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Hilton Head Nannies 

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58 Best Things to do with Kids in the Hilton Head Island Area

Are you looking for things to do with kids while on vacation in the Lowcountry? If so, we are here to help! The Lowcountry is a wonderful place for families to visit, and there is a plethora of activities for you to do with your children when you are visiting our beautiful part of the country. Our team has compiled a list of our favorite things to do with kids in the Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Beaufort, and Charleston areas of South Carolina as well as Savannah, Georgia. 

After a day on the beach or sightseeing, when the sun goes down and the Hilton Head Island vacation has just begun, are the children up to the challenge? Leave the fun to us! We offer in-room and in-home caregiving services at all Island hotels and resorts. You can learn more here

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Nanny & Babysitting Services

Whether you are traveling to the Lowcountry for vacation, a business trip, or a special event, a stress-free visit means that you don't want to leave your childcare to chance. Hilton Head Nannies is the preferred in-room provider of the area's best finest resorts. This valuable service gives you the flexibility to create your own hours on vacation. Our professional caregivers provide one-on-one childcare in the comfort of your hotel room, resort, rental, or vacation villa. Whether you are off to a meeting, out to dinner, playing golf, or visiting the spa, you can enjoy peace of mind when leaving your child with our caregivers. 


The Harbour Town Lighthouse

Just over five decades old, the red-and-white-striped Harbour Town Lighthouse serves not only as a beacon to the many ships that reside in the Yacht Basin but also as a landmark that has come to symbolize Hilton Head Island to people all over the world. Admission to climb the lighthouse is $5.75 per person and children under age 5 are free. Amazing views at the top are waiting!

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Coastal Discovery Museum

With 2000 SF of Indoor Exhibits, 68-Acres of Outdoor Exploration, and Endless Discovery of the Lowcountry, there is much to experience at the Coastal Discovery Museum. They also have talks, events, festivals, educational programs, guided tours and offer personal events. One visit will put you personally in touch with the past three centuries and renew your appreciation for all that our area is and has to offer. Be sure to check off-site activities that will introduce you to different ecosystems, histories and cultural experiences. There is no admission charge, but voluntary donations are accepted to help keep these resources available to everyone. 

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The Sandbox

The Sandbox is an interactive children's museum. They have been successfully disguising learning as play since 2005. The Sandbox has become one of Hilton Head Island's premier family destinations having welcomed more than 390,000 neighbors and visitors over the years. This is the perfect stop when you want to cool off for a bit. Rainy day? Go to the Sandbox. 

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Hilton Head Island Bike Trails

Hilton Head Island is the perfect place to enjoy cycling in a remarkable natural setting. Rated as a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the American League of Bicyclists, it's the idea place to spin your wheels, with more than 60 miles of multi-use trails connecting you to everywhere you want to go, including our beautiful beaches. And if you're looking to ride with a group, we have local biking clubs that coordinate weekly rides for bikers of all levels. With nearly 30 bicycle rental shops offering approximately 15,000 bicycles for rent - in addition to visitors who bring personal bicycles with them on vacation - the wheels are always in motion on HHI! 

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Lowcountry Celebration Park 

This Adventure Ship Playground, near Coligny Beach Parking Lot, features a custom ship with sails for shade, climbing nets, water misters to cool kids down on hot summer days, and a custom fun glider. Multiple fun slides were designed to allow kids to exit the ship with an exhilarating ride! The playground also has a separate area for ages 2-5.  The iconic ship is named for the vessel that explorer Capt. William Hilton traveled on to Hilton Head Island in 1663. He sailed the adventure from Barbados to explore new lands and named Hilton Head Island from a headland near the entrance to Port Royal Sound. 

