Enjoy Beaufort’s Historic District with Beautiful Antebellum Homes and Water Parks in a Charter Bus
Beaufort is One of the Most Charming, Unique and Scenic Cities in the Whole of South Carolina
Beaufort, one of the most scenic cities of the South, is located on Port Royal Island in what is usually referred to as the heart of the Sea Islands. It has a strong art scene, tourist industry and a historic character that makes it a truly unique site for, not just tourists, but also people from other parts of the country, in particular the North. Many of its antebellum architectural buildings has been restored and meticulously preserved and it has a number of military establishments in the city, namely Parris Island, U.S. Naval hospital and also home to the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. New York Times have gone on to claim that Beaufort is the ‘Best Small Southern Town’ as well as publications like Southern Living, American Style and National Geographic Adventures. As you delve into the city’s history, you will learn about the various failed early settlement explorations and colonization of the area even before the British founded it in 1711 and it grew into a shipbuilding powerhouse, a slave society and an elite center for planters during the Civil War. During that period, Beaufort attracted a lot of freed slaves, after being occupied by Union forces during the Battle of Port Royal. During the Reconstruction period, the Freedmen’s Bureau worked hard to introduce education and independence for freed slaves. In modern times, the community, history and their amenities attracted the attention of foreign visitors leading to efforts to preserve many of Beaufort’s historic districts and its distinguished architecture. So, if you are visiting, be sure to bring the charter bus to Beaufort Historic District, The Point, The Anchorage, Hunting Island State Park Lighthouse, Laurel Bay Plantation, Seaside Plantation, Tabby Manse, William Barnwell House and Fort Lyttelton Site, just to name a few.
Visitors are encouraged to become a part of the city’s countless festivals and unique events when they are in town. The Beaufort Shrimp Festival is definitely a foodie’s paradise and many of the city’s romantic and tourist destinations proved popular for newly wedded couples and honeymooners. People also found themselves immersed with the unique two-week long extravaganza known as the Home Water Festival, enjoying the Beaufort International Film Festival, a Taste of Beaufort (a popular regional food fest), The Historic Beaufort Foundation’s Fall Tour of Homes and St. Helena’s Spring Tour of Homes. Beaufort is also famous for their art and cultural events, having earned its name as one of ‘America’s Best Art Towns’, ‘Small City Arts Destination’, ‘The 100 Best Art Towns of America’ and it is home to more than 20 art galleries. And if you are a fan of sports, take heart in the fact that the Beaufort County’s Recreation Department has year-round activities surrounding sports like football, basketball, baseball, soccer, cheerleading and softball. With ‘active lifestyle’ being so much in the forefront of the city’s culture, it was named the ‘Top 50 Adventure Town’ and ‘No. 7 Waterfront Adventure Town’ by none other than the National Geographic Adventure.
Suffice to say, with so many things to do, places to visit and events to attend in this charming South Carolina city, you should leave the worries of ground transportation in the hands of professionals like US Coachways. We cater to big and small events alike so, it can be a wedding reception, corporate function, field trip, family vacation, group outing or even a church retreat, we are always ready to help connect you to the right charter bus, mini bus, party bus, school bus, van, corporate car, coach or even a limousine for prom night. Give us a call today to find out how you can benefit from our affordable promotional and customized bus rental packages too!
Don’t Miss the Chance to go Fishing, Kayaking Tour or a Fun Historic Tour around Beaufort, SC
Don’t be overwhelmed with the sheer number of attractions, fun points of interest and wonderfully unforgettable places you want to make time for in Beaufort. Here, we have outlined some of the best attractions in Beaufort and you can pick and choose from them, and then do them in your own time. Read on to find out more!
- Art & Culture — The art and cultural scene in Beaufort has helped, tremendously, to shape the city and its residents so, you can expect to find many enchanting art attractions at the heart of Beaufort. People have said that the shows and entertainment provided by USCB Center for the Arts provides the locals with some of the best family favorites which includes classics like A Midsummer Night’s Dream or you can bring the charter bus to Red Piano Too Gallery which features artwork from more than 150 different artists from the present and the past. You can also view watercolors, wood sculptures, photographs and oil paintings that inspired 5 generations of artists from the Rhett family at Rhett Gallery, check out a large variety of handmade jewelry at Palmetto Moon Gallery and even more handmade items and arts and crafts at Edisto Island’s With These Hands Gallery.
