Beaufort Travel Guide

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Beaufort Things to Do

  • Beaufort Movie Tour

    Our air-conditioned Beaufort Movie Tour van takes you to sites and homes where the stars stayed in downtown Beaufort. Locations surrounding Beaufort such as The Gump Medical Center (funded by Forrest’s “gazillions” he earned running the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company), The National Cemetery where The Great Santini was buried and the big tree from...

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  • berners barnwell sams house

    pictured is the dependency of the berners barnwell sams house. this building contained a blacksmith shop, cook house, laundry. and b.b. sam's slaves lived here.

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  • Take a Carriage Tour

    Some of the carriage tours leave from the Downtown Marina parking lot. One of them is Carolina Buggy Tours. I have not taken this tour, but they look like a neat idea.The tours last approximately 1 hour. Weekends and summers do require advanced tickets. Otherwise, just show up and see when the next tour goes. Admission: $16, ages 6-12 $7; age 5 and...

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  • The John Mark Verdier House Museum

    I have not taken the tour of this house/museum so I am taking the official information from the website of the Historic Beaufort Foundation, "..the John Mark Verdier House is one of the finest architectural examples of the Federal Period. Built circa 1800, its antique room settings further illustrate life in Beaufort during the 19th century. Mr....

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  • St. Helena's Episcopal Church

    This church was founded in 1712 . It's wooden alter was carved by the crew of the USS New Hampshire which was stationed nearby during the Reconstruction. During the Civil War the Union Army used the tombstones from the churchyard as operating tables. The balcony inside the church was designated as the seating area for the black slaves in the...

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  • Hunting Island State Park Lighthouse

    Climb to the top of the lighthouse, which is located in the center of Hunting State Park. This lighthouse, built in 1875, was constructed of cast iron sections, and lined with brick. This construction was designed with the understanding that the erosion in the area may make it necessary to one-day move the lighthouse. Sure enough, in 1991, in order...

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Beaufort Restaurants

  • Marine Life

    There is happy hour every night, and there was a reception for the graduates from 6 to 8, so we went over for dinner at 5:30 because we were afraid we would not have been able to get a table later. Hours of Operation:Sun-Thurs: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PMFri & Sat: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM We had a coupon from the hotel for either a free appetizer or a...

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  • Across from the Visitor's Center

    We didn't eat here because we had another place we wanted to eat lunch. The sign says:Sandwiches, Soups, Salads, Ice Cream, Espresso Bar, Bakery Desserts.The ad on the internet adds chowders, all lump Maryland crabcakes, house baked bread, beer and wine. They are open 9-5 Monday to Saturday

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  • Steak

    We were here in 2000 or 2001. I remember dark wood, and reasonably good food and service.The website says Doc Luther bought the pharmacy in 1906 for $4,000 and sold it to his nephew, Dr. Jules Long in 1941. The building remained an active pharmacy and general merchandise store until the early 1980's. Luther's Rare and Well Done was established in...

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  • Bad Plums

    First, let me say that the service was friendly and relatively fast. The atmosphere (Saturday night in September) was lovely. Everyone was happy.My husband had a penne pasta dish that was lovely. I had salmon with garlic potatoes. The salmon looked okay but came with a very spicy glaze. Not to worry, I thought, I really love spicy food and have...

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  • Go to the Bank

    Very rich looking converted bank in the historic district. The bank was originially built between 1914 and 1916 but went out of business in 1926. Between '47 and the early '80s it served as a movie theatre. It was restored in 1988, and is "the only example of Beaux Arts Classicism in Beaufort"In 2005, this place had a sign out front that said...

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  • Left a Bitter Taste

    My family and I vacationed on the beaches of Fripp Island, SC. This is about 30 minutes from Downtown Historical Beaufort. After passing by on our route to the island we were interested in coming back to enjoy the charm the small streets had to offer. We came on a weekend night to possibly avoid crowds because we do have children. We enjoyed seeing...

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Beaufort Transportation

  • Horse Drawn Carriage

    There are several different carriage companies that will take you on a tour.Southernrose Buggy Tours1210 Newcastle StBeaufort, SC 29902(843) 524-2900Narrated tour of the Old Point neighborhood and the Historic District. Offering walking tours as well.Carolina Buggy ToursPhone: 843-525-1300Fax: 843-525-1000 PO Box 1087, 901 Port Republic...

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  • Boating

    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 DriveBeaufort, SC 29902 Pontoon boat tour from Coosaw...

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  • Tours

    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 isPoint Tours And TransportationPhone: (843) 522-3576Fax: (843) 524-5371 P. O. Box 338 Beaufort, SC 29901 Bus tour of Beaufort...

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Beaufort Shopping

  • Gift Baskets

    I have not shopped here (I took the picture because I thought it was such a pretty window), but the websites say The largest gift basket provider in the Lowcountry", this gourmet shop offers an array of beautiful, creative gift boxes and baskets, as well as the finest in Lowcountry and Southern gourmet and specialty foods. Items available include...

