An ideal spot for beachside vacations, Hilton Head Island is a must-see destination for anybody visiting Lowcountry. There’s plenty to do, especially for people who enjoy the water, including parasailing, shark fishing, beach visits, and cruises, but it isn’t limited to that either. With plenty of space to enjoy both low and high-intensity sports, it’s easy to stay active while you’re on holiday. Visit scenic, lush golf courses, explore the island by bike at your own pace, or perfect your pickleball and tennis techniques, then enjoy some of the fine dining Hilton Head has to offer to cap off your day. While you’re in town for autumn, here are some fun things to do in Hilton Head Island and great spots we recommend visiting.
Harbour Town Lighthouse
A significant landmark to Hilton Head Island, the Harbour Town Lighthouse is an easily recognizable attraction for anyone familiar with the island, and it’s a great spot to visit during your vacation. Whether you’re looking to take the informative Lighthouse Legends Tour or you’re just there for the stunning view at the top, a lot of effort has gone into making the lighthouse a charitable and visitor friendly experience.
Admission to the lighthouse is a modest $4.95, with children 5 and under getting in for free, and a portion of the proceeds are annually donated to local charitable causes. Over the past 26 years, they’ve managed to donate over $150,000 dollars to good causes, so stop by, visit the gift shop, and see the view from the top.
Boat Tours with Mermaid of Hilton Head
When visiting Hilton Head Island, it’s essential to get on the water at least once to really soak up the view, and Mermaid of Hilton Head does a splendid job offering a few different cruises to see the scenic sunsets and wildlife of the area.
Their two main tours are the Sunset Cruise and the Dolphin Experience. The Sunset Cruise offers a gorgeous trip onto the water with the sunset over the marshes as a backdrop. Running at roughly 75 minutes, expect to catch a glimpse of dolphins and other marine wildlife while you capture timeless photos of the Hilton Head sunset. Their Dolphin Experience is great to bring the kids along on, as they’re sure to enjoy getting great views of the wildlife and learning about them while they’re at it.
The Annual Hilton Head Pumpkin Patch Festival
Bring the kids along to see Hilton Head’s ultimate Halloween event. Built in a safe and secure environment, this festival is a guaranteed good time for families. Shelter Cove is loaded up to the brim with pumpkins courtesy of the Island Recreation Association, and kids are welcome to pick out their own pumpkin to paint and decorate however they like.
There’s more to enjoy than just the pumpkin patch, too, as you can expect to see bounce houses, animals, and plenty of vendors offering snacks and more. Kids are also welcome to participate in the Halloween costume contest, where multiple awards for the scariest, funniest, overall best, and more types of costumes will be given out. Bring your kids along for the hayrides, face painting, and possibly even a petting zoo and pony rides.
Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf
Mini golf is a great time during all seasons, but it’s even better when the summer sun isn’t beating down on you and you can enjoy the cool breeze in the gorgeous autumn weather. Pirates and Halloween go hand in hand, too, making this a choice location to visit for a splendidly themed mini golf outing. The course will start you at a seaside village, bring you through caves full of buried treasure, and treat you to plenty of streams, bridges, and waterfalls. They also run an annual charity event that donates to charities that support wounded veterans, so stop by and support a great business by putting for a great cause.
Gregg Russell Playground and Harbour Town
Named for a musician who has been performing music under the Liberty Oak for over 40 years, the Gregg Russell Playground has a large treehouse built around a live oak and has several adjacent spots for the kids to play. Sit back and relax while the kids have their fun, and when you’re ready to leave, there’s plenty to do nearby in Harbour Town proper.
Head into town and experience some of the fine dining Hilton Head has to offer. Pick up sweets at the country store, have a casual burger at Harbourside, or get some fresh local seafood overlooking the Yacht Basin at The Crazy Crab. Maybe you’ll even get the chance to see the iconic Gregg Russell play a show while you’re in town, really completing the essential Hilton Head experience.
Fun Things to Do in Hilton Head Island Near Your Rental
At Coastal Vacation Rentals, we offer Homes and Villas of different sizes, all suited to accommodate you and ensure your stay on Hilton Head Island is as magical as it can be. Some of our locations are pet friendly, as well, so if you’re planning on traveling with the family pet, then have a look. Book with us now to reserve your unique Hilton Head experience.