There are several different carriage companies that will take you on a tour.
Southernrose Buggy Tours
1210 Newcastle St
Beaufort, SC 29902
Narrated tour of the Old Point neighborhood and the Historic District. Offering walking tours as well.
Carolina Buggy Tours
PO Box 1087, 901 Port Republic St.
Beaufort, SC 29901
50 minute guided tours of the Old Point neighborhood and the Historic District. Departs daily or call Visitor's Center for schedule.
I have not taken one of these tours, but I understand that guides touch on area history, telling stories about the grand houses and their owners. Some offer gossipy accounts of celebrity visitors and movie stars.
Beaufort is almost surrounded by water, so there are many different on the water options for getting to or seeing Beaufort. Although we've come to Beaufort by boat, we have not tried any of these options. Some ideas to consider are:
Ace Basin Tours, Inc. (phone and website below)
1 Coosaw River Drive
Beaufort, SC 29902
Pontoon boat tour from Coosaw Marine Dock. Wed. and Sat. 10 am and by appointment. Where the Ashepoo, Combabee and Edisto Rivers converge to form the largest pristine estuarine preserve on the East Coast. 3 hours.
From Hilton Head take 278 to 170 North. Follow SC 170 North across Chechessee River bridge and Broad River bridge. After the Broad River bridge, turn RIGHT on SC 802 East and follow to intersection where 802 and US 21 South merge. Turn RIGHT, still on 802, and cross high bridge and continue to light (Walgreen’s and Publix on opposite corners). Go straight through light continuing on SC 802 East (also called Sams Point Road) for 6.7 miles to the bridge that crosses Lucy Point Creek. Cross the bridge and ACE Basin Tours marina is immediately to the LEFT at the far end of the bridge
Aqua Sports, Inc./Sea Wolf Charters
Phone: (843) 525-1174
Fax: (843) 525-9166
5003 Luella St. Beaufort, SC 29906
Port Royal Marina. Year-round professional sport fishing and customized cruise trips. By appointment. Call for rates.
Captain Dick`s Tours
Phone: (843) 524-4422
63 Adams Circle Beaufort, SC 29902
See Beaufort by water.
Captain Eddie's Fishing Charters
28 Salt Wind Sr St. Helena, SC
Offshore & Inshore fishing, sightseeing cruises and dolphin watching; Captain Eddis's Fishing Charters has it all.
Southurn Rose Buggy Tours
Offering boat tours as well.
There are many tours available in Beaufort - most of them can be started at the Visitor's Center. These include the tours by Beaufort Tour Service (whose bus I took the picture of)
In addition to Beaufort Tour Service there is
Point Tours And Transportation
Phone: (843) 522-3576
Fax: (843) 524-5371
P. O. Box 338 Beaufort, SC 29901
Bus tour of Beaufort and surrounding islands. Airport charter. Call to make an appointment.
Spirit of Old Beaufort which offers walking tours or self guided tours
103 W Street Ext, Beaufort, SC (843) 525-0459
Ghost Tours of Beaufort
Beaufort, SC (843) 525-0070
It's easiest to arrive by car as the drive between Savannah and Charleston is quite scenic and nice to be able to stop when you like.
The historical district is very compact so walking is your best option.