Ah! A place that is near and dear to my heart. My parents are fortunate to call beautiful Hilton Head, South Carolina their home. I bring my kids to visit them every year, and they look forward to the time spent on the coast, in the lighthouses, and with their grandparents! We are heading out in June of this year, and I already can’t wait for our annual visit. Here are a few of our favorite things to do..some of these ideas even came from a seasoned local!
Colingy Beach Park
This is the largest beach on Hilton Head, and often considered the most popular! You’ll have to arrive early to get a good spot on the sand, but the bathrooms are impeccible and there are great beach gear rental stands all up and down the coastline!
Hilton Head Island Bike Trails
If you love to bike, Hilton Head SC is the perfect vacation destination for you! Citizens of Hilton Head usually commute by bicycle. With 60 miles of bicycle trails, you can get virtually anywhere while saving on gas!
Much like any coastal town, paddle boarding is the thing to do! We’ve rented them from a variety of vendors across the island, and Tour Daufuskie was our favorite. But that might have been because we simply fell in love with the island…
Trent Jones Golf Course
When you can golf right beside the beach, why would you ever go anywhere else? Named as a “course of the year” in 2003, golfers still rave about this gorgeous location. My husband isn’t much of a golfer, but he adores this course!
Art Center of Coastal Carolina
Tired of the sun? If you’re sunburnt and exhausted, head indoors for the evening! The Art Center of Coastal Carolina is known for putting on quite a show with it’s theater performances! Plus, depending on the time of year you choose to visit, expect them to host festivals like the Taste of Gullah, Christmas Holiday Tree Lighting, and Youth ArtFest.
Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge
I like to incorporate education activities into our vacations, and my kids loved the wildlife refuge! There are more than 250 species of birds that call this refuge area home, as well as white- tailed deer, bobcats, and even a few aligators or two.
Finally! My favorite! Years ago my parents recommended we check out Daufuskie Island for a couple of days. We fell immediately in love! You can only access the island by boat, and it’s full of large resorts, terrific shopping, tasty restuarants, and AMAZING history. This island played a large role in the Civil War, and has been named a historical district.
Who would expect to find trees like these on a tiny island?
The Village at Wexford
I don’t know if we mean to or not, but my family always ends up in a local mall on vacation. Isn’t it cool to see how they’re all laid out? For an afternoon activity, take your family to The Village at Wexford. With 30 luxury shops, and occassional live jazz, shoppers (and sitters!) will be satisfied.