The South Carolina Lowcountry is a truly incredible place. There are gorgeous maritime forests, lots of local art, and plenty of fun things to do! If you’re a history or culture lover, one activity we recommend is a Gullah Heritage Tour! Below, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about the Gullah sights, sounds, and smells to discover here. For more local recommendations, be sure to access our complimentary Bluffton Vacation Guide.
What You Need to Know About Gullah Heritage Tours
The “Gullah Heritage Tour” typically refers to a curated, miniature road trip between Hilton Head Island and Charleston, South Carolina. Along this stretch of marshland—located along “The Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor”—you’ll encounter multiple stops meant to preserve the Gullah way of life and educate visitors.
Stops on Hilton Head Island
If you don’t want to opt for the entire Heritage Tour, don’t worry! There’s plenty to experience on Hilton Head Island. The first stop you should make here is the Gullah Museum, one of the best Hilton Head museums! You’ll experience The Little House, which was built in 1930 by former slave William Simmons. Next, check out the Coastal Discovery Museum! There, you’ll get to learn about the natural history and cultural significance associated with Gullah heritage.
Take a Truly Genuine Gullah Tour!
For a truly unique and genuine tour of Hilton Head’s Gullah culture, go on a Gullah Heritage Trail Tour! This 2-hour tour runs Tuesday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (and Sundays at noon). The best part? It’s led by native islanders who descended from Hilton Head’s first Gullah settlers! On your guided bus tour, you’ll stop by historical landmarks like the Queen Chapel A.M.E. Church, a 1-room school building, and a unique remnant of the first “freedom village.” Along the way, you’ll become immersed in Gullah-Geechee language and traditions!
Hilton Head Island is just a few miles away from Old Town Bluffton, so it makes for a perfect day trip! At the end of an adventure-filled day, you’ll want a tranquil and comfortable place to get a good night’s sleep. A luxurious room at Old Town Bluffton Inn—in the heart of Bluffton’s Historic District—is the best place to do so! You’ll love our elegant, French Heritage guest rooms and friendly, personalized service. You can even grab a glass of wine at our boutique, on-site bar, then relax on your open-air porch! Each of our incredible guest rooms features plush beds, hand-picked decor items, and premium amenities. You’ll want to return again and again!