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Fun Activities on Hilton Head Island for Families with Kids

Updated on December 2, 2012

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina


Well known for its 12 mile stretch of glistening sands, Hilton Head Island is a beach-lovers dream. But, this adventurous island has so much more to offer than just a day at the beach. For the family that is looking for more, Hilton Head Island offers some of the best fishing, boating, shopping, and horseback riding available anywhere. It is the perfect vacation getaway for the whole family.

Hilton Head Island is divided into large quadrants of developed communities. An array of hotel and housing developments cover these areas and offer all of the services you could possibly need, including arranged babysitting. Though most vacationers visit of the island in July and August to enjoy the semi-tropical beach atmosphere, Hilton Head Island provides many areas of entertainment that can be enjoyed year round. For the budget conscious vacationer, great values can be found April through May and September through October (when the weather is more temperate). Do your research and always call ahead to check availability of a particular activity as well as show dates and times.

Kid-friendly Hilton Head Golf Courses

Affectionately referred to as the "Golf Island" by many, Hilton Head Island offers some of the best golf courses in the world. Some family friendly Hilton Head golf courses include:

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort - offers instructional songs and silliness for tots to teens and beyond.

The Sea Pines Resort - offers junior tees and junior rates. Also offers the Future Stars Program to teach players 12 years and younger about the basics golf.

Adventure Cove - putt-putt at it finest. In addition, Adventure Cove offers batting cages, driving ranges, bumper cars, video games, virtual roller coasters, 4D Theatre, laser tag and more.

With a 5 out of 5 rating for child-friendliness (according to the Travel Channel), finding things to do with the kids on Hilton Head Island is a breeze. The island is well known for its variety of well planned and organized activities for children of all ages. From group activities the entire family can enjoy to amazing kid only activities designed to give parents a few kid-free hours alone.

Some great choices include:

The Sandbox, Children's Interactive Museum

Filled with unique and educational ares to explore, this hands on museum is sure to keep your little one entertained. This museum is targeted for children ages 8 years and under.

Outside Hilton Head

Outside Hilton Head offers programs and camps designed to raise environmental awareness while still being fun and engaging. Activities include team building activities, kayaking, games, beach-combing and more. Ideal for ages 10-16.

Lawton Stables

Take guided rides on horseback at this full service equestrian center. Pony rides are available for the younger members of your family which is sure to bring any child great delight.

Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

Your are sure to spot an alligator or two at this wildlife refuge. Don't forget the to bring plenty of water and bug spray.

Shelter Cove

Don't miss Shannon Tanner's children's concerts at Shelter Cove. This local icon tells jokes, plays games, sings and plays guitar on a stage overlooking the Shelter Cove Marina. He has been entertaining locals and tourist for over 20 years. Great for all ages.

In addition, Shannon Tanner's Wacky Wizzle Cruise is another Shelter Cove Harbour favorite. Search for dolphins, learn magic, and participate in a "Treasure Hunt" and much more.

A kite flying contest over Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. This is one of many activities you may find as you explore the island.
A kite flying contest over Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. This is one of many activities you may find as you explore the island. | Source

Captain Hook Fishing Charters

While your at Shelter Cove Harbour don't forget to get a little family fishing in. In addition to everything you need to reel in the "big one," Shelter Cove Harbour offers night shark fishing trips and special trips on Tuesday nights featuring fireworks.

Crabber J II at Shelter Cove Harbour

During the summer season the Crabby Captain will take you on a truly unforgettable cruise. Watch the dolphins and catch blue crabs. All equipment provided. Call 843-422-5110 for more information.


Harbour Town Lighthouse Legends Tour

Explore the islands rich history on these self guided tours which are filled with the most stunning views. Don't forget your camera.

The Flying Circus at Palmetto Bay Marina

This family sailing adventure comes equipped with dolphins. Six passenger maximum and truly unforgettable memories.

With so much to see and do, there is never a dull moment at Hilton Head Island. These are only a few of the local attractions that kids of all ages are sure to love.


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