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  • Many Cats

    We stopped in this shop because it said outside that it had information, and they did have information, but it wasn't the official visitor's center. The owner told us lots of history. They also have multiple cats.I understand that the shop is moving to another town, but the bird seed that they sold will be carried by the store that is replacing...

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Beaufort Local Customs

  • Conant House c 1870 (#36 on the Walking...

    Built originally as a family home, it became the Bellamy Inn, and then served as a funeral parlor, antique shop and real estate office. It was purchased and restored by the Greater Beaufort Chamber of Congress for use as a visitor's center in 1997.There are exhibits inside on Beaufort history and architecture, and businesses which are members of...

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  • Col. Edward Means House c 1853 (#9 on...

    This house at 604 Pinckney St. has a portico entry on the East side. The interior is noted for the fine woodwork including a floating spiral staircase.It was built around 1853 and saved during the Civil War by federal forces in need of quarters.

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  • George Elliott House c 1844 (#1 on...

    I could not figure out what house this was until I looked at the tiny sign on the railing, which for an office of an attorney. Then I found that it was the George Elliott house of 1001 Bay Street.Before the Civil War, Dr. W. A. Jenkins a rich planter and slave owner from St. Helena Island bought the house from George Elliott. After the war it was...

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Beaufort Warnings and Dangers

  • Drive Defensively

    Highway 21 goes from I-95 to Hunting Island State Park. Highway 170 goes from Savannah to Beaufort SC.When you search for directions on the internet, you get the URL below which says:Hwy 170 is well known as a very dangerous highway, so please be careful on this road. The same is true on Hwy 21 going to Hunting Island State Park. Please stick to...

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  • Bugs and Sunscreen

    Please, when you visit, bring plenty of bugspray. There are no-see-ums (snadgnats) and mosquitos and bite continually, especially after a rain or in the evening. Also, bring and use at least 30 spf sunscreen. The South Carolina sun is extreme.If you bring sunscreen and bugspray you are sure to have a fantastic time in Beaufort.

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Beaufort Tourist Traps

  • beaufort city museum

    located in the arsenal the beaufort city museum was very disappointing. i personally think it was not worth the $4 admission charge. check out the arsenal courtyard and see the british canons, but skip the museum. i think it is sad with all the history and culture in beaufort they could not offer a better exhibition. for serious students of amerian...

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  • Built in 1852, the Berners...

    Built in 1852, the Berners Barnwell Sams House No. 2 would be a great place to be trapped with it's Classic Revival architecture.

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Beaufort Off The Beaten Path

  • University of South Carolina at Beaufort

    There are three campuses of the University of SC in the Beaufort area. This is the North Campus. There is a more extensive area which is in the process of being expended at the South Campus, and there is also a Military Campus on the Marine Corps base.Old Beaufort College at 800 Carteret Street was built in 1852 as a boys’ school and taken over...

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  • Historic District

    Much of Beaufort is in a Historic District. The district starts at the Beaufort River (Boundry Street, Hamar and Bladen), and one can get a walking tour map. In season (when it isn't too cold) they have carriage tours, and there are also bus tours and boat trips, many of which leave from the marina.

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  • Waterfront Park

    There is a lovely waterfront park just north of the marina, which has wisteria blooming in the spring, and sometimes there are concerts there and swap meets. You will always receive a warm and friendly greeting from those you meet. A few steps away, there are galleries, antique shops, restaurants and cafes.The park has plaques with local history...

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Beaufort Sports & Outdoors

  • MM 536 Downtown Municipal Marina

    On the way north in the spring of 2001, we stopped here, and we stopped again going both ways for the 2001-2002 trips.The radio is monitored by the office, and transferred to the dockmaster. He was blurry on his handheld (loud enough but hard to understand). He first told us we would be 'beside' the black boat, which I at first thought meant rafted...

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  • MM 536 Anchorage and low cost docks

    There is an anchorage right off Beaufort that a lot of people use.The seawall is 50 cents/ft /day. Boats can tied up during the day for free, but after 5 pm, they have to register at the marina office and pay the overnight fee. I don't know how they do that, since the office closes at 5. I wouldn't do the sea wall since the tides here are almost 8...

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Beaufort Favorites

  • Loads of Information

    Check out the wonderful website that the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce has. Here you can learn about the town, find out about lodging, dining, and things to do while visiting Beaufort. This website also has relocation information for anyone who may be thinking of moving there. From the web page you can also email the chamber with questions if you...

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  • Hurricanes, Live Oaks and Spanish Moss

    Beaufort has been spared most hurricanes. The biggest hurricane was in 1893. In an interview with Clara Barton (Director of the Red Cross at the time) she said "On the 28th of August, 1893, a hurricane and tidal wave from the direction of the West Indes swept the coast of South Carolina, covering its entire range of Port Royal Islands, sixteen feet...

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  • Old South - Prospect Hill Plantation

    Beaufort is not only boater friendly, is one of three National Historic Districts in South Carolina, and has a shrimping fleet but also is the home of Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Paris Island, the Marine Corps Air Station and the Naval Hospital. They even have their own aquarium.Beaufort is somewhat hard to get to by road (see second picture), and...

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