Discovering the Hidden Gems of Hilton Head Island

Apr 6


Jeff Palmer

Jeff Palmer

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Hilton Head Island, a luxurious resort and golf haven, is also a treasure trove of family-friendly activities that go beyond its pristine 12-mile stretch of beach, gourmet dining, and high-end shopping. For those seeking to delve into the island's lesser-known attractions, we've curated a list of unique experiences that promise to enrich your stay with cultural depth, historical insights, and natural beauty.

Daufuskie Island: A Journey Through Time

Step Back in Time with the Daufuskie Island Historical/Cultural Tour

Just a short boat trip from Hilton Head lies Daufuskie Island,Discovering the Hidden Gems of Hilton Head Island Articles a place seemingly frozen in time. The Daufuskie Island Historical/Cultural Tour offers a glimpse into the island's past, showcasing its winery, historic church, plantation, and lighthouse. Visitors can explore at their own pace with golf cart rentals. For more information, contact the tour at 50 Bush’s Branches Rd., Bluffton, or call 342-8687.

Nurturing Young Golfers

Palmetto Dunes Junior Golf Academy: Cultivating Talent

The Palmetto Dunes Junior Golf Academy provides a comprehensive 5-day program tailored for young golfers of all skill levels. With small class sizes, each student receives individualized attention, fostering both skill development and a passion for the game. The program is open to students under 17, with reservations required. Sessions run from Monday to Friday, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM, starting in June 2005, at a cost of $600.00. For bookings, call toll-free 800.827.3006 or locally at 843.785-1138.

A Spectacle of Lights

Fireworks at Shelter Cove: A Summer Tradition

Every Tuesday night at 9 p.m., through August 24, Shelter Cove Harbour on Broad Creek becomes the stage for a dazzling fireworks display, weather permitting. This summer festival, featuring fireworks by Pyrotecnico, is a must-see event. Shelter Cove is conveniently located off William Hilton Parkway, across from Palmetto Dunes.

Supporting a Cause

Habitat For Humanity: Shop for a Good Cause

The Habitat For Humanity furniture outlet on Burnt Church Road in Bluffton, SC, offers great deals on donated furniture. Proceeds support local Habitat For Humanity initiatives. The outlet is open Monday – Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. For more details, call (843) 757-9995, or visit at 184B Bluffton Road (Highway 46), Bluffton, SC.

Exploring Ancient Cultures

Shell Ring Tours: Uncover the Island's Native American Heritage

The Sea Pines Forest Preserve within Sea Pines Plantation is home to trails, a fishing pond, Waterfowl Pond, and an Indian Shell Ring, evidence of the island's Native American inhabitants. Visitors can embark on self-guided tours or join guided nature walks on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. (meeting at the East Entrance on Lawton Road).

A Portal to the Past

The Museum of Hilton Head: Preserving Island History

The Museum of Hilton Head has amassed over 75,000 artifacts that chronicle the island's rich history and culture. It offers nature walks, a loggerhead turtle protection program, lectures, and an oral history project. To learn more, call 843-689-6767 or visit at 100 William Hilton Parkway.

While these attractions may not be the typical highlights promoted in travel brochures, they offer a deeper understanding and appreciation of Hilton Head Island's diverse offerings. Whether you're a history buff, nature enthusiast, or simply looking for a unique experience, these off-the-beaten-path activities are sure to make your visit to Hilton Head Island unforgettable.