Rain in the Forecast? Top Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Hilton Head

The first piece of advice I’m going to give you is this: don’t let your weather app scare you. More times than not, the scary-looking week filled with thunderstorms that will “surely ruin your vacation,” might turn into two afternoon-long bursts of weather that will help knock out some humidity and keep the island looking as green as ever. That is unless your weather app is tracking a hurricane–then, yes, definitely take the weather seriously. Here’s my second piece of advice: rain in the forecast or not, it’s always a good idea to pack a rain jacket when you’re visiting the island, especially in the summer months.

So if your beach day does get rained out, the good news is that there are plenty of indoor activities around the island and surrounding areas to choose from. Here are a few of our favorites:

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Stop by the Coastal Discovery Museum

A Smithsonian affiliate, this museum captures Hilton Head’s heritage and wonderfully showcases the island’s history and natural landscape. Sitting on a piece of history itself, the Coastal Discovery Museum is located on Honey Horn Plantation, 68 acres that are filled with trails, gardens, and fascinating exhibits. Visiting the Coastal Discovery Museum is always a great way to keep your group entertained and out of the rain for about an hour or two. This activity is free of charge, but donations are always appreciated.

Although the entire property might be a little harder to explore when it’s raining, you can always return to walk the boardwalks through the Jarvis Creek salt marsh and stop by to say hello to the Marsh Tacky horses. The Honey Horn property also hosts the island’s farmers market every Tuesday from 9 am-1 pm.

70 Honey Horn Dr., Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 | (843) 689-6767 | CoastalDiscovery.org

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Visit the Sandbox Children’s Museum 

The Sandbox has become one of Hilton Head’s favorite destinations for both visiting families and locals. The Sandbox has two convenient locations: one on Hilton Head Island and one at the Tanger 2 Outlets in Bluffton. Both locations offer children a hands-on, interactive experience they won’t soon forget. Children of all ages will love the flight simulator where they can “navigate the friendly skies” in a real jet, listen to commands from air traffic control through their captain’s headphones, and even don a pilot costume to complete the experience. Transition from air to sea as you explore their 48” saltwater aquarium filled with unique sea creatures. Little artists will love the rhythm and hues art room, and no visit is complete without a stop in the Loggerhead Sandcastle where children are surrounded by sand, sea, and sky. Kids can put on hard hats and construction gear while working with giant lego blocks or take a trip to their grocery corner. There’s something for everyone at this family-centered attraction (you’ll want to check it out even if it’s not raining)!

80 Nassau St | Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 | (843) 842-7645 | TheSandbox.org

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Make a Reservation at The Art Cafe 

The Art Cafe is a paint-your-own pottery studio that promises to be a family favorite activity. The Art Cafe is open Monday – Saturday and a reservation is required. When your family arrives, you’ll have the opportunity to pick out a piece of pottery to paint, and their friendly staff will help get you started. Upon completion, the team will glaze and fire your artwork for you. Try to plan this activity during the early days of your visit because your piece won’t be finished until 3 days later (don’t worry though. They’ll arrange to have your pieces shipped if you’re leaving soon after your visit). Enjoy food and drinks while you paint including beer and wine for the grown-ups! 

 5 Lagoon Rd | Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 | (843) 785-5525 | ArtCafeHHI.com

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Catch a Movie

Hilton Head has 3 theaters for your movie-viewing pleasure ensuring that no rainy day is a washout! Relax in electric reclining lounge chairs while enjoying something from the beer and wine bar during a trip to Northridge Cinema 10. If independent films are your thing, visit Coligny Theater. Hilton Head Island’s first theatre caters to an upscale adult audience. If you’re hoping to catch a new release while relaxing in luxurious reclining seats, Park Place Cinema is just what the doctor ordered. The cafe & lounge has a full food menu and offers beer, wine, coffee, and ice cream. 

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Do a Little Shopping 

Coligny Plaza is the perfect destination for some rainy day shopping. There’s plenty of cover as you wander from store to store and there’s something for everyone.

