Things to Do in Hilton Head, South Carolina

Not all beach destinations are created equal. Some places offer gorgeous beaches, but not much to do. This couldn't be further from the truth when it comes to Hilton Head, South Carolina. Sure, this destination is known for 12 miles of golden beaches, but there is so much more to this island. A list of things to do in Hilton Head, South Carolina also includes fantastic golf, designer shopping, horseback riding, and more. On top of all these options, the island is also known for its peaceful atmosphere.

hilton head golfYour Style of Relaxation

Hilton Head Island is designed to help visitors relax. Here, no buildings are allowed to be built higher than the trees and billboards are banished from the island. The result is a peaceful environment where you can relax however you like. For some visitors, that means starting the day with a round of 18 on one of the many beloved golf courses, like Palmetto Dunes , Heron Point at Sea Pines , or the Colleton River Plantation's Dye Course . For others, it might mean a spa treatment, at Art of Massage , FACES DaySpa , or the Fountain Spa . Or how about a day of shopping, or uninterrupted hours on the beach.

Travelers that prefer to fill their days with activity will also find plenty of Hilton Head things to do. From boating to biking to tennis, this destination is known for its outdoor activities and opportunities to stay fit during vacation.

So Many Distractions

While the beach has its lure, there's plenty to do in Hilton Head off the water. For outdoor adventure, there's plenty of spots to hike, bike, or wildlife viewing at the Audubon-Newhall Preserve or the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge . Other great attractions include the Sandbox Interactive Children's Museum , mini golf at the Adventure Cove Family Fun Center , the Harbour Town Lighthouse , and the Coastal Discovery Museum .

Beach Activities

While golfing and shopping might be some of the most famous local activities, there are also Hilton Head things to do on the beach. Classic activities include building sand castles and splashing in the waves. If you're looking for a little more action, head out on an eco-tour in a kayak or head out on a boat tour to encounter bottlenose dolphins.

After a few days of working on your golden tan, you might be tempted to sign up for a fishing excursion or a sunset sail. There are all different types of nature tours as well, whether you're interested in learning about local birds or want to encounter a loggerhead sea turtle.

The Sophisticated Side of Hilton Head

Of all the things to do in Hilton Head, South Carolina, one with a serious amount of praise is the dining scene. Sophisticated travelers trust that when they plan a trip to Hilton Head, they will be rewarded with the pleasures of fine dining. While there are many options for casual seafood restaurants too, Hilton Head caters to visitors with sophisticated palates.

Whether you take the time to explore local art galleries or learn more about local heritage, you will discover that Hilton Head has a sophisticated side beyond its sandy shores.

For more beach ideas nearby, check out our guide to the Outer Banks.

Hilton Head Attractions


  • Palmetto Dunes 4 Queens Folly Road, Hilton Head Island SC, (843) 785-1138, 
  • Sea Pines Resort 100 North Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head Isle SC, (843) 842-8484, 
  • Adventure Cove Family Fun Center 18 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head Island SC, (843) 842-9990,  
  • Pirate's Island Adventure Golf 8 Marina Side Drive, Hilton Head Island SC, (843) 686-4001,  
  • Oysterreef Golf Club 155 High Bluff Road, Hilton Head Island SC, (843) 681-1764, 
  • Golden Bear Golf Club 72 Golden Bear Way, Hilton Head Island SC, (843) 473-7689, 
  • Shipyard Golf Club 45 Shipyard Drive, Hilton Head Island SC, (843) 686-8802,
  • Country Club of Hilton Head 70 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island SC, (843) 681-4653


  • Art of Massage 14 New Orleans Road #1, Hilton Head Island SC, (843) 422-8378 ‎, 
  • FACES DaySpa 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island SC, (843) 785-3075 ‎, 
  • the Fountain Spa 55 New Orleans Road #201, Hilton Head Island SC, (843) 353-0006, 
  • Ahh Green Spa 6 Lagoon Road, Hilton Head Island SC, (843) 715-2643, 
  • All About Me 32 Palmetto Bay Road Suite A13, Hilton Head Island SC, (843) 785-2558, 
  • Spa Soliel 1 Hotel Cir, Hilton Head Isle SC, (843) 686-8420
  • The European Spa 5 Grasslawn Avenue, Hilton Head Island SC, (843) 842-9355, 

Outdoors & Nature

  • Audubon-Newhall Preserve Palmetto Bay Rd, South End, Hilton Head Island SC, (843) 842-924,
  • Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge off U.S. Highway 278, take SC Exit 8 from I-95
  • Lawton Stables 190 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island SC, (843) 671-2586, 
  • Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center 4 Queens Folly Road, Hilton Head Island SC, (843) 785-1152, 
  • Sea Pines Forest Preserve 32 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island SC, (843) 785-3333 ‎, 

Beaches & Water Sports

  • Palmetto Bay Parasail 86 Helmsman Way, Hilton Head Island SC, (843) 785-2345,
  • Hilton Head Boathouse 405 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head Island SC, (843) 681-2628,
  • Shelter Cove Marina 1 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island SC, (843) 842-7001,
  • Singleton Beach Hilton Head Island SC 29928
  • Coligny Beach 17 Lagoon Rd # 1, Hilton Head Isle SC, (843) 341-4629


  • Coastal Discovery Museum 100 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island SC, (843) 689-6767,
  • Harbour Town Lighthouse 149 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island SC, (843) 671-2810,
  • Braddock's Point Plantation /Stoney-Baynard Hall Ruins Sea Pines Plantation, junction of Baynard Park Rd & Plantation Dr, Hilton Head Island SC,
  • Zion Cemetery and Baynard Mausoleum Intersection of US 278 & Mathews Dr, Hilton Head SC

Family Fun

  • Island Playground 1538 Fording Island Road, Suite 104, Hilton Head SC, (843) 837-8383,
  • The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island SC, (843) 686-3945,
  • Sandbox Interactive Children's Museum 18A Pope Avenue, Hilton Head Island SC, (843) 842-7645,


  • Island Winery 12 Cardinal Rd # A, Hilton Head Island SC, (843) 842-3141,

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