Explore Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina is full of history, culture, art, and unique experiences that one can experience only while in Hilton Head. While Hilton Head is known for being home to one of the top rated beaches in the United States and the Championship Golf Course at Harbor Town. But did you know there’s an entire other side of the island to explore? Let’s check it out together below.

Daufuskie Island

Daufuskie Island is accessible only by boat. It is located between Hilton Head Island and Savannah Georgia. On the island you’ll discover a treasure trove of history and culture. Native American artifacts and colonial era relics are on display. You’ll also find over 300 years of of Gullah culture, with its West African origns, spread throughout Daufuskie Island.

Tours leave from Shelter Cove Marina and hours vary depending on the time of year. Learn the rich history of this island that was once home to Native Americans, European settlers, the cotton trade, the Gullah people, and the locals who now call this remote island home.

daufuskie island lighthouse

Reptiles and Amphibians of Hilton Head Island

girl holding an alligator at coastal discovery museum

Did you know that Hilton Head Island is home to a wide variety of reptiles and amphibians? Alligators, snakes, turtles and more call our island home and are an essential part of the local ecosystem. During these interactive sessions, you will take a closer at the unique characteristics of local reptiles and learn how to respectfully (and safely!) interact with wild reptiles. The Coastal Discovery Museum offers up-close, hands-on experiences for children ages 4+ and adults. Visit CostalDiscovery.org to learn more.

Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park

A truly unique and rewarding experiece is to take a walk through Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park. The journey begins in the slave era in Mitchelville, on a dock where slaves arrived by ship. You’ll come face-to-face with Harriett Tubman, American Abolitionist, humanitarian, and armed scout and spy for the United States Army during the American Civil War. Mitchelville serves as an example to the world of what could be come of a people left to wither in neglect, but who were able to come together and thrive.

Gullah Geechee Culture

Located on Hilton Head Island is the Gullah Geechee Museum. The Gullah Geechee Museum’s mission is to preserve the Gullah Geechee history, culture, customs, tradtitions, language, stories, songs, and structures throughout Hilton Head Island. Hilton Head Island is the traditional home of the Gullah Geechees; an African America farming, fishing, and oystering culture that ranged from North Carolina down to Florida. Visit “The Little House”, a house built on land purchased by a former slave with money earned by fighting in the Civil War and learn about Gullah Geechee culture and life on the island before the bridge was built connecting the island to South Carolina in 1956.

sweet grass baskets made by Gullah Geechee in Hilton Head Island South Carolina

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