Got Gator?

As I boarded the vessel for H2O Sports’ Alligator & Wildlife Tour, it took me back to my childhood Disney World visits and the time spent on the Jungle Cruise. However, instead of animatronic Bengal tigers, king cobras and hippos, you’ll be in search of real life animals such as the lanky Great Blue Heron, the elusive Bald Eagle and the mesmerizing American Alligator.

As a local, I can fess up that, yes, even us locals will stop and hold up traffic in our cars if we spot a gator sunbathing next to a lagoon. But this one hour tour, which takes you out on the Sea Pines Forest Preserve’s Lake Mary (the largest fresh water lake in the Preserve), gives you an up close encounter with a creature that seems to take you back in time. With their scaly skin, spiky backs, long claws and sharp teeth, the American Alligator looks like it should be found in the prehistoric wing of a museum.

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Tennis will not take a back seat on Hilton Head Island

Considering I come from a tennis family (my mom and both of her siblings all played collegiate tennis) and that I’ve been living on Hilton Head Island full-time since 2004, you would expect that tennis would come as second nature. However, before a recent lesson, if I had to sum up my game in one word, it would be ‘FORE!’ – a word usually reserved for golf courses only. Control was not my strong suit.

But, in only one hour with Denise Agee, Director of Tennis at the South Carolina Yacht Club (located in Windmill Harbor), much had changed. I learned the basics from forehands to backhands, volleys to serves. By the end of the hour, the ball was staying within the lines, backhands were making it over the net and my serve might actually catch someone off guard. And, I had a great time! I’m no Williams sister just yet, but it’s a vast improvement from where I started.

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Hilton Head Island by Treetop

As I stood on the first platform preparing to take off on my initial (I will be back for more!) Hilton Head Island zip line adventure, I had visions of the opening scene from the Sylvester Stallone blockbuster, Cliffhanger, run through my head. However, as soon as I launched, any worry disappeared and the adrenaline that had been pumping through my veins as my feet left the safety of the platform quickly dissipated. While high up in the Lowcountry tree canopy, a fear of heights could overcome you. But, with your first zip any apprehension is gone.

ZipLine Hilton Head, a part of Broad Creek Marina Adventures, has brought the first aerial tour by zip line to the area. The only one available within a 250 mile radius, this is an experience unlike any other. With eight lines, three suspended sky bridges and one spiral staircase in the trees, you’ll have two hours of flying fun.

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Into the Wild

I must admit, I’m a little embarrassed to confess that in all my time living on/visiting Hilton Head Island, I had never been out to explore Pinckney Island. What a mistake!

Pinckney Island, located between the two bridges connecting Bluffton, SC and Hilton Head Island, can be easy to miss to most newcomers. However, I have no excuse. I have driven by the turn off more than a thousand times and I’m just now finding my way there.

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A Gallery Like No Other

One of the staple annual events on my Hilton Head Island social calendar is fast approaching. The Art Market at Historic Honey Horn, April 28 & 29, displays a variety of juried fine arts and crafts in a setting unlike any gallery I’ve ever seen. Under the draping Spanish moss that flows from the strands of live oaks, among the salt marshes and alongside some of the oldest structures still existing on the Island, artists and craftsmen will compete for prizes.

Among the media on display, you can find something to fit any budget including pieces in clay, wood, fibers, metals, glass, jewelry (my favorite), watercolors, oil, mixed media and photography. Combining artists from all over the United States coming from as far as Connecticut and Wisconsin with some of the best known local artists, Judge Holly Keris, Curator at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, will surely have a difficult time picking the winners.

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Giddy Up and Tour the Island on Horseback

One of my favorite ways to explore one of the most beautiful spots on the Island is on a trusty steed. And the staff at Lawton Stables has a stable full of reliable partners for your adventure.

Whether a beginner or an experienced rider, upon your arrival, the folks at Lawton Stables will choose from one of their 45 trail horses to get you on the best suited equine for your trip.

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Bike & Trikes & Zikes, oh my…

With more miles of bike paths than actual square miles on Hilton Head Island, most of the Island can be discovered on two wheels. The 80 miles of pathways and 12 miles of white, sandy beaches offer cyclists of all levels a great experience. The road(s) less traveled Most visitors will find themselves pedaling along […]

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Hilton Head Island: Music, Fireworks & Family Fun

If you like great music, great food and a great, fun-filled family-friendly atmosphere, then you will not want to miss the Island Recreation Association’s “Summer Jams Party in the Park.” If you’re already familiar with this crowd-pleasing outdoor soiree, then you’ll definitely mark your calendar for Tuesday, August 9, and be sure to get yourself to Hilton Head Island’s Shelter Cove Community Park for the last jam of the season.

After a hugely successful turnout and positive feedback during last year’s Summer Jams series, The Island Recreation Association, along with its sponsors, Budweiser, The Smokehouse restaurant and Adventure Radio Group, decided to host this free Summer Jams Party in the Park event again this year.

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Paddle Boarding Hilton Head Style

So the newest craze on Hilton Head Island is paddle boarding.  Seems like everyone is doing it now…or at least everyone knows about it.  Called the sport of, “Hawaiian Kings,” it is essentially paddling on a surfboard (slightly fatter and heavier), bringing together the joy of being out on the water and gliding on its […]

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Hilton Head Island's Sensational Summer Camps

From majestic birds and mammals to playful dolphins and scampering crustaceans, Hilton Head Island and the surrounding Lowcountry abound with a diverse assortment of awe-inspiring creatures, large and small. Some are more easily visible or readily encountered amidst the area’s park-like setting, while others maintain a low profile within their lush landscape.

Thanks to the Coastal Discovery Museum at Historic Honey Horn, and its staff of knowledgeable naturalists and expert guides, nature lovers of all ages can meet and learn about a broad range of fascinating animals, as well as plants, that make Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry their home.

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