Beach days are leaving us with summer quickly over; however, the fun on the water is still possible down south. Situated on the north bluff of the May River and away from the populated vacation spots, sits the little town of Bluffton, South Carolina. River exertions, food, and art are all you need for a fun day trip without Hilton Head prices and Savannah tourists.
Bluffton holds rich Civil War history acting as a safe haven for residents fleeing Union occupation of South Carolina barrier islands. After being overrun by Union forces, about 15 residences and two churches remained standing out of approximately 60 structures. Rebuilding came slowly and didn’t experience expansion until the 1880s.
Today, it is a quaint, artsy town with an estimated population of 23,000.
What is special about Bluffton? Quiet sidewalks, Live Oak trees, food, and yes, adventure!
I always look for some local activity fun for the kids. Depending on the tides, a morning or evening stand up paddle boarding trip is an adventure anyone in the family can try. Not far from downtown Bluffton are docks to meet your guides and start paddling up the river. Keep your eyes open for dolphins and unique birds in the distance. Although there are numerous companies to choose from, my children and I had a great experience with Stand and Paddle.
After a couple of hours paddling the river, you may need a pick-me-up. You can take the short drive or stroll under the lurking Spanish moss from the docks to downtown. The Corner Perk Café on May River Road is a perfect resting place among many other choices. With a variety of coffee brews and brunch menu ranging from omelets and quiche to a variety of salads and breakfast sandwiches, the pickiest of your family will be able to find something!
Bluffton holds many events throughout the year. Fall is a comfortable time of year for all of the Low Country. The blistering heat is leaving and we can enjoy being outside again. Events like the Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival are held in October.
Only an hour and a half drive from Statesboro, Bluffton is a perfect fall day trip destination. You will want to add this unique hidden gem to your destination spots.
Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival
Stand up Paddle Boarding