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Beaufort, South Carolina

Beaufort, South Carolina

Our most recommended things to do in Beaufort, South Carolina

Beaufort: Historic City Tour by Bus

1. Beaufort: Historic City Tour by Bus

Beaufort town, located on Port Royal Island, remains the Queen of the South Carolina Sea Islands thanks to its charm, natural beauty, fascinating history, and rich, diverse cultural heritage. On this 1.25-hour driving tour, explore the historic district of Beaufort, including the famous Old Point area and The Bluff with its antebellum houses and churches.  As you drive around in air-conditioned comfort, your guide will introduce some of these beautiful, historic sites. See townhouses up close and learn about the architecture and people behind them. Discover what happened to the houses and the people of Beaufort during the Civil War Union Occupation. See filming sites made famous by the over 24 Hollywood films shot in the area. Gear up for an exciting and fascinating tour of South Carolina's second-oldest city. Discover an area that delights visitors with its breathtaking natural beauty and impressive colonial and antebellum architecture.

Beaufort: Gullah Heritage Tour

2. Beaufort: Gullah Heritage Tour

Embark on a 3-hour tour to South Carolina’s Sea Islands in a comfortable, climate-controlled vehicle. Visit several areas of Beaufort County and discover its history and Gullah-Geechee culture. Soak up some history and discover Lady’s Island, St. Helena, Hunting Island, and more notable locations. See the site of one of the country’s first schools for freed slaves, a local treasure and National Historic Landmark. Marvel at the ruins of the island churches and learn the stories and songs that are part of their rich history. See a historic plantation house from the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle.

Beaufort: Pat Conroy's Beaufort Tour by Golf Cart

3. Beaufort: Pat Conroy's Beaufort Tour by Golf Cart

See Pat Conroy’s Beaufort in this 1-hour 15-minute tour of sites from Pat’s writing life, as well as locations connected to the filming of The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini.  Discover homes in the historic point where Pat lived and wrote, sites related to his teachers and friends, plus the graves of the Great Santini, Pat's mother Peg, and The Boo. Thursdays through Sundays from 12 noon to 4pm, enjoy free admission to the Conroy Center where you can see artifacts from Pat’s life, including his writing desk and chair, the Great Santini’s flight jacket, and the handwritten prologue to The Prince of Tides.

Beaufort Tipsy Tour

4. Beaufort Tipsy Tour

Beaufort’s “Tipsy Tour” is a brand-new tour specifically designed for adults! Enter this exciting experience and explore two of Beaufort’s favorite drinking establishments. Whether you’re sampling the local spirits at RLB distillery or tasting unique brewed favorites at Shellring Ale Works, this tour is sure to be a blast! You’ll learn all about the history of Port Royal Island as you are escorted to the best local establishments. Come enjoy yourself with fellow fun-lovers and maybe even discover your new favorite cocktail or beer. So come on out and join the party—Kelly Tours Tipsy Tour is waiting for you!

Beaufort Scavenger Hunt

5. Beaufort Scavenger Hunt

Your creative, nontraditional scavenger hunt begins at a scenic spot that's a local favorite. You'll get your digital quest from your live and interactive remote host. Then you’ll take off on your own to experience a wide variety of carefully curated locations in town. You'll walk or drive to the various checkpoints as you interpret creative tasks, accept wacky challenges, and get outside your comfort zone! Both family and dog friendly, the game alternates between the indoors and outdoors, with plenty of bonus challenges too! You'll text photos and videos to your remote host, who cheers you on and assists, as you play - to document your progress. You can even interact with the locals to interpret the creative challenges. You won’t be able to avoid having fun, uncovering hidden gems and local secrets, making memories, laughing, and learning along the way! You’ll be part of the rich culture of this dynamic city! Every turn is full of surprises, so questions in advance are welcomed. Check out all 500 of our city hunts! Great for corporate groups, tourists, curious locals, bachelors(ettes), birthdays, families, friend trips, and other special groups! Ask us about our custom-designed experiences and virtual team builders too!

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What people are saying about Beaufort, South Carolina

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(77 reviews)

Guide was so entertaining, great story teller and very engaging, kept my interest throughout the tour. I learned so much history and loved the stories about movies filmed in Beaufort. We did walking tours in Charleston and Savannah, I do not usually do bus tours but this was the best!

Excellent tour for our group of 6!! Very informative and interesting. Albert was friendly, knowledgeable and very receptive to our group and the questions that we asked. The Coach/van seats were extremely comfy. Highly recommend!!

Roberta knocked it out of the park. She set the city tour experience bar high. We travel a lot and have never been as excited or educated about the city we area visiting until this tour!! Thank you!

Excellent the driver Kelly was so friendly and the guide sorry don't remember her name as too many tours was excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed it the girls were fab. Denise( Ireland)

Inda was fantastic with all her knowledge of the area, Gullah culture, and prep Colonial history!