9 Things To Do in Hilton Head Island, SC

There’s no shortage of things to in Hilton Head Island. With the beach, restaurants, museums, bars (and a distillery!), and parks, you’re sure to find something for the whole family to do. Check out these nine (9) things to do on Hilton Head Island.

Sea Pines Forest Preserve

This is a protected area for wildlife and outdoor exploration.Guests can visit this area to view alligators, birds, turtles, and other creatures along the bridle paths, wetland boardwalks, bridges, and fishing docks.Hike the area and soak up the archaeological site, take a boat ride/tour, ride horseback, embark on a fishing expedition, or take a wagon tour.View the 4,000-year-old Sea Pines Shell Ring, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Harbour Town Lighthouse

The Harbour Town Lighthouse is a landmark icon for Hilton Head Island and to people all around the world.It’s just over fifty years old and not only does it serve as a light to the many ships in the area, but it’s also a remembrance of Hilton Head Island’s history.Each level is dedicated to a time period of the island’s history.While at the lighthouse, take a walk through the gift shop, rest in the rocking chairs, see cruise ships and yachts, and maybe even see a dolphin!Admission into the lighthouse is $4.95 per person and children 5 and under are free.RELATED: Bike info and rules of Hilton Head Island


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The Sandbox is a place where kids can learn by playing. With 11 hands-on exhibits, kids can partake in educational activities with peers. Services are offered for children under 8 who want to play or do crafts. Memberships are offered, but if you want to visit for only a few hours with a day pass during a hot or rainy day, you can do that too.

Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park

A wooded park with rich history exhibits, an observation deck, picnic area, and beach access. A sign reads “In 1862, after Hilton Head’s fall to Union forces in 1861, this town, planned for the area’s former slaves and named for General Ormsby M. Mitchel, began.” Look at informative exhibits titled “The Bateau,” “Tool Shed,” “Net Casting,” “the Praise House,” and “Bench by the Road.”

Hilton Head Distillery

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This is Hilton Head’s only distillery on the island. Sit inside and taste original rums and whiskeys with flavors ranging from coconut, banana, espresso, peach, butterscotch, and honeysuckle. Also, try nearby vodkas and gins for a diversified tasting experience through cocktails or flights.

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Shelter Cove Community Park

A city gathering spot with places to shop, view shows, partake of festivals, and eat at restaurants. Also in the area is a green space for sports and fitness. View sunsets while eating a dinner picnic. Do note though, parking fills up quick!

Gregg Russell Harbour Town Playground

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A fun and cute tree house for parents and kids alike to climb. In addition, there’s a playground and sculpted sea creatures for children to play on. The playground is named after the musician Gregg Russell who played for audiences under Harbour Town’s Liberty Oak for 40 years.

Coastal Discovery Museum

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An educational environment for kids and adults. With 68 coastal acres with boardwalks and self-guided tours, learn about wildlife and the marsh. Special events include:

  • Blue Crab Discovery
  • Kayaking
  • May River Maritime Cruise
  • Dolphin and Nature Cruise
  • Beach Discovery
  • Birding at Pinckney Island
  • Forts of Port Royal
  • Explore Honey Horn
  • Exploring Pinckney Island
  • Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Civil War Era
  • Indigo Tie Dye
  • Salt Marsh Discovery
  • Butterfly Discovery
  • Marsh Tacky Horse Tour
  • Hilton Head Farmers Market
  • And others… (see website for times and locations)

Mermaid of Hilton Head

Become a mermaid, take a boat tour, and see and learn about dolphins (and swim with them!). Mermaid of Hilton Head is an educational experience for girls, boys, and parents, too. After your transition to a mermaid, have a photoshoot on the beach.

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