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Classic car shows are one of Pigeon Forge’s hottest events. Thousands of visitors from around the country come to the city to check out engines and mods, interiors, chrome, and everything else cars showcase best. Read about these family-friendly car shows in the area:

Car Shows, Rod Run, Pigeon Forge

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Pigeon Forge Rod Run

This hot rod show displays hundreds of pristine hot rods from all over. Car enthusiasts will love exploring vendors and cars, and there’s a cash giveaway, as well as door prizes and live music. Set for the spring and fall, this is a classic event the whole family will enjoy. Prizes include top 25 awards and five ultimate awards. Visitors can enter in the King of the Hill judged contest, with thousands of dollars awarded.

Shades of the Past

One of the most popular car shows in the area, Shades of the Past features hundreds of classic hot rods. Each fall, cars from decades past will take visitors back to an earlier era. In the event area, there is no alcohol served, and oldies play in the background. Some contest categories include: best street cruiser, best street rod and best street machine.

Pontiacs in Pigeon Forge

Another main event is the Pontiacs in Pigeon Forge, which caters to Pontiac lovers. The event, held in June, features popular Pontiacs such as the Bonneville, Firebird and GTO. Stock and modified cars are displayed, and contests include Best in Show for both. The three-day event also hosts a cookout and Saturday night cruise, making it a great activity for families and visitors of all ages.

Corvette Expo

Listen to Corvettes rev their engines at the Corvette Expo held in Sevierville, only a short drive from Pigeon Forge. Events include an auction, corvette cruise, live music, swap meet, park and show, and a judged contest. Hundreds of cars are showcased indoors and out, and this show runs in the spring and fall. The Horsepower and Hot Rods contest offers prizes in categories such as early, mid and late Corvettes and Chevys, as well as Street Rod Race Mod, to name a few.

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Taking a vacation brings people together and allows you to explore new areas, try new foods and make memories that last a lifetime. Most places offer lots of outdoor recreation and attractions, but what happens if it rains or if everyone disagrees on an activity? To help problem-solve, here are some reasons why movies are an ideal alternative and some top-rated theaters if visiting the areas below.

Tower Theater, Miami, FL

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Bring Everyone Together

Going to a movie unites everyone for one common goal: entertainment. Audiences can pick their seats and snacks, and enjoy two hours of big-screen action. Movies also serve as conversation starters, as viewers can discuss their thoughts and their favorite scenes.

Break from the Weather

If vacationing at the beach or mountains, weather plays a factor. Sometimes storms creep up, and pools and beaches close for safety measures. Sometimes it’s unbelievably hot, and you just need a break from the sun and heat. Seeing a movie provides an escape from Mother Nature, giving you something to do outside of where you’re staying.

Have A Perfect Date

A movie offers couples a great date option. Low lighting, close seating and an escape from the world provides an intimate setting. This is why sharing a movie remains a classic date-night activity. After the show, have dinner at a nearby restaurant to discuss the movie over local foods and drinks.

Prevent Kid Boredom

Most kids have boundless amounts of energy, and keeping them busy can exhaust parents. However, many kids also love movies. Picking a family-friendly movie helps prevent boredom, settles them down and give parents a reprieve from the constant hustle.

Visit Local Theaters

Sightseeing usually tops the list of things to do, and many areas have local theaters that are staples in their communities. When visiting a local theater, immerse yourself in the area’s history as well as enjoy the movie. Many local theaters play new releases and indie films.

Kill Time Before a Flight

You may have four or five hours between check out and a flight home. Instead of hanging out at the airport, find a nearby theater and catch a flick. This provides a relaxing last-day activity and reduces waiting times. It makes time move much faster as well.

