South Carolina’s largest barrier island, Hilton Head is famous for its enchanting white-sand beaches, sea marshes and Spanish moss-draped live oaks along with its gorgeous semi-tropical weather. Anchoring the southeastern tip of the Palmetto State, the beautiful Low Country resort island offers guests a wide assortment of things to see and do.
Arts and Culture
Harbor Town is home to the iconic red and white candy-cane-striped lighthouse with its wonderful views of Calibogue Sound. Old Town Bluffton features more than a dozen historic buildings, including the mid-19th-century Gothic Church of the Cross and Classic Revival-style Campbell Chapel.
The Gullah Museum of Hilton Head preserves the customs, language and heritage as well as many buildings associated with the unique Gullah culture of island’s African American inhabitants whose ancestors arrived in the mid-1700s.
The Coastal Discovery Museum features exhibits that highlight the natural history of the island. The colorful flora and fauna of the region surround nature trails crisscrossing the 69-acre site. You can search for endangered loggerhead turtles as well as migratory birds.
The Sandbox is an interactive museum filled with educational and entertaining play areas where children can explore the natural and physical world around them.
The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina is the award-winning stage for remarkable visual and performing arts productions, including comedies, dramas and musicals as well as cultural festivals and educational outreach programs.
Outdoors and Nature
Voted the island’s best, Coligny Beach features a wide range of water sports and other leisure activities. Walk on the shore and watch dolphins frolicking in the waves just offshore or soak up the sun while building sand castles. Enjoy swimming, personal watercraft, deep-sea fishing and sailing. Other popular swaths of warm sand include Adler Lane and Folly Beach.
Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge is home to a wide range of birds and other wildlife species. You can walk and bike along multipurpose trails and kayak around the marshes to view deer, bobcats, egrets and osprey.
A Zipline Adventure lets you soar through the tops of pine and live oak trees. Walk along suspended bridges, climb an aerial staircase race along ziplines as you enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Broad Creek ecosystem and surrounding landscape.
Play a round on one of the Hilton Head’s more than 20 legendary golf courses. Enjoy challenging holes set against a backdrop of ocean, tidal marsh, pine and live oak forest views.
About the Author: Jen is a guest contributor from Beachside Getaway, a vacation rental agency located in Hilton Head that offers premium Hilton Head vacation rentals.