When you’re planning a family vacation and need some activities to keep the kids happy, it’s always great to have a list on hand, and with so many great activities on Hilton Head Island, there’s no reason to stress out in the car about what to do next! Read on to discover some of our favorite things to do on Hilton Head Island with kids!
Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite children’s activities, but if you are looking for more, request a copy of our free 7-Day Guide to Hilton Head Island! Our local guide has over 100 recommendations on outdoor recreation, family-friendly restaurants, and more!
17 of the Best Things to Do on Hilton Head with Kids
1. Enjoy Free Fireworks at Shelter Cove Harbour
The fireworks at Shelter Cove are one of Hilton Head Island’s most beloved summer traditions! In addition to spectacular fireworks displays, you can also look forward to great food, arts and crafts, and live entertainment. This summer festivity takes place each Tuesday evening at dusk from June through August.
2. Learn Something New at the Sandbox Children's Museum
If you’re tired of telling your kids, “don’t touch that,” then make your way to the Sandbox Children’s Museum. Here, you’ll find 11 hands-on, interactive displays. These unique educational displays are suitable for children eight years old and younger.
3. Take a Swing at Mini Golf at Adventure Cove
Maybe you’re hoping to keep high-energy kids entertained. Plan an action-packed day or night with miniature golf and arcade games at Adventure Cove! This family-friendly park is open from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., seven days a week.
4. Get to Know the SC Lowcountry at Coastal Discovery Museum
School may be out for spring, summer, and winter break, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep the little ones sharp! Make a trip to the Coastal Discovery Museum to gain a new appreciation for the South Carolina Lowcountry. Here, you can explore the island’s vast ecosystems and wildlife, learn about the art of basket weaving, and wander several beautiful gardens. This fantastic museum also hosts the Hilton Head Farmers Market every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. It is the perfect way to stock up on healthy foods during your vacation!
5. Master an Ollie at Bristol Sports Arena
Incorporate some exercise into your vacation with a trip to Bristol Sports Arena. This expansive park is home to a public skatepark with skateboard ramps, a basketball court, and a roller hockey rink. For younger ones, a playground is also available.
6. See a Live Show at Coligny Plaza
Coligny Plaza is one of the best places to go for kid’s entertainment. Children’s entertainment takes center stage in the summer from June through August. Magic acts, silly clowns, and family-friendly live music are a few performances to look forward to!
7. Take a Horseback Riding Tour at Lawton Stables
No trip to Hilton Head Island is complete without visiting Lawton Stables. This beautiful farm and equestrian center offer an animal petting zoo, pony rides, and Western-style trail rides through the 605-acre Sea Pines Forest Preserve. If you’ve never been horseback riding, then no problem! Lawton Stables caters to every level of rider and has riding lessons.
8. Zip Past Ancient Oak Trees on an Aerial Adventure
Zip Line & Aerial Adventures is one of the most unique ways to explore Hilton Head Island! Zip liners will soar through majestic live oaks, past miles of saltwater marshes, and over boats and beautiful waterways.
Beach Properties Island Card Discount: Use your card and enjoy 10% off a zip line canopy tour or the park’s aerial adventure challenge. Book your adventure in advance by using promo code: ADVCARD
9. Rock on at a Family-Friendly Concert
The Gregg Russell Family Concerts are a true Hilton Head tradition. For over 24 years, families have enjoyed songs under the Liberty Oak in Harbour Town. All ages are welcome, but the performers here especially gear their songs towards younger children. These concerts take place from Sunday through Friday.
10. Get Competitive with a Game of Bowling
Station 300 Bowling Lanes is the perfect place to go on a rainy day or after too much time in the sun! This entertainment center is in Bluffton. Here, you’ll find 24 bowling lanes, a laser maze, and a variety of arcade games. If the kids work up an appetite, you can also grab a bite to eat at the Station 300 Bowling Lanes’ restaurant, Zeppelin’s Bar and Grill.
11. Take a Sailing Tour with Commander Zodiac Kids Camps
For a day of fun on the water, head to Commander Zodiac Kids Camp. Learn how to sail, or simply sit back and see how many dolphins you can spot! Other popular activities here include crabbing, water balloons, and scavenger hunts.
Beach Properties Island Card Discount: Use your card for 10% off Junior Sailing Camp or the Kids’ Water Fun Day!
12. Create Your Own Souvenir at The Art Cafe
This year, bring home a souvenir that is uniquely yours. At The Art Cafe, kids and families can create and bring home their very own piece of pottery, the type of souvenir you’ll want to hold onto for years to come!
Beach Properties Island Discount Card: Use your card and for 10% off pottery pieces!
13. Embark on a Pirate-style Golfing Adventure
Put your putting skills to the test at Pirates Island Golf Adventure. This park is home to two beautifully landscaped golf courses. Kids will have a blast as they stroll across bridges, over streams, and past waterfalls to discover pirate treasures.
Beach Properties Island Discount Card: Use your card and take $1 off the first round of golf.
14. Sing and Dance with Shannon Tanner Family Concerts
Shannon Tanner Family Concerts has performed family shows for over 23 years in Shelter Cove Harbour. Concerts are Monday through Friday from April through August, two shows per evening.
15. Hunt Down Hidden Treasures on Boat Cruise
Set sail on the island's only custom pirate ship, The Black Dagger! At Pirates of Hilton Head Boat Cruise, you can look forward to treasure hunting, water cannons, and so more! This cruise is ideal for children ages two through 10.
Beach Properties Island Discount Card: Use your card and enjoy $4 off each kid's ticket with each adult ticket purchased.
16. Meet the Dolphins of Hilton Head Island
Dolphin watching, fishing, and children's educational cruises are only the beginning of what Drifter Excursions offers! This fleet is located out of South Beach Marina in Sea Pines. Bring your camera and catch all the smiles on this memorable boat cruise!
Beach Properties Island Discount Card: Use your card and enjoy $4 off each adult accompanying a child on the Gypsy Kids Cruise.
17. Spend Quality Time in a Beach Properties Vacation Rental
Sharing a meal in the kitchen, taking a dip in the pool, and spending quality time in your private vacation rental are also some of the best things to do with kids on Hilton Head. We offer a premier selection of homes and villas that are perfect for your getaway. After a busy day on the beach and adventuring around the island, return to your home away from home and reflect on the memories you’ve made so far.
Browse our selection of properties, check our availability, and book your stay today!