Here are some must-see shops:

  • Island Girl – clothes, accessories, and footwear for women
  • Coastal Sunglasses–wide selection of name-brand sunglasses
  • HH House of Jerky – Over 60 varieties of jerky!
  • HH House of Popcorn – Over 75 flavors of gourmet popcorn!
  • The Island Fudge Shoppe – Homemade fudge, hand-dipped chocolates, candies, and more. 
  • Mingles Gifts & Collectibles – easy-living clothes and jewelry, hand-crafted items, home accents, wall art, garden decor, special souvenirs, wine accessories, pet gifts, shell crafts, gourmet foods, and year-round Christmas.
  • Haskins & Co. – stylish, designer dresses, jewelry, bags, and much more. 
  • Hilton Head Toys – Surfer Dudes, Spike Ball, and a large assortment of other beach toys and games.
  • Camp Hilton Head – wide variety of t-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts, pants, hats, glassware, trinkets, jewelry, picture frames, and other collectibles.

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Atomic VR Virtual Reality Arcade

 Fun for everyone 8 and over! Atomic Virtual Arcade offers players an unlimited amount of entertainment. With 4 VR gaming stations available, you can explore the virtual experiences with your friends and family, go online and play with others around the world, or take on your own battles. Become immersed in a virtual reality video gaming world.

38 Gateway Circle | Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 | 843-505-7182 | AtomicVRHHI.com

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Adventure Cove Mini Golf & Arcade

Even if you can’t play a round of mini golf due to the rain, this miniature golf course has a trick up its sleeve: an arcade! A fun spot to keep the friendly competition going, this arcade has a variety of games and of course, a counter full of great prizes. Plus, you can always revisit to play a round or two of putt putt when the sun comes out.

18 Folly Field Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29926 | (843) 842-9990 | AdventureCove.com

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Chronic Golf 

Check out the Lowcountry’s first indoor golf and multi-sport simulation sports bar. Choose from over 100 golf courses and 13 other sports to play from the comfort of your own bay/living room area. Use their top-of-the-line Srixon and Cleveland golf clubs and Full Swing Simulators. 

59A New Orleans Rd | Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 | 833-987-GOLF | MyChronicGolf.com

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Catch a Ride on The Breeze Trolley 

Guests love “catching the breeze” to connect to some of the island’s favorite destinations. Access shopping and groceries, the best island restaurants, any of the Hilton Head beaches, and all of the island activities. The 2 Breeze Trolley routes promise to connect you to your favorite on island destination hassle-free! Download their route map and schedule here. 


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Fourth of July Events on Hilton Head Island

There is always something to do on Hilton Head Island, especially during the summer months. Add a holiday into the mix, and visitors are in for a real treat! If you’re celebrating Fourth of July with us, here is a rundown of some events and activities that’ll be held on July 4th.

USA 5K

8:00am

Coligny Beach

1 Coligny Circle, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Start your holiday with a morning run (or walk) on the beach! All ages and skill levels are invited to the USA 5K, produced by the Hilton Head Running Company and benefiting the Hilton Head Island Sea Turtle Patrol. All participants receive a festive t-shirt and finishers medal. This run will be held entirely on the beach at low tide, so expect hard, flat sand and plenty of room to run or walk.

Register here!

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36th Annual Firecracker 5K

8:00am

Jarvis Creek Park

100 Jarvis Park Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Celebrate Independence Day at the annual Hilton Head Firecracker 5K! This family-friendly race and walk is Beaufort County’s oldest and largest race. Beginning at 9:00am, there will be three runs for kids that will be separated by age and distance. After the run, join in on the celebration at the post-race party and barbecue. Participants are welcome to enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers, and two complimentary beers for those that are 21+. Have a blast with games for kids, the Patriotic costume contest, and a DJ on site. Can’t be there the day of? There’s a virtual run available!

Register here!

