Local Area Guide: Things to do / Activities / Attractions

Arts and Culture

If you`re a history buff, an art aficionado, or have a penchant for drama, you`ve come to the right place. With some of the finest art galleries in South Carolina, live music venues, and dance and theater productions happening year-round, Hilton Head Island`s arts and culture scene is second to none. Browse the Gullah museum or Heritage Library on Hilton Head and take a step back in time, discovering the Lowcountry`s fascinating history. Check out a play, a concert, or a performance at one of the numerous theaters on Hilton Head Island. No matter which artistic pursuit or cultural experience you choose, we can guarantee you`ll be entertained!


If you`re planning a golf getaway to South Carolina, make it a Hilton Head Island golf vacation. Golfers can find more than 33 world-class golf courses in the Lowcountry area, including on Hilton Head Island, in Bluffton and on Daufuskie Island. With PGA TOUR events, such as the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, hosted on the Island at Harbour Town Golf Links in Sea Pines, there are plenty of options if you prefer to be a spectator rather than a player. Tee off on championship courses designed by legendary course architects such as Robert Trent Jones Sr., Pete Dye, and Jack Nicklaus. Experienced and novice golfers alike are guaranteed a great time on the greens of Hilton Head Island golf courses.


When it comes to dining on Hilton Head Island, our restaurants offer wonderfully varied selections from fine dining to casual fare. With more than 250 restaurants on the Island, there`s a menu for every culinary preference, from traditional Southern cuisine to the Mediterranean, Italian, French, Irish and beyond. From local seafood to top-grade steaks, we`re sure you`ll find more than a few locations to satisfy your culinary cravings.


Bring a piece of the Lowcountry home with you If you`re vacationing on America`s favorite island, you`ll want to bring a little piece of Hilton Head Island home with you. Browse boutiques for fashionable finds, search for one-of-a-kind treasures in Island consignment shops or find unique gifts with Lowcountry flair for friends and family. Shop for Southern food and drink during one of Hilton Head Island`s farmers` markets or at a specialty shop, or embark on a treasure hunt for a completely original local antique as an addition to your home in one of the many antique shops.

Water Sports & Activities

Hilton Head Island is surrounded by water, so naturally, there`s plenty of fun to be had on - or in - the waves. With some of the warmest waters on the Eastern Seaboard, nearly every day is a beach day on Hilton Head Island! There are plenty of ways to make a splash: set sail on a fishing charter or hop aboard a dolphin-watching cruise, grab a paddle and head out on a kayak or paddleboard adventure. Or, try surfing, sailing or waterskiing. Whether you prefer to be in the water, or on it, there`s a Hilton Head Island water activity for everyone.