The best time to visit historic downtown Bluffton, SC is late mornings. Also referred to as Old Town Bluffton, we recommend exploring downtown Bluffton on Thursdays if your schedule permits. Every Thursday Calhoun Street is transformed for the Farmer’s Market from 12:00 pm until 5:00 pm. With cool breezes and warm sunlight beaming through the angel oak trees, you’ll discover why so many love this enchanting and whimsical downtown. Walk down Calhoun Street and pick out fresh produce and flowers, taste local honey, buy coffee from a food truck, take pictures of The Church of the Cross, and visit art galleries. What to see and what to do in downtown Bluffton can all be done by walking! Old Town Bluffton has so much to offer from its shops, restaurants, art galleries, and historic sites. You’re never more than a step away from learning something new about the Heart of the Low Country.
Art Galleries in The Heart of the Low Country
If you love the arts, you’ll love downtown Bluffton. Walking down Calhoun Street, you’ll find numerous art galleries and studios. While Bluffton may seem like a small coastal town, Bluffton understands that the arts are instrumental in the makeup of a community. Stop by the Society of Bluffton Artist (SOBA) and see what art classes are available during your stay. Looking for something to showcase in your main living area? Try Red Piano Art Gallery or LA Petite Gallerie down by Old Town Dispensary. A fan of Gullah Art? Stop by Boundary Culture Art Center and see local artwork by award-winning artists. If you love unique artwork, try Signore Coastal Art. They make beautiful woodwork pieces from reclaimed wood.
What’s your favorite meal? Pizza? Seafood? Steaks? Carolina Bar B Que? Maybe you’re in the mood for brunch on a lazy Saturday morning. No matter what you may be looking for, you’ll find it in downtown Bluffton. From delicious french toast to decadent desserts, Bluffton has many award-winning establishments. Try The Pearl Kitchen & Bar on Calhoun Street or The Cottage Cafe. Both offer outside seating and excellent service. In the mood for seafood? Try Captain Woody’s. If Italian is more your fare, we recommend Bricco Italian Restaurant.
Shops in Downtown Bluffton
If you’re looking for the perfect Low country gift, you’re in the right spot. Bluffton is home to Spartina 499. Known for luxury designer bags and accessories, this unique boutique reflects everything great about Daufuskie Island, and The Low Country to create one-of-kind products. Need something for your kids or grandchildren? Try the Bluffton General Store located at 12 Church Street off of Calhoun Street or Moonlit Lullaby. You’ll find unique gifts and specialty items that are all about Bluffton. And if you need to make one stop to buy gifts for all of our family and friends, explore Markel’s Cards & Gift Shop!
Historic Sites Downtown Bluffton
Historic Downtown Bluffton has many stories to tell. Start with The Church of the Crosslocated at the end of Calhoun Street on the bluff. Built before the Civil War, this church was welcoming parishioners from Hilton Head Island and surrounding areas starting 1767. Check out The Heyward House located off of Calhoun Street on Boundary Street. This historic site was built by slaves in 1841.
Parking Downtown Bluffton
On a typical day in Bluffton, parking is not an issue. During special events, that’s another story. We recommend parking on side streets adjacent to Calhoun Street and May River Road. There’s a public parking lot on Calhoun Street in addition to the parking spaces on the road itself. We recommend taking Boundary Street (west of Calhoun Street) on busy days where you’ll find parking on the side streets as well (short walk to Calhoun Street).
Parks in Downtown Bluffton
Looking to spend your day outside soaking up the sun, 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? So are we! We recommend visiting any of Bluffton’s parks with your family to explore, create memories for a lifetime and take the perfect Instagram moment highlighting all that’s Bluffton. Explore DuBois Park or Martin Family Park both right next door to each other.
Walking Downtown Historic 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 right there on Boundary Street to help you get started.
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