HarbourFest at Shelter Cove Harbour

Shelter Cove Harbour

1 Harbourside Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Listen to a live, patriotic performance by local favorite, Shannon Tanner, either at the 6:30pm or 8:00pm show. This family-friendly event features entertainment and activities for kids by Cappy the Clown from 6:00pm-9:00pm. Enjoy a pleasant evening in the Harbour with waterfront dining and shopping. The night will end in a dazzling firework display at 9:00pm.

Click here for the map of the complimentary shuttle provided for the event.

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The Nice Guys at Coligny Plaza

6:30pm-8:30pm

Coligny Plaza Center Stage

1 N Forest Beach Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Visit Coligny Plaza for a live performance by The Nice Guys, a local band known to cover today’s latest hits. Every Monday you can find them on Center Stage, and the Fourth of July is no different!

Check to see what other local bands are playing at Coligny Plaza throughout the week.

Approximately 1:30pm-2:00pm

Hilton Head Island Coastline

A South Carolina tradition that you don’t want to miss this Fourth of July, Salute From the Shore is a way that those enjoying their day on the beach can take a moment to honor our country’s armed forces. This military flyover stretches the length of South Carolina’s gorgeous coast starting at 1:00pm–so keep an eye out on the sky! Dress in your red, white, and blue, and head to the beaches to see a combination of fighter jets and personally-owned vintage military planes pass by.

Harbour Town Fireworks

Approximately 9:00pm

Harbour Town in Sea Pines

Make your way into the Sea Pines property to enjoy the Fourth of July Fireworks over the famous, Harbour Town Lighthouse. Set next to the gorgeous Calibogue Sound, enjoy the night’s festivities including food and live music before the firework show commences. Arrive a few hours early to grab a bite to eat, to do a bit of shopping, or visit the Lighthouse Museum before sundown.

Please keep in mind that there is a gate fee to enter the Sea Pines property.

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HarbourFest Fourth of July Fireworks

9:00pm-9:30pm

Shelter Cove Marina

1 Harbourside Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

The grand finale of that night’s HarbourFest, enjoy spectacular fireworks over the Shelter Cove Marina.

Click here for the map of the complimentary shuttle provided for the event.


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What to Do for Father’s Day on Hilton Head Island

Will you be vacationing in Hilton Head Island during Father’s Day weekend? Treating Dad to some well-deserved beach time is probably enough to make his day. If you do want to plan something special for the day, we’ve come up with a few ideas that are sure to be a hit!

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All Things Golf

            Something tells me that Dad might be the one that schedules the tee times. In any case, Hilton Head is known for having award-winning golf courses—and plenty of them! For the sake of this guide, we won’t get into the nitty gritty of every golf course on the island, since avid golfers have probably already done their research. Instead, let’s look at the other options that might better suit the family whose golfing abilities (and interests) might be across the board.

            The next-best, and most obvious choice would be to go mini golfing. A great way to spend an hour enthralled in some friendly competition, mini golf is a fun option that the whole family can do! That is of course, if your family isn’t known to get a little too competitive. Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. There are multiple mini golf courses located throughout Hilton Head Island, each of them is designed with a unique theme and offer different courses for differing skill levels.

            A relatively new addition to the island, Chronic Golf is an exciting, high-tech spin on your typical golf game. Because this experience is completely indoors, you can enjoy this activity rain or shine! The simulation sports bar is great for all ages and includes thirteen sports games in addition to the 100 golf courses offered. Sit back and relax in your private simulation bay, and order a tasty dish or beverage to enjoy while you play.

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Birds-Eye View

         Taking a helicopter tour might be something you wouldn’t normally think of doing, but is something you definitely do not want to miss.  By far the best way to see our beautiful island, Hilton Head Helicopter Tours offers numerous tours that can even take you to surrounding areas like Tybee Island, downtown Savannah, and Daufuskie. Great for all ages, this exciting experience pairs breathtaking views of the Lowcountry with a unique way of learning more about the area. With a wide array of options that consider time, budget, and interest, there is sure to be a tour for you.

