The Best Things to Do in the Bluffton, SC Area
Bluffton, South Carolina, offers a charming retreat for those who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Our quaint town is at once tucked away and in the heart of the Lowcountry where all of the magic happens. We’re a short drive away from Hilton Head Island (where there are also plenty of exciting events), Beaufort, and Savannah. From indulging in gourmet cuisine to sightseeing, golf, and shopping, beautiful Bluffton has something for everyone.
Old Town Bluffton Inn is a boutique hotel located in the heart of historic Old Town Bluffton. It’s close to all the action of The Promenade and within walking distance of many of the attractions listed below. Here are just a few of the best activities that will get you into the “Bluffton State of Mind!”
We are fortunate to have an assortment of exceptional Bluffton restaurants just steps away from the inn! Whether you’re in the mood for a South Carolina delicacy, some Bluffton pizza, or international cuisine, each Old Town eatery offers something delightful for your palate. Experience authentic Southern cuisine at any of these fine establishments:
- Agave Sidebar
- Bluffton BBQ
- Cahill’s Market & Chicken Kitchen
- Captain Woody’s
- The Pearl Kitchen & Bar
- Twisted European Bakery
- The Village Pasta Shoppe.
These unique eateries set Bluffton apart from other culinary destinations in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Reserve your table today for incredible food, drinks, and friendly service!
2. Touring Historical Sites
Old Town Bluffton’s Rich History
Once a summer getaway for wealthy planters and plantation owners, our riverside community offers cool breezes and a refreshing change from the heat of the Lowcountry. Old Town Bluffton was also an important port during the Civil War and became a low-key summer destination in the 20th century. You can relive the complex history of Bluffton, South Carolina when you visit one of these historic sites:
A Thriving Art Scene
In addition to preserving its historical significance, Bluffton has become a cultural hotspot over the years. It’s especially popular with local artists and talents looking to harness their craft. Explore Old Town Bluffton’s best galleries where you’ll find a gorgeous collection of carefully curated paintings, sculptures, photographs, and more. Some of our favorite galleries include:
- Amiri Geuka Farris
- Four Corners Art Gallery
- Jacob Preston Pottery
- Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA).
Are you a fan of live theatre? Purchase your tickets for a performance at the May River Theatre! This acting troupe produces engaging shows for locals and visitors alike. Whether you want to stroll through a gallery or watch a performance, you’re sure to feel inspired by Bluffton’s artists.
3. Spend Some Time Outdoors
Nestled on the banks of the peaceful May River, Bluffton, SC is an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts. There are plenty of things to do here, including hiking, kayaking, wildlife viewing, and more. Spend a day at one of these outdoor hotspots and reconnect with Mother Nature. Bring your camera, your sense of adventure, and wondrous spirit on your journey to experience how magical our serene maritime landscape truly is!
- Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge
- Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
- Victoria Bluff Heritage Preserve/Wildlife Management Area
- May River Excursions.
4. Book Your Tee Time
Whether you’re a golf professional or a newbie, hitting the links should be on your Bluffton itinerary. These winding fairways and world-class greens provide an excellent challenge for all who play. Each of these golf courses provides an excellent challenge for all who play. From winding fairways to difficult drives to world-class greens, your best round of golf awaits your arrival! Check out these fantastic courses:
- Crescent Pointe Golf Club
- Eagle’s Pointe Golf Club
- Island West Golf Club
- Old South Golf Links
- Pinecrest Golf Club
- Rose Hill Golf Club
- Hilton Head Golf Courses.
If you want to bring a piece of Bluffton home with you, peruse our directory of charming shops. Each of these boutiques proudly boasts a “shop local, support local” mentality. From clothing and artwork to handmade jewelry, you’ll find the perfect souvenir in one of these stores:
- A&C Gold and Diamonds
- Aunt Laurie’s
- Bluffton Oyster Company
- Chicas Bridal & Boutique
- Farmers Market of Bluffton
- Gigi’s Boutique
- Ligato’s Fine Jewelry
- Stock Farm Antiques
- Timeless Interiors.
6. Nightlife in Bluffton, SC
When the sun sets in Bluffton, South Carolina, the fun begins! Old Town’s dive bars, wine shops, and lounges are perfect for an evening out with family or friends. Here are a few of our favorite places to enjoy an evening of drinks and great company:
- Corks Wine Company
- Old Town Dispensary
- Peaceful Henry’s
- Fat Patty’s/Salt Marsh Brewing Company
- Red Stripes Caribbean Cuisine & Lounge
- Roasting Room Lounge & Listening Room.
Each of these lively establishments offers a diverse menu of artfully crafted cocktails, wines, and craft beers. Whatever you decide to order, you can sip, socialize, and soak up our local culture.