Lowcountry Day Trip

Bluffton, SC
Distance from HHI: 8 miles west | 15-minute
Just minutes from Hilton Head Island on the banks of the scenic May River, Bluffton is one of the most charming spots in all of the Lowcountry. If you’re an art enthusiast, spend some time in one of the many galleries. With gorgeous victorian homes, historic churches, unique artisan shops and locally-owned restaurants, this quaint Southern town has so much to offer for all ages. Don’t forget to check out the Bluffton Farmer’s Market every Thursday from 12pm- 5pm!

Savannah, GA
Distance from HHI: 33 miles southwest | 45-minute
This picturesque, haunted town inspired by the Old World and founded on Enlightenment principles has something for everyone. Gallivant through almost 300 years of history in this pedestrian-friendly city. Only 38 miles from Hilton Head, you can choose from an endless variety of one-of-a-kind Hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, and Vacation Rentals. Dive into an exciting culinary scene that features flavors from all over the world. Explore this fair city on your own or choose from award-winning tours that will inform, entertain, and surprise you. And don’t forget that Tybee Island is just a stone’s throw away.

Daufuskie Island, SC
Distance from HHI: 2.75 miles offshore | 60-miles ferry ride
Located between Savannah and Hilton Head and still only accessible by boat, Daufuskie Island is a remote retreat from modern life. Immerse into the island’s history and catch a glimpse of how the Lowcountry’s sea Islands looked before bridges opened them up to development. Many of Daufuskie Island’s current residents make their living oystering and fishing to this day. Fun fact: this scenic island also served as the setting for The Water Is Wide, Pat Conroy’s haunting and powerful tale of a place the world forgot.

Beaufort, SC
Distance from HHI: 35 miles north | 45-minute drive
Less than an hour drive from the island, Beaufort’s enduring beauty will make a lasting impression on any of its visitors. The seafood is savory and the memories you’ll make will live on forever. If there has ever been a time you want an escape, it’s now and Beaufort is the ideal place for fellow adventurers to head next.

Enjoy the sunlight, the fresh air, the welcoming smiles and the fragrant breezes that define this place. If you long to witness a gorgeous sunset, or to take a leisurely stroll under the oaks, or to breathe deeply from a comfy chair on a sweeping veranda it’s all there. The only thing missing is you!

Need help booking one of these day trips? Call (843) 341-2370 to talk to a vacation expert or Click Here!

4th of July on Hilton Head Island 2021

Spending the 4th of July Holiday on Hilton Head Island? Check out a few of our favorite activities and can’t-miss events to guarantee your family has an unforgettable holiday week. Whether you’re looking for adventure, family fun, or the ultimate in relaxation, Hilton Head has something for everyone, including a variety of Independence Day themed events.


Standup Paddle Boarding

Learn to walk on water during your stay with experienced stand up paddle boarding guides.  Learn the basic paddle boarding techniques while exploring the warm, calm waterways of Broad Creek. Ideal for guests of any skill level. 

Ages: 12+ | Duration: 1 hour | Equipment: Clean & Safe

Call or Click here to learn how to get special, VIP rates.


Dolphin Tours

If you’re hoping to see dolphins up close during your stay, be sure to book a dolphin cruise. From narrated tours to pirate ship adventures, the entire family will love this unique, lowcountry experience.  Get the best seat in the house for Hilton Head’s weekly fireworks show by booking a sunset and fireworks dolphin tour.

Ages: No Age Restrictions | Duration: 1.5 hours | Equipment: Clean & Safe

*for families with young children, please note, there is no bathroom on board. 

Call or Click here to learn how to get special, VIP rates.


Golf

If golf is on your vacation wish list, Hilton Head Island is the place to go! Make tee times at:

  • Port Royal Golf Club
  • Oyster Reef Golf Club
  • Shipyard Golf Club
  • Bear Creek Golf Club
  • Palmetto Hall Plantation
  • And many other top rated courses

Experienced and novice golfers alike are guaranteed a great time on the greens of the Hilton Head Island Area’s 33 golf courses designed by some of the most legendary golf course architects. 

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Dinner Cruises

Looking for a romantic date night during the holiday week? Book a sunset dinner cruise! Enjoy delicious lowcountry-inspired cuisine while taking in some breathtaking views during this relaxing date night favorite activity. 

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July 4th Harbourfest Celebration

Sunday, July 4th | 6:00pm – 9:00pm | Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina 

Enjoy special patriotic, family-friendly shows featuring beloved entertainer and musician Shannon Tanner at both 6:30pm and 8:00pm on Sunday, July 4th. American flags and paddle fans will be distributed while supplies last.

Cappy the Clown has a ton of entertaining activities for children planned from 6:00pm – 9:00 pm with face painting, balloon animals, sand art, glitter tattoos, and a much more.

