Hilton Head Island
The largest barrier island off the Atlantic coast between Long Island and the Bahamas, Hilton Head is located 40 miles north of Savannah, GA, and 90 miles south of Charleston, SC.
Hilton Head Island is the ideal place to make memories that last a life-time. It may only be 12 miles by 5 miles wide, but you'll find everything you need for a perfect Island retreat. Whether your idea of the perfect vacation is relaxing on the beach, teeing off on the green, perfecting your backhand, riding high on a parasailing adventure, trying your hand at shark fishing or sipping a frosty beverage on a sunset cruise, you can do it all right here in the heart of the Lowcountry, Hilton Head Island!
Golf enthusiasts can find over 20 world-class quality Hilton Head golf courses in the Lowcountry area, including Bluffton and Daufuskie Island and enjoy such PGA Tour Events as the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links. Another great many of Hilton Head's public and private golf courses have been sculpted by such golf course architect legends as Robert Trent Jones Sr., Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus, promising a great time on the fairway during your Hilton Head Island vacation.
Tennis is also a serious game in On Hilton Head Island. There are over 360 tennis courts. Four Island Tennis Resorts have been listed in Tennis Magazine’s top 50 U.S. Clubs. Tennis Magazine describes Hilton Head Island as “The perfect year-round tennis vacation!” A mild climate and bright blue skies allow visitors to enjoy Hilton Head Island tennis year-round.
Bask in over twelve miles of sparkling sand beaches on Hilton Head Island. Walk the flat sand banks of the Atlantic Ocean or wade in the surf. Hide in the rolling dunes and natural grasses on one of the best beaches in South Carolina or gaze towards the clouds to admire kite tricks and parasailing - it's what makes Hilton Head Island one of the most relaxing vacation spots anywhere.
Practically every Visitor to Hilton Head Island takes part in some sort of water activity while on the Island. With over 12 miles of pristine Atlantic Ocean Beach, and numerous bays, creeks, rivers and sounds, there are things to do for every member of the family. There are enough water actvities offered here to keep you skin wrinkled like a prune year-round.
One of the most popular activities while visiting Hilton Head Island is bicycle riding. There are miles of paths all over the Island for you to ride, plus there is 12 miles of hard-packed Beach that is a spectacular ride at low tide. Make sure you ask about locks, baskets, child carriers and other accessories you might need on your adventure!
Ther are several marinas that can accommodate small, medium or large yachts. Visitors will also find every conceivable ammenity including water sports to deep-sea fishing, inshore fishing charters, sport crabbing, sail and power boat rentals, sightseeing, nature excursions and dinner cruises.
Play at the beach, explore the museums or an animal farm with a petting zoon and pony rides. From dolphin watching to waverunning, adventure cruising, charter fishing and kayaking or simply enjoying the pool – there is no shortage of family fun on Hilton Head Island!
Art, museums and wineries
Hilton Head Island is a vibrant place full of art and culture. Come explore the many creative, stylistic, and historic expressions of our community through art venues, museums, and wineries.
Revitalize and energize spiritually with one of Hilton Head Island’s worship leaders. Serving all denominations, our churches and synagogues provide an uplifting atmosphere where you can practice your faith. Our warm and friendly congregrations will welcome you with open arms.
Publix Hilton Head Island Marathon (February 7): The Hilton Head Island Marathon & Half Marathon will feature a scenic certified course that takes participants thru two parks and over the Broad Creek. The course is fast with an incline at the bridge over the Broad Creek, which is about a one mile span and is done twice. Both The Marathon and Half Marathon will feature all standard male and female divisions. The race will also feature a 5K, children’s fun run, and post race party with live music, vendors and a craft beer garden.
Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival (October 12–19): This is when fine arts and bounty of the sea come together! A showcase of locally-harvested seafood, cuisine, history, art and Southern hospitality with a boat parade and tours, concerts and performances, kayak tours, book signings, races, Art Around Town, a two-day Streetfest and much more.
RBC Heritage Golf Tournament (April 13-19): The RBC Heritage is a longstanding tradition of being one of golf’s most notable tournaments. This tournament is considered a favorite among TOUR players and is one of the few events that enables fans to get up-close and personal with the players. Visit rbcheritage.com to learn more about the RBC Heritage and available ticket packages.
Hilton Head Island Winter Wonder Festival (December 5): The Winter Wonder Festival provides a safe environment parents can take their children to start their Holiday celebration. The target age for the event is 3-12, but everyone is welcome. There will be hayrides, carnival games, petting zoo, children’s parade and much more. Mr. & Mrs. Claus will also be joining in the fun! Admission is $10 for children (2-15). All the proceeds of this event benefit the Hilton Head Island Recreation Association Children’s Scholarship Fund. Bring the family and enjoy an afternoon of Winter Wonder Fun!
The Dove Street Festival of Lights (December 1-January 4): The Dove Street Festival of Lights is an Island holiday tradition for 20 years and is coming back to life at Shelter Cove Towne Centre! With the blessing of founders Paul & Kristi Beckler and Rob Lolik, visitors from across the region will once again be able to experience the magic of the cascading and tastefully tacky display. Presented by Shelter Cove Towne Centre, the Dove Street Festival of Lights will be open to the public nightly from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival (January 1): The 8th Annual Bluffton New Year’s Day Polar Bear 5K Run, Health Walk, 1 Mile Children’s Fun Run & Dog Walk, will start and finish in the Publix Buckwalter Place Parking Lot, 10 a.m.
EASTER EGGstravaganza (April 4, 2015): The Island Rec Center presents Easter EGGstravaganza at the Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Ln., from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. A huge Easter egg hunt will begin at 11 a.m. sharp, followed by an afternoon of moon bounces, games and music. Admission is $10 for children Age 2-10 and No Charge for Adults. All proceeds benefit The Island Recreation Association Scholarship Fund.
Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival (March 9-14, 2015): The 30th Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival and South Carolina’s Premier Coastal Wine Competition & Culinary Event. Visit hiltonheadwineandfood.com for more information on locations, times and tickets.
Head on to www.hiltonheadisland.com/events for the complete list of Hilton Head Island events.