What are the five best things to see and do in Hilton Head Island?

People flock to Hilton Head Island to enjoy the long stretches of pristine beach and a vacation that can be a combination of active and relaxing pursuits. Here are our five recommendations for what you should see and do during your stay on Hilton Head Island:

1. Go to the beach. With miles of coastline, large beach areas and extreme high and low tides that change the way the shore looks throughout the day, you and your family will enjoy lots of waves, sun and fun at whichever beach you choose.

2. Play a round. Golfing is a huge draw to Hilton Head Island. Make sure to bring your clubs and reserve a tee time at renowned courses such as the Harbour Town Golf Links, home to the famous Heritage PGA tour stop, located on the Sea Pines Resort. Many of Hilton Head Island’s golf courses boast ocean views, providing magnificent scenery to marvel at between holes and a sea breeze that cools the island year-round.

3. Explore by bike. There’s no need to bring four wheels along to Hilton Head Island — you will see bicyclists everywhere taking advantage of the more than 35 miles of wide biking trails that wind around the island. Some accommodations provide free or discounted bike rentals, so take advantage of the freewheeling island lifestyle.

4. Pick up something new. Shopping is another popular vacation pastime for Hilton Head Island visitors — and a good way to give your arms a break from swinging the golf club. The popular Tanger Outlets include a wide variety of stores such as Nike, Black House White Market and Columbia, so there should be something for everyone. The island is also sprinkled with cute boutique stores and souvenir shops to help you find the perfect gifts for your loved ones — or just yourself.

5. Get in (or on) the water. A vacation at Hilton Head is about the ocean, so take advantage of the plethora of water activities available. Fishing charters, Jet Ski rentals, boat rentals and kayaks, are all available for you to enjoy the island by sea, and you should consider visiting some of the small nearby isles like quiet Daufuskie Island. Dolphins and other sea life abound in these coastal waters, and no visit to the island is complete without some aquatic exploration.

  • On November 11, 2011
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    What are the five best things to do with kids in Hilton Head Island?

    Hilton Head Island is an ideal vacation spot for families. The island is crawling with kid-friendly attractions and activities. We recommend taking advantage of these five things to do during your visit to Hilton Head Island:

    1. Log lots of beach time. We bet kids won’t soon get tired of simple sandcastles and wave-chasing on the Hilton Head’s miles of clean, beautiful coastline. With rentals and surf shops throughout the island, kids can try out boogie boarding or surfing, or just bury each other in sand.

    2. Bike the island. Hilton Head’s 35 miles of wide biking trails are perfect for tandems or training wheels, and kids will have fun zigzagging around island. Ditch the car seats and make two wheels your go-to transportation during your stay. Lush vegetation, marshland, and waterways will greet you during your rides and provide a chance for kids to explore the island’s natural habitat up close.

    3. Fish, Jet Ski or kayak. We can’t choose between these water activities that are a must for older kids. They’ll get a kick out of fishing charters (and maybe even make their first catch) while Jet Ski and boat rentals are can’t-miss kid-pleasers. Keep your eyes peeled — dolphins and other sea life abound in the area.

    4. Visit a museum. Hilton Head Island is home to the kid-focused Coastal Discovery Museum and The Sandbox, lifesavers especially on rainy — or sunburned — days. Both are interactive options that teach kids about the coastal wildlife found in and around Hilton Head.

    5. Let someone else do the planning. The Sea Pines Resort, located on the southernmost tip of Hilton Head Island, is a sprawling resort offering a variety of activities for youngsters. Along with a 500 plus-acre forest preserve, kids can visit a petting zoo, ride horses at Lawton Stables, and take a ride on a pirate ship at Harbour Town. In addition, a local musician and storyteller, provides live entertainment many nights of the week during the summer months — in fact, he has been doing so for over 25 years.
  • On November 11, 2011
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    What are the five best things to see and do in Hilton Head Island?

    People flock to Hilton Head Island to enjoy the long stretches of pristine beach and a vacation that can be a combination of active and relaxing pursuits. Here are our five recommendations for what you should see and do during your stay on Hilton Head Island:

    1. Go to the beach. With miles of coastline, large beach areas and extreme high and low tides that change the way the shore looks throughout the day, you and your family will enjoy lots of waves, sun and fun at whichever beach you choose.

    2. Play a round. Golfing is a huge draw to Hilton Head Island. Make sure to bring your clubs and reserve a tee time at renowned courses such as the Harbour Town Golf Links, home to the famous Heritage PGA tour stop, located on the Sea Pines Resort. Many of Hilton Head Island’s golf courses boast ocean views, providing magnificent scenery to marvel at between holes and a sea breeze that cools the island year-round.

    3. Explore by bike. There’s no need to bring four wheels along to Hilton Head Island — you will see bicyclists everywhere taking advantage of the more than 35 miles of wide biking trails that wind around the island. Some accommodations provide free or discounted bike rentals, so take advantage of the freewheeling island lifestyle.

    4. Pick up something new. Shopping is another popular vacation pastime for Hilton Head Island visitors — and a good way to give your arms a break from swinging the golf club. The popular Tanger Outlets include a wide variety of stores such as Nike, Black House White Market and Columbia, so there should be something for everyone. The island is also sprinkled with cute boutique stores and souvenir shops to help you find the perfect gifts for your loved ones — or just yourself.

    5. Get in (or on) the water. A vacation at Hilton Head is about the ocean, so take advantage of the plethora of water activities available. Fishing charters, Jet Ski rentals, boat rentals and kayaks, are all available for you to enjoy the island by sea, and you should consider visiting some of the small nearby isles like quiet Daufuskie Island. Dolphins and other sea life abound in these coastal waters, and no visit to the island is complete without some aquatic exploration.