10 Best Things to Do in Beaufort, South Carolina

Best Things to Do in Beaufort

Beaufort is a city that is located on Port Royal Island, an American Island and is part of the state of South Carolina.

Port Royal Island itself is one of the 100 islands chain. The chain of islands dotting the shore of South Carolina state is called Sea Islands.

Though I could not pinpoint the Port Royal on the map, it is said to be one of the main islands. The Sea Islands start from SC, and stretch along the coast of Georgia, and Florida.

Location of Beaufort:

It is a city and a county head with the same name.

It is situated right at the estuary of Beaufort River that is merging with the Atlantic Ocean.


There is a Beaufort in North Carolina State also.

Estuaries are usually marshy. A marshland is an excellent geographical region and serves as an ideal habitat for birds, fishes, reptiles, insects, and worms.

With such an excellent location, and geography, there are so many things to do and places to see in Beaufort, SC.

How to reach Beaufort, Port Royal Island?

Locate the Hilton Head Island on the map. From there, it is some 55 km in the northern direction. A bridge connects the city with the mainland.

Best Things to Do in Beaufort:

  1. Visiting other nearby island

65 islands and islets float around the city. While some islands are connected with road bridges, the majority of the islands are not.

You can try to wet your feet on the following Sea Islands when you are touring.

  • Lady’s Island
  • Parris Island
  • Hunting Island
  • Helena Island
  • Fripp Island
  • Harbor Island

Geographically, all these islands in the Atlantic Ocean are the same. Therefore, there is nothing special you can do on these Sea Island. You can still get the satisfaction of visiting a number of American islands off the coast of South Carolina.

Charleston city seems to be the best place to visit and other Sea Islands.

  1. Festivals in Beaufort

Have you ever seen or participated in a U.S. festival? Every state has its own local festival based on the historical, cultural, and the geographical features.

The three main festivals are:

  • Shrimp Festival conducted during the first weekend of every October. Obviously, you can look at several species of shrimps that you have not seen before. In addition, you can eat plenty of shrimps based food such as shrimp skewers, and shrimp salad. They are cooked on the spot.
  • Water Festival is a big one lasting two weeks in July.

  • International Film Festival

It’s scenic surroundings are hot locations for filmmakers. It is conducted in the middle of February.

  1. Water sports

Being a coastal city, you can look forward to a few popular water sports that include boat rides, individual kayaking, jet-skiing, and sailing. Indulging in water-based adventures is one of the main things to do in Beaufort.

  1. Beaches in Beaufort

I would say all the beaches are sandy and good for spending time WTH your family. Nonetheless, I would urge you to visit the following beaches:

  • Blood Point Beach
  • Sands Beach Park
  • Edisto Beach
  • Tybee Island Beach
  • Hunting Island Beach
  1. Hiking trail

From the city to Port Royal city, there is a scenic trail that runs for 23 km.

Don’t assume the trail is a mud road. The entire length is paved so that you can walk, jog, or c cycling too.

The trail offers views of the Atlantic Ocean at certain points.

  1. Wildlife of Beaufort

If you are interested in hiking through natural settings, you can certainly expect to spot a little wildlife that includes:

  • Egrets
  • Tricolored Heron

It may have three colors, but they are not an attractive color combo to evince keenness among bird watchers.

  • American White Ibis
  • Storks
  • Deer

I am sure this wildlife information would lure birds to hike through Spanish Moss Trail.

Wildlife watching in coastal areas is always a fun thing to do.

  1. Stephen Elliot Park

Alternatively known as Cannons Park, it is a breezy place to visit in.

Located near the Woods Memorial Bridge, the park is where; the historic cannons are kept, pointing at the Atlantic Ocean.

  1. Waterfront Park

The full name of this attraction is Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. Henry C Chambers was one of the mayors of this South Carolina city.

The park is set facing the Atlantic Ocean and the inter-coastal waterways.

There is a promenade. It is fun walking along the promenade. It is where the local residents and the tourists spend much of their time.

A lawn attracts the families to sit and relax. Children would be playing.

Promenade dining is absolutely memorable. Eat the local specialties while gazing at the ocean, and watching the public.

The star attractions are the swings facing the sea walk. Boat rides will excite you.

  1. Observation Tower in Port Royal

Port Royal Town is 9 km south of it. A scenic boardwalk and high watch tower is built on the seafront. It is one of the must-see attractions.

The Boca Ciega Bay looks attractive from the view tower. On either side of the long, winding boardwalk are trees that supply unadulterated oxygen to us and the number of land, and seabirds.

  1. Ride in a long and broad horse cart

We all have seen carts that are pulled by horses. But the one can carry a maximum of 8 people comfortably.

The Beaufort tour offered by the Sea Island Carriage Company is really enjoyable.