Here are some top theaters if visiting these areas:

Gatlinburg, TN: The Forge Cinemas

Gulf Shores, AL: Cobb Theatres Pinnacle 14

Miami, FL: Le Jeune Cinema 6, Tower Theater

Myrtle Beach, SC: Grand 14 Cinema

Orlando, FL: Regal Cinemas Pointe Orlando 20 & IMAX

Panama City, FL: Regal Cinemas Regency Stadium 11, Carmike Mall 4

San Diego, CA: Edwards Mira Mesa 18 IMAX & RPX

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Maui is one of many beautiful parts of Hawaii with spectacular views and natural beauty. Most people think paradise when they hear of Maui, but there are some cool things you may not know. Read a little about the island, and learn why it’s an interesting place to see:

Black sand beach in Maui, Hawaii

The Urban Legend

A popular legend about the island involves a story about a demigod named Maui. Legend says the island is shaped to resemble Maui’s head and body. The legend also says Maui pulled the Hawaiian islands from the sea and lassoed the sun on Haleakala, a volcano to the east of the island.

A Hikable Volcano Looks Over The Island

There are no active volcanoes on Maui. However, you can hike Haleakala, a shield volcano that rises 10,023 feet above sea level. The Haleakala National Park is a great place to explore the peak and the areas around it. Haleakala means “house of sun” in Hawaiian, and the massive volcano is visible on nearly every part of the island.

It Has a Distinct Nickname

Maui is the second-largest Hawaiian island, with a population of less than 200,000. Its nickname is Valley Isle because the island sits between two mountains. Each Hawaiian island has their own nickname based on their distinct characteristics.

You Can Drive Through A Rainforest

Rated a “Drive of a Lifetime” by National Geographic, the Hana Highway measures more than 60 miles. The highway features a whopping 620 curves and 59 bridges. Get up early and grab the camera, and drive through waterfalls, seascapes and pools.

Maui Has A Rainbow of Sand

In Maui, you will find three different sand colors: black, white and red. Black sand is created by the island’s pulverized lava rock that makes up most of its composition. Coral and shells help create white sand, and many Maui beaches feature the classic color. Red sand also comes from lava, however its coloration is due to iron-rich content. Maui also features more than 30 miles of beaches.

A Tree Doubles As A Venue

The Banyan tree is located in Lahaina on the island of Maui. A popular attraction, the tree stands more than 60 feet tall. It was originally 8 feet tall when it was first brought to the island from India. This tree is the size of a full city block, and you can walk nearly an acre under its shade. The Banyan also serves as a spot for special events and arts activities.

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Myrtle Beach, S.C., is a popular choice for family summer vacations. Families will find plenty of excellent value-priced restaurants in the area, proving that food doesn’t have cost a lot to be delicious. Here are some of our favorite Myrtle Beach cheap eats for budget-friendly travelers:

Myrtle Beach, SC

Pile up a plate at this barbecue buffet. Simply Southern Smokehouse specializes in barbecue, fried chicken, chicken and dumplings, and favorite Southern sides. Daily specials include pork chops, hot wings and Shepard’s pie. For about $8, diners can enjoy an all-you-can-eat lunch, and dinner runs less than $11 for adults. Kids range from about $5 to $8 depending on age.

For traditional Mexican, check out La Poblanita Restaurant. This popular stop is located in a small shopping center, and the menu includes tacos, carne asada, enchiladas, gorditas and more. Customers rave about the affordable prices, authentic flavors and true Mexican dishes.

Eggs Up Grill is a great family-friendly place for breakfast and lunch. With a focus on community and Southern hospitality, this restaurant offers more than 30 menu items. Breakfast sandwiches, pancakes, burgers and platters are available. Most items range from $5 to $8 for hearty portions for the whole family.

Italian favorites large and small are available at Toffino’s Italian Bakery & Deli. For more than 20 years, Toffino’s has served delicious pizzas, sandwiches and desserts. Breakfast is available as well. Most single items are under $10, and pizzas range from $9 to $20, depending on toppings.

