Day Trip-Old Port Royal Village
Whether you’re planning a visit to the critters at the Estuarium or booking our 2 hr. field adventure, we suggest you consider making a day of it once you’re here. There’s a lot more to see and do within relatively short driving distances.
Even if you’re not taking the Estuarium’s guided tour of the shrimp docks and Sands Beach, you will find visits on your own to both locations worthwhile. The 11th Street docks are home to the Port Royal Shrimp Company and Seafood Market and a great location for photographing shrimp boats, gulls and pelicans.
At The Sands you will find a quarter mile long boardwalk over the marsh with an observation tower overlooking Battery Creek tidelands and Parris Island across the water. East of the boat landing lies an expanse of beach where locals enjoying the day will be happy to show you where and how to search for shark teeth and fossils.
Birders are drawn to the Cypress Wetland and Nature Preserve on the north end of Paris Avenue. A new board walk and amphitheater are scheduled for completion in May, 2012.
The Union Church Museum houses a collection of artifacts from Port Royal’s past and provides maps for a self-guided walking tour of the Old Village historic district.
Unique and eclectic are terms that best describe the Old Village shopping experience. North to south along Paris Ave. you will find Heritage House Antiques and Gardens, Consign and Design and Nuances – Art of Joyful Living. Each is a treat to the eye and imagination.
When all this activity begins to make itself felt in the tummy, you’ll find our friends at MoonDoggies Café right in the midst of it to satisfy those pangs with a wide ranging menu to include live caught local seafood.
If getting on the water to bring home dinner strikes your fancy, Castaway Fishing Charters is your ticket. Our friend, Capt. Tim, knows these waters and where best to try your luck in any season.
On your way to or from the Old Village and less than 15 minutes away you will find The Parris Island Museum. It holds far more than highest quality US Marine history exhibits you would expect to find. There is also an extensive collection of pre-Columbian and 16th century French and Spanish first settlement artifacts.