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Beaufort, South Carolina

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Beaufort: Historic City Tour by Bus

1. Beaufort: Historic City Tour by Bus

Beaufort town, located on Port Royal Island, remains the Queen of the South Carolina Sea Islands thanks to its charm, natural beauty, fascinating history, and rich, diverse cultural heritage. On this 1.25-hour driving tour, explore the historic district of Beaufort, including the famous Old Point area and The Bluff with its antebellum houses and churches.  As you drive around in air-conditioned comfort, your guide will introduce some of these beautiful, historic sites. See townhouses up close and learn about the architecture and people behind them. Discover what happened to the houses and the people of Beaufort during the Civil War Union Occupation. See filming sites made famous by the over 24 Hollywood films shot in the area. Gear up for an exciting and fascinating tour of South Carolina's second-oldest city. Discover an area that delights visitors with its breathtaking natural beauty and impressive colonial and antebellum architecture.

Beaufort: Local History and Film Sites Tour

2. Beaufort: Local History and Film Sites Tour

This 1-hour tour by van covers Beaufort’s historic district and gives you a chance to learn more about the town and its history. Relax in an air-conditioned van as you discover the sites and homes where the stars stayed in downtown Beaufort. Ride by locations surrounding Beaufort such as The Gump Medical Center (funded by Forrest’s “gazillions” he earned running the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company) and The National Cemetery where The Great Santini was buried. See ee the bridge from Forrest Gump that he crossed on the way back east from his cross-country run. Yes, the “Mississippi River” bridge is actually here in Beaufort.

Beaufort: Pat Conroy's Beaufort Tour by Golf Cart

3. Beaufort: Pat Conroy's Beaufort Tour by Golf Cart

See Pat Conroy’s Beaufort in this 1-hour 45-minute tour of sites from Pat’s writing life, as well as locations connected to the filming of The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini.  Pass by the high school where he was a student, and where he later taught for two years before going to Daufuskie Island. Discover homes in the historic point where Pat lived and wrote, sites related to his teachers and friends, his parents’ gravesite, and Pat’s grave on St. Helena. Following the bus tour, enjoy free admission to the Conroy Center where you can see artifacts from Pat’s life, including his writing desk and chair, the Great Santini’s flight jacket, and the handwritten prologue to The Prince of Tides.

Beaufort: Spirit of Old Beaufort Heritage Tour

4. Beaufort: Spirit of Old Beaufort Heritage Tour

Embark on a 3-hour tour to South Carolina’s Sea Islands in a comfortable, climate-controlled vehicle. Visit several areas of Beaufort County and discover its history and Gullah-Geechee culture. Soak up some history and discover Lady’s Island, St. Helena, Hunting Island, and more notable locations. See the site of one of the country’s first schools for freed slaves, a local treasure and National Historic Landmark. Marvel at the ruins of the island churches and learn the stories and songs that are part of their rich history. See a historic plantation house from the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle.

Beaufort: Walking Tour Civil War and Reconstruction Era

5. Beaufort: Walking Tour Civil War and Reconstruction Era

Explore the history of the Civil War and Reconstruction in Beaufort with this 2-hour walking tour. Imagine life as it was 150 years ago as you walk through the town. Through your local guide, you will discover how Beaufort and the surrounding islands of the Lowcountry were critical in securing the Union victory. You will see how the occupation of Union forces changed the residents of the town and their lifestyle. Travel back through time as you learn of the Port Royal Experiment and its impact on the rebuilding of the United States following the Civil War.

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What people are saying about Beaufort, South Carolina

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The tour guide was wonderful! We learned about history the culture and movies filmed in the area. Very informative and fun! The bus was spacious and spotless.

Gene, our tour guide was terrific!! Very knowledgeable and a fun guy to talk with, plus in a complete Union Army uniform.

Our guide was knowledgeable, interesting and funny. Glad to see and learn about Beaufort.

Heather did a great job! She’s very knowledgeable and entertaining!

It was on schedule no waiting and very informative