Here are some of our favorites:

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Adventure, Anyone?

How about surprising Dad with a little adventure this Father’s Day? Plan on taking a trip to Adventure Hilton Head, where you can have fun for an hour or two, or even the whole day! There are three thrilling activities to choose from that are sure to be a hit:

The ZipLine Canopy Tour is great for explorers aged ten and above who are looking for a thrilling way to see the natural beauty of Hilton Head from a totally unique perspective. With seven ZipLines total, a swinging sky bridge, and a spiral staircase within the trees, you’ll be able to see scenic views of Broad Creek. We recommend making reservations for this activity in advance!

If you’re feeling a little more adventurous–and you’re definitely not afraid of heights–challenge yourself with the Aerial Adventures High Ropes Courses. There are four different courses ranging in difficulties between beginner and kid-friendly, to challenging and are considered expert-level. Each course has an array of activities that are at appropriate heights above the ground, and you may try out as many courses as your time allows. Similar to the ZipLine Canopy Tour, make sure you reserve ahead of time and everyone in your group is at least five years old.

For those of you who’d rather stay on the ground, try out the new GoKarts! Race around the track as a single rider, or buddy up in a two-seater kart. Check out the age, height, and weight requirements before making reservations.

Photo by Adventure Hilton Head

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Bluffton Mayfest 2022

The first Saturday of May, Bluffton becomes host to one of the best spring festivals in South Carolina.  Located in charming Old Town, those wanting to join in on the festivities should expect more than 150 artists and food vendors, live music playing on two stages throughout the day, as well as a fun-filled schedule of events:

Pie Eating Contest

11:30am | Dubois Park

Ugly Dog Contest

  1:00pm | Heyward House

Derby Hat Parade

  2:00pm | Martin Family Park Stage

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Admission is free to all guests. Complimentary parking will be at Red Cedar Elementary, and includes a complimentary shuttle to the festival area.

Click here for additional information.


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Pedal Hilton Head–May 1st, 2022

Celebrate National Bike Month and Hilton Head Island’s award-winning cycling community by joining in on the 14th Annual Pedal Hilton Head.  Rain or shine, locals and visitors alike will participate in one of six different rides that accommodate every level of rider.  From a fun, family-centered two-mile beach ride to a grand tour of the island in the sixty-two-mile ride, there is a carefully planned route for everyone to enjoy.  

Event proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head Island.  Not only is it Pedal’s mission to be a marquee cycling event in the island’s Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community, but the event organizers’ main focus is to fund as many programs and scholarships as possible for the kids who benefit from the Boys and Girls Club.  Pedal, and Pedal-for-a-Kid program specifically, continues to be a successful fundraising event year after year, and directly supports programs that focus on academic success, healthy lifestyles, and the importance of being good, productive and caring citizens.

For more information, or if you’d like to register for Pedal Hilton Head, click here.

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What to Do for Mother’s Day on Hilton Head Island

Mother’s Day is coming up, and if you’re drawing a blank trying to think of something to do for your World’s Best Mom, here are some ideas of some of the best things to do if you find yourself on Hilton Head Island this year.

Plan A Picnic

Take advantage of the beautiful spring weather and treat your mom to an al fresco spread on one of the island’s beaches or parks.  Nothing beats eating lunch outside on a warm, sunny day, and your mom will love this thoughtful gesture and quality time with you.  Grab all of mom’s favorite eats and everything else you’ll need at Piggly Wiggly.  Not sure what to pack in the cooler?  Try preparing something new like this tasty Thai Mandarin Salad with Peanut Orange Chipotle Dressing or these delicious chicken wraps.  Have a sweet tooth?  These easy-to-make Raspberry Jam Thumbprint Cookies will be a hit!

