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Family Fun in Beaufort, SC

Updated on December 21, 2009

The Beaches of the South Carolina Low Country

Whether it is tracing your family history or creating family memories of your own, the Beaufort, SC has plenty to keep you busy. So pack your bags and head to the coastal region of South Carolina’s Low Country and see what the fun is all about.

  • Beaufort Arsenal Museum- Operated and maintained by the Historic Beaufort Foundation, here you can see Civil War artifacts and displays as well as exhibits on local history.
  • Beaufort National Cemetery- This is one of the few cemeteries where you can visit the graves sites of both Union and Confederate troops.
  • Chapel of Ease- Located on nearby St. Helena’s Island, the chapel was built in the 1740s and was used by the planters who owned and farmed on the island.
  • Hunting Island State Park- From boat races to camping, hiking trails and boardwalks, beaches and fishing this is a great family spot for getting back to nature.
  • Low Country Estuarium- This is the only “museum” of its kind in America. There are hands-on learning exhibits which focus on the coastal environment’s salt marshes, beaches and estuaries.
  • Old Sheldon Church- Although today it is unused and has been in ruins for over 140 years, the church has had a role in many historical events. Come see the site where much history has been played out.
  • Parris Island Museum Marine Corps Recruitment Depot- Located in the War Memorial Building, the museum shows the history of the Marine Corps base on Parris Island and Port Royal. You can also see the Marine Corps recruitment training facilities.
  • John Mark Verdier House- The Beaufort area is the site of numerous historic homes and buildings, This is but one of locations you can tour to learn more about the area’s homes and history.
  • The Penn Center- Spend some time here tracing your genealogy. The 50 acre Penn School National Historic Landmark District is the site of the York W. Bailey Museum and the Education for Freedom permanent exhibit. There are also 18 other structures that can be toured that are related to the education of the African Americans, and the Civil Rights Era.

The Beaufort, South Carolina area is known for welcoming shops, sandy beaches and unique opportunities for studying history. Be sure to include it on your next trip to the Low Country of South Carolina.

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