Get ready for a fan favorite fireworks display kicking off at approximately 9:00pm. This year’s HarbourFest fireworks show has been upgraded for enhanced visibility and quality. 

Harbourfest events are weather-permitting, but are also free and open to the public.  Leave your coolers behind as they will not be permitted. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. 

Click here for event parking and free shuttle information


Summer Jams at Shelter Cove Community Park

Sunday, July 4, 2021 | 6:00 PM  9:00 PM | Shelter Cove Towne Centre

Don’t miss this fun-filled, festive event presented by The Island Recreation Association. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:00pm, weather permitting, so bring your lawn chairs and enjoy. Kids will love the inflatable bounce houses and face painting available for a minimal fee. 

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Skull Creek 4th of July Celebration

Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, Skull Creek Dockside, and Skull Creek Boathouse will again host their annual 4th of July celebration. Live entertainment and food and beverages available at all three locations as the festivities get under way at 6:00pm. Fireworks will be launched from a barge on the Intracoastal Waterway beginning at 9:30pm.

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These are just a few of the fantastic Independence Day opportunities available on Hilton Head. If you’d like help planning your vacation activities or would like to know more about how to take advantage of discounted rates by becoming a VIP guest, call (843) 341-2370, click, or visit us at Hilton Head Guest Services | 1 Executive Park Road to pick up your Island Discount Packet Today. 

Dining on Hilton Head: A Few of Our Favorite Eateries

The culinary scene on Hilton Head is ever-growing, changing, and expanding. Whether you’re looking for local seafood, traditional lowcountry cuisine, burgers, pizza, or fine dining, Hilton Head has the perfect restaurant for you.

Nick’s Steak and Seafood

This warm and casual atmosphere paired with a diverse menu that promises “Something for Everyone”, Nick’s Steak and Seafood is perfect for a family dinner or a romantic date night. From hand cut Steaks, delicious local Seafood, tempting Pasta dishes, specialty Sandwiches and an extensive Kids Menu; everyone EATS happy. Reservations are currently required for dinner service so plan ahead and enjoy this fan favorite restaurant.

Closed Sunday – Monday | 9 Park Lane HHI, SC 29928 | 843-686-2920 | nickssteakandseafood.com


Carolina Crab Company

Known for its pet-friendly patio dining with magnificent marina views, Carolina Crab Company is a “must see” on your Hilton Head vacation checklist.

Located in Palmetto Bay Marina, this lowcountry eatery offers excellent seafood in one of the original fishing marinas of Hilton Head. There’s a cozy, intimate atmosphere, and the menu is full of great food at affordable prices. The menu offers a wide variety of seafood options. You’re sure to find something you’ll love. Open 7 days/week 3:00pm – 9:00pm for indoor or patio dining.

Palmetto Bay Marina | 86 Helmsman Way 843.842.2016 | CarolinaCrabCo.com


Hilton Head Diner

For the “breakfast all day” crowd, Hilton Head diner is open 7:00am – 11:00pm 7 days/week. The warm, easy-going atmosphere is ideal for a family meal, a business lunch, or a casual day date. While popular for breakfast, Hilton Head Diner’s menu has everything from sandwiches to seafood including multiple “comfort food” options and a large kids section. And don’t forget to check out the dessert menu!

6 Marina Side Drive | 843-686-2400 | hiltonheaddiner.com


The Sandbar Beach Eats

If spending the day at Coligny Beach has you in need of a refueling, look no further than The Sandbar. With a menu full of beach friendly options and live entertainment nightly, you can’t go wrong. Try the loaded hush puppies or the lowcountry tacos for a true taste of the south. The Son of a Bun Burger will satisfy the hungriest customer, and the chargrilled oysters are a must try! Located at 101 Pope Avenue, The Sandbar opens daily at 11:30am.

 

843-342-SAND (7263) | SandBarHHI.com


Did you know that you can get exclusive VIP discounts at all these restaurants as well as great deals on island activities by becoming a Hilton Head Guest Services VIP? It’s free to sign up and you’ll be eligible for access to hundreds of dollars in savings while here on Hilton Head Island. Click here for more information.

Hilton Head is the Ideal Location to Bike!

Did you know Hilton Head Island is rated as a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the American League of Bicyclists? Hilton Head Island is the ideal place to enjoy biking in a breathtaking natural setting. You can take a cycling adventure through the 60 miles of multi-use trails connecting you to everywhere you want to go, including our beautiful beaches. If you enjoy riding with a large group, the island has local biking clubs that coordinate weekly rides for bikers of all levels.

Hilton Head Island offers miles of scenic biking paths along beaches, parks, scenic areas, and resort communities. Hilton Head offers 12 miles of hard-packed beaches where you can ride and cruise along the blissful island shoreline. It is best to do this at low tide. Ideal weather, breathtaking scenery and the playful island scene, Hilton Head Island will unleash your inner cyclist.

