The Best Things To Do in Bluffton South Carolina

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What to Do in Bluffton? Watch the Sunset over the May River.

Bluffton, South Carolina has so much to offer travelers and locals. From outdoor activities to 5-star dining, there’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Often referred to as quaint, romantic, whimsical, and the gem of the Low Country, Bluffton waits for you and your guests to enjoy a memorable vacation. Below you’ll find a list of top-rated things to do during your stay in Bluffton. Discover what locals mean by “Bluffton is a State of Mind”.


Top Annual Event: Bluffton Mayfest

Also referred to as the Bluffton Village Festival, Mayfest is the top annual event in Bluffton, South Carolina. Why is this yearly festival ranked as the best annual event in Bluffton? Because it’s the most rocking event in Bluffton! Starting almost a thousand years ago (okay, 44 years ago) this annual event has become the staple of the community for yearly events. Orchestrated by The Rotary Club of Bluffton, this festival features tons of food vendors and artists. Admission is free for all.
Annual Events Festivals in Bluffton


The Pearl Kitchen and Bar Bluffton
Seafood Restaurant Downtown Bluffton
Captain Woody’s Bar and Grill

Where to Eat

With multiple restaurants in historic downtown Bluffton, you’re never more than a couple of steps from coffee, burgers, steaks, fresh seafood, barbeque, and Low Country outdoor dining. Dine on local fresh produce, fresh catch of the day, decadent desserts and specialty cocktails. Below is a list of places to eat in Bluffton to satisfy all. Local Tip: During the on-season make sure you call in advance for reservations (some restaurants will have a waiting list for lunch and dinner)!

Jacob Preston Pottery Bluffton
Jacob Preston Pottery Bluffton

The Red Piano Art Gallery

Visit an Art Gallery

Bluffton is loaded with talented artists and if you love attending art classes, you’ll find plenty of studios that offer classes all year round. Walking up and down the main artery in Old Town Bluffton (Calhoun Street), you’ll discover art galleries on every street. Local Tip: Contact SOBA to find about upcoming art events in Bluffton. 

Where to Golf Bluffton
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Golf in Bluffton

Bluffton and Hilton Head Island are home to some of the best golf courses on the coast of South Carolina. You can rent clubs at multiple Pro Shops (with advanced reservations) through the Bluffton area. You’ll find over 22 championship golf courses to select from in the Bluffton Hilton Head area. Below is a shortlist of golf courses in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island.

Where To Play Golf

Montage Palmetto Bluff

Where to Stay

Bluffton has one of the most sought-after luxury resorts in the country. If luxury and exceptional service are your game, look no further than Palmetto Bluff. You’ll find accommodations for all Rock n Roll types throughout Bluffton and Hilton Head Island. Below is a list of places to stay in the Bluffton area. Local Tip: If you’re interested in staying where you can walk to all Old Town has to offer, check out Old Town Bluffton Inn.  

Shopping Bluffton
Spartina 449

Shopping at Lily

Where To Shop

Many stores are located in historic downtown Bluffton. You’ll find established local brands and boutique shops that reflect everything great about Bluffton and The Low Country. And the arts are vital and alive in Bluffton. The local artist community in Bluffton is supported by many You’ll discover many local and regional artists in multiple stores located in historic downtown and the surrounding area. Local Tip: Most stores during the off-season are not open on Monday or Tuesday.

Things to Do With Kids in Bluffton Boating


Day Trip to Daufuskie Island

What to Do

Where do we start with What to Do in Bluffton? Do you love the outdoors? Do you love family activities? Do you love biking, running, tennis, golf, and swimming? Some say the best way to explore Bluffton and its marshes is by getting in the water! Explore the sandbars, beaches, creeks, rivers, and sounds of the Lowcountry by boat. If you love watersports and the great outdoors, you found the perfect place to do everything you love. Below is the best list of what to do in Bluffton, SC. Local Tip: Bike rental is the number one service requested locally. Book your bike rental at least a couple of weeks in advance. 

Walk Bluffton

A great way to experience Old Town Bluffton is on foot. Walking here is easy with the Lowcountry’s flat, barely-above-sea-level terrain. So grab your walking shoes and some sunscreen, and get ready to explore! On the Calhoun Street side, there is a public parking lot with restrooms at the Martin Family Park on Green Street. The town’s official welcome center, the Heyward House Museum, is on Boundary Street to help you get started. Want to take a historic walking tour? Click Here.

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Walking downtown Bluffton.

Visit a Park

Looking to spend your day outside soaking up the sun, enjoying the water, a warm breeze, and a stunning sunset? How about walking under venerable angel oaks trees by the mystical waters of the Lowcountry discovering historic landmarks hidden along the roadside? We hope you do! And we highly recommend visiting Bluffton’s parks with your family to explore, create memories for a lifetime and take the perfect Instagram moment highlighting all that’s Bluffton.

Buckwalter Play Ground


Best Parks in Bluffton

Oscar Frazier Park Bluffton

This page is frequently updated with Things To See and Do in Bluffton, so please come back often. If there’s an event you believe we should be promoting that supports our local community, please submit your event here.

From its birth in the late 1700s to one of the top tourist destinations in the US today, Bluffton hasn’t lost its identity. A beautiful coastal town with unspoiled marshes, sun-drenched oak trees, and warm and friendly locals. Due to committed homeowners, local business owners, and elected officials, Bluffton is a place many tourists now call home. Over and over again, you’ll hear stories about new homeowners that were once tourists, how they fell in love with all the things that make Bluffton enchanting and whimsical, and moved here. Discover why so many people love Bluffton! Visit Bluffton and try our list of things to do in the most fantastic town in South Carolina.

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