Things to Do in South Carolina: Beaufort

Mike Dojc
| October 26, 2023 | 1 Minute Read
Beaufort's Intercoastal Waterway with trees in foreground iStock

Here’s a guide of what to do, where to eat and where to stay in Beaufort.

Do & See

John Mark Verdier House

Take a docent-guided tour of this Federal-style manor, built more than 200 years ago for French Huguenot merchant and planter John Mark Verdier.

Exterior of building at Penn Center Visit Beaufort, Port Royal and Sea Islands

St. Helena Island

Roughly 8 miles east of downtown, this hub of Gullah Geechee culture is a must-visit. Explore the Penn Center, now a cultural center, but originally one of the first schools in the South for formerly enslaved people. 

Atelier Off Bay

Browse over a dozen studios and galleries adorned with portraits and fine art inspired by the natural beauty of the surrounding area.


Eat & Stay 

Fishcamp on 11th Street

Located in nearby Port Royal, this restaurant serves blackened Carolina catfish and many other fine seafood options.


Choose three items (not including dessert) off a fixed-price menu at this adults-only nouveau Southern restaurant that serves inventive dishes and desserts. Make reservations ASAP as it is often fully booked a month in advance. 

Exterior of Best Western with signage in front BWH Hotels

Best Western Sea Island Inn

This AAA Three Diamond hotel makes a prime base camp for exploring both downtown Beaufort’s quaint shops and the greater Port Royal/Sea Island area.

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