Top things to do in Beaufort

Top Choice American in Beaufort

Ribaut Social Club

A refined yet homey Lowcountry restaurant, set in the refurbished mansion – Anchorage 1770 – that once belonged to Admiral Beardslee (and named after his boisterous gentleman's club). The executive chef brings a per…
Gastropub in Beaufort

Old Bull Tavern

The Old Bull Tavern offers some of the tastiest food and cocktails in Beaufort, with a wood-fired pizza oven and low-lit, worldly aesthetic to boot. The menu changes daily but always features playful American and Eu…
Natural Feature in Beaufort

Sandbar

At low tide on a warm day, Beaufort's sandbar is the place to drink and be drunk. It's only about a mile south of the Henry C Chambers Waterfront Park and people show up in all manner of watercraft, including boats,…
Park in Beaufort

Henry C Chambers Waterfront Park

Overlooking the bay, this iconic downtown anchor is flanked by dining options, shops and art galleries. Many of Beaufort’s festivals and events are held here, and it's a really beautiful place to watch the sun dip b…
Museum in Beaufort

Santa Elena History Center

Tucked into an old federal courthouse, this history museum tells the largely unfamiliar story of the earliest Europeans to settle in North America, and we're not talking about Jamestown. Back in 1562 the French land…
Arts Center in Beaufort

Pat Conroy Literary Center

Until his death in 2016, South Carolina's literary great Pat Conroy called Beaufort home. The city inspired some of his most famous works, including The Great Santini and The Prince of Tides, and this newly establis…
Southern US in Beaufort

Lowcountry Produce

A fantastic cafe and market for picnic rations such as pies, housemade relishes, local cheeses and all kinds of Lowcountry-spun awesomeness (including a bizarre but wildly popular cream-cheese lasagna). Or eat in an…
Food in Beaufort

Chocolate Tree

Apparently Tom Hanks became a big fan of this chocolate shop during the filming of Forrest Gump in Beaufort, and he still orders a box every year despite knowing exactly what he's gonna get. The confections are prep…
Bar in Beaufort

Hemingway's

Beaufort's best little dive fills nightly with local characters (even after the place flooded during Hurricane Irma, it converted to a swim-up bar and several people arrived on paddleboard). Jello shots ($1) are ser…
Literature in Beaufort

Pat Conroy Literary Festival

A celebration of author Pat Conroy’s legacy, held yearly in his adopted hometown, at the Pat Conroy Literary Center. This multiday gathering includes readings, writer panels, book signings, live performances, film s…