Spend some time in the sunshine at one of the island’s beautiful parks, and enjoy a Sunday afternoon picnic. Photo by Liana Mikah

Paint Some Pottery

Fun for all ages, make a reservation for yourself and your mom at the island’s very own pottery studio, The Art Café. With hundreds of items to choose from, you both will have a great time creating your own masterpieces.  Located on the second story above Rockfish, the studio has paired with the restaurant to serve food and beverages in the evenings.  If you and your mom want to enjoy a relaxing time painting and sipping on refreshing drinks from The Art Café’s patio, think about making your reservation anytime after four o’clock.  Give the staff three days to hand-glaze and process your pieces, and your new favorite keepsake will be ready to pick up!

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Brunch, Anyone?

You can never go wrong with taking your mom to a delicious brunch to start Mother’s Day off right.  Hilton Head is home to an array of cafés and restaurants that serve fantastic brunch favorites, and of course if Mom is an early riser, breakfast.  Because Mother’s Day lands on a Sunday, expect the brunch crowds to be more crowded than usual and make a reservation ahead of time if you can.  For our guide to some of the best brunches on the island, click below:

Go for a Bike Ride

Something that should already be on your to-do list while visiting Hilton Head Island regardless of the occasion, rent bikes and let Mom decide where to going exploring.  From miles of bike paths to open stretches of beautiful beaches, make sure to ask for a bike basket in case you happen to stop at any of the island’s shops in between! Remember to take a break and lock up your bike to grab a bite to eat—your mom (and legs) will thank you!

Find the perfect size and style of beach cruiser to explore the island with at Wheelz of Hilton Head.

Day Trip to Daufuskie Island

Spend the day with Mom on Daufuskie Island, a sea island situated between Hilton Head and Savannah.  Only accessible by ferry, this lowcountry gem is a great escape from the crowds. The island has few paved roads, making golf carts the best way to explore the five-mile-long island.  While there, enjoy a delicious meal of fresh seafood and other local ingredients at one of the dining locations on Daufuskie that take advantage of their beautiful surroundings and offer outdoor seating.  Remember to bring your camera while roaming the island and soak in the Lowcounty’s natural beauty.

Daufuskie Island is rich in culture and heritage. The island’s story is still told through historical sites such as the First Union African Baptist Church, pictured above. Photo by Yohan Marion

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Out to Brunch–Hilton Head Island Brunch Recommendations

It’s beginning to be brunch season again. What is brunch season, you ask? Well, to be honest, we just completely made that up. But we are heading into the time of year when there are more reasons to plan on spending your mid-morning sipping on mimosas and enjoying a delicious plate of French toast.  With Easter Sunday and Mother’s Day fast approaching, it’s a good idea to start making plans now—especially if you’re able to make reservations ahead of time! Here are our recommendations for some of the best brunches on Hilton Head Island:

Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café

Located in Palmetto Bay Marina, this café is a great option for breakfast or lunch—or in this case, brunch!  Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café is a local favorite that quickly turns new customers into regulars.  With a full bar that can whip up delicious Bloody Marys, and a regularly updated specials menu that continues to wow, this island favorite offers a dog-friendly patio where you can enjoy a beautiful morning waterside.

We recommend the Crab Cake Eggs Benedict or their signature Breakfast Burrito with homemade salsa. Although breakfast items are served all day, their “Late Risers,” or lunch menu, is equally delicious. Try the Shrimp Scampi, Leslie Burger, or the Egg Salad Melt. Add an order of Crab Wontons from their “Snax” menu, or try their delicious She-Crab Soup.

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Plantation Café & Deli

A Hilton Head staple that has been in operation for almost half a century, Plantation Café & Deli has three convenient locations that cover both the island and Bluffton. For early risers that want to get a head start on their day, visit this café before eight a.m. to order from their delicious Early Bird Specials menu. If sleeping in is on the day’s to-do list, both breakfast, lunch, and Sunday Brunch menus are packed with mouthwatering plates. A must-stop while visiting Hilton Head, visitors and locals alike rave about the delightful, family-friendly atmosphere and scrumptious southern-style cooking.