The Pope Avenue Bike paths allow for cyclists to wheel over wooden bridges that cross over scenic lagoons. The path along Pope Avenue heading west toward Sea Pines Circle will take you to Compass Rose Park, dedicated to Charles Fraser, the Island’s modern-day visionary founder.

The resort community Palmetto Dunes, Shelter Cove and Forest Beach offer free access areas so you can cycle around and enjoy the island tranquility. Sea Pines Plantation can be accessed by paying a small gate fee to bring your bicycles in by car only.

Need To Rent A Bike? Our Premier Partners Have You Covered!

Located less than a mile from Coligny Beach Park, the state-of-the-art Wheelz facility boasts both high-quality rental equipment as well as an array of merchandise perfect for your bicycle or trip to the beach!

Wheelz encourages guests of all ages to explore Hilton Head Island through its 60 miles of beautiful, nature trails and public bike paths. Since 2019, our team has been able to serve the local community and visitors alike, creating countless opportunities for memorable adventures with friends and family.

Go to rentweelz.com to book your bike rental today or call 843.842.4445!

Hilton Head Biking Tips

  • Check the tide chart prior to heading to the beach.
  • Help us protect the Island by not parking your bicycles on island dunes.
  • Please obey all traffic signals and pathway markings. Stop signs must be obeyed for safety. Bicycles are vehicles and must obey SC traffic laws.


Hilton Head Biking Parks

Fish Haul Creek Park –
 Cycle through this remote 16-acre park at Fish Haul Creek with a maritime forest, wetlands, salt marsh and a beach. A shaded trail winds through live oaks to the sandy shore of Port Royal Sound.

Barker Field Observation Deck – Ride along the boardwalk behind Barker Field toward Port Royal Sound. An observation deck awaits you at the end of the boardwalk, rewarding bikers with expansive views across the Sound and magnificent morning sunrises.

Greens Shell Community Park – Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, this scenic park has an elevated boardwalk for biking with views of Skull Creek and Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. Bike over to the park’s large shell ring that encloses a Native American farming village, and picnic areas.

Shelter Cove Community Park – Enjoy biking along the pathway through this peaceful park with a white granite memorial on the bank of Broad Creek honoring American veterans. Take in views over the marsh and creek at the observation deck or take a break on benches under the arbors.

Old House Creek Pier – Ride your bike to this secluded fishing and crabbing pier with vistas across the Intercoastal Waterway. Old House Creek Pier has a wildlife viewing area at the end where you can see the school of shrimp scamper across the water and the fiddler crabs dance down the mud bank.

“Hilton Head Island’s Newest Park Has an Epic Adventure Playground Kids Will Love” by Travel & Leisure Magazine

Reposted from Travel & Leisure Magazine

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina has been a family-friendly destination for generations, and many visitors who now have children remember visiting the island as children themselves, spending afternoons on the docks with their grandparents or unfettered playtime at the old tree house playground in Sea Pines. This year, as they return, they’ll realize that Hilton Head Island has completed a playground present of a project that welcomes the next generation to make memories of their own.

Lowcountry Celebration Park, a 10-acre site off Pope Avenue near the Coligny Beach parking lot, was completed in December of 2020 and features a playground, as well as an open pavilion and lawn, walkways that welcome after dusk with their subtly lit details, and even a Children’s Sandbox Museum, which offers learning and interactive fun even on a rainy day.

The centerpiece of this park is the Adventure Playground, and it includes a reimagined design of The Adventure (the ship from which Captain William Hilton first spotted the island), surrounded by a poured-in-place safety rubber surface and equipped with “cannons” that spray a light mist if a child hits a button. There’s also other play equipment, and a wading pool that mimics the rise and fall of the island’s tides.

The focus on the island itself as inspiration continues throughout the park with a nod to island architecture in the pavilion, oyster shell paths, and an art piece in a flood-control lagoon called “Setting Sun.”

The entire park site was dormant for years and originally planned as a hotel, though no building was ever constructed. When the town acquired the land 20 years ago, there was, however, a swimming pool and some storm drains, which were removed during construction. Design ideas and implementation bubbled for years in the interim, and eventually the lead designer for the park, Kyle Theordore at Wood + Partners, not only brought the ideas together to make it Hilton Head Island-centric, but planned for its multi-use future, from uplighting on trees to electric outlets near the lawn that would easily accommodate a future festival and individual booths.

“It is uniquely Hilton Head,” Chris Darnell, Town of Hilton Head Island urban designer, said. “A lot of parks I see could be picked up and plopped down anywhere in the USA, but not this one. It was built specifically for this space, place, and environment.” And it’s open and ready for many seasons full of safe outdoor fun.