Monkey’s Uncle, Beaufort’s local toy store, brings out the child in everyone. The first Friday of every month, the shop participates with other downtown merchants to celebrate First Friday After Five, where local businesses stay open until 8 p.m. and offer refreshments and live street music. Check in with the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce to see the different events the business district hosts throughout the year. You’ll find other shops such as Bathe, which offers handcrafted soap and body products, plus jewelers, art galleries, cafes, clothiers, chocolate shops, handmade gifts, and more.


Groups may enjoy the many culinary delights Beaufort offers at several festivals throughout the year. To name a few, the Beaufort Shrimp Festival, Soft Shell Crab Festival, Beaufort Water Festival, and the Beaufort Oyster Festival are ones not to miss. The Soft Shell Crab Festival will return in April for its 19th year of celebrating the deliciousness of those soft-shelled, blue crab delicacies.


It’s possible to see more than 100 bird species in the areas of Beaufort, Port Royal, and the Sea Islands. Arrange an outing for your group at the many birding spots within Beaufort, where you can see endangered and rare birds as well as a high concentration of a wide variety of these feathered friends—numbering more than 182 species—who make their homes on these islands surrounded by salt marshes, tidal creeks, and rivers. This chain of islands is also a safe stopover for all birds migrating along the Atlantic Flyway. Hunting Island State Park is a Low Country gem and the perfect place to immerse yourself in nature. Guided tours are available to book at


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