Our three favorite destinations host several family-friendly activities, including beaches, kayaking, fishing, museums, boat tours, parasailing, miniature golf, and so much more. Keep checking back as we continue to add the best options for the many activities the Lowcountry has to offer.
Arts & Museums
Arts Council of Coastal Carolina (Hilton Head Island Activity)
The award-winning regional Arts Center of Coastal Carolina is a remarkable showcase for professional performing, visual arts, cultural festivals, and educational outreach. This is proof that life on our legendary white sand shores is so much more than a day at the beach. Each year the Arts Center produces five plays or musicals, from concept to curtain call, featuring exceptional direction, superb production design, and talented performers.
Coastal Discover Museum (Hilton Head Island Activity)
Visit the Coastal Discovery Museum for a fun-filled learning experience. Your family can discover and investigate the miracles of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Take a leisurely stroll around the museum’s sumptuous 68-acre property. Study the salt marsh on our boardwalks. Marvel at the beauty of the Spanish Moss dangling from Live Oaks. Take a step back in time to imagine life on Hilton Head Island years ago.
The Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island
The Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island was established by Native Islander Louise Miller Cohen in 2003. The organization participates in various events in the Lowcountry, provides lectures, and displays artifacts. Since 2003, the Gullah Museum of Hilton Head has committed to maintaining Gullah customs, traditions, language, stories, songs, and structures on Hilton Head.
The Harbour Town Lighthouse Museum (Hilton Head Activity)
Just over five decades old, the red-and-white-striped Harbour Town Lighthouse serves not only as a beacon to the many ships that reside in our Yacht Basin but also as a landmark that has come to symbolize Hilton Head Island to people all over the world. With the addition of the Lighthouse Legends Tour in 2001, this icon transformed into an enlightening, educational, and fun experience for all.
Parris Island Museum (Beaufort Activity)
Explore the long and rich legacy of the United States Marine Corps and the exciting history of Port Royal. The Parris Island Museum features thousands of artifacts, images, and other materials that illustrate the history of Port Royal and Parris Island, from early Native American inhabitants of Port Royal to the modern Marines. The 10,000 square foot museum is located on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina.
Pat Conroy Literary Center (Beaufort Activity)
The nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center is South Carolina’s first affiliate of the American Writers Museum, second American Library Association Literary Landmark, and a top-ranked attraction in Beaufort, South Carolina. Through its interpretive center, year-round educational programs, and annual literary festival, the Conroy Center preserves and continues the literary legacy of Pat Conroy (1945–2016). The Conroy Center is open to the public Thursdays through Sundays, noon to 4:00 p.m., at 905 Port Republic Street in historic downtown Beaufort.
Penn Center (Beaufort Activity)
Penn Center serves as a local, national, and international resource center and catalyst for developing programs for community self-sufficiency, civil and human rights, and positive change. This organization encourages critical thinking, creative skills, and social consciousness by preserving and documenting history, collecting and exhibiting, presenting, and exploring ideas.
Bike Rentals (Hilton Head Island Activity)
One favorite activity tourists enjoy while visiting Hilton Head Island is bicycle riding. You can ride miles of bike paths all over the Hilton Head plus the twelve miles of beaches. If you intend to rent a bike for your vacation, make sure to ask about locks, baskets, child carriers. A few bike rental companies include Sundance Bike Rentals, The Bike Doctor, and Hilton Head Bicycle Company. The above link goes to HiltonHeadIsland.com for a full listing of bike rental companies.
Coastal Expeditions (Beaufort, Charleston Activity)
Departing from the downtown Beaufort marina at the Waterfront Park, this fun escape is the perfect introduction to Beaufort’s incredible history and abundant wildlife. As you cruise along the waterfront, the captain shares stories about local history, beginning with Native Americans and Spanish exploration, the French settlement, and English colonization. Along the way, you are likely to see playful bottlenose dolphins, nesting bald eagles, and ospreys on the hunt. Fun for all ages, this is a 1.5-hour cruise.
Dolphin and Nature Tour (Hilton Head Island Activity)
Captain Sonny, his mates, and his other Captains are passionate about providing dolphin & nature tours around Hilton Head Island. Sonny was formerly in the crabbing business. After selling that business, he purchased the SS Pelican to begin a new venture providing dolphin and nature tours.
Speedboat Tours (Hilton Head Island Activity)
Cruise at 30mph to the nearby undeveloped Bull Island, where you will travel through narrow marshes looking for local pods of dolphins. During the tour, you will also stop at historical landmarks to discuss the rich history of the Lowcountry.
Vagabond Cruise (Hilton Head Island Activity)
This cruise company offers a variety of cruises tailored for dolphin sightings. The narrated 90-minute “Ocean Dolphin Cruise” is the only ocean cruise on Hilton Head Island. Best of all dolphin sightings are guaranteed! The company also provides a wide variety of cruises in Hilton Head Island and Savannah.
Bay Street Outfitters (Beaufort Activity)
Twenty-five percent of the entire United States east coast marshland water is here in Beaufort county. Located about halfway between Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA, and only a stone’s throw from Hilton Head. Whether it is sight casting to tailing reds, chasing giant cobia, or casting into schools of jacks, ladyfish, Spanish mackerel, or trout, the fish are here! With literally hundreds of square miles of tidewaters and grassy marshes to draw from, fishing opportunities are endless. Schedule your trip today!
