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50 Fun Things For Families
To Do on Hilton Head

Your ultimate guide to family fun on Hilton Head Island!

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Welcome to Hilton Head Island, where family fun knows no bounds! Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned island explorer, we’ve got you covered with everything you need to know to make the most of your Hilton Head family getaway. From thrilling adventures to relaxing outings and unforgettable activities, here is your ultimate guide to 50 Fun Things for Families to Do on Hilton Head Island!


1. Set Sail on a Pirate Adventure

Avast ye! Prepare for a swashbuckling family adventure with Pirates of Hilton Head! Climb aboard a pirate ship and embark on a thrilling voyage filled with treasure hunts, cannon fire, and pirate tales. It's a high-seas escapade that promises fun and excitement for buccaneers of all ages. 

Location: Pirates of Hilton Head, 149 Lighthouse Rd.

Best Time to Go: Set sail during the warmer months to fully enjoy the pirate experience. Check the website for tour schedules and availability.

Parent Tips: Best for ages 2-10. Reservations are highly recommended, especially during the busy season. Arrive early to get into the spirit of the adventure and don't forget to dress in your best pirate attire! No bathing suits needed, as the kids won't get wet. Be sure to bring sunscreen, hats, and water for your voyage. And use the bathroom near check in before boarding!

2. Dolphin Watching with Dolphin Discoveries

Set sail on an unforgettable family adventure as you hang out with dolphins aboard Dolphin Discoveries' boat! Cruise along the sparkling waters of Hilton Head Island and marvel at these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. It's a thrilling experience that promises laughter, excitement, and memories to last a lifetime.

Location: Dolphin Discoveries near Broad Creek Marina. 

Best Time to Go: Dolphins are usually active all day, so pick a time that works for your family. Be sure to check the website for tour schedules and availability.

Parent Tips: Pack sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses to protect your family from the sun's rays during the boat ride, as well as snacks and drinks to keep everyone energized and hydrated throughout the excursion. Don't forget to bring along a camera or binoculars to capture memorable moments and get a closer look at the dolphins. Encourage your kids to ask questions and engage with the knowledgeable crew to learn more about dolphins and marine life.

3. Putt Where the Pros Play

Tee off at Harbour Town Golf Links, one of the most iconic golf courses in the world, home to the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage. Bring the whole family for a day of golfing fun on this iconic course, known for its challenging holes and stunning views of the Lowcountry. Whether you're a seasoned golfer or just starting out, Harbour Town offers an unforgettable experience for golfers of all ages and skill levels.

Location: Harbour Town Golf Links, 11 Lighthouse Ln.

Best Time to Go: Book your tee time during the cooler hours of the morning or late afternoon to avoid the midday heat. Check the website for available tee times and course conditions.

Parent Tip: Take advantage of junior golf clinics and family-friendly tee times for a memorable golfing experience. As of posting, they were offering 50% off all day for ages 17 and under. Before heading out to the course, make sure to review the rules and etiquette of golf with your family, especially if you're playing with kids who are new to the game. Consider renting clubs if you don't have your own, and don't forget to pack plenty of water and snacks to stay hydrated and energized throughout your round.

4. Bike Riding

Get ready for a wheely good time as you explore all the bike trails Hilton Head Island has to offer! From leisurely rides through scenic neighborhoods to thrilling adventures along nature paths, biking is the perfect way for families to soak in the island's beauty. Don't miss out on the fun-filled trails of Sea Pines, offering picturesque views, access to waterways, and family-friendly amenities for an unforgettable biking experience.

Location: Explore various bike trails across the island and rental companies, including those within Sea Pines.

Best Time to Go: Plan your biking adventure during the cooler hours of the morning or late afternoon to avoid the heat of the day. Hilton Head's mild climate makes biking enjoyable year-round!

Parent Tip: Before setting off, make sure everyone has the right safety gear, including helmets and reflective clothing. Opt for bike trailers or child seats for younger riders, and don’t forget helmets for safety. You can also view a bike trail map of Hilton Head Island in advance. Sea Pines is an excellent area for families to bike. There is a $9 gate fee to go into Sea Pines, but biking in there will be more than worth it! If you do decide to bike in Sea Pines, rent your bikes inside past the gate. A good option is The Sea Pines Resort Bicycle Shop, located next to the Plantation Golf Club. Reserve in advance!

5. Follow the Light

Climb to the top of the iconic Harbour Town Lighthouse for breathtaking views of the Calibogue Sound. Explore the interactive museum exhibits to uncover the rich maritime history of the area and learn about the fascinating stories behind the lighthouse. It's a fun-filled experience that promises excitement and discovery for the whole family!


Location: Harbour Town Lighthouse and Museum, 149 Lighthouse Rd.

Best Time to Go: Plan your visit during the cooler hours of the morning or late afternoon to avoid the heat of the day. The lighthouse is open daily, so you can pick a time that works best for your family's schedule.

