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Spend the Day in Old Town Bluffton

Written by Palmetto Bluff

Oct 04, 2022

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12 Things To Do in Old Town Bluffton, South Carolina

Located between the scenic getaways of Charleston, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia, lies the inviting town of Bluffton. Recognized as the quintessential “Heart of the Lowcountry,” the historic district of Old Town Bluffton exudes both natural splendor and a dynamic cultural essence. The charisma of Old Town Bluffton is enlivened by its bustling culinary scene, charming establishments, and a thriving community of local enterprises — making it a must-visit destination. 

If you’re considering a visit to this quaint coastal town, check out our guide on how to make the most of a day in Old Town Bluffton.

1. Start Your Morning with a Coffee Fix

Kick off your day at the Corner Perk Brunch Cafe & Coffee Roasters, located at the corner of May River Road and Calhoun Street. This cozy coffee spot offers a variety of expertly crafted coffee drinks and specialty teas. Their mouthwatering breakfast sandwiches and burritos are sure to fuel you for the day ahead.

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2. Explore History at the Heyward House Museum

After your caffeine fix, take a stroll down Boundary Street, shaded by majestic live oaks and palm trees, to the Heyward House Museum. This historic site offers a warm welcome to Old Town Bluffton. Built in 1841, the Heyward House shares stories of the past through guided tours and local insights from the knowledgeable staff. The museum doubles as the official Welcome Center and provides brochures and maps to guide you on your adventure. 

3. Roam Along Calhoun Street

Continue your journey through Old Town Bluffton with a leisurely stroll along Calhoun Street. This charming street is home to a variety of local shops. Explore Lowcountry stores for unique souvenirs, browse local art galleries, or treat yourself to a meal at one of the local eateries. The peaceful ambiance, shaded by palmetto trees and moss-draped live oaks, adds to the delightful experience.

4. Cheers to Happy Hour

As the day winds down, treat yourself to happy hour at the Old Town Dispensary. Situated at the heart of Old Town Bluffton, this laid-back establishment is the perfect spot to unwind. Sip on refreshing drinks and savor classic Southern dishes, including favorites like fried green tomatoes and oysters. Enjoy the welcoming atmosphere and the chance to relax with friends and family.

If you’re seeking a delightful happy hour experience in Bluffton, be sure to check out Wine Time, where you can indulge in customizable cheese and charcuterie boards, as well as tapas-style small plates perfect for sharing. Their commitment to using the freshest local ingredients and sourcing unique gourmet items to complement their wine selection ensures a memorable experience.

Another fantastic option for happy hour in downtown Bluffton is CRUDO Bluffton. This hot spot offers an array of specialty prepared crudos, including the freshest oysters, clams, crab, lobster, and shrimp cocktail, along with exquisite caviar. Don’t miss the chance to sip on their craft cocktails or sample their impressive selection of highly allocated Bourbons and Tequilas. CRUDO is dedicated to bringing you exceptional wines from vignerons and farmers worldwide, making it a must-visit destination for wine enthusiasts during happy hour.

5. Sunset Serenity by the May River

Conclude your day at Wright Family Park on Calhoun Street, where you can bask in the serenity of the evening. Wander along the trails or find a cozy spot on the lawn to watch the sunset over the May River. The tranquil surroundings offer a peaceful way to wrap up your visit to Old Town Bluffton.

6. Art Galleries and Studios

Old Town Bluffton is an art lover’s paradise, abundant with galleries and studios showcasing the work of local artisans. Immerse yourself in the vibrant artistic community by exploring these creative spaces. From paintings and sculptures to unique handcrafted items, these galleries offer a glimpse into the region’s artistic pulse.

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7. Farmers’ Market

If you’re visiting on a Thursday, don’t miss the Bluffton Farmers’ Market. This market brings together local farmers, artisans, and vendors, offering an eclectic selection of fresh produce, handmade crafts, and delectable treats. It’s a fantastic opportunity to support local businesses while sampling the flavors of the Lowcountry.

8. Historic Churches and Buildings

As you stroll through Old Town Bluffton, you’ll encounter historic churches and buildings that tell the story of the town’s past. Take a moment to appreciate the architectural beauty and learn about the significance of these landmarks. The Church of the Cross, built in 1857, is a notable example with its stunning Gothic Revival design.

9. Waterfront Park

Enjoy a leisurely afternoon at the Bluffton Oyster Factory Park, where you can relish the scenic beauty of the May River. Admire the river views, watch the boats pass by, and take in the serene ambiance. The park’s picturesque setting makes it an ideal spot for a picnic or a relaxing moment by the water’s edge.

10. Kayaking and Paddleboarding

For those seeking a more active adventure, consider kayaking or paddleboarding along the May River. Rent equipment from local outfitters and embark on a journey that allows you to appreciate the river’s natural splendor up close. Paddle your way through calm waters while taking in the sights and sounds of the surroundings.

11. End the Day with a Lowcountry Dinner 

Old Town Bluffton’s culinary scene is a treasure trove of flavors, catering to a wide range of palates. From farm-to-table eateries to seafood shacks serving up freshly caught delights, the dining options are diverse and enticing. Explore the various dining establishments to savor the essence of the Lowcountry through its delectable cuisine.

Wander Over to Palmetto Bluff

As you venture through Old Town Bluffton, you’ll discover that there’s no shortage of captivating experiences to be had. Allow Old Town Bluffton’s charm to serve as a prelude to the extraordinary experiences that await at Palmetto Bluff. A tapestry of memories woven from Southern elegance, untamed beauty, and the camaraderie of kindred spirits awaits your arrival. 

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This post was originally written in August 2022 and refreshed in October 2023.

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