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What To Do In And Around Bluffton

10 Ways To Enjoy The Lowcountry -

Bluffton is making news! From its secluded resort where the stars come to play (Justin Bieber chose this locale for his wedding) to its reasonably priced golf, Bluffton and the surrounding areas are worth exploring. Take a look at the list below and you will find that Bluffton is filled with artists, great food, history, diverse natural areas, and unique culture.

1. Old Town Bluffton

Right on the May River, Bluffton is filled with eclectic galleries & shops along with a mouthful of local flavor. From its own shrimping docks to fine restaurants, Old Town shouldn’t be missed. Besides hosting numerous festivals and having beautiful parks to enjoy the day, one of Bluffton’s points of interest is the Church of the Cross which sits right on the May River. This historic church on Calhoun Street was built in 1857 and added to the National Register in 1975. Docents are on the Historic Campus to allow visitors to have a guided tour on Tuesday through Thursday from 11 am – 2 pm. Locals are proud that Bluffton is unlike any other town and truly is the heart of the Lowcountry. 

2. May river Exploration and Fishing

The best way to see Bluffton is by water, and the best way to do that is by contacting May River Excursions. If you want to get a true taste of the Lowcountry, get a hold of Captain Chris. Fishing, nature, and local lore are his specialties.

3. Pinckney Island

Pinckney… a stone’s throw from Bluffton. Leave your pets at home and make sure to bring water and a snack. This wildlife refuge has miles of trails, most of which are bike friendly. In total, the refuge has over 4,000 acres and 14 miles of trails. Keep in mind that it opens at sun-up and the gates are closed promptly at sunset. Not foolin’.

4. Palmetto Bluff and the Montage Resort

Nestled along the scenic May River in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, Montage Palmetto Bluff is set within a vibrant 20,000-acre community right in Bluffton’s backyard. Providing guests access to all that Palmetto Bluff has to offer, the resort encompasses an extensive nature preserve, two picturesque villages featuring an array of inspired dining options, a riverfront marina, quaint chapel, and truly is a luxurious and beautiful part of the Lowcountry.

5. Harbour Town

No golf buff wants to miss seeing this.

6. Day Trip to Savannah

(put this in at the end instead of the HHI stuff)….Just a half hour drive from Bluffton, Savannah offers a trip back in time that is well worth taking. You can even find the bench where Forest Gump ate his box of chocolates.

7. Daufuskie Island

Daufuskie Island is a great, all day adventure. Only accessible by boat, reservations will be needed to catch a ferry from Hilton Head, or better yet, contact a local boat captain to take you there right from Bluffton. With a population of fewer than 600, virtually no cars, and golf carts the preferred mode of transportation, this island is unique.

8. Mitchelville Freedom Park

9. Costal Discovery Museum

10. Hunting Island State Park

Although it is about an hour to get there from Bluffton, Hunting Island is filled with unusual beauty. It is a 5,000-acre secluded semitropical barrier island located 15 miles east of Beaufort, in between Harbor Island and Fripp Island (don’t miss the chance to climb their lighthouse). All or any of these islands are rich in history and beauty. This area has been the location for many popular movies and you will see why when you visit.

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