Parent Tip: Before climbing to the top of the lighthouse, make sure everyone is wearing comfortable shoes for the stairs. Don't forget to bring along your camera to capture the stunning views from the observation deck! And after your visit, explore the shops and restaurants nearby for a delightful family outing in the heart of Harbour Town.

6. Be Crabby on The Captain Kidd

Set sail on a thrilling crabbing adventure with Captain Kidd, where families can experience the excitement of catching crabs in the waters surrounding Hilton Head Island! Captain Kidd offers guided tours that provide all the necessary equipment and expert instruction for a successful crabbing experience. Learn about local marine life, navigate the salt marshes, and reel in blue crabs while enjoying the scenic beauty of the Lowcountry.

Location: Captain Kidd, Shelter Cove Marina - Dock C

Best Time to Go: If you book early enough in advance, you can go for the Fireworks Adventure and catch Shelter Cove's fireworks while on your excursion.

Parent Tip: Plan for a two hour excursion and bring along a bucket. Bonus: Captain Kidd has a bathroom! Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sunscreen to protect against sun exposure while out on the water. Encourage your kids to ask questions and engage with the captain to learn more about crabbing and the local ecosystem.

7. Lace Up Your Boots For a Family Nature Hike


Get ready to embark on a wild adventure through the lush landscapes of Sea Pines Forest Preserve while exploring winding trails, tranquil lakes, and diverse wildlife habitats. This family-friendly nature walk offers endless opportunities for discovery and outdoor fun, making it the perfect activity for nature-loving families.

Location: Sea Pines Forest Preserve, Hilton Head Island, SC. Find trail maps and parking information on the Sea Pines website.

Best Time to Go: Plan your nature walk during the cooler hours of the morning or late afternoon to avoid the midday heat. The preserve is open year-round, so you can enjoy its natural beauty in any season.

Parent Tip: Before heading out, pack a backpack with water, snacks, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Encourage your kids to bring along binoculars or magnifying glasses to observe wildlife up close. Take your time exploring the trails and don't be afraid to veer off the beaten path to discover hidden gems along the way. And most importantly, remember to respect the natural environment by leaving no trace behind.

8. Paddle Through The Marshes On A Kayak


Explore the pristine waterways of Hilton Head Island, gliding through tranquil marshes and spotting local wildlife along the way. It's a thrilling experience that promises laughter, excitement, and unforgettable memories for everyone.

Location: Kayak Hilton Head, Hilton Head Island, SC. Check the website for tour options and departure locations.

Best Time to Go: Plan your kayaking excursion during the warmer months to enjoy the pleasant weather and maximize your chances of spotting wildlife. Early mornings or late afternoons tend to offer calmer waters and less crowding.

Parent Tip: Choose tandem kayaks for younger children or inexperienced paddlers, and don’t forget waterproof cameras for capturing memories along the way. Pack sunscreen, hats, and plenty of water to stay hydrated during your adventure. Encourage the kids to keep an eye out for dolphins, birds, and other marine creatures!

9. Picnic in the Park at Coligny Beach Park

Pack up your baskets and sunscreen for a delightful family picnic on the beach! Spread out your beach blanket, dig your toes into the sand, and enjoy a delicious meal with the soothing sound of waves as your backdrop. Whether it's sandwiches and snacks or a full-on barbecue, a beach picnic is the perfect way to create cherished memories with your loved ones.

Location: Any beach along Hilton Head Island's picturesque coastline.

Best Time to Go: Midweek late afternoons and early evening are less crowded, allowing for prime picnic spots. Check the weather forecast beforehand for optimal picnic conditions.

Parent Tip: Rent beach chairs and umbrellas for added comfort, and designate a meeting spot in case family members wander off to explore. If money is not an object and you don't want to prepare your own picnic, contact Board & Basket to put together a luxury picnic for your family. Bring along beach toys and games to keep the kids entertained between bites. Don't forget to pack plenty of water to stay hydrated and wet wipes for easy cleanup. And be sure to dispose of your trash properly to keep the beach clean and pristine for future picnickers!

10. Zip It Real Good

Prepare for an adrenaline-pumping adventure with the whole family as you soar through the treetops on a ziplining tour with My Adventure Hilton Head! Feel the wind rush past your face as you glide from platform to platform, taking in breathtaking views of the island's lush landscapes. It's an exhilarating experience that promises laughter, excitement, and unforgettable memories for everyone.

Location: My Adventure Hilton Head, Hilton Head Island, SC. Check the website for tour details and departure location.

Best Time to Go: Opt for a ziplining tour during the cooler hours of the morning or late afternoon to enjoy the adventure without the heat of the day. Tours are typically offered March through November, so pick a time that works best for your family's schedule.

Parent Tip: Before embarking on the ziplining tour, make sure everyone is wearing closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothing suitable for outdoor activities. Follow the safety instructions provided by the guides and encourage the kids to conquer any fears by cheering them on from the ground. Don't forget to capture the excitement with photos or videos to relive the thrilling experience later!

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