Big Mike’s Grill’s heaping helpings are some of the best Southern comfort food in Dixie. A great deal is Mike’s daily blue plate special, where you get a choice of meat, three sides and a drink for under $10 – all served with a dollop of Southern hospitality!

Hamburger Joe’s signature burgers are famous on the Carolina coast. Spice up your burger with a helping of Joe’s homemade sauces, or try the homemade chili. Fried chicken and mac and cheese are also popular choices. Order a beer with your burger; domestic drafts are just $1 all the time.

Mammy’s Kitchen has been serving Southern hospitality and delicious home-style meals since 1953. Open for breakfast and lunch, Mammy’s serves a full breakfast buffet and uses farm-fresh eggs. Lunch options include burgers, sandwiches and salads, all under $10.

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Charleston’s nightlife scene features many well-known and award-winning bars and restaurants. From drinks and snacks to dinner and music, these places rank among Charleston’s best for good times and high-quality entertainment. Here’s a quick overview of the city’s top spots for late-night adventures:

Charleston, SC Nightlife

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Dining Out in Charleston

Located in the historic district, the Blind Tiger Pub is known for its cozy setting. The local favorite features live music, diverse menu selections and daily specials. For dinner, try a blind tiger burger with a side of sweet potato fries. For a private party or more intimate dining experience, the historic brick courtyard is a great setting and has been a local tradition for more than 20 years.

Tsunami, an Asian cuisine and sushi restaurant, has a full bar and focuses on serving hip, modern dishes. Top menu items include Japanese tempura, pot stickers and hibachi, as well as a full sushi bar. Each item is made from fresh ingredients, and fish is sliced to order. The downtown Charleston hot spot also offers daily happy hours and customer appreciation nights.

Diners will enjoy a casual vibe and tasty menu at Tattooed Moose in downtown Charleston. Meal options range from Mike’s famous duck club to the Tattooed Moose burger. Tuesday nights feature live music and local brews, and happy hour offers different specials depending on the time. The restaurant was also featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

Fleet Landing offers waterfront dining and is housed in a 1940s retired naval building on the east side. An expansive food and wine list, with steaks, salads and seafoods, make this a top spot for an evening out. The restaurant sits on a reinforced pier and offers unobstructed views of the Charleston harbor. Food & Wine Magazine included the Fleet Landing in its Where to Go Next column.

Known for great food and live music, Halls Chophouse features local soul artists who play late nights and Sunday brunches. The family steakhouse is open til 2 a.m. and features a large drink and wine list. The bar menu includes nachos, sandwiches and ribs, and all steaks are USDA choice. Business Insider rated this restaurant one of the best in the U.S.

Sip a Glass of Wine or Have Some Cocktails

The Trio Club, a private club that offers live music and DJS on two floors, is one of Charleston’s top nighttime spots. Large dance floors, exclusive VIP tables and an outdoor patio all provide the perfect places to either chill or groove the night away. Three VIP areas offer a private party experience, and Trio recommends booking months in advance due to demand.

The Belmont Lounge attracts locals and cocktail lovers. Located on upper King Street, the lounge’s simplistic style and old movie screen playing prohibition scenes provide a comfortable atmosphere for those looking to simply enjoy a drink. Light fare includes select meats and cheeses, paninis and homemade pop tarts, a perfect sweet treat to compliment a cocktail.

Try the bartender’s pick at The Gin Joint off East Side Street. Known for its cocktail selection, this restaurant sources most ingredients from local farmers, artisans and crafters. Each snack offers a Lowcountry flavor, with pickled shrimp and grilled cheese as options. The Gin Joint has also been featured in The Washington Post and Southern Living magazines.

Bin 152′s more than 130 wine bottle selections and more than 30 available by the glass make this a wine lover’s haven. All cheeses are served with daily baked bread. The wine-cheese bar also doubles as an art gallery and antique shop. Featured in Bon Appetit and Wine Enthusiast, this is a downtown must for anyone in the French Quarter area.

