A Local’s Guide: 5 of the Best Things to Do on Hilton Head

Hilton Head is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and watch a stunning sunset over the ocean! People have visited and called Hilton Head home for decades, and it’s no wonder. This quintessential small beach town is pretty without being pretentious and offers plenty of down-home Southern ways to pass the time. We’ve listed just a few of the best things to do on Hilton Head! For more local recommendations, be sure to access our complimentary Vacation Guide.

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5 of the Best Things to Do on Hilton Head Island

1. Shop and Soak Up the Sun

If two of your favorite things in life are shopping and hitting the beach, you’ll love Coligny Beach Park! Here, you’ll discover a sunny shopping spot with everything from surf gear and souvenirs to jewelry and clothing. When you’ve had enough retail therapy, head just a few footsteps over to the beach! There, you’ll have access to public restrooms, changing rooms, and showers (for getting rid of that pesky sand at the end of your trip). Another popular place for plein-air shopping by the sea is the newly renovated Shelter Cove Plaza.

2. Taste the Flavors of the Lowcountry

One of the best parts about visiting the Lowcountry is sampling the delicious Southern food! There’s no better place to begin your foodie tour than Hilton Head Island. Whether you’re craving shrimp and grits or a build-your-own burrito, you’ll find something that tantalizes your taste buds here. Check out our list of Hilton Head’s best restaurants for inspiration!

3. Immerse Yourself in the Past

Hilton Head is beautiful, beachy, and full of fun. Did you know that it’s also a highly historical place? If you’re tired of tourist attractions, go off the beaten path and learn something new instead. There are several Hilton Head museums worth exploring. Gullah, Antebellum, and Civil Rights history all abound here!

4. Have an Outdoor Adventure

Hilton Head’s sweeping marshlands, maritime forests, and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean all mean one thing: Adventure awaits! The island is a perfect place to rent a kayak, go on a boating excursion, play a round of golf, or simply stroll through a nature preserve. If you’re feeling extra bold, try a zipline excursion or go parasailing! The possibilities for outdoor exploration are endless here.

5. Avoid the Crowds and Stay in Style at Old Town Bluffton Inn!Room 101 at Old Town Bluffton Inn

Hilton Head is a fabulous vacation spot, but you’re not the only one who thinks so! After enjoying a day of fun on the island, travel just a few miles back over the bridge and stay at Old Town Bluffton Inn! You’ll successfully avoid the crowds and still be close to everything Hilton Head has to offer. There’s also plenty to do within walking distance of our brand new inn. Step outside and you’re right next to countless Bluffton restaurants like The Corner Perk. Stroll a little farther down historic Calhoun Street and you’ll be met with stunning panoramic views of the May River. You don’t even have to go to Hilton Head to enjoy an unforgettable vacation in the Lowcountry—reserve your beautiful, uniquely decorated room at Old Town Bluffton Inn now and see why!

Ready to try some of the best things to do on Hilton Head (and in Bluffton)? Check our availability today and start planning your trip!