The breakfast menu boasts country skillets, an array of benedicts and omelets, as well as plates from the griddle that are all beautifully topped with powdered sugar. Our favorite breakfast plate is Ellie’s Southern Breakfast, a more traditional order with a southern spin that includes fried green tomatoes. You can’t go wrong with a Creole skillet or golden Belgian Waffle. Our Sunday Brunch favorites include the Salad Platter and Pimento Grilled Cheese.

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Skillets Café & Grill

Located in Coligny Plaza, Skillets Café & Grill is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Although they don’t have a specific brunch menu, they do serve breakfast until three p.m. due to popular demand. In operation for twenty-five plus years, Skillets has always been the go-to place before or after a trip to the beach. Among plenty of great reviews from happy customers, praises for how seriously the restaurant staff takes gluten-free allergies are just as plentiful as the amount of options of menu items that are gluten-free friendly and even vegan.

When at Skillets Café & Grill, why not order one of their five, delicious breakfast skillets? In true island fashion, two of our favorites are called The Beach and The Coligny. We would also recommend the Country Crepe, The Kitchen Sink, as well as the Seafood Omelette off the breakfast menu. If you’re ordering off the lunch menu, try the Monte Cristo or Shrimp and Grits. Lunchtime also unlocks a long list of dessert options, so make sure to save room for a slice of Key Lime Pie, Lemon Berry Mascarpone Cake, or the House Made Cobbler.

These are just three of the long list of fantastic brunch options you can find on Hilton Head Island. For more places to find great food and hospitality on the island, visit our Restaurant page.


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Celebrating Earth Day, Every Day

Hilton Head Island is an idyllic escape from neon signs and chaotic cities—and that wasn’t an accident.  Over the years, locals and generations of visitors alike have worked hard to preserve and protect the island’s natural habitats throughout the town’s stages of development.  If it weren’t for the early visionary and developer of Sea Pines, Charles Fraser, and continued conservation efforts such as the creation of the Hilton Head Land Trust in 1987, the island would’ve looked very different.

Fraser’s use of strict land-use covenants and sincere respect for wide-open spaces started a trend that ultimately caused Hilton Head Island to be considered a leader in environmental activism.  Additional public, residential, and tourist-driven communities all share the same respect for the island’s natural beauty.  This desire to showcase Hilton Head’s natural landscape instead of buildings is the reason why you might drive past a shopping center ten times before you knew it even existed.

Preserving this natural paradise is always on the island’s mind, but in honor of Earth Day, here are a few ways to keep Hilton Head Island beautiful for generations to come:

Skip the Straw

In the summer of 2018, Beaufort County encouraged everyone to participle in something called a Strawless Summer.  Four years later, local communities have continued finding ways to either replace plastic straws with greener options or encouraged people to just simply skip the straw.  The next time you head out for your beach day, try swapping a to-go cup for an insulated, reusable cup so your drink can also stay colder for longer!

It might not seem like saying no to a plastic straw would make much of a difference, it’s not only an easy way to help limit single-use plastics, but it takes one of the most detrimental pieces of trash out of the ocean.  The shape and size of a plastic straw make it more dangerous if consumed by wildlife.

Skipping the straw is not only an easy way to help limit single-use plastics, but it takes one of the most detrimental pieces of trash out of the ocean.

Bring a Tote Bag

Efforts to reduce single-use plastic doesn’t stop at plastic straws in Hilton Head.  Beaufort County started a plastic bag ban in 2018, so it’s always a good idea to bring a reusable bag or two when you’re in town.  Having an extra bag while traveling is always a good idea as it is.  From having a designated snack tote for your road trip to having an extra bag on hand to carry wet towels back from the beach, you will certainly find a use for reusable bags on your vacation even if a trip to the grocery store isn’t on your to-do list.

Leave Nothing but Your Footprints:

The town has provided baskets at beach entrances in efforts to make picking up trash along the beach that much easier!