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Pickney Island: Wildlife Refuge

Pickney Island National Wildlife Refuge is an important link in the chain of wildlife refuges along the Atlantic Flyway, attracting thousands of migratory birds annually. the refuge also provides nesting habitat, called rookery, for colonial wading birds such as ibis, egrets, and herons. Situated between Hilton Head Island and the mainland town of Bluffton, SC, Pickney Island is easily accessible and receives nearly a quarter of a million visitors a year. Visitors can enjoy wildlife-dependent activities such as hiking, bicycling, and wildlife watching. Saltwater fishing is allowed in the waters surrounding the refuge. Many families take bikes to ride. We suggest taking plenty of water and some bug spray as well. With more than 4,000 acres of wildlife, marshland, and hiking trails - this is a beautiful place and well worth the time to explore! 

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Greg Russell Concerts

Greg Russell has been writing and performing great music for over 40 years. His credits include literally hundreds of children's songs, writing and performing original music for TV specials and more. He's best known for his evening performances under the old Liberty tree in Harbour Town where he has delighted over 3 million fans, young and old alike, for more than 40 seasons. You'll be laughing and singing along into the night when everyone gathers under the old oak tree for games, songs, and crazy fun! Hilton Head Nannies highly recommends that you take time for one of these concerts. 

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Tuesday Night Fireworks

HarbourFest, a weekly celebration during beach season on Hilton Head Island, includes fireworks that begin when the sun goes down. Taking place at the Harbour in Shelter Cove, fireworks typically are typically scheduled for Tuesdays with some schedule changes happening on holiday weeks. 

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HarbourFest: Shelter Cove

HarbourFest at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina on Hilton Head Island is a weekly celebration during beach season. Live music and entertainment, arts and crafts, and kids' activities are followed by Tuesday night fireworks. 

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Shannon Tanner Concerts 

Shannon Tanner has been a family entertainer for more than 3 decades on Hilton Head Island. His shows have become a "not to be missed" activity for families who vacation annually on the island. He performs at both Shelter Cove and also at Parrot Palooza Shows. 

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Audubon-Newhall Preserve

Audubon-Newhall Preserve is a short hike that is full of beauty! Narrow trails lined with ancient oaks and local plant life. There are small placards that tell you a little about what you are seeing. There is a beautiful pond, dotted with benches, for those in your party who would rather sit back and relax. 

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Sea Pines Forest Preserve

The Sea Pines Forest Preserve is a 605-acre plot of land located in the Sea Pines Resort. The trails and views are magnificent. It is closely located to Harbour Town and the South Beach Marina. While it is behind the gates of the Sea Pines Resort, a daily pass can be purchased for each car to get into the community. You'll enjoy well-manicured footpaths, wildflower fields and four lakes as you explore. Be sure to take bug spray with you! 

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Jarvis Creek Park 

Jarvis Creek Park is perfect for anyone who doesn't have much time but needs a nature break. There is a 1.1-mile-long main loop around a lake that is great for a jog, bike riding, or a peaceful walk. The trail includes 10+ pieces of outdoor cross-training equipment set up at stations. Each station is equipped with instructions on how to use each piece of equipment. There is also a nice playground for the children. If you have time, there are grills and picnic pavilions available. Fishing is permitted off of the pier. If you have children who really need to burn off some energy, take a ball and kick it around in the grassy meadow. Leashed dogs are welcome, too. 

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MitchelvilleFreedom Park

Mitchelville Freedom Park is the location of the first freedman community established during the Civil War. Mitchelville ahs local, regional, and national historic significance. and is a "must see" for all who love history. It's located at the end of Beach City Road on the north end of Hilton Head Island. The park features historic exhibits, interpretive signage, trails, beach access, a picnic pavilion, an observation gazebo, outdoor showers and restroom facilities. Self-guided tours for individuals and groups take visitors deep into Mitchelvilles history, from docking slave ships to the roots of the Reconstruction era. Private tours are also available at $8 per person with a group booking of 10-15, offering visitors an opportunity to take a deep dive into the history of Mitchelville. 

