Things to Do on Hilton Head Island
The amenities and activities on Hilton Head Island simply cannot be matched. The popular vacation Island has lush tropical landscape, beautiful Lowcountry salt marshes, forest preserves, fresh water lagoons and white sandy beaches. Hilton Head offers a wide variety of family and individual activities for the ultimate beach escape and ideal coastal vacation in the South Carolina Lowcountry.
Enjoy the convenience of the many opportunities for adventure, exploration, and relaxation that Hilton Head provides for guests visiting the Island, all within walking or biking distance from your vacation rental villa,beach house. or hotel. Tee off on a championship golf course, play tennis or treat yourself to lessons at a world-class racquet club! You can explore or relax on the pristine beaches of soft sand and the calm waters are ideal for sunning, swimming, volleyball or long romantic walks. You may also choose to hike the Forest Preserve, spend an afternoon horseback riding, bike the 14 miles of paved trails, kayak, boat or fish along the S.C. coast…and the list goes on and on!
Below are some popular Hilton Head Island activities your family is sure to enjoy. These are reputable Island companies who take pride in helping you make the most of your Hilton Head vacation. Their professional staffs are friendly, knowledgeable and want you to have FUN during your time on the Island!
Popular Hilton Head Island Activities
Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf
Highway 278, Mid-Island Phone: 843/686-4001
A’hoy mates! You’ll have a swashbuckling good time looking for treasure on the two 18-hole courses at Pirate Island Adventure Golf. Explore your way through shady oaks, cool mist, and over sparkling waterfalls at Hilton Head’s Pirate’s Island! Your adventure awaits!
Pau Hana & Flying Circus and Catamaran Sailing Charters
Phone: 843/686-2582 for reservations and more info.
Sail the local waterway aboard the Island’s largest Catamaran, PAU HANA, or try an intimate sailing adventure, on FLYING CIRCUS. These pure sailing experiences will change your image of sailing forever. Safe, stable, and fun for all ages. Large walk-around deck with 360o views! Family-friendly, relaxing, and stress-free! Daily Dolphin Watch Nature Tours! The Island’s Best Sunset “Happy Hour”, and coolers welcome! Join the crew, 29-year Island residents, now in their 21st year of chartering. They’ll share their personal insight of the Island’s history, culture, and wildlife! It’s the “environmentally-friendly” way to enjoy nature under sail!
Spirit of Harbour Town
Sea Pines Resort, Phone: 843/363-9026 for reservations
Climb aboard the famous Spirit of Harbour Town in Sea Pines for a fabulous Sunset Dinner Cruise or Historic Cruise to Savannah, Georgia. Fabulous meals and great thrills on the open waters of surrounding Hilton Head Island! Departs from Harbour Town!
Broad Creek Marina, Off Marshland Road - Phone:843/686-3554 for reservations
Whether you are looking for a peaceful, relaxing experience or an adventure that gets your heart pumping, Water-Dog Outfitters have designed trips with everyone in mind. Enjoy kayaking, Pinckney Island bike tours, and nature trail expeditions.
Top of the Lighthouse Shoppe & the World Famous Harbour Town Lighthouse Museum
Sea Pines, Harbour Town, Phone: 866/305-9814
Constructed in 1969 to aid boats traveling on the Intracoastal Waterway and Calibogue Sound, the Harbour Town Lighthouse marks the entrance to the Harbour Town Yacht Basin. The 93-foot red and white striped lighthouse is probably the most popular and recognizable Hilton Head landmark. There are 111 stairs to the very top of the light and those who make the climb are rewarded with a gift shop, museum, and a view that seems to go on forever. The top-level viewing arcade provides panoramic views of the Calibogue Sound, Daufuskie Island and Hilton Head Island and are some of the most beautiful views on the Island. Explore the rich history and inside story on the lighthouse creation along with Civil war photographs and artifacts. The best views and most elevated shopping experience! Over 2,000 items, many of which are crafted exclusively for the store.
Take a Bike Ride with Bubba's Beach Bicycle Rentals
Phone: 843/785-3971 for reservations
Take in the beautiful Hilton Head scenery by bike! Many visitors rent bicycles daily or weekly to enjoy Hilton Head’s 12 miles of hard-packed beach and nearly 20 miles of public pathways. You can bike through pathways along the major roads and scenic paths in each of the private plantations. Bubba's also rent trailers, tandem bikes, adult tricycles and bikes with training wheels. Your family will love to explore Hilton Head on a bike ride through the Lowcountry.
Visit the Coastal Discovery Museum
100 William Hilton Parkway, Phone: 843/689-6767
Established in 1985, The Coastal Discovery Museum's mission is to teach the public about the natural history and cultural heritage of Hilton Head Island and the surrounding South Carolina Lowcountry. The Coastal Discovery Museum has two locations: The Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn Plantation and The Coastal Discovery Museum on Highway 278. Each location offers a variety of activities and unique opportunities that make it a fun way to learn about our area for the whole family. The Museum is a great way to become familiar with the Hilton Head’s unique history and ecology and is perfect for a visit, no matter what the season or weather. The diverse activities will surely please anyone in your family or group with its exhibits, activity centers in the Sea Island Classroom, the History Time-line Exhibit, Museum Store and 11 different tours and cruises around the island!
Lawton Stables Horseback Riding
Sea Pines Resort, Phone:843/ 671-2586
Would you like to pretend to explore Hilton Head as the Spanish once did? Horseback riding offers a unique way to discover the natural beauty of our island. You don't even need knowledge of horses or horseback riding experience to enjoy a relaxing ride through the 605-acre trail at our Lawton Stables in Sea Pines Forest Preserve. It's fun for the whole family and great for couples looking for a romantic excursion. Lawton Stables is a full service equestrian center. Riding lessons and one hour rides available for ages eight and up. Pony rides available for seven and under.
Get Your Golf On at Crescent Pointe Golf Club!
Call 843/ 706-2600 for tee times
Hilton Head Island is one of the most popular golf destinations in the U.S! Crescent Pointe Golf Club is an Arnold Palmer designed signature course that will take your breath away with its spectacular marsh views, magnificent, century-old oaks, and blossoming magnolias. This golf course is situated on spectacular property that celebrates the beauty of the Lowcountry and the professional staff offers Southern Hospitality that will make you feel right at home!.
55 New Orleans Road Suite 202, @Fountain Center, Phone: 843/ 785-RUBB (7822)
Relax and unwind as the professional team at Massage Therapy massages your cares away! Massage Therapy offers a variety of massage techniques guaranteed to improve your health and enhance your vacation. They specialize in Deep Tissue and Therapeutic Massage and also offer Hot Stone Therapy, Swedish Massage, and Reflexology. Call for your appointment today!
Play Some Tennis
Perhaps second only to golf as a reason to visit Hilton Head, tennis is a booming industry on the Island. Although the Family Circle Cup may have relocated from Sea Pines to nearby Charleston, SC, there is no slowing in the number of visitors who come to visit the Island's many tennis facilities. Take advantage of the fantastic courts and tennis centers the Island has to offer!