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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!


21. Make A Splash

The splash pad at Coligny might not be very big, but it sure is popular with the kiddos. It's a refreshing retreat from the heat where kids can cool off and play in the gentle sprays and jets. 

Location: Coligny Beach Park at the beginning of the path that leads to the beach.

Best Time to Go: When leaving the beach. See parenting tip below!

Parent Tip: The pad is located right at the drop off circle for Coligny Beach. It's a perfect spot for an adult to hang out with the kids and let them play and change and use the bathrooms before heading home from the beach. When you're ready to go, whoever is driving can just pull into the circle and pick you all up like the rockstars that you are. 

22. Visit a Historic Plantation

Step back in time with a visit to Honey Horn, one of the island’s historic plantations. 

Immerse your family in the wonders of nature and history at the Coastal Discovery Museum! With interactive exhibits, beautiful gardens, and walking trails, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Learn about the Lowcountry's rich heritage, discover local wildlife, and make unforgettable memories together.

Location: Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive

Best Time to Go: Anytime during the museum's operating hours, when you're ready for a fun and educational adventure with your family. Check their website for some great seasonal events and tours.

Parent Tip: Discuss the history of plantations with children before visiting to provide context. Bring along snacks and water to keep everyone energized during your exploration. Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes for walking around the outdoor areas. And be sure to pick up a souvenir from the gift shop to remember your family's visit to this unique and fascinating destination!

23. Dine Al Fresco

From breezy beachside cafes to cozy corner bistros, the island offers a smorgasbord of casual and inviting spots where families can kick back, relax, and enjoy delicious al fresco meals together. With menus to please even the pickiest eaters and plenty of space for the kids to roam, dining al fresco on Hilton Head promises a delightful blend of mouthwatering flavors, fresh air, and the simple pleasure of dining under the open sky.

Location: Various outdoor dining establishments throughout Hilton Head Island, featured in our family-friendly dining guide or your preferred local spots.

Best Time to Go: Consider going early, around 4:00 PM, to beat the dinner rush and secure a table without waiting.

Parent Tip: Make reservations whenever possible to ensure a smooth dining experience, especially for larger families or during peak times. Many outdoor restaurants in Hilton Head offer kids menus and family-friendly amenities, so be sure to inquire when you arrive. Even better, take a look at the menus online to be sure your kids will find something they like on the menu. And don't forget to bring along some entertainment for the little ones, such as coloring books or small toys, to keep them occupied while waiting for your meal.

24. Make a Big Escape

Dive into an exciting adventure at Hilton Head Escape Rooms, where families can immerse themselves in captivating themed experiences. Solve puzzles, unlock mysteries, and race against the clock to make your big escape!

Location: Hilton Head Escape Room, 55 Matthews Dr #215

Best Time to Go: Afternoon or early evening for a thrilling experience.

Parent Tip: Ensure that the escape room's themes and difficulty levels are appropriate for your child's age and interests. Consider booking a private room for a more tailored experience and to accommodate younger participants' attention spans. Encourage teamwork and communication among family members to enhance the fun and problem-solving experience. Additionally, reassure younger children that the escape room is not scary and is designed for enjoyment and intellectual challenge.

25. Visit a Farmers’ Market

Immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture of Hilton Head Island by visiting one of its charming farmers markets. Discover fresh produce, artisanal crafts, delicious snacks, and live entertainment, all while supporting local farmers and artisans.

Location: Check our Farmer's Market page for locations on island.

Best Time to Go: Morning for the best selection and freshest produce.

Parent Tip: Bring reusable bags or baskets to carry your purchases, and don't forget to bring cash, as some vendors may not accept cards. Engage your children in the experience by letting them pick out fruits or vegetables to try or allowing them to interact with friendly vendors. Take advantage of the opportunity to teach your kids about the importance of supporting local farmers and eating fresh, seasonal produce.

26. Sail Away Into The Sunset

Set sail on a mesmerizing sunset cruise with Vagabond Cruise! Choose from a variety of sunset cruise options, each offering its own unique experience, whether it's a romantic evening for two or a fun-filled family outing. Marvel at the breathtaking colors of the Lowcountry sky as the sun dips below the horizon, creating a magical backdrop for your coastal adventure.

