10 Things to Do in Bluffton That You Shouldn't Miss

Bluffton is a Lowcountry town in Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. It is primarily located around U.S. Route 278, between Hilton Head Island and Interstate 95. The town's original one square mile area, now known as Old Town, is situated on a bluff along the May River. The population was counted by the 2010 census at 12,893. Bluffton is the fastest growing municipality in South Carolina with a population over 2,500, growing 882.7% between the 2000 and 2010 census. Bluffton is the fifth largest municipality in South Carolina by land area. The town is a primary city within the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Bluffton is known for its eclectic Old Town district and natural views of the May River. It has been called "the last true coastal village of the South."

1. Old Town Bluffton

Bluffton, SC Other, Sights & Landmarks, Neighborhoods
Excellent
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4.5 based on 704 reviews

Old Town Bluffton

Reviewed By Melissa T

Adorable town area

We visited Old Town Bluffton both nights we were in town. Be aware, if you are a night life person - things shut down pretty early. We also had a tough time finding a Lyft/Uber back around midnight when everything was shutting down. Other than that, every

2. The Church of the Cross

110 Calhoun Street, Bluffton, SC 29910 Sights & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
Excellent
81%
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5 based on 390 reviews

The Church of the Cross

Reviewed By SoNotagain

Beautiful church, beautiful setting

Always a highlight of a trip to Bluffton. The church is well maintained and sits in a quiet corner of Bluffton along the May River. Stroll around the grounds and walk down to the adjacent dock along the river. A restorative and inspiring place.

3. Tanger Outlets Hilton Head

1414 Fording Island Rd, Bluffton, SC 29910-6552 Shopping, Factory Outlets
Excellent
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4 based on 404 reviews

Tanger Outlets Hilton Head

Find great savings on merchandise from your favorite designer and name-brands direct from the manufacturer at stores like: Nike, Saks 5th Ave Off 5th, Polo Ralph Lauren, Gap, Chico's, Coach, Columbia, Talbots, Vera Bradley and many more. Before you travel, check out the Tanger Outlet website to find the latest Coupons & Sales Offers for Tanger Outlets in Hilton Head. Or, when you arrive at the outlets, make your first stop Shopper Services to learn about the benefits of joining TangerClub (Tanger Club information is also available online). In Shopper Services you can purchase a coupon book full of great savings or if you are already a TangerClub member pick up a coupon book for free! Think Outlets, Think Tanger.

Reviewed By Katherine B - Rothesay, CanadaRothesay, Canada

All Your Favorites Are Here!

We never go to Hilton Head without a stop at the Tangers Outlets! We prefer 2 to 1 as 2 has some of our favorite stores! Such as Talbot's, Coach and Saks Off Fifth! Always some great buys and always interesting merchandise!Thank you so much for your wonde

4. Heyward House Museum & Welcome Center

70 Boundary St, Bluffton, SC 29910-7011 Sights & Landmarks, Museums, History Museums, Historic Sites More
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4.5 based on 90 reviews

Heyward House Museum & Welcome Center

Make this your first stop when visiting historic Bluffton, South Carolina. Whether you'd like to tour the house-museum, have questions about local history, need maps of the area, or just want to know where to have lunch while you're in town-- we would love to see you! The Heyward House was constructed circa 1841, and is one of only eight antebellum homes remaining in the Lowcountry coastal town of Bluffton, South Carolina. In 1998, the home was purchased by the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society and opened to the public for tours, field trips, and events. In addition to being a beautifully preserved house-museum, the Heyward House also acts as the official town Welcome Center, providing maps, information, menus, and more to visitors and residents. Because of its well-preserved condition, the Heyward House is now an Official Project of the Save America's Treasures Program, a public-private partnership between the White House Millennium Council and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.The home is open to the public for tours Monday - Friday: 10-5 and Saturday 10-4. Group tours and guided walking tours of the historic district are available with advanced reservations.

