Top 10 Things to do in Beaufort!

When you’re living at Pinckney Retreat in Beaufort, SC there’s no shortage of activities for you to enjoy! When you’re not discovering all of the history and natural beauty that our community has to offer, here’s 10 of the best ways you can spend your days in this timeless town!

  1. Historical Beaufort. The Beaufort area has no shortage of landmarks to visit. For those with a passion for history, you won’t be disappointed. Walking, buggy or bus tours are available. Grab your maps and other information at the centrally located Visitor’s Center on Craven Street.
  1. Water sports & fishing. It’s impossible not to enjoy our seaside location. Whether you charter a fishing boat, go kayaking, or settle in for some crabbing, Beaufort is THE place for water-based fun.
  1. Museums & galleries. From fine art galleries to museums of all stripes, the Beaufort area is packed with cultural pursuits, art appreciation, and educational opportunities.
  1. Beaufort is a shopping haven. Clothing, jewelry, fresh produce, hand-made crafts… you name it, you’ll find it in the unique shops and galleries around town.
  1. It goes without saying that the food here is good. The seafood, of course, is amazing. (Try the shrimp & grits. It’s otherworldly.) From cozy & casual to fancy & formal, just ask a local for a recommendation and you won’t be disappointed!
  1. We golf year-round here in Beaufort – and we have world-class courses to play on. Plus the scenery is simply gorgeous. Whether you’re a beginner, a 6-handicap, or an old duffer, grab your sticks and go!
  1. Festivals & Parades. Oh, do we have festivals! The Shrimp Festival. The Water Festival. The Fall Festival. Even an International Film Festival. Take your pick! Plus, you’ll see holiday lights in a completely different way at the Light Up The Night Boat Parade.
  1. Parris Island. The legacy of the United States Marine Corps, as well as Port Royal’s past, is outlined at the Parris Island Museum, which traces the history of Port Royal and Parris Island from the early Native American inhabitants to the modern Marines.
  1. The Wetlands. You won’t believe the wildlife at the Port Royal Cypress Wetlands. Snowy white egrets, herons, hawks, eagles, owls, falcons, geese, ducks, and other migratory waterfowl – a birdwatcher’s paradise. In addition to the birds and fauna, you might even see alligators, turtles, or a snake or two!
  1. Movie Site Tours. There are over 16 movie sites just in downtown Beaufort alone! Beaufort appears in Hollywood movies including the Big Chill, Forrest Gump, the Great Santini, The Prince of Tides, and more! Pick up a Hollywood Movie Site guide at the Visitor’s Center and take your own walking tour, or go with a professional guide.