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Things to do in Beaufort, South Carolina

Our most recommended things to do in Beaufort, South Carolina

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 by golf cart

2. Beaufort: Local History and Film Sites Tour by golf cart

This 1-hour tour by golf cart covers Beaufort’s historic district and gives you a chance to learn more about the town and its history. 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 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: Spirit of Old Beaufort Heritage Tour

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

4. 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: City Walking Tour

5. Beaufort: City Walking Tour

Discover Beaufort’s National Historic Landmark District, and the second oldest city in South Carolina. Enjoy breathtakingly beautiful natural vistas and impressive architecture from the Colonial and Antebellum eras.  The town of Beaufort is located on the island of Port Royal and is called the Queen of South Carolina Sea Islands due to its charm, natural beauty, fascinating history and richly diverse cultural heritage. Spend about 2 hours exploring the historic districts of the city. Enjoy refreshments, tales, and songs of history from guides dressed in full period costumes. Get a close look at the homes, architecture, churchyards, and plant life of Beaufort. Listen to beautiful songs of a bygone era as you stroll through the streets. See 19th-century photos of the houses and compare them to the current structures.

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What people are saying about Beaufort, South Carolina

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 77 reviews

The young lady who was our guide/driver was absolutely amazing! She knew so many facts! You could tell she had done a lot of research, besides her training. She definitely has a love of history, especially the history of Beaufort! Our only issue was we couldn't remember her name.

Lots to see by way of the tour. Includes the history of Beaufort from its foundation to reconstruction, as well as detailed descriptions of historic homes, their architecture and the people that have lived in them. Well worth the money!!

The tour was great—i am always amazed at the knowledge these guides have—we were initially in the eye of the hurricaine—thought about leaving but realized there was more danger in leaving. You know things are bad when McDonalds closes—

Great tour with Janet lots of regional history and local cultural information as well as film history. Well organized and packed into the hour.

We learned so much about the history of Beaufort. Our tour was both informative and fun. Dean was an excellent tour guide! Highly recommend!