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Vail’s gorgeous mountain views and outdoor recreation draw thousands of visitors to the area each year. But this alpine village also has a vibrant nightlife scene, with several hot spots to check out. Stop in these places when taking a break from the great outdoors, and finish a day with food and entertainment.

Nightlife in Vail, CO

A coffee shop and lounge, Loaded Joe’s morphs into an entertainment destination at night. Loaded Joe’s offers open mic nights, karaoke, bingo parties and DJs spinning dance tunes. This local favorite has a hipster vibe and happy hour specials that include beers, wells and wines for under $5. The pita and hummus or hot dog and chips make a great late-night snack.

For more than 50 years, The Red Lion has given patrons a place to relax with a family-friendly feel. At night, the spot is so popular for live music, they recommend reserving tables. To start, choose between classic cocktails or Colorado microbrews, and don’t miss the house specialties including BBQ and burgers. For added fun, the restaurant also has HD TVs spread throughout for sports fans.

Los Amigos, the popular restaurant and bar, offers tasty margaritas and other cocktails, wines, and beers. Nearly 20 varieties of tequila and a good selection of reposado and anejo will help you create the perfect drink. Happy hour can get crowded, so stand or sit outside with a drink and enjoy the views of Vail Mountain. House dinner specialties include mini tacos, quesadillas – with or without meat – and three amigos, including mini tacos, mini chimichangas and jalapeño poppers.

Located in the Sonnenalp Hotel, Kings Club is a great place for nightlife entertainment and relaxation, and a favorite among locals. Enjoy fireside cocktails and live music with a full drink menu – from champagne to whiskey – that complements a lighter fare menu. Top picks include truffle tots, definitive burger and baja fish tacos.

Lionhead's Village, Vail, CO

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With more than 20 craft beers and local brews, Vail’s Ale House and Kitchen and Tap offers a comfy atmosphere and large dance floor. Craft cocktails, such as the spicy oasis and Moscow mule, will start the evening off right. Pair a drink or beer with the Ale House chicken pot pie or Rocky Mountain rainbow trout, and don’t miss out on open mic nights, trivia nights and live local music.

Grouse on the Green, located on the grounds of The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera, is an Irish–style pub offering a variety of imported and microbrew beers. Take a trip to Ireland as you try a Jameson and ginger or beer on tap. Appetizers range from Irish nachos to Scotch eggs, while entrees include hearty options like bacon wrapped meatloaf and Shepard’s pie.

East of the fountain in Vail Village, swing by the Shakedown Bar, a popular small music venue featuring a house band and scheduled shows. A full bar and LED lighting inspires visitors to jam to the music. Find dancing and DJs at Samana, a club that plays a diverse selection of popular favorites. Its bottle service accommodates two to 10 people, and seats groups near the dance floor to help create a night of fun and entertainment.

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Foodies flock to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., a small mountain town in east Tennessee that provides visitors with scenic views, tons of outdoor recreation and a huge dining scene. From pancakes and grits, to succulent steaks and authentic takes on traditional dishes, the area’s restaurants rank high in customer satisfaction for flavor and service.

Old Mill Pigeon Forge

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We’ve gathered the top 10 restaurants in Pigeon Forge if you want an experience with a great meal:

Have a Burger at Alamo Steakhouse

A top recipient by TripAdvisor, Alamo serves lunch and dinner, with full menus for all tastes. Lunch options include flame grilled oysters, sriracha pork sandwiches and, of course, the Alamo steakburger. For dinner, try the horseradish crusted filet or the peppercorn New York strip. To make a night of it, order a moonshine cocktail or a local wine or beer.

See A Dixie Stampede Show

Dolly Parton’s dinner attraction will entertain the whole family. Enjoy the North and South battle, horse riding stunts, special effects and toe-tappin’ music with a four-course meal. The main course features a whole rotisserie chicken, barbecued pork loin, homemade biscuits and much more. Dixie’s Stampede also has vegetarian feast options with vegetable soup and garden vegetable pasta.

