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Hilton Head Vacation: Visit Beaufort South Carolina by:Sandy Archibald


Beaufort, South Carolina, is a beautiful place full of southern charm. It is a town that shouldn't be missed during your vacation to Hilton Head. One afternoon during your stay on the island, pack up the family and make some memories on the “The Queen of the Carolina Sea Islands.” Be sure to bring your sunscreen and a few extra towels in case the kids decide to splash around in the water.

Beaufort home to many historic buildings and homes. One of the oldest buildings in Beaufort dates back to the 1700's. There are many different styles of architecture to see. If you take a tour of the historic area you will be amazed by the beauty of the historic buildings. The downtown area has been recognized as a national historic landmark. It is defiantly worth your time to stop downtown for some exploring.

While you are visiting, you might enjoy a traditional Horse and Buggy Ride. This can be a romantic adventure with a loved one. You can pack a picnic lunch and listen to the sound of the horse's hooves hitting the pavement while you ride to a local park. This is also something that the whole family can enjoy. Children will be delighted to watch the horses pull the buggy down the historic streets of Beaufort. If you plan ahead you can take a tour from the comfort of a horse drawn buggy.

The naval hospital in Beaufort serves active duty and retired military personnel in the area. It is a beautiful hospital that gives its patients rooms with a view! When patients look out their window at the navel hospital they can see the ships and tug boats coming in and out of the harbor. The Navel hospital is also home of the oldest tabby structure in South Carolina.

Located behind the naval hospital is Port Royal Sound. Port Royal Sound has picnic tables and a playground for the children. This is a great place to go and enjoy a picnic with your family. Take advantage of the beautiful surroundings and allow the kids to watch the boats coming in and going out of the harbor, while you kick back and relax with your favorite book.

Hollywood has been drawn to Beaufort, South Carolina, for many years. Due to the sheer beauty of the area, many films have been shot in the historic city. Forest Gump is the most popular. Quite a few of the water shots in Forrest Gump were shot on Little Lucy Creek. The Vietnam shots were shot on Hunting Island. There were many other movies with scenes that were shot in the Beaufort area as well. These include Full Metal Jacket, Last Dance and the Big Chill.

If you are visiting in mid July, you won't be able to miss the water festival. Opening day is a day of fun in the sun completed by an evening fireworks display. There are also many other events throughout the festival. Events include sporting and fishing tournaments, arts and crafts, Concerts in the park, talent shows, a parade of ships and a Commodore's Ball.

You won't regret taking a day trip to Beaufort South Carolina. You should be sure to take your camera along so you can catch all of those great memories on film!

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Hilton Head Vacation: Visit Beaufort South Carolina by:Sandy Archibald Ashburn