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Pirates of Hilton Head

The Pirates of Hilton Head has a map to sunken treasure, but they need a crew! Stinky Pete, the island's smelliest pirate, also knows about the map and he stole the key! The race is on to find Stinky Pete and get the key back before he can steal the treasure. Once they find him, the new crew will have to man the water cannons and blast Stinky Pete until he gives us the key. Fortunately, the pirates crew always beats Stinky Pete and every one of their pirates gets a share of the booty to take home. There is singing and dancing and you never know what other surprises you might run into. Our nannies highly recommend this to families! 

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Adventure Hilton Head 

Adventure Hilton Head is a great place to stop for a quick visit or a place to spend the day. Buckle up and take a lap around their brand new GoKart track or work up a sweat traversing bridges, swings, cargo nets, and more on their Areial Adventure high ropes course. They also have a ZiipLine canopy tour where you'll learn more about the history and nature of Hilton Head while enjoying scenic water views. 

Remember, if you need care for your littlest family members while you take the big kids on these adventures, Hilton Head Nannies is here to help! 

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Legendary Golf: Mini Golf

Legendary Golf is a country club style miniature golf course on Hilton Head Island that is unlike anything you have ever experienced. Perfect for families, they have 36 holes spread throughout 4 shaded acres. Military, Police and Fire Rescue play FREE! Serving families for over 37 years, Legendary Golf is a Hilton Head Island favorite for families who return annually to our island. 

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Sea Pines Animal Farm 

The Sea Pines Animal Farm, located in Lawton Stables, is a "must-do" for families! The farm has a wonderful collection of small animals to feed and enjoy, and is open to everyone for free. They have food there for you to purchase. They also have a delightful gift store that helps support the farm. This is a favorite of our nannies! 

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Sea Pines Trail Rides

Lawton Stables provides one-hour guided trail rides that takes you into the 600+ acre Sea Pines Forest Preserve. You'll get to experience a true feel of the Lowcountry on horseback, beneath a canopy of Palmettos and moss-covered ancient oaks. Their friendly guides provide insight into island culture and wildlife. The pace on the ride is kept at a walk so that riders of all abilities can settle in comfortably and take in the beautiful, tranquil surroundings. Reservations are necessary. 

Hilton Head Nannies can provide care for your littlest family members who may not be up to the ride. 

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Sea Pines Pony Rides 

Lawton Stables offers pony rides for children. Friendly Shetland Ponies are available for small children (7 years old or younger). Pony rides are two laps around the animal farm, led by a member of their team. Rides are given on a first come, first served basis and reservations are not required. They recommend that pony riders be at least 18 months old and able to sit up on their own. For extra special birthdays, Lawton Stables offers birthday parties. 

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Hilton Head Skate Park 


Bristol Sports Arena

The Bristol Sports Arena on Hilton Head Island includes a significant outdoor skate park and a hybrid in-line hockey rink with basketball goals. Located off of Arrow Road on Helmsman way, the park is next to, but separate from Crossings Park. There are restrooms available. 

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Driessen Beach Park 

Driessen Beach Park, located on Bradley Beach Road off of William Hilton Parkway, links to this mid-Island Beach. A boardwalk winds through a natural environment to the beach, and beach matting helps persons in wheelchairs or with other mobility challenges navigate across the sandy surface. A playground, picnic pavilion area and other amenities are available. The parking is metered, so go prepared. 

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Coligny Beach Park 

Coligny Beach Park is Hilton Head Island's most popular oceanfront park. It's located at the end of Pope Avenue off of Coligny Circle, providing access to miles of beautiful beach for all to enjoy. They also offer a fantastic water found area for small children, outdoor showers, very nice restroom facilities, covered swing areas, a great entrance board walk and mobility friendly walking mats to the beach. They also offer free beach wheelchair reservations. They have seasonal lifeguards and beach rentals available.  

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Greg Russel Playground 


Harbour Town

You can find the Greg Russell Habour Town Playground, named as a tribute to the family-favorite performer, adjacent to Harbour Town's main parking lot. This nature inspired playground features an incredible tree house embracing a great live Oak and numerous play centers, including swings, slides, and climbing structures for hours of fun. This is a favorite of our nannies! 