Slurp Shakes at the Happy Days Diner

Known for milkshakes and music, Happy Days is a ’50s-style diner. Customers enjoy hearty portions, a friendly staff and creamy shakes. A menu consisting of specialty omelets, salads, sandwiches and burgers give people dozens of menu options. Listen to music spanning three decades, and don’t leave without trying their famous cheesecake or a piece of pie.

Take The Kids to the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show

This restaurant theater is a perfect place to experience country culture and Southern favorites. A live family feud, dancing and comedy create a family-friendly show for all ages. Get tickets, and then order a true Southern homestyle feast that includes fried chicken, mashed potatoes, corn-on-the-cob, fresh bread and Granny’s famous dessert.

Fill Up on Huck Finn’s Catfish

Famous for all-you-can-eat catfish and chicken dinners, this family-owned restaurant has won “best catfish in Tennessee” awards for four consecutive years. Also a TripAdvisor certificate of excellence winner, Huck Finn’s offers live music and a fun atmosphere with a full menu of Southern favorites. Top it all off with Aunt Polly’s homemade cobbler of the day.

Enjoy Spice at Johnny Carino’s

Rich sauces and authentic flavors make this Italian restaurant a favorite stop. Johnny Carino’s offers a full menu with classics like spaghetti and 16-layer lasagna, as well as salads, soups and pizza. For those who like their food with a little more spice, try the spicy shrimp or chicken and jalapeno garlic tilapia. A large wine list and gluten-free options help make this a must for any Italian food fan.

Don’t Miss Log Cabin Pancake House

Pancakes, anyone? Start the day off with pancakes or French toast topped with fruits and rich syrup. Serving breakfast and lunch, customers can pick from omelets, waffles, traditional breakfast favorites, sandwiches and a hot lunch buffet. Grab a glass of sweet tea, and top it off with a hot piece of fresh cobbler.

Order Mama’s Farmhouse Biscuits

Award-winning biscuits. TripAdvisor recipient. All you can eat. These are just a few of the best things about Mama’s. Serving family-style Southern favorites, this popular spot offers breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Breakfast buffet items include sweets, eggs and grits, brown and sausage gravies, and much more. Lunch and dinner menus differ daily, but fried chicken is offered daily. Grab a group, and pick five sides for a true feast.

Tour The Old Mill Restaurant

This historical family-style restaurant has two locations; the Old Mill Pottery House Café & Grille, sits across the street from the Old Mill Restaurant. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant serves down-home cooking and their own line of products you can take home. Grits, homemade ice cream, steaks, sandwiches and desserts rank high as customer favorites.

Kick Back at Smoky Mountain Brewery

A popular spot for sports and tasty brews, this restaurant has two full food menus – one for Gluten-free – a good beer selection, and a cocktails and wine menu. Burgers, sandwiches and wings are top picks. Customers will enjoy watching more than 20 TVs, live music and escaping to hang out with friends. For added entertainment, sing your heart out on karaoke nights.

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Roller coasters attract adventure lovers from all over, and Universal’s two parks offer several rides to get your adrenaline pumping. With massive drops and face-stretching speeds, these coasters help make the park one of the best in the world. Here’s a quick guide to the most popular:

Incredible Hulk Universal

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Go Green on The Incredible Hulk

The line starts indoors with sirens and lights warning you that Dr. Banner’s experiment has gone wrong. Once you board the coaster and get harnessed in, the Hulk accelerates you from zero to 40 mph in two seconds. The ride will launch you upward 150 feet and has seven inversions and two subterranean trenches. It looks a little intimidating from the outside, but it’s tons of fun if you like thrill rides.

