Hilton Head Island

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Option 1 – Historic Tour

1. Coastal Discovery Museumalt, http://www.coastaldiscovery.org/
(843-689-6767, 100 Wm Hilton Pkwy, open M-Sat 9-4:30, Sun 11-3)
This museum helps visitors gain a better understanding of the Lowcountry’s cultural heritage, history and natural beauty. Headquartered on historic Honey Horn Plantation, the museum is housed in the only remaining original plantation house on the island. The 69-acre property is covered in trails that lead along the river, featuring interpretative panels that detail the local flora and fauna.

2. Lunch at a local restaurantalt
(See Visitors – Dining – Hilton Head Island)
Hilton Head Island has an incredible assortment of restaurants for your dining pleasure.


alt3. Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum
(Wm Hilton Pkwy, open daylight hours)
Located on US 278 at Mathews Dr, Zion Cemetery is the most visible and most dramatic cemetery on Hilton Head Island. Four Hilton Head patriots honored by the Sons of the American Revolution are buried here, along with plantation owners and Islanders from days gone by. The Baynard Mausoleum was built here in 1845. It is currently is oldest remaining structure on the island.

The Baynard Masauleum

alt4. Baynard Plantation Ruins
(Sea Pines Resort, off Plantation Dr)
The ruins of the old Baynard estate, the main house as well as attendant slave quarters, are permanently preserved within six-acre Baynard Ruins Park. The Baynard house once overlooked the Calibogue Sound near the south end of the island. . Located off of Plantation Drive, Baynard Ruins Park is on your right just after you pass Baynard Cove Road and Marsh Drive. If you wish, park your car at the entrance, and explore the ruins of the pre-Civil War home. .

Option 2 – Nature Touralt

1. Hilton Head Audubon Newhall Preserve, www.sctrails.net/trails/ALLTRAILS/Interpretive/AudubonNewhall.html
(Palmetto Bay Rd, entrance is free and open daylight hours)
The Audubon Newhall Preserve is a 50-acre property covered in interconnected trails that allow up close views of local flora and fauna. A self-guided tour map, which can be obtained at the entrance, will guide visitors through the preserve. Native plants are labeled for easy identification.

alt2. Picnic
Pick one of the preserves as the backdrop for a picnic lunch. Dine while surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature.



3. Sea Pines Forest Preserve
www.sctrails.net/trails/ALLTRAILS/Hiking/Lowcountry/SeaPinesPreserve.html alt  
(Sea Pines Resort, entrance is free and open daylight hours)
Maritime forest and marshland views abound in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Over 2 miles of walking trails and 6 miles of multi-purpose space are available on this self-guided tour of Lowcountry nature. The preserve is home to a 4,000 year old Indian shell ring, a wildflower meadow, fresh water fishing ponds, and abundant bird habitat. Guided tours are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 am, sponsored by the Coastal Discovery Museum (843- 689-6767). Entrance to the park is free and open to the public from dawn until dusk.

Option 3 – Horses, Shopping & Dinneralt

1. Horseback Trail Riding
(See Visitors – Nature Tourism – Horseback Riding)
Spend the morning riding on trails through the natural splendor of Hilton Head Island.


2. Lunch at a local restaurant
(See Visitors – Dining – Hilton Head Island)
Restaurants on Hilton Head Island are second to none. The choices are endless and the ambiance is spectacular. Mouth-watering dishes are created with local seafood and served by top-notch chefs.

3. Shoppingalt
(See Visitors – Shopping – Hilton Head Island)
Hilton Head Island has many wonderful shopping experiences. For a list of retailers and their addresses consult the shopping portion of this website.


4. Dinner Cruise
(See Visitors –Dining – Hilton Head Island)
Spend the evening cruising the waters around beautiful Hilton Head while enjoying a gourmet meal.

