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Hilton Head

Known for Beach, Biking and Golf

This South Carolina barrier island attracts visitors for its laid-back atmosphere and activities, including beachcombing, golf, nature hikes and fine dining.

How do you get to Hilton Head?

Hilton Head, or Hilton Head Island, is a barrier island resort on the Atlantic coast of the USA. The island’s sandy beaches cover over 12 miles (19 kilometers). Many say these are among the most attractive resort beaches in the country. Sports are a big part of life in Hilton Head and there is wildlife to be seen too, including dolphins and alligators.

Rent a bike and travel between the beaches and other attractions by making use of the 50 miles (80 kilometers) of bicycle trails.

Golfers will appreciate the resort’s large number of courses. George Fazio Course at Palmetto Dunes Resort is a championship course open to the public. You’ll find numerous tennis clubs, as well. The Sea Pines Racquet Club at the Sea Pines Resort is managed by former U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion Stan Smith.

Go to Audubon Newhall Preserve to see snowy egrets, ospreys and other birdlife. Cross over to Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge between the north shore and the mainland. While here, look for the white-tailed deer and alligators. Go horseback riding through the Sea Pines Forest Preserve, or join a bottlenose dolphin cruise from the marina.

Hilton Head has an interesting cultural history, which you can explore at the Coastal Discovery Museum. This site has some of the island’s oldest buildings and a Southern red cedar tree dated from 1595. Find work by local artists and photographers in the Greer Gallery at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.

Don’t miss out on a night of live music. Hear the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra at the First Presbyterian Church, or head to the Jazz Corner, a venue that has hosted well-known musicians, including Freddy Cole and the George Shearing Quintet.

Locally caught seafood is a specialty of Hilton Head’s culinary scene, which includes more than 250 dining establishments. Sample traditional dishes, including shrimp gumbo and sweet creek shrimp cooked in beer. The love of food and drink is celebrated at the Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival and annual Chili Cookoff.

Things to do in Hilton Head

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Make fantastic memories of Hilton Head during a dolphin-spotting cruise on the Atlantic. Your captain explains the history of the beautiful area as you traverse local waterways to the ocean, where you can snap photos of playful Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and local seabirds.

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Zoom around Hilton Head on this thrilling 75 minute Jet Ski Adventure! You will depart from Palmetto Bay Marina and cruise past beautiful mansions on the way to your riding area. Once in the designated area, you are free to let loose and zip around o

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Experience this 1.5-hour tour in the waters around Hilton Head Island, choosing from multiple departures throughout the day. Enjoy the sights of the waterways and your professional guide’s narration as you seek out incredible friendly and playful Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.

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Sunset, fireworks, and Dolphins - What’s not to love! This 2 Hour Tour will be your vacation highlight as we take you on our fully narrated dolphin tour through Broad Creek! Enjoy a beautiful sunset and fireworks display at dusk! Departs from Palmett

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Zip around Hilton Head Island on an incredibly fun, 2-hour, guided adventure. There's no better way to see more amazing sights and have an incredible adventure than on these amazing little boats.

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Introducing the Newest and Most Unique Tour on Hilton Head - Be your own Captain on this 25 mile, 2 hour tour! With speeds up to 30mph, this Thrilling Tour takes you to Harbour Town, Daufuskie Island, and also into the Backwater Creeks where dolphin play and other wildlife reside.

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