Recommended Things to Do in Hilton Head

Local Hilton Head Point of Interest, Activities, Services, Attractions, Shopping and More

There is never a shortage of things to do in Hilton Head when you stay in one of our vacation rentals! Hilton Head Island is a beautiful Lowcounty resort town with many opportunities for fun and relaxation. With endless outdoor activities, places to shop, and more, Hilton Head is the ideal vacation destination. Hilton Head is rich with history but has become an ideal vacation destination year-round because of its natural beauty and attractions.

Activities range from water fun like surfing and fishing, to educational museums and fun movie theater locations. There are many Hilton Head activities to choose from year-round as well as countless Hilton Head events to participate in. Explore and learn more about the rich history of Hilton Head Island, SC by visiting the Coastal Discovery Museum or the Harbor Town Lighthouse. If you love the outdoors, take advantage of the bike rentals in the area and explore a bike trail or check out one of the several fishing charters. There are several opportunities to explore the natural beauty of Hilton Head. Nature and boat tours are available to catch a glimpse of dolphins or learn more about the marine life at Hilton Head.

If it’s a relaxing day you’re craving, visit a golf club or tennis court nearby. Hilton Head is known for its open courses. Relaxation is no stranger in Hilton Head. Visit a day spa in Hilton Head and enjoy well-deserved pampering or spend the day shopping at Main Street Village. The fun doesn’t stop there because at night, there are also man things to do in Hilton Head. This beautiful resort town lights up with popular bars and comedy clubs. The nightlife will give you a taste of the Keys right on Hilton Head Island. In order to ensure that our guests are experiencing all the best Hilton Head points of interest, we have compiled a list of all the best things to do in Hilton Head, SC below.

No matter what kind of vacation you are looking to have, there is something for everyone to enjoy with the large variety of things to do in Hilton Head, SC!

Shelter Cove Mall
Welcome to Shelter Cove Mall, a vibrant and charming lifestyle center consisting of a wide variety of shops, restaurants, and residences right in the heart of Hilton Head Island. When you’ve spent your time at the beach and need a new way to enjoy an afternoon, Shelter Cove dishes out plenty of options for you to hang out with your friends or family and make memories.

Coastal Museum
Hilton Head Island is home to an array of coastal wildlife and history, and there’s no way better to explore it than at the Coastal Museum in Hilton Head! A perfect activity for the whole family, this Smithsonian affiliated museum provides interactive education through its land and water based tours, historical buildings and school programs.

Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge
Located ½ mile west of Hilton Head, you’ll find Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge, a nature preserve consisting of five small islands that act as a safe haven to many shorebirds, wading birds, white-tailed deer, American alligators, bobcats, and so many more creatures who call the island home.

Bristling with an assortment of top-notch golf courses, Hilton Head offers golfers an ample selection of greens and fairways to challenge their game. We've put together a sampling of the best Hilton Head golf courses.

If you really want to experience the water, then a Hilton Head sailing trip should top your to-do list. Feel the breeze and take in the pristine views as you cruise the Atlantic waters in a yacht or catamaran. Plenty of local businesses offer great packages that will get you off the sand and out on the Calibogue Sound. Check the list below to help make your Hilton Head sailing experience the best!

Surfing and Watersports
Sunshine and water sports are an unbeatable duo, and Hilton Head offers plenty of both! If it’s fun and involves the beach, you can find it here. Get the most out of your vacation with these exciting Hilton Head water sports.

When it comes to exploring the island by water, kayaking is a very popular option and allows you to take in all of the natural beauty from a different vantage point, and we know some of the best places for kayaking in Hilton Head that you must add to your list.

Boat Tours
One of the many adventures you can embark on in this island paradise are the Hilton Head boat tours. There are so many to choose from, and whether you are looking for a tour that is exciting for the kids, up close and personal with the marine wildlife, or a tour that allows you to kick back and relax, there is an exciting option for the whole family to enjoy.

Dolphin Tours
When spotting a dolphin from the beach isn’t enough for you, then it’s time to check out Hilton Head dolphin tours! Get the best possible view of the dolphins that inhabit the waters surrounding Hilton Head Island when you take a boat tour from a local company.

