Hilton Head may get all the glory, but its close neighbor, Bluffton, has a lot to offer to make your vacation complete. Bluffton is the inland complement to Hilton Head Island, offering a slew of land activities you’ll want to try when you come to Hilton Head. After a quick drive over from US-278, here’s what you’ll find.


Known as the Heart of the Lowcountry, Bluffton is a town that exhibits true Southern hospitality. You can come and explore their historical district, which includes the Heyward House, to see just what it was like on a plantation in the south in the mid-1800s. The well-preserved farmhouse is typical of South Carolina living from colonial times until the Civil War. From there, you can visit the Garvin-Garvey House to see how a freed slave lived just off the May River in the 1870s. Can’t get enough history? Put some in your own home by browsing their many antique stores.

Farmer’s Market

If you’re all about fresh eating, you can’t get much fresher than straight off the farm. Bluffton’s farmers market offers fruit and veggies galore along with artisan-quality treats. And don’t forget the seafood that you’ll find fresh from the sea. The Farmers Market is available every Thursday from 1pm–6pm.

The Arts

Each week you can find a new series of concerts, events, or shows. Don’t forget to check out the Red Piano Art Gallery and check in to see what the Society of Bluffton Artists or the May River Theater company is doing. Or just head over to the movie theater to see what’s playing.

When you combine your trip to Hilton Head with a jaunt over to Bluffton, your vacation will become twice as fun. Can’t fit in everything you want to do? Guess you’ll be coming back next year!