Things to Do on Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island is a great place for your next vacation. The island is rich in history, offers beautiful landscapes including beaches and marshes and boasts many great attractions and events year round.

What’s the weather like? Average Temperatures in Spring are High: 75° and Low: 56° / Average Temperatures in Summer are High: 88° and Low: 73° / Average Temperatures in Fall are High: 77° and Low: 59° / Average Temperatures in Winter are High: 62° and Low: 41°

Pack your bags: Always bring a swimsuit, beach towel, sunscreen, sunglasses and comfortable shoes. Tank tops and shorts are great for most of the year but bring some layers including a light jacket for those cool days in winter.

Things to Do on Hilton Head Island

Have Fun at the Beach

All of the beaches on Hilton Head Island are public but much of the access is private. Alder Lane BeachBurkes Beach, Coligny Beach Park, Driessen Beach Park, Fish Haul Creek Park, Folly Field Beach Park, Islanders Beach Park and Mitchelville Beach Park all offer public access and if you visit each link you can find out hours and amenities. Hilton Head Island Beach Information also provides more detailed information about some of the beaches above and Beach Rules & Regulations. Download the Hilton Head Island Parks Map for exact locations.

Explore Hilton Head Island on a Bicycle

The Town of Hilton Head has been recognized as one of the top 25 bicycle friendly communities in the United States. With 60 miles of public pathways and nature trails and 12 miles of beaches available, you are sure to find the perfect scenic routes to enjoy a bicycle ride. It is also a great way to get around the island rather than driving. Visit Hilton Head Island Pathways for regulations, safety tips and a map. Check out Bike Rentals on Hilton Head Island for bike rentals and accessories.

Schedule your Tee Time on a local Golf Course

Schedule your tee time at one of over 20 championship golf courses on Hilton Head Island. One of the most widely-known golf courses is Harbour Town Golf Links, home of the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament. For a complete listing including tee times, visit Hilton Head Island Golf Courses.

Enjoy the Excitement of Water Sports

What better way to cool off than participating in a water sport. Hilton Head Island offers a wide variety of water sports including kayaking, paddleboarding, boating, jet skiing, parasailing and more. Island Water Sports and H2O Sports offers parasailing, kayaking, banana boat rides and much more. Jet skiing, paddleboarding and kayaking are available at Sea Monkeys Watersports. Another exciting water adventure is flying high with HHI Jetpack.

Challenge your Family & Friends to a Round of Putt-Putt

Miniature golf is fun for all ages! Gather your family and friends and challenge them to a round of miniature golf at one of these mini-golf courses: Adventure Cove Miniature Golf & Arcade, Legendary Golf  and Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf.

Learn about the Natural & Cultural History of Hilton Head Island

Experience a two-hour narrated bus tour to learn about the culture of the Gullah people provided by Gullah Heritage Trail Tours. They were descendants of former slaves and inhabited this area before and after the Civil War. Learn about their language, music, religion, food and more. The Coastal Discovery Museum is a great place to learn about the natural history of the lowcountry. Take a stroll through the gardens and grounds, explore the museum exhibits, and/or attend lectures and tours to learn more. Another great place to learn some of Hilton Head Island’s history is the Harbour Town Lighthouse and Museum.

Serve up a Game of Tennis

Game, set, match! Tennis is a popular sport on Hilton Head Island so there is no shortage of available courts. They offer lessons, clinics and some even have tennis tournaments scheduled. Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, Port Royal Racquet Club and Van der Meer Tennis Center are available to the public and have lighted courts for night play.

Experience the Thrill of Adventure High in the Sky

Would you like to view Hilton Head Island from the trees? Then take a moment to look at the views as you embark on these challenging adventures. Either push yourself through a challenging obstacle course high in the trees or fly through the sky on a zip line at Broad Creek Marina Adventures.

Sail away on a Cruise or Tour

Enjoy beautiful sunsets and fine dining on a dinner cruise aboard the Spirit of Harbour Town with Vagabond Cruises. Look for dolphins and/or go crabbing on tours provided by Adventure Cruises. Step back in time and enjoy the history of Daufuskie Island, can only be accessed by the ferry or private boat. Experience one of the many eco tours offered by Live Oac Outdoor Adventure Company.

Support the Arts on Hilton Head Island

Experience the craftsmanship of local and national artists as you browse the various art galleries and studios on Hilton Head Island. The Red Piano Art Gallery, Endangered Arts, Ltd., Nash Gallery and Art League of Hilton Head are just a few of the art galleries and studios you will find in the area. Visit Hilton Head Island Art Galleries for more. If you like the theater and live performances check out the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Lean Ensemble Theater, Main Street Youth Theatre, May River Theatre Co., Inc. and/or Southeastern Summer Theatre Institute. If you appreciate dance then check out Hilton Head Dance Theatre for scheduled performances. Live musical performances are available through the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, the Hilton Head Choral Society, The Jazz Corner and The Voices of El Shaddai (spiritual music of the Gullah people). As you can see Hilton Head has a thriving arts and cultural scene inspired by the beauty and history of the Island.

Test your Angling Skills on a Fishing Expedition

Whether you like to catch saltwater fish or freshwater fish, Hilton Head Island has many opportunities to try your luck. Both party boats that hold a larger number of people and charter boats that typically hold six people or less are available for your fishing expedition. The Capt. Hook Party Fishing Boat and the Drifter are both party boats and offer excursions from spring through fall for a large number of people. Fishing charter boats that hold no more than six people include Outcast Sport Fishing, Bulldog Charters, Bay Runner Fishing Charters, Moneric Fishing Charters, Awesome Adventure Charters, Outside Hilton Head, just to name a few. For more information on other fishing charters and fishing license information visit Hilton Head Island Fishing Charters.

Kid-Friendly Activities on Hilton Head Island

Inspire and encourage your children’s creative and physical skills with a variety of kid-friendly activities. Spark their imagination and creativity by allowing them to be pirates for a day on a cruise with Pirates of Hilton Head or by playing with them in interactive centers at The Sandbox. Let them show their artistic skills by painting pottery at The Art Cafe and/or through arts and crafts projects at the KidzArt Studio at Idea Studio. Help them learn about the history and culture of the island in the Kids Zone at the Coastal Discovery Museum. Help them improve their physical skills at the Island Playground or the free Skate Park at The Bristol Sports Arena.

Rejuvenate your Mind, Body and Soul

Sometimes you just need some time to relax and recharge your mind, body and soul. Hilton Head Island is the perfect place offering a wide variety of activities. Improve flexibility by practicing yoga at Jiva Yoga, Bikram Hot Yoga, or Island Yoga. Keep your body fit at XP Fitness, Beach City Health and Fitness, Breakthrough Fitness, and Cycle Bar, just to name a few. For more health clubs visit Health & Wellness on Hilton Head Island. Relax with a massage at Back in Balance Wellness Spa, Ahh Green Spa, Seeds of Calm Spa, The Art of Massage and Yoga Therapy, The Fountain Spa plus many more. For more spas visit Spas in South Carolina.

Experience the Lowcountry on Horseback

Book a reservation with Lawton Stables for a one-hour trail ride through the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings as a tour guide takes you on a relaxing ride and provides insight into Hilton Head Island culture and wildlife. Lawton Stables also offers pony rides for children seven years old or younger and a petting zoo.

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