Option 4 – Water Fun

1. Parasailialtng (See Visitors – Water Sports – Hilton Head Island)
Want to see a bird’s eye view of Hilton Head Island? Harness into a parachute and ski off into the sky. Parachute into the air towed by a speed boat. The experienced guides will put you in a harness and gently lift you up into the air.

alt2. Picnic
Several Hilton Head beaches have picnic spots there visitors can relax and enjoy lunch under the shade of trees or shelters. (See Visitors – Nature – Tourism for picnic areas at beaches)


3. Afternoon on the beachalt
(See Visitors – Nature Tourism – Beaches)
Spend the day relaxing on the beautiful beach and enjoy the Atlantic Ocean. Hilton Head Island is one of the most relaxing vacation spots anywhere.


Option 5 – Sailing
(See Visitors – Water Sports – Hilton Head)
Looking for family adventure on the water or a romantic sunset dinner? Sailing is one of Hilton Head Island’s favorite pastimes. Sailing is popular on Hilton Head Island. Our mild weather and beautiful sunsets add to the experience. Enjoy a variety of sailing excursions, from private trips and group trips, to dolphin and fireworks outings.

altOption 6 – Kayaking or Canoeing
(See Visitors – Water Sports – Kayaking)
Navigate the pristine waterways and inlets off Hilton Head Island in your personal kayak. Canoe and kayak rentals and instruction are available for those who want to explore the Island’s creeks, marshes and inlets along Calibogue Sound. Experienced guides offer year-round kayaking and overnight trips to destinations such as Pritchard’s and Cumberland Islands. Take a guided tour or adventure off on your own. There’s a world of marine wildlife to discover out on the wide open water!

Option 7 – Dolphin and Nature Watching Excursionalt
(See Visitors – Tours – Hilton Head Island)
Bottle nose dolphins are Hilton Head Island’s ambassadors of the sea. Adventure out by boat on a guided dolphin watch cruise to observe them up close. Dolphin excursions are available trough public marinas, tour companies and by contacting the Coastal Discovery Museum.

altOption 8 – Gullah Heritage Tour
(See Visitors – Tours – Hilton Head Island)
Experience the Gullah Heritage of Hilton Head Island. Take a pleasant narrated travel through several neighborhoods, established during the Civil War long before there was a bridge to the mainland.


Option 9 – Harbour Town Lighthousealt
(See Visitors – Sights to See – Hilton Head)

1. Climb the Lighthouse
The striped tower of the Harbour Town Lighthouse on Hilton Head Island is the centerpiece Sea Pines. Visitors who climb the lighthouse steps will find an excellent spot from which to view Hilton Head Island. The Shop At The Top is located at the top of the lighthouse. This lighthouse is a must see for anyone visiting Hilton Head Island.

alt2. Lunch at a Harbour Town restaurant (See Visitors – Dining – Hilton Head Island)The ultimate dining experience can be found at Harbour Town. Here visitors will find a wonderful selection of restaurants including seafood and New American cuisine. Casual outdoor cafes are located on the water.


3. Shop Harbour Town or enjoy a boat tour, parasailing or kayaking (See Visitors –
Water Sports or Visitors – Shopping – Hilton Head)
Harbour Town has several interesting shops and tour options. 

