The 10 Best Things to Do in Hilton Head, United States

September 13, 2017 Harland Bartelt

Long known as a golfer's paradise, Hilton Head Island is heaven for any type of sports enthusiast. Tennis, volleyball, polo, championship golf on some of the best fairways in the United States - those are just a few athletic options. In fact, the island plays host to many prestigious sporting events throughout the year. All of it surrounded by sunny beaches and lush greenery. In between games or matches, explore Hilton Head's natural wonders. The Sea Pines Forest Preserve offers a close-up look at a swamp without having to get mucky. Raised boardwalks provide a protected path for pedestrians. And don't miss the colorful Harbourtown Lighthouse, the island's icon. Choose from a number of first-class resorts and hotels to experience it all.
Restaurants in Hilton Head

1. Hilton Head Island Bike Trails

1 Chamber of Commerce Dr, Hilton Head, SC 29928-3573 +1 800-523-3373
Excellent
86%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 2 reviews

Hilton Head Island Bike Trails

Reviewed By DianaS3789 - Jacksonville, Florida

We're enjoyed the bike trails. If you take the path all the way around the island, the pathway is not as well maintained on the marsh side as it is over by the beach. It's well marked and had signs everywhere.

2. Hilton Head Distillery

14 Cardinal Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29926-3720 +1 843-686-4443
Excellent
89%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 189 reviews

Hilton Head Distillery

Hilton Head Distillery is a producer of craft, small batch rum and vodka. Guests are invited to enjoy a tour of the facility and a tasting flight of our products. We also have an extensive gift shop featuring Hilton Head branded items and gifts from local craftsman. Call ahead or visit our website to book your visit! Hilton Head Distillery was founded by two world-class, small batch distilleries that came together and brought their respective expertise in Carolina whiskey and Caribbean rum to the table, sharing stories, traditions, and techniques along the way. The result was the creation of a high-tech facility where expertise and craft meets innovation. We measure, cut, and blend every element with a careful, artisanal hand, using age-old distillation techniques coupled with new-age technology and a local twist. Come visit us and take a tour. We'd love to show you our craft and swap stories over some great craft spirits!

Reviewed By Heidi Z - Buffalo, New York

We went to this place for the "45 minute tour" and taste - having been to the Guinness tour in Ireland and several wine tours in Canada and the US - it was a terrible waste of time! We paid $50 - two "tour and taste" and one without the taste - the tour was a 4 minute video and about 8 or 10 minutes in the distilling space - which was not operating because the two people running it were not the that day (maybe should have shut it down that day then) - afterwards we stood around the bar area where you had the option of doing 5 shots of their different product or 2 cocktails - with no food or snacks available - and they just kept pouring so you wee out and the next group could start - you could go to any bar in the area and get the same experience for a whole lot less - and at least have something around to absorb all the alcohol! They need to charge less or invest more in designing a better experience!

3. Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center

6 Trent Jones Ln, Hilton Head, SC 29928-7655 +1 877-434-2546
Excellent
85%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 216 reviews

Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center

The Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center is ranked the #1 tennis resort in the Carolinas by Tennis Magazine and is currently ranked #9 in the world by Tennis Resorts Online. Featuring 23 clay and 2 Nova ProBounce courts, 6 of which are lighted for night play, the tennis center is open year round and also hosts a variety of tournament throughout the year. The Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center staff consists of the area's top pros who offer lessons and clinics to adults and juniors of all ages and skill levels. Enjoy seasonal complimentary activities and the island's largest tennis pro shop at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center.

Reviewed By jim a - Ramsey, New Jersey

I came here to learn how to play last year, never having played a paddle or racket sport, and I was anxious. Mark, who runs the pickleball program, knows how to teach the game and makes those with little, or no experience, comfortable in the learning process. If your on HHI or in the area and have been thinking about playing pickleball, try it here, it's the best environment you'll find to learn, play and to have a great time whether you a newbie or experienced player.

4. St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church

45 Beach City Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29926-2709 +1 843-681-6350
Excellent
86%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 132 reviews

St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church

Reviewed By SavantIII_11 - Centerville, Ohio

We are enhanced by the Equanimity of the Lenten Mass and Reconciliation.

The Spring Gardens at St. Francis by the Sea are beautiful, and we always enjoy visiting with members of the St. Francis by the Sea congregation.