      Now that you have that reusable bag handy, make sure that everything you’ve brought to the beach leaves with you.  If you see trash that previous beachgoers have left behind, please do us a favor and pick it up!  The island’s beaches have plenty of receptacles that make disposing of your garbage easy.  The town has even added baskets at beach entrances to help those who want to help our beaches stay clean.

      Not only is it important to pick up your beach toys and any trash you might have, but always remember to fill in any holes you might have dug. A hazard the entire year, filling in holes in the sand is especially important during the summer. During nesting season, sea turtles are deterred from laying their eggs in a safe location if they run into any barriers or holes in the sand.

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Attend Hilton Head’s Annual Beach Clean Up

Respect the Wildlife                                 

      Wildlife and their habitats are always considered a priority on Hilton Head Island. The entire reason behind conservation efforts, respecting local wildlife is necessary in keeping the island a natural paradise. The best way to show your respect is to leave them be! Feeding—and especially harassing–wild animals is never a good idea and could cost you a big fine!  Take as many pictures of all the dolphins, deer, and alligators you’d like, just don’t put yourself or them in dangerous situations and give them plenty of space.

Here is an example of why it’s so important to pick up after yourself. Regardless of where you are on the island, your trash will end up interfering and endangering local wildlife.

      Not only should you let the wildlife alone, but you should also stay away from the dunes on the island’s beaches.  The island’s beaches are large enough, so there really is no need for biking or walking through the dunes. Serving as important storm barriers, the dunes are also home to various native species and allow animals to navigate the island without having to cross any roadways.  Dunes are also where many sea turtles decide to nest.  

      Speaking of sea turtles, the island has a saying during turtle season in the summer months—lights out for turtles! This simply means that all outside lights near the beach should be turned off. Baby turtles look for the moonlight reflecting off of the ocean, so if they were to see other lights in the opposite direction, they may not make it to the waterline.


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#PlaidNation: Hilton Head Island prepares for the 54th playing of the RBC Heritage Classic

Each year, for one week in April, Hilton Head Island becomes #PlaidNation as golf fans from across the globe flock to the Lowcountry to watch some of golf’s greats battle it out at Harbour Town Golf Links.  Welcome to The RBC Heritage Classic. 

Dating back to 1969, the RBC Heritage is the only PGA Tour event played in South Carolina, and its host, the Heritage Classic Foundation, supports charitable organizations across the Lowcountry. Since 1987, the Foundations has donated $47.5M to nonprofits in South Carolina and Georgia.

Golf legends like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Payne Stewart, Nick Faldo, and Davis Love III have donned the tartan jacket, victorious. In recent years, the trophy has been lifted by the likes of Wesley Bryan, Satoshi Kodaira, C.T. Pan, Webb Simpson, and Stewart Cink. Cink will be back in 2022 to defend his title, and the RBC Heritage leaderboard is sure to feature some of the biggest names in golf. 

The RBC Heritage kick-off is unlike any other PGA Tour tournament opening. This year, defending champion Stewart Cink will gather with Heritage Classic Foundation Board members, volunteers, and state dignitaries as they parade around the Harbour Town Yacht Basin to the sound of the Citadel’s Pipe and Drum band. At the opening ceremony, the past champion is presented with his Captain of Gentlemen Golfers plaque and will continue the tradition of hitting a featherie-style golf ball into the Calibogue Sound with an authentic hickory golf club in unison with a cannon shot. This opening ceremony, a reenactment of a Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews tradition dating back to the mid-18th century, signals the official start of Tournament week on Hilton Head. 

If you’re planning to be a spectator at the 54th playing of the RBC Heritage Classic, here are a few things you may want to know.