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Fort Mitchel

While Hilton Head Island is a small island full of pretty vacation homes and resorts, it was once home to 4 military forts during the height of the civil war. Fort Mitchel is a classic example of a seacoast earth-works gun battery. Fort Mitchel is located off of Skull Creek Drive, adjacent to waterfront and a handful of resort communities. A gate pass is required to access the community where Fort Mitchel is located but can be easily picked up on site at the small entrance guard station, free of charge. 

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Pirate's Island Adventure Golf

Pirate's Island offers a unique "Adventure Golf" experience for ages 3 to 93. Follow in the footsteps of notorious pirates like Blackbeard and Captain Kid. Begin your themed adventure at their seaside village and depart along the shores of the tidal lagoon. Continue through the caves where pirates buried their booty and explore the mountain to view a panorama of their entire pirate adventure. 

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Adventure Cove Miniature Golf


and Arcade 

Adventure Cove Miniature Golf has two 18-hole courses: Paradise Falls and Lost Lagoon. Head inside to cool off and enjoy an arcade. 

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Shelter Cove Community Park 

Shelter Cove Community Park offers a playground full of fun features, peaceful picnic spots, a performance pavilion, benches and tables, walking paths, and breathtaking water views. Bike corrals are featured to allow the many bicyclists easy access to the Shelter Cove area. There are many events held here throughout the year, so be sure to check the activity schedule. 

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Bluffton, SC 

While Hilton Head Island is known for its beaches, Bluffton is known for its rivers. Bluffton is a quaint town just over the bridge on the mainland. The town has beautiful antique churches, boutique shops and antebellum homes lining the streets of old town. Bluffton has an amazing history, with some areas surviving the burning of Bluffton during the Civil War. Bluffton greets visitors with southern charm, beautiful views of the May River, fantastic parks, and amazing small-town places to eat. 

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Historic Church of the Cross


Bluffton, South Carolina 

This beautiful church was built in 1854 and is one of only two that survived the Burning of Bluffton by federal troops in 1863. Services on "the Bluff" of the May River first took place in the early 1830's. The young town of Bluffton was a summer resort for area and inland planters, as well as a stop on the ferry route between Savannah and Beaufort. Located at the end of historic Calhoun Street in Old Town Bluffton, the church holds many stories for its visitors and provides gorgeous views. 

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Heyward House


Bluffton, South Carolina 

Heyward House, a project of the Bluffton Historical Society, was originally constructed for a local planation lord as his summer residence. Built around 1841, it is one of only eight remaining Antebellum in Bluffton. Heyward House is an excellent place for children to learn about the history of the area and how people lived. Tours are available. 

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DuBois Park


Bluffton, South Carolina 

Located at 67 Lawrence Street in Old Town Bluffton, DuBois Park features a boat play structure, bench swings, an open-air pavilion, picnic tables and restroom facilities. Close to Old Town, this park is within walking distance of fabulous restaurants, small art galleries, and boutique shops. 

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Wright Family Park 


Bluffton, South Carolina 

Located along the May River, across from the Historic Church of the Cross, the Wright Family Park invite you to explore and experience the beauty of the Lowcountry. Catch a glimpse of the Squire Pope Carriage House, a remnant of the pre-Civil war era   homestead, and the family's only building to survive the Burning of Bluffton in 1863. Today you can walk on the path, relax on a bench along the riverbank, and enjoy the scenery and photo opportunities this park provides. There are plaques throughout the park telling about the history of the land and the Wright family. 

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The Storybook Shoppe


Bluffton, South Carolina 

Located on Calhoun Street, The Storybook Shoppe is a favorite of Hilton Head Nannies' owner, Jennie. This shop is a reminder of olden days and is magical for children who love books. They carry books, games and puzzles to capture the imagination of children of all ages.  