Whether one is Catholic or not, St. Francis by the Sea is a Classic Hilton Head Island experience.

Dum Spiro Spero

5. Coligny Beach

1 Coligny Vl, Hilton Head, SC 29928-6405
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Coligny Beach

Reviewed By GRDN-DIVA - Waterdown, Canada

Went with our Grandchildren and Dtr and Son in law for a week
We went here on advice of friend who hadn't been there for quite a few yrs
It was very crowded,no parking at all,except on street and there was no places,supposedly had playground but we asked the tourist guide walking on beach who said there wasn't a playground here.
We had a rental home on Folley beach which was beautiful,not crowded however you need to come by 9:00 am or you won't be able to park .
Found a park midway but some of the equipment was broken and no shade ,so very hot.
Best to just rent bikes and ride along the shaded paths or swim in your house pool

6. Coastal Discovery Museum

70 Honey Horn Drive, North End, Hilton Head, SC 29926 +1 843-689-6767
Excellent
62%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 911 reviews

Coastal Discovery Museum

If the beach gets boring, families head to this interactive museum to learn about the history and wildlife of sea islands.

Reviewed By Pomommie - Black Mountain, North Carolina

For those with capacity to be interactive without a screen or electronic gadget, this is the place! We paid for a salt marsh tour (reserve several days in advance to make sure you get a spot). Carol Clemens, a master naturalist, is also a master teacher and communicator. Two hours of outdoor, sometimes hands-on instruction passed quickly for even the youngest in our group. Well paced, humorous and super informative was her presentation. It was worth three presentations. She was exception as an expert guide on the side. She was careful not to “brag and drag” or perform as a “sage on the stage.” She was extremely attentive to both children and adults. I would do another tour at Coastal Discovery In a heartbeat.

7. Folly Field Beach Park

55 Starfish Dr, Hilton Head, SC 29928-5420
Excellent
71%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 333 reviews

Folly Field Beach Park

Reviewed By SavantIII_11 - Centerville, Ohio

Folly Beach is an excellent Hilton Head Beach. The Town of Hilton Head has provided a very nice Beach for visitors and residents.

Folly Beach is a neat couples/family park/beach.

Changing rooms, showers, restroom, and “some” Parking.

Folly Beach is one of several HHI Special Needs park, and a “short” Board Walk interfaces with a HHI long blue rubber mat.

Folly Beach is a great HHI Beach, and we recommend.

Dum Spiro Spero

8. Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

Pinckney Wildlife Refuge Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29926 +1 912-652-4415
Excellent
61%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 768 reviews

Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

Encompassing four islands and 4,000 acres, the refuge aims to preserve and protect endangered natural habitats and species. At 1,200 acres, Pinckney is the largest of the refuge's islands and the only one open to the public.

Reviewed By bonnie d - Tulsa, Oklahoma

Just off the highway, this wildlife refuge seems to be a bird-watching destination, but is very notable as a place to walk, jog, or just enjoy the waterways and salt marshes of the area. It was very enjoyable and I was glad I stopped for a long walk.

9. Driessen Beach Park

64 Bradley Beach Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29928-5303
Excellent
68%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 107 reviews

Driessen Beach Park

Reviewed By SavantIII_11 - Centerville, Ohio

´Tis a grand day.

We observe that Dayton has received 3”+ inches of snow, and at HHI 60 degrees and breezy makes for great beach walking.

Driessen Park is a neat couples/family park/beach.

Changing rooms, showers, restroom, and lots of Parking.

Driessen Park is one of several HHI Special Needs park, and a “short” Board Walk interfaces with a HHI long blue rubber mat.


Driessen Park Beach is a great HHI Beach, and we recommend.

Dum Spiro Spero

10. Hilton Head Boathouse

405 Squire Pope Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29926-1253 +1 843-681-2628
Excellent
62%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 420 reviews

Hilton Head Boathouse

Reviewed By KLE2013 - Centreville, Virginia

Located adjacent to the Skull Creek boathouse restaurant, the Hilton Head Boathouse is a busy area with outdoor bar, waterfront boat launch with great marina and creek views. We have had brunch, lunch and dinners at this awarded location. Enjoy low country dining while relaxing along the water.

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