Most travelers visit Hilton Head Island, SC for its pristine beaches and its laid-back coastal town atmosphere. Our main attraction is just that…the beach. But once you’ve had your fill of the sun and sand, Hilton Head Island and the surrounding area provides plenty of activities for the history buff, adventurer, nature lover, and sight seer. Hilton Head is one of the most family friendly vacation spots catering to parents and kids so you’ll find plenty to do when you’re not relaxing on the beach.
Rent Bikes Our streets were made for cycling! With more than 60 miles of public pathways and miles of hard sand beaches, biking is a great way to explore the island. No matter your destination, there is a path to connect riders to everywhere they want to go. Hilton Head prides itself as a bike friendly town and has been ranked as a Top 5 Family Biking Getaway.
Visit Lawton Stables Located in the heart of Sea Pines Plantation, Lawton Stables offers trail rides through the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. The Forest Preserve gives you a true feel for the Lowcountry while providing history about some of the first inhabitants of the Island, Native Indians. For the younger visitor, pony rides are available and an animal farm where you can get up close to some of the native animals on the Island.
Take a Guided Kayak Tour Hilton Head Island is known for its beautiful marshes and calm inland waters. These are great places for kayaking or paddleboarding. The slower pace of paddling through the creeks and rivers of the Lowcounty is perfect for bird watching, dolphin sightings, and enjoying the natural scenery. Most marinas offer guided tours.
HarbourFest This is Shleter Cove Harbour’s signature event that occurs from mid June through mid August. During HarbourFest, the harbor comes alive with entertainment, great food, crafts and activities. Every Tuesday is fireworks night! You won’t want to miss HarbourFest.
Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge Located between the two bridges to Hilton Head Island, Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge is a 4,053 acre refuge with a wide variety of land types and diverse flora and fauna. It’s surrounded by salt marshes and inland waterways. Wildlife commonly observed on the island including waterfowl, white-tailed deer and American alligators. There is a single crushed gravel road that’s great for walking or biking. There are hiking trails splitting off from the main road that meander through the woodland areas.
Shelling The Mitchelville Beach area is a less crowded beach and a perfect place to go shelling on Hilton Head. You’ll most likely come across a few sharks’ teeth too. It’s located at the north end of Hilton Head and looks out over the Port Royal Sound. This undisturbed beach is perfect for nature watching and fishing.
Visit Bluffton Located just over the bridge to the mainland, Bluffton is a quaint community offering historic homes, eclectic shopping and a variety of restaurants. Walk Calhoun Street, browse through antique stores and art boutiques then stop for lunch at any of the divine restaurants along Calhoun Street or in the Bluffton Promenade. Be sure to venture to the end of Calhoun Street where you’ll find spectacular views of the May River from the lawn of the Church of the Cross.
Daytrip to Beaufort Step back in time as you stroll along the quiet streets of historic Beaufort. The interlocking streets of downtown all flow down to the waterfront. Walk the streets and tour at your own pace or take a guided coach or horse drawn carriage tour. You’ll also find plenty of eclectic shops, art galleries, and restaurants in downtown. While visiting Beaufort, be sure to take the scenic drive over to 11th Street Dockside Restaurant in Port Royal. This is a required stop on any Hilton Head trip.
Visit the Coastal Discovery Museum Located on the north end of Hilton Head, the Coastal Discovery Museum sits on one of Hilton Head Island’s oldest plantations. Today, it provides interactive exhibits on the area’s natural history. Touring the grounds, you’ll find stables, a butterfly enclosure, gardens and docks overlooking the salt marshes. Guided tours are available and recommended.
An Afternoon in Savannah Spend the afternoon walking the historic squares of Savannah or shopping along Broughton Street. After a day of fun, spend your evening exploring the cobblestone streets of River Street where you’ll find seafood restaurants, taverns, sweet shops, and more shopping.