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50 Fun Things For Families
To Do on Hilton Head

Your ultimate guide to family fun on Hilton Head Island!


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!


41. Park Plaza

If you're looking for a rainy day activity of Hilton Head, experience the silver screen with your family at Park Plaza Cinema in luxury reclining seats. This locally owned and independently operated cinema offers a unique movie-watching experience. Enjoy the latest blockbusters or timeless classics in the comfort of their cozy theaters. With Tuesday discount days, a full bar and food menu, and even a dog-friendly policy, Park Plaza Cinema has something for everyone to enjoy!

Location: Park Plaza Cinema, 33 Office Park Rd # J.

Best Time to Go: Take advantage of discounted tickets on Tuesdays for a budget-friendly family movie night. Arrive early to get the best seats and explore the cinema's food & drink offerings, including their bar (for the grownups) and food options like burgers, truffle fries, flatbread and more.

Parent Tip: Make sure you and your kids are comfortable with dogs (small, up to 20lbs and well behaved is their policy). This is one of the things that makes Park Plaza a unique experience, but we realize it's not for everyone.  

42. Bristol Sports Arena


Bristol Sports Arena on Hilton Head Island is your go-to destination for family-friendly recreational activities. From basketball and volleyball to pickleball and more, there's something for everyone at this vibrant sports complex. 

Location: Bristol Sports Arena, 37 Heathwood Dr.

Best Time to Go: Plan your visit during the early morning or late afternoon to avoid peak hours and enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere. Check the arena's website or contact them directly for current hours of operation.

Parent Tip: Remember to bring your own sports equipment as the arena does not provide rentals. Pack plenty of water and snacks to stay hydrated and energized throughout your activities. Encourage friendly competition and teamwork among family members for a memorable day of play at Bristol Sports Arena!

43. Playgrounds

Embark on a thrilling playground adventure with your little ones on Hilton Head Island! With numerous playgrounds scattered across the island, there's always a new place to explore and let imaginations soar. From swings to slides, monkey bars to climbing structures, each playground offers endless opportunities for kids to run, jump, and play to their hearts' content.

Location: Various playgrounds located throughout Hilton Head Island. Explore local parks and recreational areas for the closest playground to you.

Best Time to Go: Beat the midday heat by visiting in the early morning or late afternoon. The playgrounds are typically less crowded during these times, allowing for more space to play freely.

Parent Tip: Remember to bring along sunscreen, hats, and plenty of water to keep your little adventurers hydrated and protected from the sun. Encourage them to interact with other children and practice sharing and cooperation on the playground equipment. 

44. Helicopter

Experience the thrill of soaring above Hilton Head Island with a family helicopter tour! Buckle up and prepare for an unforgettable aerial adventure as you take in breathtaking views of the island's pristine beaches, lush landscapes, and iconic landmarks from high above. It's a thrilling experience that promises excitement and awe for the whole family!

Location: Fly HHI. Check the website for tour details and departure locations.

Best Time to Go: Opt for a helicopter tour during clear weather for the best visibility and photo opportunities. Morning tours often offer calmer winds and smoother flying conditions.

Parent Tip: Bring along cameras or smartphones to capture stunning aerial photos of your family adventure. Consider bringing noise-canceling headphones for sensitive ears, as helicopter rides can be loud. And don't forget to check for any age or weight restrictions before booking your tour to ensure everyone can participate safely!

45. Laugh The Night Away

Get ready to giggle and guffaw at a Hilton Head comedy show at Comedy Magic Cabaret! Sit back, relax, and enjoy side-splitting performances by talented comedians and magicians. With family-friendly humor and interactive entertainment that they refer to as "funny, not filthy", it's the perfect way to spend a hilarious evening with the family.

Location: Comedy Magic Cabaret. Check the website for showtimes and ticket information.

Best Time to Go: Plan your visit for an evening of laughter and entertainment. Check the schedule for family-friendly showtimes.

Parent Tip: Arrive early to snag the best seats. They do have food there, but we recommend eating at one of the restaurants right near the club after you park such as The Lucky Rooster, or Island Bagel and Deli for a more affordable option.

46. Mini Golf

Hit the greens and putt your way to victory at one of Hilton Head's exciting mini golf courses! Whether you're navigating through whimsical obstacles, tackling challenging holes, or enjoying themed landscapes, mini golf offers endless fun for the whole family. Get ready for a memorable day of friendly competition and laughter on the miniature links!

Location: Various mini golf courses located throughout Hilton Head Island. Check our list of mini golf places on Hilton Head and take your pick.

Best Time to Go: Beat the crowds by visiting during weekday mornings or early afternoons. Consider evening sessions for cooler temperatures and illuminated courses.

Parent Tip: Bring along sunscreen, hats, and water bottles to stay comfortable during your mini golf adventure. Encourage friendly competition among family members, but remember to prioritize fun and sportsmanship over winning.

47. Aerial Adventure

Embark on an exhilarating aerial adventure with the whole family at Hilton Head's high rope courses! Test your agility, balance, and courage as you navigate through a series of challenging obstacles suspended high above the ground. With multiple courses to choose from, featuring ziplines, rope bridges, and more, adventurers of all ages can experience the thrill of soaring through the treetops while enjoying stunning views of the island's natural beauty.

Location: Adventure Hilton Head, 33 Broad Creek Marina Way

Best Time to Go: Opt for morning sessions to beat the heat and crowds, and enjoy cooler temperatures for your aerial adventure. Be sure to check availability and book your adventure in advance, especially during peak seasons.

Parent Tip: Dress comfortably in athletic attire and closed-toe shoes suitable for physical activity. Encourage each family member to challenge themselves at their own pace and offer support and encouragement along the way. Don't forget to bring along water bottles and snacks to stay hydrated and energized during your aerial adventure!

48. South Beach

Channel your inner architect and build epic sandcastles on the beach. 

• Location: Any beach on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

• Best Time to Go: Morning or late afternoon when beaches are less crowded.

• Parent Tip: Bring sandcastle-building tools and decorations for creative designs.

49. Let The Older Kids Roam

Give your older kids the freedom to explore and discover the charm of Coligny Plaza, Shelter Cove, or Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island! These vibrant destinations offer a mix of shops, boutiques, and eateries, perfect for independent exploration. From browsing cool gift shops to stopping for a sweet treat at an ice cream parlor, the older kiddos will likely enjoy being able to have some time to roam on their own.

Location: Coligny Plaza, Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, and Harbour Town.

Best Time to Go: Late morning or early afternoon is an ideal time to visit when the shops and attractions are open and bustling with activity.

Parent Tip: Set clear boundaries and establish meeting points in case family members get separated. Encourage responsible decision-making and remind older kids to stay aware of their surroundings while exploring. Consider giving them a budget for souvenirs or treats to manage their spending responsibly.

50. Harbourfest

Dive into the festive atmosphere of Shelter Cove HarbourFest, a beloved summer tradition on Hilton Head Island! From May to Labor Day, this vibrant event offers live music, entertainment, and family-friendly activities every week. Enjoy strolling along the waterfront promenade, browsing local vendors, and indulging in delicious food and drinks from waterfront restaurants. Don't miss the spectacular fireworks display lighting up the night sky, creating unforgettable memories for the whole family.

Location: Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina

Best Time to Go: Join the fun during the peak summer season between May and Labor Day to experience the full lineup of activities and entertainment. Check the event schedule for specific dates and times of performances and fireworks shows.

Parent Tip: Arrive early to secure parking and find a prime spot to enjoy the festivities. Bring along blankets or chairs for seating comfort, and consider packing snacks or a picnic to enjoy while taking in the live music and entertainment.

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