Spring in the Lowcountry gives us the perfect opportunity to gather our friends and have a delicious picnic lunch together. Nothing quite compares to sitting underneath live oaks and enjoying the sunshine while sipping on some ice cold Southern sweet tea. Grab a big blanket and a picnic basket and head to one of these local Beaufort picnic spots.
Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park
Perhaps the most popular picnic spot in Beaufort, Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in downtown lures picnickers to its grassy field for plenty of good reasons. The waterfront offers plenty of green space for you to spread out a blanket, kick back and relax and let the day go by. Enjoy plenty of sunshine with a constant breeze coming in from the water or run over and hop on a swing. With its size lending to versatility, it’s the perfect location for picnickers who want to pick up a game of frisbee or a good football game, crack open a new book or enjoy the day with your pet. (dogs are welcome in the park)
One of the most beautiful spots in Beaufort has got to be The Bluff along the western end of Bay Street. Featuring a breathtaking view of the Beaufort River and its tidal marshes with some of the most recognizable historic homes in the city on the other side of the street, it’s prime real estate for a blanket and a few smiling comfort seekers. With plenty of cover from centuries old Spanish moss-draped live oak trees, it’s perfect for picnickers who want an intimate lunch while enjoying nature and beauty all around. Just sit, relax and watch the boats go by on the Intra-Coastal Waterway. That’s Beaufort.
Pigeon Point Park
Pigeon Point Park is one of Beaufort’s best kept secrets to anyone who does not have children. The park is beautiful, has tall oak tree coverage, seaside breezes, and multiple playgrounds fit for all ages from the tiniest toddlers to grown adults. It also features a shaded picnic area, and lots of shaded swings and benches. Fenced in and with space to roam, this park can handle just about anything your picnic or outing has to dish out, including energetic kids.
Hunting Island State Park & Beach
Packing a picnic and heading down to Hunting Island Beach can prove to be a real treat. Pack a basket stocked with sandwiches, fresh fruit and lemonade, and prepare to cool off by splashing in the ocean. With three miles of beautiful beach to wander, any spot is a good one for a blanket and lunch. And, if you’re just not feeling like sitting in the sand, enjoy any one of the dozens of State Park provided picnic tables instead. Enjoy an after lunch stroll along the beach or burn the calories a bit quicker with a climb to the top of the Hunting Island Lighthouse.
And yes, a picnic stops being a picnic and instead turns into a cookout when you bring the charcoal grill. Hunting Island is ideal for both.
Stephen Elliott Park (Cannon Park)
If you want a little history with your lunch then pop open a picnic basket right in downtown Beaufort over by the cannons at Stephen Elliott Park. A good picnic spot in the Point with plenty of lush green grass providing the cushion and sprawling live oak trees overhead providing the shade, ‘Cannon Park’ sits right at the food of the Woods Memorial Bridge. Providing plenty of marsh and water views, it’s a great spot to spend a quiet afternoon with a few glasses of sweet tea and some southern fried chicken.
Summertime is coming, and Beaufort is meant to be enjoyed. Picnics are part of what we do here in the south, and there is no shortage of spots to enjoy in the warmer months.