Need to get out of the traffic and craziness of our whirlwind world and breathe a bit? We’ve got the place for you! Or if you’d prefer to eat, drink and be merry, we have you covered there as well. This month we’re highlighting the Bulls Island Ferry along with the Second Annual Shrimp & Grits Chefs’ Competition. Not the ‘free-est’ of activities, but well worth your money.
Bulls Island Ferry
If you have an appreciation for the outdoors and insane beauty of South Carolina, put a visit to Bulls Island on your Bucket List!
What? The Bulls Island Ferry offers trips and tours to Bulls Island. Bulls Island is the largest of four barrier islands found within the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. Bulls is a 5,000 acre island consisting of maritime forest, fresh and brackish water impoundments, sand dunes and white sandy beaches. It has a wide variety of animals, amphibians and reptiles, but is world renowned for it’s birds. Over 275 species have been recorded on the refuge, most being found on or near Bulls.
Where do we leave from? Garris Landing in Awendaw, SC
What do we do? Once on the island, you’ll be on your own to explore the 16 miles of trails and seven miles of sandy beach. A short walk from the ferry you will find bathroom facilities, picnic area, and storm shelter. From there, you can decide to walk straight to the beach, meander down Turkey Walk Trail or head over to the freshwater impoundments of the island’s interior. There are plenty of opportunities to tour the island with a guide, and everyone who take the ferry receives a Naturalist-led Ecotour on the way to the island.
Don’t Miss Activities: Boneyard Beach is considered the most beautiful part of the island and is aptly named. This three-mile stretch of beach is the result of the surf moving sand away from this end of the island. The hundreds of oaks, cedars and pines that are left behind are weathered by the salt and sun to create a skeletonized forest in the sand.
Cost: A guided tour while riding the ferry to the island is $40 for adults and $20 for age 12 and under; guided beach/island tours and other opportunities vary.
Other Island Opportunities: Sunrise tours, Lighthouse Tours, overnight stays at the Dominick House, kayak to Bulls Island (guided)…and other seasonal opportunities. Please visit www.bullsislandferry.com.
2nd Annual Shrimp & Grits Chef Competition
When is it and where do I go? September 19, 6-9 PM; Joe Riley Stadium
What will I do? Eat, Drink, Dance, Be a Judge
What kind of food? Well, lots of shrimp and grits of course! 20 Top chefs and restaurants will compete for the best shrimp and grits in town–you taste and vote! For a list of restaurants, please click here
What will I listen to? Live music from Shem Creek Boogie Band
What’s it gonna cost me? $12 for children under age 12; $40 for adults; includes all you can eat shrimp and grits—drinks sold separately; VIP tickets also available for $80–cut the line passes, free beverages, special tables and reserved parking included
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