Beaufort is a region steeped in rich history and scenic, natural beauty. This National Landmark District is adorned with architectural details preserved with utmost care and compassion, as well as artifacts representing the area’s Native American, Spanish and French history. You can also experience the living history of the Gullah culture with a visit to the Penn Center on nearby St. Helena Island.
Learn the tales of Beaufort’s past and relish in the details of the historic downtown district. Step back in history via a walking tour, horse-drawn carriage ride or enjoy a bus or passenger van tour.
After your cultural exploration, you can embark on a treasure hunt in the historic, downtown shopping district. Explore a wide variety of shops that line the streets of the district. Feel free to wander off the beaten path to discover shopping and dining experiences unique to downtown Beaufort.
To cap off your visit, enjoy a wonderful meal from one of Beaufort’s casual eateries, cozy bistros or world-class restaurants, some of which feature waterfront dining with breathtaking views of the Beaufort River and Lowcountry marshlands.
Turn your day into an evening at one of Beaufort’s charming bed-and-breakfasts inns or lodging establishments, many of which are located in or near the historic district. Sip a cool beverage on the verandah of your private suite. Stroll through the welcoming streets of the district. Enjoy the Spanish moss on Live Oak trees; discover the downtown marina and Waterfront Park.
Participate in one of the many special events and festivals held in historic downtown Beaufort throughout the year, including A Taste of Beaufort, Water Festival, The Gullah Festival, Spring and Fall Tours of Homes, seasonal Gallery Walks, A Night on the Town, Light Up the Night, Shrimp Festival or the Christmas Parade.
Visit and embrace the heart of the Lowcountry – Downtown Beaufort, South Carolina!