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5 Free Things To Do In Beaufort, South Carolina: Best Small Town in the South

Beaufort SC things to do

Beaufort, SC is the second oldest town in South Carolina. (photo by CTSB Volunteer)

We're not surprised that Beaufort was voted the Best Small Town in the South by Southern Living magazine many times. With its rich history, beautiful landscape, and family friendly environment, Beaufort offers something for everyone.

Whether you're a vacationer or a local rediscovering the beauty of the area, there are tons of great no cost activities to enjoy. Here are five great suggestions to help you discover some of what Beaufort has to offer.

1. Penn Center

Penn Center was founded in 1862. It is one of the first schools founded specifically to educate freed enslaved people. The Penn Center grounds are beautiful and full of history. To learn more about Penn Center and to plan your visit go to:

Penn Center

Gantt Cottage at Penn Center where Dr. Martin Luther King lodged. (photo by CTSB volunteer)

2. Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park

The picturesque views and cool breezes are enough to put this place on your must-do list. In addition, the park features a little bit for everyone. There's a children's playground for the kids, benches and swings for those who just want to relax and take in the view, and a walking path for those who want to take a scenic walk. The park is pet friendly and also allows for fishing. The waterfront park is located in Downtown Beaufort off Bay st.

Chambers Waterfront Park

The Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park offers fun, relaxation, and history. (photo by CTSB Volunteer)

3. The Gullah Geechee Visitors Center

This newly opened center is a great resource for learning about Gullah Geechee culture. The center offers artifacts along with information on historical sites. It's a great place to start when planning a day of exploration in the Lowcountry. The Gullah Geechee Visitors Center is located at 870 Sea Island Pkwy; Saint Helena Island, SC 29920.

Sweetgrass Basket making is an African Art that lives through Gullah Geechee people. (photo by CTSB Volunteer)

4. The Spanish Moss Trail

Enjoy a day of biking, running, or walking along this miles long paved path. Along the path you can also fish, bird watch, or just enjoy nature. Once completed, the path will stretch from Grays Hills, Beaufort, Burton, and Port Royal, to the Whale Branch Pier. For more information and to see what recent path goers have to say visit TripAdvisor.

Close up view of the Spanish Moss the trail is named for. (photo by CTSB Volunteer)

5. The Sands Beach

Every local knows about The Sand Beach and Port Royal Boardwalk. This place a gem. People enjoy everything from fishing, to boating, to swimming, to simply relaxing on the beach or a bench. Across the waters, you can see Parris Island and even hear some of the military training! The 4 story tower allows an even further view of the surrounding area.

The Sands Beach Beaufort

Henry Robinson Boardwalk in Port Royal is a local favorite. (photo by CTSB Volunteer)

A trip to Beaufort is one you won't regret. From low cost to no cost options, there's something for everyone's desires in Beautiful Beaufort by the Sea.


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