A few of our favorite attractions:
Founded in 1711, Beaufort, the "Queen of the Carolina Sea Islands" exudes warm southern hospitality, coastal breezes, and a rich cultural environment. Repeatedly named by Southern Living as "Favorite Small Southern Town" and as a Top 100 Small Art Town In The United States, Beaufort is home to the 8th best beach in the US and holds the distinction as a top 20 fishing destination in the US. The Waterfront Park overlooks the Beaufort River and is home to many festivals including Water Festival and Shrimp Festival. Kayak trips, fishing trips and boat excursions are all available. The majority of the Historic District of Beaufort is on the National Register of Historic Places and is perfect for walking, biking and carriage tours.
Hunting Island State Park SC: Hunting Island is South Carolina's single most popular state park, attracting more than a million human visitors a year.Also attracted to the semi-tropical barrier island is an array of wildlife, ranging from loggerhead sea turtles to painted buntings, barracudas to sea horses, alligators, pelicans, dolphins and deer, raccoons, Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes and even the rare coral snake. What they all enjoy is five miles of beach, thousands of acres of marsh, tidal creeks and maritime forest, a saltwater lagoon and ocean inlet. Amenities include a fishing pier and some of the state's most desirable campsites and cabins. Adding to the natural history of the big park is a piece of man-made history: South Carolina's only publicly accessible historic lighthouse. Dating from the 1870s, the Hunting Island Lighthouse shoots 170 feet into the air, giving those who scale its heights a breathtaking view of the sweeping Lowcountry marshland and the Atlantic Ocean.
Carriage & Walking Tours are a great way to learn about the history and architecture of Beaufort while winding your way through the street of downtown and the Old Point. To compliment the information garnered on the carriage tour, consider a candlelight walking tour - Ghosts of the South - which usually ends up in the cemetery at St. Helena's Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity. This cemetery is worth a daylight visit as well to see the grave of two British Revolutionary war soldiers and also to view the above- ground crypt of a gentleman who insisted on being buried with a week's supply of provisions and tools for digging himself out if the need arose.
Parris Island is one of the most visited military facilities in the world, hosting more than 120,000 visitors a year. It is the place where young men and women become Marines. Explore the long and rich history of the Marine Corps as well as the exciting history of the Port Royal region at the Parris Island museum. Thousands of artifacts, images and other materials illustrate the varied stories within the exhibit galleries. Located on Marine Corp Recruit Depot Parris Island, the museum is open daily to the public.
Penn Center tucked in the heart of the South Carolina Sea Islands between glimmering marshes and deep water, nestled beneath the silvery moss draped limbs of massive live oaks, you will find the Penn Center - the site of one of the country's first schools for freed slaves and one of the most significant African American historical and cultural institutions in existence today.
John Mark Verdier House Museum: Built in the 1790s by a prosperous merchant. In 1825, the Marquis de Lafayette was a house guest here. This Federal-style home was taken over by Union officers as their headquarters during the Civil War. Hours: Mon-Sat, 11 am - 4 pm
The Beaufort Chamber & Visitors Center: The official source for all things Beaufort. Be sure to stop by the Visitor Center located at 713 Craven St. And read their recommendations of how to 'See Beaufort Like A Local.'
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