Parris Island

Marine Corps Recruit Depot

Located just south of historic Beaufort, Parris Island is home to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot. Each year, 20,000 young women and men come to the base to endure three months of the most rigorous military training in the world. With some limited access, guests are welcome to tour the base to see recruits training and marching and visit the Parris Island Museum as well as other historical highlights. Visit Local Fun for more off-island adventures while enjoying your Fripp Island Vacation.

Visitor Center

Start your journey by checking in at the Douglas Visitor Center. Marines on staff will give you information, and answer any questions you may have, about the facility and the training program.

You can also pick up a map and learn the best places to see during your visit.


Visit the Parris Island Museum to learn about the Marine Corps history with exhibits showcasing uniforms, weapons and photographs from World War 1 to the Gulf wars. 

You'll also learn about the Charlesfort-Santa Elena National Historic Landmark, site of French and Spanish colonies on Parris Island between 1562 and 1587.

This 10,000 square foot facility is impeccable with great attention to detail.  If is a must see on your next vacation.

Parris Island was officially designated as a Marine Corps Recruit Depot and training station on November 1, 1915.

Legends Golf Course

Get out and enjoy a round of golf on the Legends course at Parris Island. 

Legends offers a par 72, 18-hole private championship course that is challenging yet relaxing for golfers of all skill levels.

Each hole on this beautiful course is named after a legendary marine who excelled in service or impacted history.

Visit The Sand Trap, located inside the Pro Shop, for a delicious breakfast or lunch.

To enter the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, drivers must present a valid driver's license, vehicle registration and proof of automobile insurance.