10 things to do in Hilton Head, South Carolina

10 must see and do things when in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. From the famous beaches to the stunning golf courses, Hilton Head Island has so many things to do. Each of the items on the list are kid friendly and there were so many more things we wanted to do but we ran out of time!

We stay at Hilton Head National RV Resort with our 41 foot RV.

1. Harbour Town

This is inside the Sea Pines Resort area. There are so many things to do from shopping, eating, water-sport activities, cruises or just walking around the area. We did not go up to the top of the lighthouse however you can for a small fee. If you are looking for a coastal feel this is a must visit. In order to get into the Sea Pines area of Hilton Head there is a $9 entrance fee, we explored the Sea Pines Preserve the same day to avoid multiple days of entrance fees. 

2. Coligny Beach

The beach is beautiful and there is free parking in the main parking lot off Pope Ave. There is a nice walkway with matting, restrooms, kids water fountains and outdoor showers. This area does get quite busy.

3. Coastal Discovery Museum

What a great experience for the kids with so much information about the environment, culture, history and art. There are multiple exhibits and experiences that can fill your day. There is no entrance fee and free parking!

4. Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

This refuge does not have a visitor center and also no restrooms inside the refuge however there are many options for hikes and seeing wildlife. We did a walk at Ibis Pond which was about 1.2 miles roundtrip. This is a free activity!

5. Shelter Cove Towne Centre

The town centre area was everything that I imagined when coming to the area with a coastal aesthetic. It's an open area shopping area with a playground area and also weekly events taking place. 

6. Folly Field Beach Park

This beach definitely wasn't as fancy as some of the beaches we went to but we actually went here twice during our visit because it was more low-key. There are public restrooms, a sand shower and matted walkway. A lifeguard is present at the main area of the beach monitoring the area which was nice. There is limited, paid parking here but if you are looking for a more relaxed spot this is definitely it. 

7. Mitchelville Freedom Park

You can explore a mock-up village of the first free town during the Civil War Era with includes historic exhibits, interpretive signage, trails, beach access, a picnic pavilion, an observation gazebo and restrooms. There are multiple informative signs are placed around the park to guide your journey or it would be a great place to have a picnic! Free thing to do!

8. Sea Pines Forest Preserve

The preserve is a protected area for wildlife habitat and outdoor exploration where you can walk on an elevated boardwalk. While we walked the area it would be a great place to take your bikes. In order to get into the Sea Pines area of Hilton Head there is a $9 entrance fee. 

9. Driessen Beach Park

There is ample, paid parking at this beach at 50¢ per hour. A nice boardwalk leading to the beach which takes about 5 minutes with bathrooms and showers along the way. This beach has a playground for children. There were quite a few locals here when we went during the week. 

10.  Adventure Cove Family Fun Center

36 holes of mini-golfing adventure on a well-maintained course. There was quite a bit of shade on the golf course and you can go inside to play the arcade games if you are looking for something to do inside!