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Beaufort, South Carolina

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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: Local History and Film Sites Tour by golf cart

2. Beaufort: Local History and Film Sites Tour by golf cart

This 1-hour tour by golf cart covers Beaufort’s historic district and gives you a chance to learn more about the town and its history. Discover the sites and homes where the stars stayed in downtown Beaufort. Ride by locations surrounding Beaufort such as The Gump Medical Center (funded by Forrest’s “gazillions” he earned running the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company) and The National Cemetery where The Great Santini was buried. See the bridge from Forrest Gump that he crossed on the way back east from his cross-country run. Yes, the “Mississippi River” bridge is actually here in Beaufort.

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 45-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.  Pass by the high school where he was a student, and where he later taught for two years before going to Daufuskie Island. Discover homes in the historic point where Pat lived and wrote, sites related to his teachers and friends, his parents’ gravesite, and Pat’s grave on St. Helena. Following the bus tour, 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: Spirit of Old Beaufort Heritage Tour

4. Beaufort: Spirit of Old Beaufort 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: Walking Tour Civil War and Reconstruction Era

5. Beaufort: Walking Tour Civil War and Reconstruction Era

Explore the history of the Civil War and Reconstruction in Beaufort with this 2-hour walking tour. Imagine life as it was 150 years ago as you walk through the town. Through your local guide, you will discover how Beaufort and the surrounding islands of the Lowcountry were critical in securing the Union victory. You will see how the occupation of Union forces changed the residents of the town and their lifestyle. Travel back through time as you learn of the Port Royal Experiment and its impact on the rebuilding of the United States following the Civil War.

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What people are saying about Beaufort, South Carolina

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 72 reviews

Our driver was full of interesting and fun facts about the area. It would be nice if she could talk into some kind of headset so you could hear better in the back of the bus. I would highly recommend the bus tour.

Excellent tour. Lots of great S C Lowlands facts. We learned a lot about how Reconstruction should have worked and did until Racist Segregationists got back in control. Dean and Lily are great for guides.

Our tour guide Beverley was extremely informative. It was clear that she’d spent many hours researching the history of Beaufort.

We loved the bus tour! The tour guide was so knowledgeable and we learned so much about the beautiful town of Beaufort!

The tour guide was so kind and knowledgeable. Wonderful activity for a hot summer day