2227 Boundary Street
Beaufort, SC 29902
Phone: (843) 525-9366
Fax: (843) 525-1529
As the only Kazoo manufacturing company in the United States, this one-story musical toy facility is also a museum with tours and a gift shop. Kids and adults have a chance to make their own kazoos, too. Educational and entertaining, this museum shows that there's more to the little plastic sound maker. Invented in 1883 by Warren Herbert Frost, a kazoo is shaped like a submarine that, when blown into, modifies a person's voice. It is both a professional device and one that can be played just for fun. Located in a plain warehouse, The Kazoo Factory museum has an extensive display of early designs, materials and historic pieces. A factory tour shows how a kazoo is made in different styles, sizes and colors. Parking is on-site. -Natasha Lawrence
This candy destination has created a variety of handmade confections since 1980. Located in the Beaufort historic district, it's a must-stop place for anyone who loves chocolate. Located four blocks north of Bay Street by Waterfront Park, it offers over 60 choices that are beautifully displayed in glass cases. The enticing aroma of chocolate hits visitors walking in. Options include covered cherries, English toffee, coconut clusters, caramel turtles with pecans and peanut butter fudge. Seasonal chocolates are also available such as Valentines and Easter Bunnies along with gift trays and tins. The box of chocolates used in the movie, Forrest Gump, came from this shop. For those who want to make their own candy at home, chocolate supplies can be purchased here as well. Ask for free sample coupons at the Visitor Center. Street parking is available. It's worth the effort for visitors to find this place rather than accidentally coming across it while strolling through the town. -Natasha Lawrence
Located just outside downtown Beaufort and a half-hour from Hilton Head, this village of boutiques, shops and restaurants offers visitors a place to spend the day or a few hours. Dining options include Berto's Tex-Mex Grill, Maggie's Pub & Eatery and Piace Pizza. Explore the Sea Islands Local Outlet that offers fresh, locally-grown produce directly to consumers. Visit Pearls Before Noon for "fun antiques, vintage and one-of-a-kind finds" or at M-Home & Garden & Interiors for eclectic furnishings, gifts, books and decorative items. After hours of shopping, relax with Afternoon Tea at the Green Room. On Friday, there's a farmers market from 4p-7p. Pets are welcome at the Habersham Dog Park. Free Wi-Fi at Hargray's. Events include a classic car show and chili cook-off. Shop hours vary; check website. -Natasha Lawrence
Located in less than 10 miles from the beaches of Hilton Head in the town of Bluffton, the Hilton Head Tanger Outlet Center offers upscale outlet shopping with an impressive collection of 85 designer and name brand outlet stores. Enjoy savings of 25% to 65% every day. Stores include Polo Ralph Lauren, Gap, Reebok, Abercrombie & Fitch, Orvis, Tumi, Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger, Coach, Eddie Bauer and many more. Visit their website for coupons and the complete list of stores, sales & events, hours and more. Shop 'til you drop!
Pyramids houses a variety of accessories, vintage furniture and gifting ideas for you. Be it antique photo frames, elegant jewelery designs, furniture, home decor products or more, you will find all of these under one roof at Pyramids.
An assortment of 25 boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, gift shops, and an upscale grocer called Harris Teeter with a gourmet deli and bakery, this colorful little village-themed community also offers a variety of services as well. Located outside the gates of Hilton Head Plantation, shoppers will find a spa and salon, a pharmacy, custom frame shop, sports memorabilia and an artists' workshop. While you're strolling the village avenues, be sure to visit during seasonal and holiday events such as Jingle-Fest. Coffeehouses and restaurants include Starbucks, Main Street Café and the Outback. - Natasha Lawrence
In a move that all Americans should envy, the people of Hilton Head banded together and placed stringent zoning restrictions on their island. As a result, a great deal of the region's ecosystems remain untouched, making Hilton Head an ideal place to get closer to nature. The Coastal Discovery Museum further facilitates that connection by providing visitors with a bevy of interactive exhibits, programs and tours that impart an expanse of knowledge about the intricacies of Lowland South Carolina's web of eminently biodiverse wetlands. See website for event calendar, educational programs, membership info and more.
The only enclosed mall on the island, the Mall at Shelter Cove offers visitors enough shopping options to satisfy any shopoholic. With specialty stores like Jos.A.Bank, eateries like Wholly Cow Ice Cream, and department stores such as Belk and Off 5th, this mall has something for everyone. In addition to the numerous shops, the mall also houses tourist information centers and activity kiosks connected to other establishments across the island. Be sure to check out the website for additional information about upcoming events and an assortment of activities for children.
Saks Fifth Avenue has maintained its hold in the fashion industry as a top choice for the hottest designer buys. Their satellite store, Off 5th at The Mall at Shelter Cove, continues that tradition by offering shoppers top name-brand items at greatly reduced prices. Here you can browse the racks for a range of items from your favorite designers such as Zac Posen and Vera Wang. Plus, with discounts of up to 70 percent, it's hard to begrudge being a little behind the fashion season.
Step back in time to a country store that appears to exist in a former old-fashioned service station from the 1920s. Packed within one room are shelves and tables filled with Carolina rice, ciders, jams, stone ground grits, preserves, pickles and relishes. Other items include packages of baking supplies and jars of chutneys, dips, sauces, salad dressing and syrups. There are also fresh-baked pies, cookies, books and gift baskets. Brightly lit, colorful and sparkling clean, visitors can taste free samples of the homemade products in this family-owned store. It's tempting to purchase one of everything, and those who can't resist stopping are sure to leave with something. A sister store a few miles away is located at 81 Charleston Highway, Yemassee. Parking is on site. Mail order is available online. Visit the website for recipes. -Natasha Lawrence
Every small detail counts when it comes to stationery, and Pretty Papers is more than ready to take the time needed to make each product something special. They carry a wide variety of high-quality invitations, gifts, and stationery products that fit every occasion imaginable. Located in the The Village at Wexford shopping center, this small boutique has established itself as a favorite gift shop since 1983. Browse the selection of cards, or request a personalized greeting for your next event.
Named after Gaspard de Coligny, a 16th Century French Admiral who sponsored several explorations of the Hilton Head area, this small shopping and recreation area is the heart of the downtown. It features a variety of unique shops, from clothing stores to tempting bakeries (it even has a dog-friendly one lovingly known as Tail Waggers). You can browse the many small kiosks, check out the latest fashions, or simply window shop for jewelry at The Bird's Nest. When hunger strikes, Coligny Plaza is home to a bevy of restaurants, delis and cafes like Earle of Sandwich-- but save room for dessert from an ice cream parlor or fudge shop! If all the eating has left you in a food-coma, stop by the Coligny Theatre for a screening or head to the nearby Coligny Beach for some sun.