marine aviator Michael Rainy in his vintage biplane on a tour around the surrounding Beaufort area. Rainy has over 6000 hours of flight time, along with his Air Wing Naval “Flight Instructor of the Year”. Book a basic or custom flight today!

Hunting Island State Park

Boasting one of the only publicly accessible lighthouses in the state, Hunting Island State Park is considered one of the best beaches on the east coast. There is so much to see and do. Book your stay with The Beaufort Inn and receive one free pass to Hunting Island. Click here to learn more.

Breakwater Restaurant & Bar

Phone: 843-379-0052
Breakwater Restaurant & Bar offers a “younger, lighter and more fresh” flair to Southern cooking. Chef Gary Lang & Chef Elizabeth Shaw use local ingredients to create a seasonal menu equipped with a wide variety of prestigious wine and excellent seafood.

Old Bull Tavern

Phone: 843-379-2855
Specializing in innovative cocktails, and a vast selection of craft beers the Old Bull Tavern is a great spot to have a drink and an excellent meal accompanied by a comfortable atmosphere. They offer an “ever-changing market-based menu of European and American comfort foods.”

Panini's on the Waterfront

Phone: 843-379-0300
Whether it’s great food, great views or great times, Panini’s is a wonderful dining atmosphere within walking distance from The Beaufort Inn. Experience authentic Mediterranean food in front of South Carolina’s Beaufort’s Waterfront Park. Panini’s can also accommodate groups of up to 70.

Griffin Market

Phone: 843-524-0240
As seen in USA Today, Griffin Market is famous for its wine experts who are globally known for pairing wine with food. They offer traditional Italian dishes.

Blackstone's Cafe

Phone: 843-524-4330
Enjoy breakfast or lunch at Blackstone’s cafe. Visit with your four-legged friend and dine on their outdoor patio!

Learn more about how you can earn free breakfast by staying at The Beaufort Inn.

Common Ground Coffee House

Common Ground Coffee House is pouring up fresh grounds. Stop in for a La Colombe coffee, house-baked pastry and more.

Learn more about how you can earn free breakfast by staying at The Beaufort Inn.

Rain -N- Bagels

Phone: 843-379-9300
Rain -N- Bagels is serving up fresh bagels, breakfast sandwiches and more daily.

Learn more about how you can earn free breakfast by staying at The Beaufort Inn.

Beaufort Kayak Tours

Phone: 843-525-0810
Beaufort Kayak Tours offers six tours tailored toward the seasons. No matter what time of the year, visitors can experience the wonderful ecology of the Beaufort, SC marshes and marine life.

Tailwind Fishing Charter

Phone: (843)-263-3863
Go fishing with Captain Danny Rourk, a native Beaufortonian and licensed Coast Guard Captain in one of the Top 20 Fishing Destinations in the United States. Tailwind provides licenses, all equipment, ice, water and cooler space for any drinks or snacks of your choice.

Higher Ground

Phone: 843-379-4327
Looking for your own kayaking, canoeing or paddle-boarding experience? Check out Higher Ground for all your water sport rental needs. Take your family and friends out on the water for your own tailored experience.

Vagabond Cruise

Phone: 843-363-9026
The Vagabond Cruise Crabbing Expedition is an educational trip around Hilton Head. Aboard the Tammy Jane you’ll learn about the local fishing and crabbing industry. In addition, members can bait, release, pull up the pot and sort through crab on the trip.

Beaufort Sailing & Boating

Phone: 843-522-8216
Want to learn how to sail? Beaufort Sailing and Boating offers a two-session sailing class, where adults can learn the beauty of sailing for $125. Call now to see if they have available sessions during your stay.