Hogwarts Universal

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Join Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

Beginning with a tour of Hogwarts, this replicated castle ranks in the top attractions at Universal. Part site-to-see and roller coaster, the tour takes you to an indoor coaster with 3-D screens where you fly with Harry on his broom and come in-close contact with familiar mystical creatures from the series. Fun for all ages, this ride is a must.
Tip: Due to its popularity, you may want to get to the park as soon as it opens and head for Hogwarts first – it’s on the far side of the park from the entrance.

Dragon Challenge, Universal

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Take the Dragon Challenge

Two coasters in one location. Pick your first dragon – either a Chinese Fireball or Hungarian Horntail – and get ready for a high-speed ride. Each dragon is a different ride, but both have several inversions, corkscrews, a Cobra roll and vertical loops. Try this coaster after the Forbidden Journey because the lines move pretty quick, and they’re not as long. Also, snap pictures of some of the props while waiting in line; the Weasley’s family car (Flying Ford Anglia) is a popular choice.

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

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Rock Out on the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

Music mixed with speed creates a ride that’s hard to forget. Towering 17 stories over the park and reaching a top speed of 65 mph., riders love picking their own music before the ride. The coaster is fast with lots of turns and tricks, and has the world’s first non-inverting loop. Tip: Put your stuff in the lockers and hang onto your shoes, so you don’t lose anything!

Revenge of the Mummy

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Escape the Revenge of the Mummy

Fireballs, beetles and mummies will surround you as you plummet into darkness. Inspired by the movie series, this ride reaches speeds of up to 45 mph., and many Egyptian hieroglyphics on the wall spell out real words and warnings. Darkness will try to consume you as the Mummy tries to steal your soul. Reviewers say this is one of the most fun high-production rides at this park, and it’s a good middle ground for people who love and don’t love roller coasters.

Dudley Do Right's Ripsaw

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Drop Into the Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls

More a thrill ride than a coaster, this water flume takes you deep below the water level. It was the first flume ride to do so as well. Puns and jokes mixed with water fun give riders a way to cool off on a hot day. The 75-foot drop sends you below an exploding dynamite shack, and you will get wet.
Tip: Stow belongings accordingly, and enjoy the ride!

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Whether visiting Malibu for a few days or a month, shopping should appear on the to-do list. From upscale shopping centers to small boutiques and a beloved local hardware store, the Malibu area has a collection of local businesses and shops within easy reach. Check out the ones locals love most:

Shopping, Malibu, CA

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Take A Shopping Day Trip

Westfield Topanga in Los Angeles is less than a two-hour drive, which makes it a perfect spot for a day trip. One of the largest malls in California, dozens of stores give shoppers places to browse, dine and catch a movie. Anchored by Macy’s, Target and Neiman Marcus, the mall features shops large and small and restaurants to recharge. Valet parking is available in two areas.

Located in Thousand Oaks, about 30 minutes away from Malibu, sits The Oaks Shopping Center. Shoppers enjoy free Wi-Fi and dozens of stores from big-box names to specialty shops. Macy’s, JCPenney and Nordstrom anchor this indoor mall, which also hosts events including a Muvico film series and kids’ workshops, as well as special store and restaurant events like trivia nights.

Malibu Country Mart sits in the heart of the Malibu Civic Center and aims to break away from traditional shopping experiences. Malibu’s main shopping attraction, the country mart features upscale boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and even an outdoor playground for kids. Shoppers will love roaming around two levels of shops and restaurants, free parking, and family-friendly events.

Malibu Country Mart

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Shop Small Local Businesses While Visiting

Malibu Surf Shack, the city’s local surf shack since 1972, is a top spot for those looking to surf, kayak, paddle board or body board the day away. The shop also offers lessons and tours for those just beginning their water adventures. Pick up some local merch, and wave at the bright red truck if you see it cruising the area!

Only a 30-minute drive, Hidden Treasures is a vintage lover’s dream. The owner has been selling vintage clothing since the 1970s, and the store opened in Topanga in the ’80s. The colorful shop – in all its purples, greens and whites – is housed in a building dating to the 1930s, giving it extra charm.

