Let’s Get Downtown Beaufort, SC

 
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Beaufort is a thriving city located on one of South Carolina’s coastal islands called Port Royal. Home to several scenic parks, rivers, and bridges, the city of Beaufort is a treasure trove of history with classic buildings decorating every block.

While traveling along the coast of South Carolina, it is always a great idea to visit Downtown Beaufort. There is so much more to do in this historical island city than most people would assume. Take a trip to Beaufort to experience all of the rich history and culture that it has to offer, you certainly won’t regret it.

 

The flourishing area of Downtown Beaufort is one of the most ideal places for a celebration or special occasion of any kind. The stunning waterfront views and breathtaking sunsets are perfect for a romantic honeymoon getaway. Alternatively, there is an equal amount of family-friendly activities in this charming seaside town for children of all ages to enjoy. There is just something about the southern charm of the city that attracts large volumes of tourists, with thousands of people visiting the community every year.

With no shortage of things to see, do, and eat in Downtown Beaufort, it is not difficult to plan for an unforgettable day of traveling during your visit. Start by taking a stroll down historic Bay Street. Regarded as the heart of Downtown Beaufort, this iconic pathway is embellished with delicious restaurants, exquisite retail shops, and up-close views of the waterfront.

Visitors stroll along Downtown Beaufort, South Carolina

Visitors stroll along Downtown Beaufort, South Carolina

 
Old Bull Tavern | 205 West Street, Beaufort, SC

Old Bull Tavern | 205 West Street, Beaufort, SC

Local Must-Try Restaurants

Listed as one of the best restaurants in Beaufort according to TripAdvisor, the Old Bull Tavern serves up freshly prepared dishes with locally sourced ingredients daily. This trendy gastropub is located just a few minutes out from the hustle and bustle of Bay Street, offering craft cocktails, beer taps, and plenty of premier wine options. Their guests describe the decor as eclectic, applauding the creative menu and lively ambiance that the restaurant has to offer. Recent customer reviews have reported great soft shell crab and juicy hamburgers made with fresh vegetables.

 

If you’re an early-riser, stop by the Lowcountry Produce Market & Cafe for one of the fresh hot doughnuts they serve every morning. Featured in the Southern Living Magazine, this local gem was given the title of “South’s Top Shop”. With almost everything you can think of on the menu from brioche french toast to hearty vegetable soup and fresh oysters, recent customers have described this gem as “classy” and a “goodness overload.” Catch them for breakfast, brunch, and lunch 7 days a week before they close up shop for the day, you wouldn’t want to miss out!

Lowcountry Produce Market & Cafe | 302 Carteret Street, Beaufort, SC

Lowcountry Produce Market & Cafe | 302 Carteret Street, Beaufort, SC

 
Sweet Bay | 915 Bay Street, Beaufort, SC

Sweet Bay | 915 Bay Street, Beaufort, SC

Unique Shopping Experiences

Nestled on Bay Street, a quaint collection of Downtown shops and mercantile decorate the area between Carteret and Charles Streets. Even if only for a moment, the charm and nostalgic aura of the downtown area will remind any visitor of a bygone era. Sip on a sweet tea float as you browse through the aisles of the Scout Southern Market, or pick out a beautiful arrangement of flowers to take home with you at Sweet Bay. Just in case that’s not enough, you can find a stylish outfit for a great price at Sweet Grass Apparel or the Beaufort Clothing Company on Bay Street. Check out Yelp’s comprehensive list of the best stores in Downtown Beaufort.

 

Beaufort’s Historic District

The Historic District, on the other hand, is renowned for its impressive Antebellum architecture inclusive of the Federal, Neoclassical, and Greek revival styles that were popular during that time. Take a journey through the massive oak trees to The Point, one of Beaufort’s most eminent neighborhoods. You can opt for a carriage ride or choose to walk along the path to savor the classic homes more slowly. Read more about the wonderful history that can be found while exploring Downtown Beaufort.

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Visitors and locals take the street during First Friday, downtown.

Visitors and locals take the street during First Friday, downtown.

The Downtown Beaufort Merchants Association

The Downtown Beaufort Merchants Association is a major advocate for the city. Their mission is to rejuvenate the historic downtown district, promoting it as a colorful blend of shopping, dining, and lodging accommodations through organized promotions. One of the most recognized events that they host is called First Friday. It’s a celebration of cultural venues located in the downtown area geared toward businesses and locals. Guests are able to enjoy creative galleries, delicious cuisine, and experience various entertaining demonstrations for free. Show your support when you #shoplocal in Downtown Beaufort this weekend!

 
 
 
Mike Tucker