Cast Away Fishing Charters (Beaufort Activity)
Captain Tim and his fellow Captains welcome you aboard Cast Away Charters, Beaufort’s premier fishing charter company for locals and visitors since 2004. The company offers private trips up to six anglers per boat for beginners to experts and includes licenses, bait/tackle, and coolers for beverages and snacks. For larger parties, we fish “tournament-style” with certificates and prizes for the winning boat.
Always Angling Charters (Hilton Head Island Activity)
USCG Master Captain Steve Zugan will fully service your charter aboard Always Angling. Captain Steve’s 8,000+ fishing holes will put you on the species of fish you desire, whether trophy fish or premium eating fish for the night’s meal. 4-Hour Near Shore to 14-Hour Gulf Stream tours are available, or you can customize your trip, including dolphin & nature tours for up to 6 passengers.
Bay Runner Charters (Hilton Head Island Activity)
Bay Runner Charters has offered fishing charters since 1970. They pass on their wisdom and expertise to hook, reel in, and cook the best fish in the Atlantic Coastal waters. Whether you are on vacation or a resident looking to snag some sharks and fish, the professional staff at Bay Runner Charters treats you like family. Their U.S. Coast Guard equipped Pathfinder 2400 Tournament Edition boat is ideal for deep-sea fishing Hilton Head excursions. With over 45 years of experience, Captain Miles Altman is an expert in deepwater fishing and shark fishing. He is also a renowned seafood restaurant owner.
Hilton Head Helicopter
Come see breathtaking views only seen by helicopter! Each exhilarating experience offers you the chance to see dolphins, sharks, sea turtles, and manta rays. Pick an exciting adventure ranging from captivating tours to private charters flying to remote islands for horseback riding! Helicopter tours and charters are fun for all ages. See Hilton Head, Daufuskie, Tybee Island, and downtown Savannah by air.
Glowcountry Mini Golf (Beaufort Activity)
Glowcountry is a fun way to play miniature golf. First, you are playing indoors with air conditioning which is optimal in the south. Second, you are playing under black lights making the courses appear Tron-like.
K1 Speed (Bluffton Activity)
Have a new fun thing to do in Lowcountry: K1 Speed’s exciting indoor go-kart racing experience! Enjoy world-class entertainment designed to keep you engaged, whether you’re on or off the track. If you want to experience indoor karting yourself, are interested in hosting a fun and memorable party for a friend / loved one, or would like to plan a unique corporate event, this is the place.
Adventure Cove (Hilton Head Island Activity)
Pick one of two 18-hole miniature golf courses that you will be sure to love – Paradise Falls or Lost Lagoon. Be sure to spend time in the arcade to earn tickets for super cool prizes.
Legendary Golf (Hilton Head Island Activity)
Self-declared as Hilton Head Island’s #1 minigolf for over 33 years. Legendary Golf is a Country Club-style miniature golf course, unlike anything you have ever experienced. Visit the family-built and owned facility for a fun afternoon for the entire family. 36 holes spread thru 4 shaded acres! Military/Police/Fire play free.
Pirates Island (Hilton Head Island Activity)
Pirate’s Island offers a fun “Adventure Golf” experience for ages 3 to 93. Follow in the footsteps of notorious pirates like Blackbeard and Captain Kidd. Begin your themed adventure at our seaside village and depart along the shores of the tidal lagoon. Continue through the caves where pirates buried their booty and explore the mountain to view a panorama of your pirate adventure.
Hwy 21 Drive-in Theater (Beaufort Activity)
Obviously, there are movie theaters in the Lowcountry. However, in Beaufort, you can travel back in time to the ’50s while enjoying a pleasant evening at the Hwy 21 Drive-In. This nostalgic venue boasts two giant outdoor screens showing four movies every night. It’s complete with the obligatory concessions stand where you can choose from cheeseburgers, fries, nachos, popcorn, candy & drinks.
Other movie theaters in Hilton Head Island include Northridge Cinema 10, Coligny Theater, Park Plaza Cinemas, and Cinemark Bluffton.
Sea Monkeys Water Sports (Hilton Head Island Activity)
This family-friendly company provides rentals and tours on jet skis, kayaks, boats, and paddleboards. Sea Monkeys is tucked away in Skull Creek, a few minutes away from Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. Dolphin sightings are a regular occurrence, and you will fall in love with the richness of our Low Country nature and wildlife. Get ready for a great time and even a little workout.
Sky Pirate Parasail (Hilton Head Island Activity)
The #1 Parasail destination on Hilton Head Island, Sky Pirate Parasail will be the thrill of your vacation!! The watersports company offers a parasailing experience like no other! Their USCG-certified 12 passenger boat will take you high above the Island, providing stunning views you can only get by parasailing. As far as the eye can see, you will view our South Carolina coast like never before.
H20 Sports (Hilton Head Island Activity)
H2O Sports is located at the Harbour Town Marina on Hilton Head Island. Water activities are designed for all ages so bring the whole family out for a day of great fun! They offer parasailing, jet ski rentals, alligator tours, dolphin tours, kayaking, sailing charters, and boat rentals. All captains are USCG licensed and trained in their specific area of expertise, and you can feel confident knowing you are using the best and most current water equipment.
The Last Word
We will be adding more activities in Hilton Head Island, Beaufort, and Bluffton on a recurring basis. We invite you to review our events calendar to stay up to date on the latest events, tours, festivals, and conventions.