Fishing Charters
Fishing in Hilton Head is an unforgettable experience, regardless of your skill level. A whole host of fish can be caught in the waters off of Hilton Head, ranging from cobia to shark! Hilton Head fishing charters are the best way to experience the sport, and below you’ll find a guide to best charters in the area.

There is nothing quite like the feeling of warm summer air whipping through your hair as you venture down unknown paths within a tropical paradise. As it turns out, cycling Hilton Head is one of the most popular recreation activities on the island. As it also happens, we know some of the best Hilton Head bike trails you and your family can explore during your vacation.

The luxurious beachside village of Hilton Head, SC, offers premier comfort from its dining and culture to its inns and spas. Escape from the hectic nature of everyday life and treat yourself to a massage, facial, or other amenities that these Hilton Head spas offer.

Movie Theaters
Even on the rainiest of days, there are still plenty of things to do on the island. In fact, this would be the perfect opportunity to check out one of the many Hilton Head movie theaters for a viewing of the latest blockbuster or to just enjoy a nice, laid back activity.

When you’re looking for things to do in Hilton Head at night, the extensive amount of bars and clubs are not to be overlooked. After the sun has set and another day at the beach has come to an end, explore more of the island by moonlight and encounter food, music, and dancing like you never have before through the lively Hilton Head nightlife.

Check out our list below:

Baby Rentals

Baby's Away-Baby Supply Rentals
(843) 681-8722

Bike Rentals

Forest Beach Surf and Cycle
(843) 384-3727

Fishing Charters

Shadow Sportsfishing, South Beach

(843) 671-3060

Gullah Gal Fishing Charters
(843) 422-3430

Palmetto Bay Marina: Charter Ofc Charter & Rentals
(843) 785-7131

Tammy Jane Charters
(843) 384-7833

Gypsy-Drifter Boats
(843) 363-2900

Bonnie Rae Charters
(843) 683-6060

Bonanza Sport Fishing
(843) 689-5873

Stray Cat Charters
(843) 683-5427

Mighty Mako Sport Fishing
(843) 298-0366

Harbour Town Yacht Basin: Fishing
(843) 671-4534


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Oyster Reef Golf Club
(843) 681-2184

Palmetto Dunes Golf Courses
(843) 785-1138

Golden Bear Golf Club Hilton Head: Nicklaus Design

(843) 689-2200

Daufuskie Island Resort and Spa

(843) 842-2000

Sea Pines Country Club Golf
(843) 671-5081

Golf Club at Indigo Run

(843) 689-5666

Moss Creek Golf Club
(843) 837-2231

Country Club of Hilton Head
(843) 681-2582

Shipyard Golf Club
(843) 686-8802

Palmetto Hall Golf & Country Club
(843) 342-2582

Sea Pines Resort: Heron Point by Pete Dye

(843) 842-8484

Sea Pines Resort: Ocean Course

(843) 842-8484

Sea Pines Company Inc: Harbor Town Golf Links

(843) 842-8484

Movie Theaters

Northridge Cinema 10
(843) 342-3801

Coligny Theatre
(843) 686-3500

Park Plaza Cinemas
(843) 785-5001


Coastal Discovery Museum of Hilton Head
(843) 689-6767

The Sandbox Children's Museum
(843) 842-7645

Harbour Town Lighthouse


Nature and Boat Tours

Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge


Live Oac Outdoor Adventures

Island Explorer
(843) 785-2100

Adventure Cruises Inc: Dolphin Watch Cruise

(843) 785-4558

Dolphin & Nature Cruise

(843) 681-2522

Pirates of Hilton Head

(843) 363-7000


Kate Morrison Photography


Shipyard Van Der Meer Tennis
(843) 686-8804

Port Royal Racquet Club
(843) 686-8803

Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center
(843) 785-1152

Player's World of Sports
(843) 842-5100

Sea Pines Company Inc: Sea Pines Racquet Club

(843) 842-5498

Van Der Meer Tennis Center
(800) 845-6138

Hilton Head Beach & Tennis

(843) 842-0026

Hilton Head Shopping

Coligny Plaza Shopping Center


Main Street Village



Personal Chef/Catering

Roy's Place

Hilton Head Nightlife

Comedy Club of Hilton Head


The Jazz Corner


The Electric Piano Bar


Black Marlin Hurricane Bar