Popular and highly rated by Yelp reviewers, Flowers by Dan specializes in flowers for all occasions. The North Hollywood florist, Dan Codron, has worked with clients such as the Disney Channel, Steven Speilberg Kodak Awards, the Bel Air Hotel and dozens more. With 35 years of arranging beautiful flowers for more than 10,000 weddings, Codron uses the freshest, heartiest flowers for that special occasion.

This local gem has something unique: Fred, the owner. Locals rave about Miracle Appliance Parts and its knowledgeable, honest owner who aims to fix whatever appliance problem you have and give you whatever part you need. This neighborhood shop is a go-to for residents. Many customers, as the name suggests, claim Fred is a “miracle,” and knows everything there is to know about appliances.

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A family-friendly destination, Hilton Head Island in South Carolina features engaging things to do and interesting sites for any age visitor. If visiting the island, here are some popular attractions and activities that many include on their must-do lists.

Lighthouse, Hilton Head, SC

Tour The Harbour Town Lighthouse

This lighthouse and museum has a reputation as the “most beloved landmark” on the island. For more than 40 years, this attraction remains a must for anyone visiting Hilton Head. The lighthouse is also a popular shopping hot spot, featuring an assortment of collections ranging from apparel to art to antique golf memorabilia.

Mini-Golf At Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf

Grab a club and putt your way through a seaside village, caves where pirates buried their most prized treasures and atop a mountain to view your entire adventure. Fun for ages 3 to 93, Pirate’s Island offers golfing family fun for all ages. Praised by reviewers and TripAdvisor, this putt putt course is a great place for adventure golf entertainment.

Visit Coligny Beach Park

Located in the town of Hilton Head Island, this park offers beach access, showers, seasonal life guards and Wi-Fi. A great place for outdoor activities, the area is popular for walking, biking, lounging with good company and, of course, getting into the water.

Explore the Coastal Discovery Museum

Kids will love exploring nature at the Coastal Discovery Museum, a 68-acre destination with trails, gardens, a butterfly enclosure and nature tours. Special events and camps teach kids about the natural world and history in Hilton Head Island. Check out the dolphin research excursion, and spend two hours on the water learning about one of the ocean’s most loved creatures.

Kayak Hilton Head SC

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Kayak the Waters

Hilton Head’s waters provide lots of opportunities for water recreation, but kayaking tops the list. Yelp reviewers praise Kayak Hilton Head, which offers guided tours and rentals, and is professional, knowledgeable and organized. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

Enjoy Music at The Jazz Corner

Live jazz and cocktails are a great way to spend an evening. The award-winning jazz club and restaurant is open daily from 6 to 11 p.m., and run by Bob Masteller, a jazz musician and historian. The restaurant features gourmet-style salads and entrees – try the The Jazz Corner Wagyu Beef Burger – and delicious desserts from old-time favorite pecan pie to flourless chocolate espresso cake. The club also support the Junior Jazz Foundation for children and adolescents interested in jazz.

Get a Massage

What better way to relax than to get a massage? The Art of Massage and Yoga Therapy specializes in treatments and sessions to relax you. In 2014, the company expanded into three suites and offers beach yoga, group therapy and a large apothecary named The Herb Room. Packages are available for singles and couples.

Shop ‘Til You Drop

More than 200 outlets and six marina villages give shoppers an eclectic mix of styles and gifts. From antiques to souvenirs, you don’t want to miss the little shops and markets in Hilton Head. Big-box retailers also have a presence here, and combined with locally owned boutiques, you’re sure to find the perfect gift or treat for yourself. Coligny Plaza features more than 60 shops and restaurants, and ranks high on families’ must-see places. Find name-brand bargains at Tanger Outlets in Bluffton, and don’t miss the quaint charm of Palmetto Dunes General Store. The award-winning convenient store serves breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday, and hot coffee and tea are always available.

Read more to find 10 great restaurants in Hilton Head.

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