Reviewed By crstreet - Bayville, New JerseyBayville, New Jersey

Fun way to kill a half hour outside of HHI

We needed to kill about 30-45 minutes one morning before heading to see family on HHI and we decided to go here and do some of the def guided walking tour. It was a good way to spend some time...I’m sure if we did a guided tour we’d have gotten much more

5. Bluffton SC Farmers Market

Calhoun St, Bluffton, SC Food & Drink, Shopping, Farmers Markets, Flea & Street Markets More
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4.5 based on 117 reviews

Bluffton SC Farmers Market

This is a Thursday only event that hosts anything from local farmers selling fresh, produce, fruits, honey, baked goods as well as local restaurants selling samples from their store offerings. The setting is Old Town Bluffton with multiple old turn of the century homes from the historical society. It is a wonderful afternoon outing held from2pm to 7pm throught the summer season and only on Thursday's.

Reviewed By RickF700 - Friendswood, TexasFriendswood, Texas

Too Hot

This was no fun because the street is blistering hot in the summer. I would wait til cooler months. The booths looked interesting but it was just to hot to stick around.

6. Palmeto Oaks Sculpture Garden

11 Palmetto Beach Ln, Bluffton, SC 29910-7139 Nature & Parks, Gardens
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5 based on 22 reviews

Palmeto Oaks Sculpture Garden

Reviewed By JuneNY

Great Little Spot................So COLORFUL and its FREE!!!!!

My sister and I had about fifteen minutes to spare after exploring Bluffton an before picking my brother in law up at his golf course. We plugged the address into her phone and were taken directly this spot. We met the gardener/sculpter and walked through

37 Calhoun St, Bluffton, SC 29910-7013 Museums, Shopping, Art Galleries
Excellent
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Maye River Gallery

Reviewed By SavantIII_11 - Centerville, OhioCenterville, Ohio

Allow time to visit

During our Travels of the US, Old Towns are a magnet for us, and for many other History-minded Travelers.Maye River Gallery has been a constant for many of our Hilton Head Island visits.Maye River Gallery is a serious Art Gallery, and we have purchase sev

8. Southern Barrel Brewing Company Tavern

375 Buckwalter Place Blvd, Bluffton, SC 29910-5110 Food & Drink, Breweries
Excellent
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4.5 based on 47 reviews

Southern Barrel Brewing Company Tavern

At Southern Barrel Brewing Company, we’re combining the beauty of old with a taste of the new. Visit us 7 days a week and enjoy our award winning beers. Our bar, beer garden and Tavern restaurant offer a seasonal menu featuring locally sourced ingredients and beer fresh from our brewery. We have year-round core beers on tap as well as seasonal selections and limited runs. Be sure to look for our new Southern Barrel Cellars lineup of small batch brews. A new one each quarter. Our indoor and outdoor seating was created to suit any mood, whether it’s dinner with the family or relaxing in the beer garden with friends. At Southern Barrel Brewing Company you can relax, grab a bite and a brew and just…enjoy.

Reviewed By 699DavidE - Beaufort, South CarolinaBeaufort, South Carolina

Good brew house

Three of us for beer and light dinner. We each had a different beer and all were good. I favored the Scottish ale. Southwestern Salad was good, sliders the same. The tuna appetizer was very good. I had wings with a red pepper, garlic Parmesan sauce that I

9. Pluff Mudd Art

27 Calhoun St, Bluffton, SC 29910-7013 Shopping, Museums, Art Galleries
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4.5 based on 16 reviews

Pluff Mudd Art

Reviewed By SavantIII_11 - Centerville, OhioCenterville, Ohio

Enjoy a visit with local Artist

During our Travels of the US, Old Towns are a magnet for us, and for many other History-minded Travelers.Pluff Mudd Art Gallery has been a constant for many of our Hilton Head Island visits.Pluff Mudd Art Gallery is a serious Art Gallery, and we have purc

10. Salt Marsh Brewing

203 Bluffton Rd, Bluffton, SC 29910-6213 Food & Drink, Breweries
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4 based on 24 reviews

Salt Marsh Brewing

Reviewed By PeacefulSoul2 - Greenville, South CarolinaGreenville, South Carolina

OK Selection of Beers...

Food is OK to Average, and so are the Beer selections. Expect to wait as this is a popular local hangout. They seem to be overwhelmed at the volume of customers and need to add another bartender.

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