Bluffton offers a unique lifestyle that caters to both relaxation and adventure.

Welcome to Bluffton

A Quaint Coastal Gem with Plenty of Southern Grace

Bluffton is a vibrant community that offers a blend of Southern charm and coastal living. This picturesque town is renowned for its historic downtown, adorned with moss-draped oak trees and tranquil streets that host an array of boutique shops and cozy cafes.

Bluffton is not just a scenic location but a bustling hub of activity, where the warmth of Lowcountry hospitality meets a rich tapestry of community togetherness and history. Whether you're basking in the serene waterfront views, enjoying a stroll along the May River, or exploring the local seafood scene, Bluffton offers a unique lifestyle that caters to both relaxation and adventure.

What to Love

  • Historic Charm: The town's historic district offers a picturesque setting that feels like stepping back in time.
  • Outdoor Paradise: With easy access to rivers, beaches, and nature preserves, outdoor enthusiasts will find no shortage of fun activities.
  • Rich Creative Scene: From arts and crafts to music and seafood festivals, creativity is at the heart of the community.
  • Foodie Haven: The local dining landscape boasts everything from upscale eateries to charming riverside grills specializing in Southern and seafood delicacies.

Local Lifestyle

Life in Bluffton is characterized by a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where community is key. Residents enjoy a slower pace of life, with weekends often spent exploring local farmers' markets or participating in community events. The proximity to both the water and an array of green spaces facilitates a lifestyle rich in outdoor activities — kayaking, fishing, and hiking are regular pastimes.

Dining and Shopping

Bluffton's dining scene is a delightful blend of tradition and innovation. The Bluffton Room offers an intimate fine dining experience with meticulously crafted dishes. Don’t miss an exceptional meal of Faroe Island salmon or filet mignon on the open-air patio. Meanwhile, May River Grill is perfect for those seeking fresh seafood, salads, and more.

Buffalo's provides a rustic yet refined atmosphere, serving fresh meals, local seafood, and a full bar with a delightful cocktail menu. Try the daily oysters, southern BLT, blackened mahi sandwich, and more. Nectar Farm Kitchen is another popular restaurant with tons of Southern charm and a popular menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, quinoa, and more.

Shopping in Bluffton is just as rewarding, particularly at the Bluffton Promenade, where visitors can browse a selection of unique boutiques and local artisan shops in an outdoor retail center. Tanger Outlets offers an even more extensive shopping experience with a range of retail options, from sports apparel and unique gifts to beauty products.

Entertainment and Things to Do

Bluffton is a hub of entertainment and leisure activities. In October, the annual Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival celebrates the region’s rich culinary heritage and artistic talent, drawing visitors from all over for its fine art displays, great food, live music, and tons of fun. The May River Shrimp Festival at Bluffton Oyster Factory Park is another must-attend festivity, offering a taste of local dining specialties in a festive setting with live performances, arts and crafts, and more.

For those who enjoy the great outdoors, the proximity to the May River provides ample opportunities for water sports, while the town’s many parks and recreational areas offer spaces for land-based adventures.

Overview for Bluffton, SC

27,596 people live in Bluffton, where the median age is 38.9 and the average individual income is $47,130. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around Bluffton, SC

There's plenty to do around Bluffton, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Explore popular things to do in the area, including LowCarbwithCrys, The Ice Cream Stop - Bluffton, and Craft Kitchen.

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Dining 3.42 miles 26 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.43 miles 7 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Dining · $$ 4.78 miles 88 reviews 4.8/5 stars
Dining 4.26 miles 48 reviews 4.8/5 stars
Dining · $$ 4.88 miles 78 reviews 4.8/5 stars
Active 3.97 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars

Schools in Bluffton, SC

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The following schools are within or nearby Bluffton. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Red Cedar Elementary
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Michael C. Riley Elementary
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Pritchardville Elementary
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