"The lighthouse in Sea Pines is an iconic symbol of Hilton Head. There is a fee of $6 to enter the Sea Pines plantation but you can find plenty to do for a day. Besides the lighthouse there is a stable in Sea Pines offering trail rides or pony rides, a small animal farm, playgrounds and restaurants."
"Old Town Bluffton is a charming village with lovely architecture, galleries and shops and a fabulous outdoor market.
Harbor Town is where the tourists visit to see the lighthouse, the shops and Caliboque Sound. We often walk the back nine at the Harbor Town Golf Course, site of PGA tournament every year in April. We start walking early on the 18th before golfers and caddies arrive."
"Definitely "The Jazz Corner". Not only the best music and entertainment you will hear anywhere (Jazz Greats) but also one of the best restaurants in Hilton Head. Owner is a musician and jazz aficionado who obviously has a passion for great music and great food."
"Beach, Beach, Beach. One of the best in North America. Superb for biking. Bike riding through all the paved trails in the plantations. Also, there are tons of Dolphin watching trips"
"Coastal Discovery Museum. Centre for the Performing Arts. Great Motown, Rock and Blues band appearing all over the island and Bluffton."
"We like Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, right at the centre of Hilton Head Island (which is why we bought there) for its wonderful location: only a half mile from the 12-mile broad Atlantic Ocean beaches, 3 great golf courses, beautiful trees and gardens, 11 miles of a calm navigable waterway for canoe and kayak and historical sites. It's quiet and peaceful, yet has easy access to a great variety of places of local interest from museums to conservation lands."
"For a fun night with great music and food try One Hot Mama's. It will give you a feeling of and for The South and its people."
"The beautiful broad beaches and warm Atlantic Ocean provide a wonderful playground for all ages, from sandcastles, to beach walks and biking, to water sports and fishing. Across the William Hilton Parkway at Shelter Cove, by the statue of Neptune, there's a great early evening show of music for all the family. A mini putt golf course provides an "adventure in the jungle"."
"Cruise with the dolphins, as they swim alongside your boat or kayak in the Intracoastal Waterway and Broad Creek. They're wild but they seem to enjoy human contact as much as we love being so close to them. It's an unforgettable experience with nature."
"Just across the William Hilton Parkway is the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, featuring big shows from Broadway and London. The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra plays classical and occasional popular music in its home concert venue, The First Presbyterian Church! There are also concerts in the park by Shelter Cove. The Jazz Corner provides great music from Dixieland to contemporary jazz."
SAND & SUNSHINE: Hilton Head lies on the Intracoastal Waterway and encompasses 42 square miles of semi- tropical, Lowcountry geography, including unspoiled sea marshes, creeks and lagoons, heavily wooded forests of tall pines, palmettos, magnolias and live oaks, and 12 miles of broad Atlantic beach. The Island's weather is ideal for those wanting to soak up the sunshine with subtropical climate year round.
LOCAL EATS: Dining is a serious pastime on the Island. With access to both salt marsh and coastal woodland abundance, it's no wonder Island chefs make these fresh, local ingredients the stars of their menu. While our distinctive Lowcountry cuisine rightfully receives much attention, Island restaurants and eateries offer variety in both cuisine and atmosphere. From the casual-style barbecue joint to fine dining al fresco under starry skies, eating out at one of over 250 local restaurants satisfies.
GET OUTSIDE: Launch from heights of up to 75 feet as you zip through an ecotour with ZipLine Hilton Head. Eight interconnected ziplines fly over live oaks as you spot boats and Broad Creek below. Feeling brave? A 900-foot dual cable lets adrenaline junkies race to the finish line. For those happy keeping both feet near ground, the Island is a bicyclist's heaven with over 100 miles of paved pathways. Practice casting a shrimp net and pulling a crab pot aboard a hands-on water excursion or try the four-hour night shark fishing trip - local outfitters take families out to catch an up-close glimpse of nature's wonders and creatures. Dolphin fans will delight!
TAKE A WALK ON THE WATER SIDE: At the Island's six public marina villages, find shops, restaurants and plenty of ways to play. Broad Creek Marina in one of the Island's quietest neighborhoods, this laid-back marina offers water sports and nature tours.
A marina-in-the-round, Harbour Town Yacht Basin is surrounded by cafés, shops and galleries. This popular Sea Pines Resort destination features the Island's iconic candy-striped Harbour Town Lighthouse, water activities and family entertainer Gregg Russell performing under the Liberty Oak tree.
The relaxed setting on Broad Creek makes Palmetto Bay Marina a great destination for dinner and drinks. The North End's Skull Creek boasts three fabulous waterfront restaurants - Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks, an Island institution with a fishing fleet (they'll even prepare your own catch); Skull Creek Boathouse, featuring an outdoor buoy bar; and the stylish Chart House, where fresh seafood pairs brilliantly with Lowcountry ingredients.
Visit the home of Jake The Salty Dog at South Beach Marina with a fishing village vibe drawing visitors looking to relax by the water with a cold drink and southern food favorites.
Information provided by: Hilton Head Island Visitor and Convention Bureau