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The shore gently recedes beneath the stunning Pawleys Island Pier. The unique island town, located about 25 miles south of Myrtle Beach and 70 miles north of Charleston, exudes laid-back, beachy vibes. Locals have definitely adopted an island state of mind and encourage visitors to as well. When you go, make sure to relax on the beach, explore the famous sand dunes, or fish in one of the many adjacent creeks.⏰ Best time of the day to visit: We guarantee that you’re going to want to spend a whole day here. We recommend getting to the beach at around 10am.🗓️ Best time of the year: Pawleys Island has the best weather during the spring and early summer months.🏖️ Things to do while there: Pawleys Island Nature Park, Pawleys Island Chapel, Hopsewee Plantation.🐠 Things to visit in the area: Brookgreen Gardens (brookgreen_gardens), take a walking ghost tour, Myrtle Beach (mymyrtlebeach), Harborwalk Marina, South Carolina Maritime Museum (southcarolinamaritimemuseum).🏨 Where to stay: The Oceanfront Litchfield Inn (oceanfrontlitchfieldinn), Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort (litchfieldbeachandgolf), Sea View Inn (seaviewinn), 620 Prince (620prince).Photo by qcphotographer
Spanish moss drapes the live oak trees that are ubiquitous to the Edisto Island area. Did you know that Edisto gets its name from the native Edistow people? The Edistow Native Americans were a sub tribe of the Cusabo indians, a group of Native Americans who lived along the Atlantic coast in South Carolina.⏰ Best time of the day to visit: Stop by mid-morning. That way you can explore the island, grab lunch, and stay for the amazing sunset if you choose.🏖️ Things to do while there: Edisto Environmental Learning Center, Boneyard Beach, Scott Creek Inlet, Big Bay Creek, SeaCow Eatery.☀️ Things to visit in the area: Jungle Road Park, Bay Creek Park, Otter Islands, Spanish Mount Point.📆 Best time of the year to visit: For warmer weather come anywhere from March-August.🏨 Where to stay: Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort (frippislandrsrt), Seabrook Island Club (seabrook_sc), The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort (kiawahresort), Charleston Kiawah Island/Andell Inn (andellinn).Photo by qcphotographer
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A visitor takes a leisurely stroke under a canopy of live oaks draped with Spanish moss in the Palmetto Bluff (palmettobluff) neighborhood of Bluffton, South Carolina. Palmetto Bluff is a picturesque community that sits in the heart of Lowcountry. Nestled along the May River, it’s abundant with beautiful walking trails, historic sites, and stunning views.⏰ Best time of the day to visit: There is no wrong time to visit Palmetto Bluff. However, we highly recommend sticking around for one of their spectacular sunsets.🛶 Things to do while there: Stop by Cole’s for some regionally inspired Southern fare, paddle board, kayak, or canoe along the May River, go saltwater fishing, take a tour at Bluffton Jack's Old Town Tours.🌊 Things to visit in the area: Palmetto Bluff Conservancy, Old Town Bluffton, Bluffton Oyster Factory Park, May River Sandbar, Heyward House Museum and Welcome Center (heywardhouse).📆 Best time of the year to visit: For the best weather, we recommend visiting between March and May or from September to November.🏨 Where to stay: The Montage Palmetto Bluff Resort (montagepalmettobluff) is the only resort in Palmetto Bluff. However, there are plenty of places to stay in the surrounding areas including: Old Town Bluffton Inn (oldtownblufftoninn), The Inn & Club at Harbour Town (theinnandclubatharbourtown), Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island (sonestahhi).Photo by jpgriceoz
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Reposted from coastaldiscoverymuseum Hilton Head Island has the second highest tidal range on the East Coast, second only to Canada’s Bay of Fundy. The average tidal range here is 7-9 feet between high and low tides.The Salt Marsh is one of our area’s most prominent features, not to mention an essential resource. Most coastal creatures depend partially or even fully on the Salt Marsh for survival as it serves as a nursery, as well as a water filter vital for the functioning of the entire coastal ecosystem.Explore the Lowcountry up close with a visit to the Coastal Discovery Museum and head out into the marsh via the Osprey Outlook floating dock on a self-guided tour or register for the weekly Salt Marsh Discovery program to learn from an expert how and why this particular environment is so important. (843) 689-6767 ext. 223 or coastaldiscovery.org.
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The tickets for our Decoration Day Gullah Campfire Supper with Stories and Songs are available now through our website, link in bio.We are Hipcamp hosts.  You can attend the event and stay over, extra spaces will be made available.  Contact us for more information.  Our Hipcamp listing name is Friendly Fowl Farm.This event will celebrate the United States Colored Troops in the Beaufort area and the establishment of the Grand Army Union Post and the Hall, it’s members and their mission.The guest speaker for this year is Rev. Dr. Elijah Washington, the current Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic whose historic hall is located at 706 Newcastle Street, Beaufort.Built in 1896, this meeting hall for the post is believed to be the only surviving building in South Carolina associated with the Grand Army of the Republic. The post hosted annual Decoration Day services at Beaufort National Cemetery and the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War continue that tradition. It is included in the Beaufort Historic District.
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