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Spend the Day in Old Town Bluffton

Written by Palmetto Bluff

Aug 1, 2022

6 Things to Do in Old Town Bluffton, South Carolina

Known as the “Heart of the Lowcountry,” the coastal town of Bluffton, South Carolina is nestled between Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia. With the winding May River serving as the town’s centerpiece, Bluffton is known for its vibrant natural beauty and rich culture. The town’s bustling culinary scene, shopping, and hub for small businesses can be found in the Old Town Bluffton historic district.

If you’re interested in visiting this vibrant town, continue reading to discover our recommendations for how to spend a day exploring Old Town Bluffton.

1. Begin Your Day With a Morning Brew

    Settled on the corner of May River Road and Calhoun Street you’ll find a local favorite, Corner Perk Brunch Cafe & Coffee Roasters. This charming coffee shop serves artfully crafted coffee beverages, specialty teas, and delicious breakfast sandwiches, burritos, and other breakfast staples. Corner Perk Brunch Cafe is sure to help fuel your day.

    2. Tour the Heyward House Museum

      After you’ve had your coffee, venture down Boundary Street through the majestic live oaks and palm trees to the historic Heyward House Museum for your official welcome to Old Town Bluffton. Here, you have the opportunity to get acquainted with the town and pick up helpful brochures and maps to take with you on your journey. The knowledgeable staff and docents at the Heyward House are a great resource for questions, directions, and recommendations of local attractions.

      Built in 1841 for a local plantation owner, the home is one of only eight remaining historic homes in the area. While serving as the official Welcome Center of Old Town Bluffton, the Heyward House Museum holds historical significance and offers guided tours of the home and the history it holds.

      3. Stroll Down Calhoun Street

        Continuing your day in Old Town Bluffton, we recommend wandering Calhoun Street to explore the many local shops located here. Treat yourself to souvenirs from Lowcountry stores, browse local art galleries, or grab a bite to eat at a local restaurant. The charming sidewalk creates a tranquil atmosphere lined by beautiful palmetto trees and sweeping moss filled native live oaks.

        4. Embark on the Shell Art Trail

          As a creative and interactive way to explore Old Town Bluffton, we recommend participating in the self-guided Shell Art Trail. Scattered throughout the town, you will find unique cultural exhibits of oyster shell sculptures painted by local artists. Some of these shells depict the lush Lowcountry landscapes, while others provide insight into the history of the area. Following the trail map, you’ll discover local art and fun facts about oysters.

          5. Enjoy Happy Hour

            Start to wind down your adventurous day at the Old Town Dispensary for happy hour. Located in the heart of Old Town Bluffton, this is the perfect place to enjoy cold drinks and delicious Southern classics . Immerse yourself in true southern cuisine with fried green tomatoes, oysters, brisket, and fish in addition to classic burgers and sandwiches. All in all, this is a great place to enjoy dinner and drinks with friends and family in the heart of Old Town Bluffton!

            6. Catch a Lowcountry Sunset Below the May River

              To conclude your day in Old Town Bluffton, head to Wright Family Park on Calhoun Street for a peaceful evening. Stroll the charming paths and trails, or set down a blanket on the open lawn area and take in the beautiful surroundings. Catch the sun sink below the shimmering May River to round out your visit to Old Town Bluffton.

              Palmetto Bluff — Just Minutes Away From Old Town Bluffton

              Looking to enjoy the best of the Lowcountry?? Be sure to visit Palmetto Bluff! A luxury community bordered by three rivers, Palmetto Bluff is set on 20,000 acres of lush Lowcountry landscape. From horseback riding through the maritime forest to fishing on the May River, the adventures had here will form memories that last a lifetime. Visiting this protected environment is sure to have you reconnect with nature and rejuvenate your soul.

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