10 Dec 10 things to explore in Hilton Head
10 ways to get the most out of your Hilton Head Island Golf Package
Hilton Head is well-known for its Atlantic coast beaches and gorgeous golf courses. While those two items have made Hilton Head famous, the island is far more than just fairways, greens, and sandy shores. Hilton Head offers travelers an immense selection of activities during a vacation.
The South Carolina island’s location makes it possible to reach several destinations for a day trip to take in even more amazing sights and sounds. You may visit Hilton Head for the golf, but these activities and sights are worth staying for.
1. Coastal Discovery Museum
The Coastal Discovery Museum opened in 1985 and since then, has been educating visitors on the Hilton Head and Low Country area. The museum has a butterfly enclosure along with outdoor tours showcasing sea turtles, dolphins, crocodiles, and more.
The Coastal Discovery Museum is the perfect place to bring the kids during a visit to Hilton Head or a destination to send them off to when you go to the golf course. Check out their website to learn more.
2. Hilton Head Island Bike Trails
Hilton Head is an outdoor lover’s paradise. The island is relatively small (12 miles by five miles) and boasts over 117 miles of bike trails meaning you do not need an automobile to move about. Typically, a bicycle is the best way to explore all that the island has to offer.
In the 1960’s, Hilton Head began discouraging the use of automobiles and promoting bicycles instead. Today, you will find a fantastic network of bike trails to ride to get around the entire island.
Don’t want to lug your bikes with your golf clubs? There are plenty of bike rental shops on Hilton Head and most will deliver the bikes to you.
3. Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge
Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge is a stone’s throw from Hilton Head and gives you the chance to see flora and fauna that are unique to the region.
Visitors can hunt and fish in the area as well as ride bikes on the refuge’s 14-mile adventure trail. In total, the refuge is over 4,000 acres of nature to explore.
4. Day trip to Savannah, Georgia
Savannah is one of America’s best-kept secrets. Savannah was not destroyed during the American Civil War leaving much of the city’s architecture intact. That architecture can still be seen today in all of its glory.
Old southern oak trees hang over glorious streets and sidewalks while well-kept parks invite visitors to wander through them and to explore.
Just a 45-minute drive from Hilton Head, Savannah offers a trip back in time that is well worth taking.
5. Daufuskie Island
Daufuskie Island is a great stop-off on the way from Hilton Head to Savannah. The tiny island has a mere 250 residents, yet despite its small size, there is plenty to see and do on it.
If you fancy a stay on Daufuskie Island, there are two resorts that provide exclusive rooms and dining to guests.
The island is known as a “high-end” retreat thanks to its shopping and other amenities.
6. Coligny Beach
Coligny Beach is the largest beach on the island. It is also the most popular for visitors to explore thanks to its expansive shoreline and finely packed brown sand.
If you need an umbrella, chairs, or another beach-going item, then you can simply rent it from Coligny’s vendors.
Although there are more private beaches around Hilton Head, Coligny offers a wonderful day out and a chance to mix it up with other visitors to the island.
7. Harbour Town
Located on the southern tip of the island, Harbour Town is a quaint area on Hilton Head that is packed with things to see and do.
You’ll know your in the right area once you stumble upon the famous 90 ft. tall lighthouse staged along the water. The light house offers guest the ability to climb to the peak and you’ll be amazed by the panoramic view of Hilton Head Island and its surrounding water, marsh, fairway, and harbor. It’s truly a site to see.
After the climb, you will find unique shops and local restaurants located just a few steps away that serve up a regional fare. Harbour Town and all it has to offer is sure to bring you back time and again.
8. Mitchelville Freedom Park
Mitchelville was settled by ex-slaves pre-American Civil War. Due to its role in South Carolina history, it has become an important location and in 2005, was officially unveiled as a park.
Michelville Freedom Park is off the beaten path and is secluded. Along with learning about the area’s history, you may see dolphins diving in the Atlantic waters off the coast.
9. Gullah Heritage Trail
Hilton Head has its own unique history that dates back centuries and the Gullah Heritage Trail is home to a nearly forgotten culture that was born during slavery times in the United States.
Known as the Gullah Geechee Corridor, you will learn all about the West African slaves that made the area home at one time.
The culture of the Gullah Geechee has remained almost completely within the corridor making this a great way to learn about an unknown part of America.
10. The Jazz Corner
If you love live music, especially jazz, then this is the place to be. The Jazz Corner is renowned for hosting live jazz events every night of the week.
The club isn’t a chain rather an intimate local venue that keeps the sound of South Carolina jazz alive and well. On top of the sweet, soulful sounds found at the Jazz Corner is southern fried home cooking.