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        Hilton Head, SC is full of things to do, from golfing, to shopping, to dining, to fun! While spending time on the beach is sure to be one of your top priorities, be sure to take some time to explore everything that the area has to offer.  The first step is to find the perfect Hilton Head vacation rental, and then let us help you find the fun! Remember, when you book with Hilton Head Properties you get access to a plethora of free activities!

#1 – Go to the beach – Hilton Head Island, SC

Get out on the Beach and enjoy the single most important reason we all love Hilton Head Island.  With over 12 miles of hard pack sand, the beach is perfect for a bike ride, a walk, a run or a nap!   The oceanfront resorts along the beach are perfect rest areas to recharge with a cool drink or lunch.  They include the Oceanfront Westin, The Marriott, The Omni, Crystal Sands and Holiday Inn.

#2 – Get out on the water – Hilton Head Island, SC

Be sure to see the Island from the water.  Local charter boats offer fishing, sailing or dolphin watches.   For the more adventurous, renting a kayak, a sailboat, or a motor boat are all ways to experience the water.  For the small and meek, grabbing a chicken neck and string are a great way to enjoy the water from afar.  Taking the Daufuskie Tour will get you out on the water as well (see #10).

#3 Historical Tours – Hilton Head Island, SC

Take a day off from the beach in the middle of the week and plan a day trip  t0 Savannah(35 miles), Charleston(98 miles), Beaufort(35 miles) or the Discovery Museum of Hilton Head.  These areas offer everything from horse drawn carriage tours to walking tours through the cities.  You may wish to hire a private guide or discover your own special areas of interest.  Please email us at  to find out more about these tours.

#4 – Hit the bike paths – Hilton Head Island, SC

The founding fathers of Hilton Head were green before this term was ever discovered.  In the design of the Island and the many communities, Hilton Head was master-planned with miles of bike path ways.  This map will help you navigate the pathways in discovery around the Island.

#5 – Hop a ferry –  Visit Daufuskie Island, SC

If you have seen the movie Conrack or The Water is Wide, you have a bit of an idea of what you may see on this sea Island.  A short boat ride and a bus ride around the Island will allow you to see this calm and wonderful Island.  The residents choose to live here for it is a love of all things natural and wonderful.  You may rent a golf cart and explore the Island on your own.  Be sure to stop by the local artists including Silver Dew Pottery, The Daufuskie Gallery and the Iron Fish Gallery.

#6 – Take a real estate tour – Hilton Head Island, SC

Schedule a rainy day real estate tour with an Island Realtor.  They say if a property looks good on a rainy day, you will love it the other 200+ days of the year!  Schedule a tour to see properties around Hilton Head Island.  We know the best values and love selling the Island.  A word of advice, do not wait until next years vacation to the island as you will miss the pricing we offer today!

#7 – Fireworks and Festivals – Hilton Head Island

The festivals are all year events including this weeks “Chamber Golf Week” and this months “Springfest” on Hilton Head Island.  During the summer weeks another fun event is the fireworks in Shelter Cove every Tuesday nite.   The harbour also offers arts and crafts and a choice of many restaurants along the promenade.  As always, all events in Shelter Cove are free and open to the public.

#8 – Visit The Museum – Hilton Head Island, SC  29926

The Discovery Museum of Hilton Head offers events and activities including the “Turtle Talk and Walk”.  This is an evening lecture and beach walk led by naturalists to educate participants about the threatened Loggerhead Sea Turtle.  You will find the Discovery Museum off the Island Parkway on the North End of Hilton Head.

#9 – Shop and Dine – Hilton Head

It has been determined that the two favorite activities outside of the beach are shopping and dining on Hilton Head Island.  With over 300 restaurants catering to every appetite, the Island offers great restaurants from fancy to casual.  To build up the appetite, shopping is rated to be another reason to visit.

#10 – Visit a Lighthouse – Hilton Head Island

The lighthouse is located in Sea Pines, and you can combine this trip with a dinner or lunch out.  Of course, visiting South Beach while in Sea Pines is a must so you can pick up a Salty Dog T-Shirt.  Perhaps visiting South Beach, going to dinner at one of the many Sea Pines Restaurants (my favorite is Truffles), and then enjoying a concert under the Liberty Oak with Greg Russell in Harbourtown will make the cost of the gate pass worth every penny!

#11 – Zipline – Hilton Head Island

When you visit Zipline Hilton Head on Marshland Road, you will find great guides and an exciting new adventure in the Low-Country. We climbed one of the towers overlooking Broad Creek and could hear the laughter and humming of families zipping through the Low-Country. Landon Chase, Social Marketing Director shared with us information about the ZipLine course and this exciting new addition to the Island. Read the rest of this entry.

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Random Fun Links

Hilton Head Happenings and Festivals

Day Trips from Hilton Head Island

Day Trip to Savannah from Hilton Head Island –  The other day drove we drove to Savannah in the late afternoon, shopped, had dinner and were back on the Island at 8 pm.  While we were there my wife introduced us to an incredible “Bee Store” and we sampled the Tupelo Honey which as the story goes comes from blossoms that only are out for a few weeks in a specific region.   If you have a chance to visit Savannah check out the Carriage ToursPaula Deens Restaurant~ The Lady and SonsMrs. Wilkes Dining RoomThe Crystal Beer ParlorHistoric River Street, and Bonaventure Cemetery. Day Trip to Beaufort from Hilton Head Island –  Beaufort, South Carolina offers small town southern charm and is only a 45 minute drive from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.  Nearby is the home to the Parris Island Marine Corps Base.  If you have a chance to visit you will find great bed and breakfast spots, a wonderful Waterfront Park, and the Parris Island Museum. Please feel free to contact us for things to do in the Hilton Head Area. Thank you. Our Best, Guest Services