Fripp Island in South Carolina is a seaside town near Beaufort with all your classic seaside activities. Explore its beaches and pools, nature and lighthouse, and of course, the ocean. Relax with a movie or at a golf course, and this place is the perfect weekend getaway. Here are the best things to do on Fripp Island:
1. Take in the views at the Hunting Island Lighthouse
The Hunting Island Lighthouse is about a half hour’s drive from Fripp Island and is the only public South Carolina lighthouse. It was built in 1859 (and rebuilt in 1875 after the civil war) and became inactive in 1933. Today you can climb the 167-step spiral staircase to the top balcony for 2 USD, and enjoy panoramic views of the park and the ocean. The Hunting Island park also has a marsh boardwalk, a nature center, lots of wildlife to view, and a beach to hang out on - you’re even allowed to collect sea shells!
Hunting Island Lighthouse
Address: 2555 Sea Island Pkwy, St Helena Island, SC 29920
Website: Hunting Island
2. Go horseback riding
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If you’re looking for a unique activity, the Camelot Farms Equestrian Center will take you horseback riding. They’re only about 20 minutes away from Fripp Island, and they offer different kinds of trail rides, such as the Plantation Ride (50 USD a person and an hour long), and the Coastline Ride (75 USD a person and two hours long). If you like, you can also camp there, or stay in their Saddle Bag guest house, which can be booked through VRBO.
Camelot Farms Equestrian Center
Address: 101 Tom and Mike Lane, St Helena Island, SC 29920
Website: Camelot Farms Equestrian Center
3. Go paddle boarding
Nalu Paddle Boarding is more than a paddle boarding company. Aside from a beginner-friendly guided paddle boarding tour down Old House Creek (during which you may see some dolphins and other wildlife, according to the website), they also offer surfing lessons, yoga on the beach, and paddle board yoga. Yep, paddle board yoga! This consists of paddle boarding out to the creek, anchoring the board, and doing yoga on the paddle board.
Nalu Paddle Boarding
Address: 899 Bonito Dr, Fripp Island, SC 29920
Website: Nalu Paddle Boarding
4. Visit the Fripp Island Activity Center
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This nature center is a part of the Fripp Island Resort, and consists of a turtle conservation, as well as a series of nature programs. You can see their ball python and their baby alligator, or join them for a nature or craft activity, a wildlife education program, or an island bike tour. In the summer the activities ramp up to include sea turtle education programs, crabbing lessons, movies hosted at their pool, and more. There are guided kayaking tours (even some at sunset or by moonlight), a herpetology class, a gator or turtle walk, a nature cruise, and other guided tours done by the naturalists. There’s so much to choose from!
Fripp Island Activity Center
Address: 2119 Sea Island Parkway, Saint Helena, SC 29920
Website: Fripp Island Activity Center
Website: Nature Program list
5. Golf at Ocean Point or Ocean Creek
Both of these golf courses are specially designed. The Ocean Point Golf course is one of the most highly rated golf courses in South Carolina, and has even won an award; its “dramatic” views of the ocean offer a stunning backdrop to the game. Ocean Creek is highly rated as well, and is set among marshes and lakes; while enjoying a game here you may be visited by wildlife such as deer and osprey, egrets, and herons. You can find more information about both courses below.
Fripp Island Golfing
Website: Fripp Island Golfing
6. Take an excursion to Pritchards Island
Pritchard’s Island is an uninhabited island that is only possible to get to by boat (the ferry departs from Fripp Island, or you can go there yourself via canoe or kayak). Naturalists can take you surf fishing, on beach sweeps, and host workshops for photography, tagging turtles, night walks, and more. On the island, there’s the “Phillip Rhodes Barrier Island Research Facility,” where a number of guests can stay overnight. Only 18 spots are available, so you have to make reservations.
Address: Pritchard’s Island, SC
Website: Pritchards Island
7. If you want to skip the beach, go to the Cabana Club Complex
There’s not just a pool here - there’s three. There’s an oval-shaped pool that’s heated year-round, a lagoon-style pool that has waterfalls and caves, and a kids pool with a slide. There’s a pool-side bar called Willie’s Wet Bar, and the club also has a restaurant and shop. Plus, the complex overlooks the ocean. Perfect for a few hours of fun, or an all-day stay.
Cabana Club Complex
Address: Bonito Drive, Fripp Island, SC
Website: Cabana Club Complex
8. Spend the day at the Penn Center
The Penn Center is a significant historical site; in fact, it used to be the Penn School, one of the first schools for freed slaves, established in 1862. Today it’s an educational center for African American history, social justice, and historic preservation; they host a number of events, such as the 1862 Circle Gala, and the Heritage Days festival. There’s also a museum called The York W. Bailey Museum, and a welcome center and gift shop. The Penn Center is a truly unique place to explore history, and learn how to preserve it.
Address: 16 Penn Center Circle West, St. Helena Island, SC 29920
Website: Penn Center
9. See a flick at the Hwy 21 Drive-In theater
Yes, drive-in theaters still exist; Hwy 21 in Fripp Island is one of the few left in the country. If you’ve never been to one I highly recommend it - imagine opening your trunk and sitting on a blanket, or setting a few chairs out by your car, eating food and drinking drinks from your cooler, all while watching a movie on a giant screen under the stars. Hwy 21 hosts movies nightly, plus a handful of other events, and there’s also a concession stand; keep in mind it’s about a 45-minute drive from Fripp Island. Visit their website for movie times and event schedules.
Hwy 21 Drive-In
Address: 55 Parker Dr, Beaufort, SC 29906
Website: Hwy 21 Drive-In
An island oasis
There’s plenty of daytime and nighttime activities, plenty of beach, and plenty of ocean in Fripp Island - not to mention the wildlife you’re bound to see. It seems to me that Fripp Island would be the perfect location for a weekend getaway.
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