Location: Departure locations vary depending on the chosen sunset cruise. Check the Vagabond Cruise website for details.

Best Time to Go: Evening hours, typically around sunset time, to witness the stunning natural beauty of the sunset over the waters of Hilton Head Island.

Parent Tip: Before booking your sunset cruise, browse through the different options available on the Vagabond Cruise website to find the perfect fit for your family's preferences. Pack some snacks and drinks to enjoy onboard, and don't forget to bring along jackets or blankets to stay warm as the evening breeze sets in. And be sure to have your camera ready to capture the priceless moments of togetherness and awe as you soak in the beauty of the sunset with your loved ones!

27. Encounter a Mermaid

Embark on a magical adventure and experience the wonder of encountering a real-life mermaid! Join a guided tour where you'll cruise the beautiful waters of Hilton Head Island in search of these enchanting creatures, learning about their fascinating world along the way.

Location: Mermaids of Hilton Head. Tours depart from various locations, including Broad Creek Marina.

Best Time to Go: Tours are typically available year-round, with specific schedules varying by season. Check the website or contact Mermaids of Hilton Head for current tour times and availability.

Parent Tip: Be sure to reserve your tickets in advance, as tours can fill up quickly, especially during peak vacation seasons. Bring sunscreen, hats, and water to stay comfortable during the tour, and don't forget your camera to capture the magical moments of your mermaid encounter. Encourage your children to ask questions and engage with the mermaids, fostering their imagination and sense of wonder.

28. Have Some Farmyard Fun

Get ready for a day of furry and feathered fun at Lawton Stables! Bring the whole family for an exciting adventure where you can meet and greet a variety of friendly farm animals. From cuddly bunnies to gentle horses, there's something for everyone to enjoy at this charming Lowcountry destination.

Location: Lawton Stables, 190 Greenwood Dr.

Best Time to Go: During the stables' operating hours, when the animals are most active and ready to meet their visitors.

Parent Tip: Before your visit, check out the Lawton Stables website to learn more about the animals you'll encounter and any special activities or events happening on the day of your visit. Remind your children to be gentle and respectful when interacting with the animals, and encourage them to ask the friendly staff any questions they may have about farm life. And don't forget your camera – you'll want to capture all the adorable moments of your family's farmyard adventure!

29. Journey Through History

Step back in time and immerse your family in the rich history of Hilton Head Island. Explore the fascinating exhibits and interactive displays that tell the story of Mitchelville, the first self-governed freedmen's town in America. Learn about the unique Gullah culture, discover the struggles and triumphs of the African American community, and experience the legacy of freedom and resilience that continues to inspire today.

Location: Mitchelville Freedom Park, 226 Beach City Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926.

Best Time to Go: Anytime during the park's operating hours, when you're ready to delve into history and culture with your family.

Parent Tip: Before your visit, take some time to explore the "Our Story" page on the Mitchelville Freedom Park website. Learn about the Gullah people and their profound contributions to the history and culture of Hilton Head Island. During your visit, encourage your children to ask questions and engage with the exhibits to deepen their understanding of this important chapter in American history. And don't forget to take advantage of any guided tours or educational programs offered at the park to enhance your family's experience!

30. Visit a Vanishing Island

Step into a world of adventure on a Beachcombing Cruise and explore the fascinating phenomenon of vanishing islands. Join a guided cruise where you'll journey to secluded sandbars and uninhabited islands, witnessing the beauty of nature and discovering hidden treasures along the way.

Location: Outside Hilton Head, Shelter Cove Marina.

Best Time to Go: Tours are typically offered seasonally, with optimal times during low tide. Check the website or contact Outside Hilton Head for current tour schedules and availability.

Parent Tip: Reserve your spot in advance, especially during peak vacation times, to ensure availability. Pack sunscreen, hats, and water for sun protection, as well as beachcombing essentials like buckets and shovels for the kids. Encourage your children to explore the shoreline, collect seashells, and observe marine life, fostering their curiosity and appreciation for the natural world.

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