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Bluffton Farmer's Market 


Bluffton, South Carolina 

Fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruits, flowers, plants and herbs abound at the Farmers Market of Bluffton, a weekly community event where locals and tourists gather not only to buy excellent produce but also enjoy delicious food, listen to entertainment, and relax with friends. Located in historic downtown Bluffton along Calhoun and Lawrence streets and through Carsen Cottages, this family friendly market is fun for all! 

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Alljoy Donut Company


Bluffton, South Carolina 

For the best donuts around, visit Alljoy Donut Company in Old town Bluffton. A local favorite, this is a stop that is definitely worth your time! 

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Beaufort, SC 

Beaufort, South Carolina - located about 50 minutes from Hilton Head by vehicle, is located on Port Royal Island, one of the largest Sea Islands along the southeast Atlantic coast of the US. It is only one of a handful of U.S. towns that has had its entire downtown district designated as a historic district by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Tucked into winding, historic streets framed by natural foliage and centuries old, moss-draped live oaks, Beaufort is more than a hidden Lowcountry gem that has charmed visitors since 1512. 

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Beaufort Historic District


Beaufort, South Carolina 

This area was subject to numerous European explorations and several aborted attempts at colonization before the British successfully founded the city in 1711. Beaufort, SC is a living landmark of the storied south. This is an amazing town to visit if you are a lover of history or if you want to introduce a lesson for your children that is disguised as a vacation. 

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The Point


Beaufort, South Carolina 

The Point neighborhood of historic, downtown Beaufort is comprised of antebellum era mansions. Beautiful houses, magnificent old oak trees, and peaceful quiet all give you the feeling you are stepping back in time. Walking tours and horse drawn carriage tours are available through various companies in Beaufort. 

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Port Royal Sound Maritime Center


Okatie, South Carolina (Between Bluffton & Beaufort)

The Maritime Center features exhibits, live animals, as well as indoor and outdoor hands-on educational opportunities where visitors of all ages can learn about the Port Royal Sound. There is no cost to enter the center but donations are welcomed. 

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Kazoo Museum & Factory


Beaufort, South Carolina 

Go behind the scenes at the Kazoo Museum and Factory. Their guided educational tours will enable you to see how kazoos are made from start to finish. Pick your parts and make your own kazoo to keep. See how the kazoo and other funky instruments have been used to create sound effects and music. Tours usually last 45 to 60 minutes. 

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Beaufort History Museum


Beaufort, South Carolina 

To relive the area's rich history, start with a visit to Beaufort History museum at the historic arsenal, circa 1798. A knowledgeable Docent will guide you through 450 years of Beaufort's history, recounting stories about this place that shaped America. 

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Port Royal Cypress Wetlands


Port Royal, South Carolina (Beaufort Area)

There are a number of species of birds that call the wetlands home, including herons, hawks, eagles, owls, falcons, geese, ducks and other migratory waterfowl. It is a birdwatcher's paradise. In addition to birds, regular visitors among the cypress trees are alligators, turtles and snakes. 

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St. Helena Parish Chapel of Ease 


St. Helena Island, South Carolina (Beaufort)

During the Colonial period, chapels of ease were constructed by rice and cotton planters because their plantations were located so far from the churches in Beaufort. This tabby walled church was constructed between 1742 and 1747 for the planters of St. Helena Island. A forest fire destroyed most of it in 1886. All that remain today are it's tabby ruins and an adjacent cemetery. 

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Fort Fremont Historical Preserve


St. Helena, South Carolina (Beaufort Area)

Fort Fremont was a military installation on Saint Helena Island. The fort and battery is historically significant as an example of late nineteenth and early twentieth century military architecture and as one of two surviving coastal fortifications in the United States intact from the Spanish-American war. 

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Penn  Center


St. Helena Island, South Carolina (Beaufort)

Penn Center is located on St. Helena Island, at the very heart of Gullah Culture, is the campus of the former Penn School, one of the nation's first schools for formerly enslaved people. It is one of the most significant African American institutions in existence today.

