An Insider’s Guide to Planning the Perfect Hilton Head Vacation
Are you planning a trip and searching for the perfect vacation destination? If so, Hilton Head Island in South Carolina should be at the top of your list. A Hilton Head vacation is perfect for families, since there are so many fun activities and attractions for everyone in the family to enjoy. In fact, there’s so much to do that you may need to stay an extra week or two to actually experience it all! Below are some of the very best activities, attractions, and adventures for your perfect Hilton Head vacation.
Hilton Head Island might be best known as being a great golfing location, and for good reason. There are 20 challenging golf courses right on Hilton Head, and several more just off island. One of the most famous courses on the island is Harbour Town Golf Links, which hosts the PGA’s RBC Heritage Tournament each year. From the 18th green, there is a picture perfect view of the historic Harbour Town Lighthouse. If you’ve ever watched coverage of the Heritage Golf Tournament on television, the lighthouse is an easily recognized focal point with its large red and white horizontal stripes.
Harbour Town Lighthouse and Other Must-sees
Speaking of the lighthouse, it was built in 1970 by Charles Fraser, and quickly became known as “Fraser’s Folly.” The town laughed at him for his building venture and gave it that nickname, since Hilton Head Island had little to no marine traffic and there was no rocky area to warn sailors about. Now 45 years later, not only is it one of the most popular historic sites to visit, but it’s also become a symbol of Hilton Head Island. It also boasts the ONLY store located at the top of a lighthouse.
Another must-do on your vacation is a visit to Daufuskie Island. It’s a quick 10-minute water taxi ride away from Harbour Town and is quite charming. Golf cart rentals are available for visitors to travel in style. It’s a delightful place to explore with shops, eateries, and even a few more beautiful golf courses to play. Daufuskie Island is a wonderful untouched piece of heaven and definitely a must-see when vacationing on Hilton Head Island.
Some of the other notable sites to visit are the Coastal Discovery Museum, which provides the history of the island, along with the surrounding Lowcounty. There’s also, The Sandbox, which offers indoor learning activities and discovery play for children up to 8 years old. It’s a great time for the littler ones, who sometimes miss out on activities because of their age.
FUN in the Water!
Water Sports are a very big deal since Hilton Head is surrounded by water. H2O Sports, located near the base of the lighthouse in Sea Pines, is the best place to go to for all water related activities. It’s perfect for all ages. Their banana boat rides are especially fun and provide tons of laughs for everyone. H2O Sports offers several enjoyable sailing trips during the day and at dusk, which allow you to make the most of Hilton Head’s gorgeous sunsets. Looking to captain a pontoon boat or a catamaran? Well, you can! H2O Sports also has boat rentals for the more experienced sailors in the group. There’s also stand up paddle boarding or kayaking through the marshes and tranquil waters of Calibogue Sound. Parasailing and Jetski rentals will supply enough thrills and adventure for even the most adventurous. Fascinating dolphin tours and alligator tours have become another visitor favorite as well. H20 Sports is the only destination for absolute water fun. They make sure their guests have an awesome time, every time.
Wildlife & Nature Discovery Tours
Hilton Head Island has many non-human inhabitants as well and they are all intriguing. The island is home to playful Bottlenose Dolphins, American Alligators, gentle manatees, and a vast array of beautiful birds, which makes it a great place for animal and bird enthusiasts to visit. Here’s another tip, the dolphin and alligator discovery tours are not too be missed. They provide an up close look at these beautiful creatures as well as great photo opportunities, all while learning about them in their natural environment. The knowledgeable tour guides make these exciting and captivating animal tours another essential activity on any family vacation. Hilton Head’s feathered occupants certainly demand recognition from the avid bird watchers out there. Last year, the Audubon Society’s Hilton Head branch confirmed 141 different varieties of birds, with the total population in upwards of 28,000 birds. That’s a lot of birds waiting to be watched on Hilton Head!
Nature tours have become a very popular attraction. There are various types of nature tours available for families on the island. Explore the peaceful marshes, barrier islands, as well as Hilton Head’s complex ecosystem. If a walking tour is more your style, there are several walking tours which take you through the woodlands with a naturalist guide, to make your trek riveting and fun-filled.
A Hilton Head vacation will keep the whole family entertained with all the activities and attractions that are available. There is so much to do that it’s impossible to mention them all. From an insider’s view, a Hilton Head Island vacation will be memorable and talked about for years. Often, we see our visitors returning year after year since they love it on Hilton Head so much. Now that you are in the know, start making plans to come to visit!
As you can see, there are plenty of fun and exciting activities to fill up your vacation on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. Ready to see what real fun is all about? Visit our website at H2oSports.com or give us a call at (877) 290-4386 for more information on how to get the fun started.