8 Hilton Head Activities: Top Things to Do and See

A family-friendly destination, Hilton Head Island in South Carolina offers engaging things to do and interesting sites for all ages. From historic lighthouses that protect the area to museums and shopping, it’s easy to stay busy and entertained. Want to learn more? Here are some popular Hilton Head activities to add to the must-do list.

Top 8 Hilton Head Activities Travelers Must Try

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Tour 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-see for anyone visiting Hilton Head. The lighthouse also serves as a popular shopping hot spot, featuring an assortment of collections ranging from apparel and art to antique golf memorabilia.

Mini-Golf at Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf

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

Visit Coligny Beach Park

Located in Hilton Head Island’s town center, this park has beach access, showers, seasonal life guards and Wi-Fi. A top spot for outdoor activities, the area is popular for walking, biking, lounging with good company and playing in the water.

Explore Coastal Discovery Museum

Kids 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.

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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. Don’t forget the sunscreen and take lots of pictures.

Enjoy Music at The Jazz Corner

For many, live jazz and cocktails are a great way to spend an evening. The award-winning jazz club and restaurant opens daily from 6 to 11 p.m., and is 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 desserts from old-time favorite pecan pie to flourless chocolate espresso cake. The club also supports Junior Jazz Foundation for children and adolescents interested in jazz.

Get a Massage

What better way to relax than to get a massage? Art of Massage and Yoga Therapy specializes in treatments and sessions that focus on the body and mind. In 2014, the company expanded into three suites and hosts 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, don’t miss little shops and markets in Hilton Head. Big-box retailers also have a presence here, and combined with locally owned boutiques, visitors find special gifts and treats.

Coligny Plaza has 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.

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