Wednesday, August 5, 2020 / by Sonya Reiselt
The end of summer is one of the most beautiful times in the Lowcountry and the parks and activities in Beaufort are no exception.
The parks in Beaufort perfectly showcase the charm and charisma that both the community and the landscape have to offer. From waterfront parks to gorgeous oak trees and structures that portray the classic antebellum architecture, your family can count on enjoying every moment spent at a Beaufort park.Waterfront Park
Waterfront Park is, without a doubt, the most prestigious park in Beaufort. Located along the Beaufort River, the park boasts breathtaking views of the river, the Woods Memorial Bridge and the tip of Lady’s Island. Other amenities within the park include a performance stage, picnic amphitheater, riverside swings and boating and fishing docks. Waterfront Park also plays host to Taste of Beaufort, the Water Festival and the Shrimp Festival.Pigeon Point Park
A park redesigned with the kids in mind. The extensive and updated playground will keep them busy for hours! While there, take advantage of the shaded picnic area on a hot summer day.Cypress Wetlands
Located in next door Port Royal, the Cypress Wetlands have an extraordinary amount of bird species that will thrill any birdwatcher! While there, you’ll also find alligators, snakes and turtles of all kinds.Live Oaks Park
Also in Port Royal, Live Oaks boasts a state-of-the-art playground as well as an abundance of other amenities such as basketball and tennis courts, an oyster shed complete with fireplace and BBQ pits, and a roller hockey rink.Burton Wells Park
A park for sports enthusiasts! Multiple baseball, football and soccer fields, basketball courts (both in and outdoors) a recreation center and a fitness room. Also within the park are picnic areas, a concession stand and a playground!
Hunting Island State Park
Located about 15 miles from Beaufort on Hunting Island, the park takes up the entire island, making it one of the only uninhabited islands in South Carolina. It’s no wonder why it’s the most visited park in the state, either. The scenery is exceptional and the nature is untouched. Families can enjoy three different beaches, camping areas, nature trials and fishing piers.
Get out on the waterSt. Phillips Island Ferry – Take the ferry from Hunting Island State Park and enjoy a day of beaches, hiking and a picnic on the water.
Beaufort River Tours – Explore the marine life that Beaufort is home to while relaxing on a guided tour! With many tours to offer, guests can choose anything from dolphin watching to a sunset cruise around the sea islands. Looking for a private tour? They also charter their boats!
Beaufort Kayak Tours – Get up close and personal and kayak through the marshes, along the river, with the dolphins! The kayak tours pride themselves on providing their guests with an active experience while also learning about the history of Beaufort.
Go crabbing! This is something that can only be done along the coast and will sure to be a hit with the family. Whether you choose to use a crab pot or a baited net, it’s an activity that everyone will remember!
TrailsThe Spanish Moss Trail – a favorite in Beaufort! The Spanish Moss Trail is a paved 10-mile trail that is ideal for runners, bikers, walkers, fishers and skaters, alike. Enjoy various historical points of interests and lookouts along the rivers and marshes as you make your way through the native Spanish Mosses.
The Sands Boardwalk – This mile-long boardwalk in Port Royal is perfect for those who want to take a relaxing stroll while being out on the water and enjoying the marine life.
Whether you’re looking to relax or set out on a memorable adventure, take advantage of these fleeting summer moments and enjoy the beauty that Beaufort encompasses! Whichever activity you decide to do, you surely can’t go wrong.
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