Monday, April 11, 2022

  • The course is closed to spectators.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

  • Opening Ceremonies begin on the 18th green at Noon.
  • Practice rounds commence at players’ discretions. No advance tee times will be available. 
  • Coca-Cola Youth Day Putting Contest | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm | practice green | Children 15 and under are invited to putt alongside the pros. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

  • RBC Heritage Pro-Am begins at 7:00 am with players starting on the 1st and 10th tees. 

Thursday, April 14, 2022

  • First Round starting on the 1st and 10th tees.
    • Morning tee times 7:20 am – 9:00 am
    • Afternoon start times 11:50 am – 1:30 pm. 

Friday, April 15, 2022

  • Second Round starting on the 1st and 10th tees.
    • Morning tee times 7:20 am – 9:00 am
    • Afternoon tee times 11:50 am – 1:30 pm 

Saturday, April 16, 2022

  • Third round starting times 8:30 am – 1:30 pm. 
  • #PlaidNation Games on the Heritage Lawn 12:00pm – 2:00pm 

Sunday, April 17, 2022

  • 7:30 am Sunrise Easter Service featuring local ministers, music, and nondenominational prayer will take place at 7:30 am at Liberty Oak. 
  • Final round start times: 8:30 am – 1:30pm
  • Trophy presentation, 18th green, immediately following close of play. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit rbcheritage.com.

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Spring Break Basics for Hilton Head Island

One of the best destinations to spend your Spring Break, Hilton Head Island offers sunshine, picturesque beaches, and a remarkable amount of different indoor and outdoor activities for all ages. Once you visit Hilton Head in the spring, you’ll fall in love with the island’s charm, easy-going atmosphere, and seasonal festivals that highlight the Lowcountry’s finest cuisine, culture, and more!

Hilton Head Island’s springtime weather is arguably the best. The average temperature for both April and May lean toward the low seventies, making it a great getaway for vacationers who are sick of cold weather and even snow.

If you’re looking for something to do while visiting Hilton Head Island, it’s easy to think of the three B’s: beaches, bikes, and boats!

Beaches

Whether you’re making a day out of it or only spend a few minutes walking in the sand, I think we can all agree that heading to the beach is on everyone’s agenda. The town of Hilton Head has a great online resource of all the public beach accesses and parks on the island. The listed amenities are helpful when deciding which beach would be best for you!

The next time you find yourself at the beach looking for something to do or a game to play, try Sand Pictionary! Using the same concept and rules as regular Pictionary, you and your group can have some fun in the sun without hauling a bunch of equipment with you.

If you do end up bringing games and beach toys, always make sure you’re not leaving anything behind and fill up any holes in the sand you’ve dug—remember, Sea Turtle nesting season begins in May and ends in October.

Bikes

Wherever you’re staying on the 12-mile-long island, making your way to the beach isn’t a lengthy task at all. Sometimes it’s easier to bike to the beach than it is to drive there!

Whether you need a form of transportation or you’re wanting to explore the miles of public pathways, biking is a must when visiting the island. Another great place to ride your bike is on the beach, especially at low tide when there’s more room to explore.

Many visitors bring their own bikes, but it’s always a lot easier and less stressful to rent bikes and attachments for your stay on the island. Wheelz of Hilton Head is a trusted source for renting beach cruisers and other bicycle equipment for everyone in your party. If you’re not sure which size bicycle or type of attachment you’d need, visit their website or speak to one of the helpful team members over the phone.

Biking is such a popular activity on the island—especially during Spring Break—so make sure to reserve your bikes ahead of time if you decide you want to join in on the fun!

Boats

Who wouldn’t want to cruise around looking for dolphins or admiring the gorgeous sunset during their trip to Hilton Head Island? For more information on these private tours, check out Hilton Head Boat Charters. You can reserve any of their tours offered right on their website.

If you’re looking for a little more adventure, I hear you can sail through the surrounding waters with pirates looking for treasure! Pirates of Hilton Head are looking for future crew members ages 3-10 to explore the Calibogue Sound aboard The Black Dagger. A one-of-a-kind experience, this will probably be the highlight of your Spring Break!

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