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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.