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Hunting Island Lighthouse


Hunting Island, South Carolina (Beaufort Area)

The lighthouse on Hunting Island was built in 1859 and rebuilt in 1875 after it was destroyed during the Civil War. A unique feature of the lighthouse is that it was constructed of interchangeable cast iron sections so that it could be dismantled should it ever need to be moved. Severe beach erosion made it necessary to relocate the lighthouse 1.3 miles inland in 1889. 

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Hunting Island State Park


Hunting Island, South Carolina (Beaufort)

Hunting Island is South Carolina's single most popular state park. An array of land and marine wildlife call the area home. Five miles of pristine beaches, thousands of acres of march and maritime forest, a saltwater lagoon and ocean inlet are all part of the parks allure. 

 

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The Sands Beach


Port Royal, South Carolina (Beaufort Area)

The Sands is a local favorite spot along the water in Port Royal that features a small stretch of beach, a boardwalk and an observation pier. Comb the beach and sift through the sand to look for sharks' teeth (plentiful!). This is a popular spot for fishing and crabbing. 

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Beaufort's Barnyard & Petting Zoo


Beaufort, South Carolina 

This petting zoo is by reservation only but it is a lot of fun! You get to pet and help feed these furry friends, goats, pigs, donkeys, and more! 

 

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Dempsey Farms


Saint Helena, South Carolina (Beaufort Area)

Dempsey Farms is a family farm growing what they sell - 60 years strong! This is a wonderful place to stop by with the family and pick your own strawberries and other produce. Check out their website for dates they are open. Cash payments only. 

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Fort Frederick Heritage Preserve


Port Royal (Beaufort), South Carolina 

Fort Frederick is the oldest surviving tabby fort in South Carolina and the oldest known tabby structure in Beaufort County. Built by the British Colonial government between 1733 and 1735, its most important contribution to history was over one hundred years later in 1863 when people walked across a dock over the top of Fort Frederick to hear the first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in the Southern states. 
 

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Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park


Beaufort, South Carolina 

Lined with dining options, shops, art galleries, this peaceful. park is one of the most iconic parts of downtown. It is also the location for many of Beaufort's festivals and events. Bench swings line the waterfront, along with tables and chairs, open areas for relaxing and play, and a beautiful playground. 

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Old Sheldon Church Ruins


Yemassee, South Carolina 

Sheldon Church, formerly known as the Prince William Parish Church, has a tumultuous & eventful history. From its first service in 1757 to it's present peaceful setting, the church has followed the travails of our nation's history. It is one, if not the first church built in temple form in the United States. Please note that the ruins rest on private property. The owner, St. Helena's Church in Beaufort, asks us to share these guidelines for visiting: No climbing on the ruins or grave markers, no touching of the ruins, no littering or defacing the ruins or surrounding property, and respecting the authority of preservationists and St. Helena's Church members who are charged with maintaining the property. 

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Reconstruction Era National Park


Beaufort, South Carolina 

The Reconstruction era, 1861-1900, the historic period in which the United States grappled with how to integrate millions of newly freed African Americans into social, economic, and labor systems, was a time of significant transformation. The people, places and events in Beaufort County, South Carolina, reflect on the most important issues of this tumultuous time period. 

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The Avenue of Oaks


St. Helena, South Carolina 

St. Helena Island is home to a small dirt road that's draped in Oak Trees which has aptly been titled "The Avenue of Oaks" by locals. The road leads you to the Coffin Point Plantation, which is a historic plantation that was once a prosperous Sea Island Plantation. Nearby is the Camelot Farms Equestrian Center where you can ride horses under the oaks and throughout the entire point. 

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The Chocolate Tree


Beaufort, South Carolina 

This is a favorite of many regular tourists to the area as well as locals. They carry fine chocolates and other confections made right there in their shop. In business since 1980, they also ship and provide local delivery services for their chocolates. 

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