Best Attractions & Activities

With all of the things to do and see in a city, deciding how to spend your time can be quite an agonizing decision. 10best has narrowed all of the available attractions in Hilton Head to a list of the most appealing and reputable, to aide in your decision making. You can rest easy knowing that any choice you make from our list is sure to please.


Pau Hana & Flying Circus Catamaran Sailing Charters

Dolphin cruises are as popular with locals as well as tourist. Hop aboard one of catamarans and go in search of playful dolphins on a scenic two-hour adventure. The company's primary objective is to provide daily opportunities for everyone to watch the dolphins, all in comfort and safety and not affecting the waters or wildlife. It is a fantastic feeling to see dolphins in the wild. Reservations are a must; contact for info about specific tours.

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Daufuski Island

Designed by Jack Nicklaus, this difficult golf course is situated on Daufuskie Island and is characterized by small, elevated greens and surrounding marshes. The 18th hole extends right over the ocean and onto a narrow peninsula. The ferry for Daufuskie departs from 421 Squire Pope Road on Hilton Head (call 843-341-4870 for ferry rates, reservations and schedules).

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Port Royal Plantation

Located by the Westin Resort, this prestigious golf club features three courses – The Barony, Planter's Row and Robber's Row. The Barony is a short but difficult trek designed by George Cobb; meanwhile, William Byrd's Planter's Row is distinguished by its large greens and attractive appearance. For the toughest game, opt for Robber's Row, from the creative team of Peter Dye and George Cobb.

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Since its construction in 1970 by developer Charles Fraser, this red and white lighthouse has become the symbol of Hilton Head that is recognized worldwide. A gift shop is located at the top.

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Get away from the hustle and bustle of Hilton Head and spend a day in this charming village located west of Hilton Head off Highway 278. There are about a dozen historic homes, a beautiful 1857 Gothic-style Church of the Cross, and the classic revival 1853 Campbell Chapel AME Church whose members have held services for over 100 years. These are the only structures to survive destruction during the Civil War.

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Looking for an adrenaline rush? Sign up for a parasailing adventure that'll lift you 400 feet above the island. For a calmer excursion, an Envirotour provides a one-hour inflatable boat ride that exposes passengers to island wildlife. Ski lessons and Wave Runner and boat rentals are also available.

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North Hilton Head

With exhibits and activities inside and out, the Coastal Discovery Museum is a fun family outing no matter the weather or the time of year. Learn all about the history and ecology of the area, or schedule a tour – there are many to choose from, including beach walks, dolphin cruises, plantation tours, and trolley tours. During the summer months, the Turtle Talk and Walk is probably the most popular offering.

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Palmetto Dunes has three 18-hole courses to offer, and each of them poses its own combination of challenges and beautiful scenery. Long hitters in particular enjoy the George Fazio course, which features narrow, tree-lined fairways and undulating greens. Lagoons flank the long trek, so bring a few extra balls. Robert Trent Jones and Roger Rulewich combined to design a second course, whose greens are well-trapped and test even the most accurate hitters. Number 17 is the gem of the Arthur Hills course, meanwhile, as it requires an accurate tee shot in order to carry the canyon-like lagoon on the left of the fairway.

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This championship resort has three 18-hole courses to offer its guests. The Harbour Town Golf Links course is perennially considered one of top courses in the USA and is one of Southeast's true must-play courses. If the name sounds familiar, that's because Harbour Town is home to the PGA Tour's Heritage Classic. This long trek is demanding and features flat terrain and small, sloping greens. The finishing hole is the signature, a 458-yard par 4, with a long tee shot customarily aimed at the lighthouse.

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Housing horses, cows, sheep, rabbits, donkeys and a llama, this beautiful stable offers solace to nature and animal lovers. Tour the 600-acre preserve on horseback, or bring the kiddies for a short pony ride. Families will also enjoy the petting zoo, where you may even get to bottle feed a baby calf. For pony rides, arrive by 3pm. Reservations required for trail rides.

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