Family Fun on Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head Island offers the family vacation of a lifetime for both the young and the young at heart. Families simply love the Island’s 12 miles of uninterrupted white sand beaches and over 100 miles of well-maintained bike trails, walking trails, parks and nature preserves. When kept indoors, Hilton Head’s family-friendly restaurants know how to keep everybody’s rumbling tummies satisfied, and the interactive museums will keep young minds growing. Here are a couple of suggestions to make the most of your family vacation on Hilton Head Island.
The Island has more than 100 miles of paths to explore, inside and outside the plantations. Also, miles of sand-packed beaches allow delightful bike rides along the Atlantic Ocean—you’ll soon discover it’s an enjoyable diversion. Bike rentals are readily available and can be delivered to your home or villa during your stay. View the Hilton Head Bike Pathway System.
Paddleboarding (Stand Up Paddling)
This surface water sport is gaining popularity on the Island and provides an experience to stand, glide and explore the ocean or creeks on a large surfboard. The experience will show you new views from the water while strengthening your core, upper body and enhancing balance. For paddleboard rentals check out H20 Sports here.
With more than one million rounds of golf played each year on the Lowcountry’s 36-plus courses, Hilton Head Island has become one of the most renowned golf destinations in the world. Detailed information to help you choose from a variety of courses is located here (link to Golf Section) or refer to our Guest Services Directory before making your tee times.
Whether you prefer to play on hard, grass, or clay, you will find it on Hilton Head. In fact, there are more tennis courts on Hilton Head than at any resort of its size in America. High quality instruction, including group clinics and private lessons, is available at all tennis centers on the island.
Fishing and More
Fishing is a popular pastime on Hilton Head, and there are many ways to enjoy the sport. You can surf cast from the shore, dig for clams, gather oysters, toss a shrimp net, drop a crab line, or charter a boat for fly-fishing. For the adventurist, hunting the big game on the Gulf Stream is within your reach.
Sailing, kayaking and jet skiing, are popular activities in Hilton Head’s many marinas and harbors. After making a reservation, you will receive our Guest Services Directory, which includes great information and recommendations about the area. You may also contact one of our Island Getaway representatives for more information. For boating rentals check out H20 Sports here.
Exploring Broad Creek and the surrounding waters by tour or a rental boat is very popular among guests. You can see dolphin in their habitat, and learn about crabbing, shrimping and harvesting live oysters in the local waters. Plan your visit to the Shelter Cove Marina, South Beach Marina, and Harbour Town Basin and enjoy some of the finest marinas the South has to offer. Island Time Charters, the choice tour company for the cleanest, fastest, most comfortable and fun experience on The Island!
Parasailing and Wave Runners
For the more extreme water sports enthusiast, parasailing and wave runners are available to make your vacation a unique and memorable one. For Parasailing and other water sports check out H2O Sports!
A favorite for both locals and visitors alike are the Tanger Outlets. The outlets include such popular stores as Coach, Bass, Brooks Brothers, Carter’s, Eddie Bauer, Gap, Harry & J. Crew, Nike, Tommy Jeans, Waterford – the list goes on and on. There are over 300 shops of every imaginable variety available to choose from on the Island, including numerous waterfront boutiques and peaceful plazas.
Hilton Head has over 200 restaurants to please the palate, offering cuisines including Italian, Thai, Caribbean, Japanese, Greek, Chinese, and Mexican. All-American fare on Hilton Head features pit-cooked BBQ, prime steaks and home style southern specialties. Treat yourself to the famous local seafood dishes such as succulent shrimp, sweet blue crab and oysters. There is a restaurant on Hilton Head to fit any budget and make any dining occasion special.
Nightlife and Family Outings
Live bands and entertainers can keep you and your family smiling every night of your vacation. Shelter Cove Marina comes alive in the summer with a dazzling firework display, crafts and live entertainment shows for all ages. Harbour Town offers nighttime family-friendly shows, as well as live bands and dancing for adults. See our website’s “Calendar of Events” for current times and locations.
Uzip electric bike rentals are a new and innovative way to explore Hilton Head Island. UZip Electronic Bikes is the best way to get around and tour the island. Enjoy the freedom of being able to travel up to 25 miles without ever pedaling. Just twist the throttle to reach speeds up to 20 mph!
Hilton Head Island finally has the zip line craze! The Island’s one and only Zipline Hilton Head , a highlight of Broad Creek Marina Adventures, is a wonderful experience for the entire family. Join them for an exhilarating 2 hour eco-adventure that will have you soaring through the trees surrounded by stunning views of Broad Creek.
The Sandbox is a hands-on interactive museum that makes learning fun again! Filled with unique entertaining and educational play areas to explore, the Sandbox is an incredible place for families to discover new ways to interact with each other and let their imaginations run wild. Check out the Sandbox here.
Lawton Stables & Petting Zoo
Located in the heart of Hilton Head Island at Sea Pines, Lawton Stables offers one-hour western-style trail rides for children (over the age of 8) and adults. Each trail ride will take you through the 603-acre Sea Pines Forest Preserve at a leisurely pace, giving you time to truly experience the natural beauty of Hilton Head. Also available are pony rides for kids under seven, hayrides and professional training and riding lessons. Check out the Stables here.
The Adventure Cove family fun center, featuring two mini golf courses offers more fun and games for visiting families. Each 18—hole course offers a unique and challenging Caribbean-style design. Also available is Hilton Head Island’s largest arcade, boat charters and dolphin tours. Check out Adventure Cove here.
Culture and the Arts
Hilton Head has a vast network of art galleries, featuring local and internationally acclaimed artists. The Island is also home to The Art Center of Coastal Carolina, which offers residents and visitors the perfect venue to enjoy quality produced musicals and plays. Visit the Art Center here.
The Coastal Discovery Museum
The Coastal Discovery Museum is full of fun and valuable information on the natural history of Hilton Head Island, along with the cultural heritage of the Lowcountry. An educational and fun-filled experience for the whole family! Visit the museum here.
Family Beach Portraits
Capture your vacation memories with professional portraits and remember your vacation for years to come! With all of the stunning beaches and venues Hilton Head has to offer, you’ll have the beauty of the island as your backdrop. Hilton Head Island Photography has been an island favorite for over 10 years. Book your photography session today!
Family Reunions on Hilton Head Island
Hilton head is the perfect destination for a memorable and fun family reunion for all generations. Pick a vacation rental for your family to reserve with Island Getaway and start planning a family event on Hilton Head to be remembered for decades.
There are many ways to make this event special such as making quirky t-shirts or certificates to be passed out to family members, “the oldest and youngest family members, who traveled the least and greatest distances to attend.” A silly beachside beauty contest and funny field games will always bring laughter and joy. The Hilton Head favorite to lounge on the beach is always a great time to create bonds with the ones that you love, but don’t see quite often enough.
The Island is also host to many talented photographers available to greet your family at the beach, and take the truly perfect shot. Ask your Island Getaway representative for recommendations. Have your family set to enjoy some well-deserved time at the beach and read about all of the many activities that Hilton Head Island, South Carolina has to offer for your next family trip.