- Restaurant & Shopping — When it comes to shopping in Beaufort, one should not miss the chance to bring the charter bus to Bay Street which is popular for its fun festivals, elaborate fairs, family-friendly community events, restaurants, shops, cafes and boutiques of all types. We are sure you will find the perfect souvenirs or gifts at this charming shopping district. And to refuel after the shopping spree, you can dig into traditional American cuisine like lamb shank with tomato and olives salad from Old Bull Tavern, tease your palates with authentic Greek dishes from Athenian Gardens, discover the beauty of a good barbeque like pulled pork and hush puppies from Dukes Barbeque of Beaufort, sample lip-smacking good Italian food like kale pasta at Griffin Market, enjoy sushi and fresh seafood like shrimp and grits from Saltus River Grill, head over for some lamb meatloaf and tuna tartar from Breakwater Restaurant and Bar or celebrate someone’s birthday at Outback Steakhouse along Boundary Street.
- Golf & Sports — One of the most distinguishable character of Beaufort is that it is known for its countless scenic locations...and for golfers, this could only mean numerous scenic golf courses to check out! The Sanctuary Golf Club is known for regularly hosting the SCWGA Match Play Championship and if features nothing short of stunning landscapes around the 18-hole golf course and if you take a 30 minutes drive out to Fripp Island, you will get to enjoy one of the ‘Best Golf Resorts in America’, Ocean Point Golf Links. The course was featured in renowned golf publications and has 5 tees and a wildlife course. Melrose Golf Course is a renowned Jack Nicklaus Signature Course which has been said to be a golfer’s dream course; it is suitable for people of all ages and skill levels, making it a popular attraction for vacationers and novice golfers. Island West Golf Club is located to the west of Beaufort, in Bluffton and approximately 30 minutes drive away in a charter bus, is a fun and relaxing course to enjoy while Pinecrest Golf Course is a semi-private club and an incredibly beautiful golf course adorned with tall pine trees everywhere around the big, beautiful lake.
- Historical Sites & Landmarks — Beaufort’s historic attractions range from educational museums to lighthouses so, there’s definitely something for everyone in this charming city. First stop, the Beaufort History Museum. It offers locals with a fun place for field trips and visitors will get an in-depth insight into the history of the city, with military artifacts, old tools and building models of all types being exhibited. Parris Island Museum is a 10,000 square foot facility with exhibits focused on Marine Corps and artifacts related to the American Revolution and the country’s Civil War era. Another option would be to make a trip to St. Helena Island, 10 minutes away, to explore one of the first schools in the United States that was created specifically for freed slaves. The changing exhibits are what truly draws regulars to make repeat trips to the museum. The Hunting Island Lighthouse is open throughout the year but is sometimes closed due to weather conditions and if that happens, you can bring the charter bus to the peaceful and calming Beaufort National Cemetery. This is the final resting place for those who have perished during the country’s various wars, especially the Civil War or you can bring your group for the classes and mission opportunities at St. Helena’s Episcopal Church or take a tour around the historic John Mark Verdier House; the 1804 home was the former house of a famous local merchant and planter and was used as an army headquarters and general’s office during the Union Occupation in the 1860’s.
- Parks & Outdoor Activities — Without a smidgen of doubt, if you are an outdoor lover or an enthusiasts, Beaufort is an outdoor and lakeside haven for you. The Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park is one of the most family-friendly attractions there is in the city; there is a large children’s playground, a band shell, beautiful view of Beaufort River and spots for water-related activities and picnics. The scenes at Cypress Wetlands is nothing short of spell-binding with lots of trails around the natural wooded areas and wetlands or you can make a day trip to Hunting Island State Park for a tour, especially during summer and fall. Visitors will also get to enjoy the floating dock, fishing pier, observation tower, picnic areas and swimming spots at The Sands, go on a fun boating excursion along the region’s biggest marshlands together with the people of Lowcountry Wildlife Photo Safari or grab a kayak for a fun kayaking tour with Beaufort Kayak Tours. Captain Dick’s River Tours offers guided and narrated tours around the region’s famous historic and beautiful spots or you can go on a fun fishing tours offered by Seas So Shallow Fishing Guide Service. The Vintage Voyage boat cruise is calming, serene and very relaxing, while hitting the 13.6 trails of Spanish Moss Trail will prove to be one of the most exhilarating experiences you will have when visiting Beaufort. Want to try horseback riding instead? Worry not, there’s always Camelot Farms Equestrian Center and there are trail rides and horse sale services too.
- Other Points of Interest — Many would agree that when one visits a city like Beaufort, the highlight of the trip would be to an attraction like The Point. There are stunning homes in the midst of moss-laden street and tree-lined boulevards and although it is a residential district to begin with, the area can be toured by horse-drawn carriages or with your very own charter bus. The homes mostly belonged to planters and farmers before Civil War (and they survived it) and the whole district is steeped in important history. It features one of America’s most beautiful Antebellum homes.
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