The Best of Hilton Head
Collected by Stratton Lawrence, AFAR Local Expert
Hilton Head attracts families from all over the East Coast to its wide, sprawling beaches, relaxed resorts, and seafood-focused dining scene. It's home to world-class golf courses and has a wide array of activities for all ages, including horseback riding, wooded hikes, and an operational lighthouse that's open to the public.
149 Lighthouse Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, USA
For many who visit Hilton Head year after year, the Harbour Town Lighthouse is a symbol that vacation has started. With 114 steps to the top, it's tall enough to offer great views of Hilton Head but still climbable for families with young kids....
70 Honey Horn Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926, USA
This excellent family attraction is located a little off the main drag in Hilton Head, leaving plenty of room for the resident "marsh tacky" horses, a butterfly garden, guided walks and tours, art exhibits, and even turtle talks to inform guests...
190 Greenwood Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, USA
If you're traveling with kids or are an animal lover, Lawton Stables offers up-close interaction with its resident horses, and provides lessons for those daring enough to see how intense a show barn really is. Visitors can also enjoy a more...
64 Bradley Beach Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, USA
Driessen Beach is a quiet alternative to bustling Coligny Beach on Hilton Head. It's slightly off to the side of the island, but it has a much more mellow vibe, with fewer people sunbathing and swimming, and more people enjoying active pursuits...
960 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, USA
Antiques and a nursery full of native and colorful plants come together at The Greenery, a unique store with a wide selection of beautifully handpainted pots from Mexico, palm trees, furniture and curios. It's easy to make time to stop here—you'll...
71 Lighthouse Rd #300, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, USA
Hilton Head's outpost of this growing regional favorite cafe and market sports an airy and bright dining room with high ceilings, perfect for dipping into an air conditioned space on a summer day to enjoy an iced coffee and a buttermilk biscuit...
2 N Forest Beach Dr #108, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, USA
If you’re in the mood for fine dining in a swanky ambiance, this local stalwart is the place. Thoughtful lighting keeps the mood mellow, but the restaurant also features outdoor seating, if you prefer a breeze. There's not a weak spot on the menu,...
232 S Sea Pines Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, USA
This iconic cafe likely makes more through their t-shirt business than their food, but their emblematic clothing wouldn't be so popular if the food weren't up to snuff. Located deep in the Sea Pines neighborhood, near South Beach, the Salty Dog is...
1000 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, USA
The Jazz Corner is home to one of Hilton Head's best nightlife scenes. On weekends, it fills up quickly, so reservations are a must. The cocktails are inspired by old jazz legends, and the place offers a wonderful ambiance and atmosphere. Make...
32 Palmetto Bay Road, #4A, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, USA
This local staple restaurant feels like a friend's summer party, with a porch swing and outside tables. The menu is simple, satisfying and comforting: overstuffed sandwiches, meatloaf, chicken, and biscuits. Be sure to visit if they're hosting a...
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