When it comes to taking a family vacation, we’re all about the one stop shopping. Give us a location that has great places to eat, gorgeous beaches, plenty of outdoor activities and kid friendly venues and we are THERE.
Hilton Head Island in South Carolina is one such place.
Beaches, wildlife preserves and gorgeous coastal views with lots of kid friendly restaurants, activities and adult only fun to boot? Sign us up!
If you’re thinking of traveling to Hilton Head, here are some of our favorite spots…
1. Take a dolphin tour
There’s something simply magical about dolphins and H20 SPORTS offers the best way to get up close with Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat. Along the way you’ll also spot a variety of shore birds such as pelicans, egrets, herons and you may come across sea turtles and manatees. Don’t forget the camera!
2. Visit the Coastal Discovery Museum
The Coastal Discovery Museum is the perfect spot for your littlest conservationist. On the winding, lush trails with views of majestic oak trees, you and your family will learn about the regions’ history, culture and art. The CDM’s mission is to help their visitors “discover connections between air, land, water, and living things, for greater environmental awareness and to explore history, culture, and art to better understand ourselves and increase empathy toward others.” Gorgeous scenery and an opportunity to teach your kids about caring for their environment? Yes, please!
3. Enjoy some Hilton Head ice cream
Because no beach vacation would be complete without the requisite trip to the local ice cream shop for a taste of homemade ice cream. With flavors like Chocolate Cayenne, Cookie Monster, and Peach Pecan, even your pickiest child will find a flavor to their liking at Hilton Head Ice Cream. Looking for an adult only treat? Hilton Head Distillery teamed up with Hilton Head Ice Cream to make ice cream infused with their rum. Yes, really. This is not a dream.
4. Chill out at Coligny Beach Park
A family friendly beach with well appointed bathroom facilities and stunning views of the ocean makes Coligny Beach Park a must see when you are in Hilton Head. Make sure to snag one of the beach swings for a bit as you try to ignore your kids fighting over who gets to …..ah, who cares?? You’re on vacation.
5. Get kayaking
Explore Hilton Head Island’s beautiful coastal habitat by kayak with Outside Hilton Head. A trained interpretive naturalist will lead you through the ever-changing tidal creeks and salt marsh estuaries, where you’ll have a front row seat.
6. Have some fresh seafood at Hudson’s
You are forbidden from leaving Hilton Head until you visit, Hudson’s Seafood House. This place is world renowned for good reason. Everything is fresh-caught (straight from the dock to your dining table) and homemade and guaranteed to delight your taste buds. The service, the view, and the atmosphere can’t be beat. Pro-Tip: Wear stretchy pants, and do not forget to order peanut butter pie for dessert.
Hilton Head is the perfect place to take your family. Seriously, what are you waiting for? They have rum infused ice cream just waiting to be eaten. If that’s not a reason to plan your trip, we don’t know what is.
7. Go ziplining
ZipLine Hilton Head is perfect for the adrenaline junkies in your family. “Fly through the tree platforms as high as 75 ft off the ground with 8 ziplines, 2 suspended sky bridges and towers overlooking the beautiful Broad Creek. Finish with our 900 ft. pulse-pounding dual cable racing zipline, designed with adrenaline junkies in mind.”
8. Chill out at The Sea Pines Beach Resort
Lay on the beach on some comfortable chairs while staff waits for you to be ready for your next frosty beverage. Sound like heaven? It is. Pina Colada with a dark rum floater? Yes, please.
9. Experience The Heavenly Spa
After all that kid time, you need a freaking massage and Heavenly Spa offers delicious signature treatments guaranteed to make you melt into a pile of mush, which after vacationing with your kids is an absolute must.