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What to Look Forward to This Spring on Hilton Head Island

By Hilton Head Insider

Spring has nearly sprung, and so have the events on Hilton Head Island! With fewer crowds and warm weather, it's one of the best times to visit America’s Favorite Island®. Beach weather is here, flowers are blooming, and patio season has arrived. Plus, there are plenty of events happening throughout the season. Let's explore everything Hilton Head Island has to offer this spring!

Springtime Golf

While guests can golf year-round on Hilton Head Island, spring brings a special charm. With 23 courses for all levels, including oceanfront and traditional parkland layouts designed by renowned architects like Robert Trent Jones Sr., Pete Dye, and Jack Nicklaus, you'll experience Southern hospitality and the serene Lowcountry while golfing on Hilton Head Island. 

And if you’d prefer watching the game over playing it, don't miss the excitement of the RBC Heritage presented by Boeing, a premiere PGA TOUR event held at Harbour Town Golf Links at the Sea Pines Resort from April 15-21. With over 100,000 spectators, the weekend offers a range of excitement, including a welcome ceremony, nightly events, and the tournament itself.

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Wings, Wine, and More!

Upcoming events on Hilton Head Island cater to foodies, wine enthusiasts, and outdoor adventurers alike. On March 23rd, check out the Hilton Head Island WingFest, where you can sample wings from over 20 local restaurants in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Enjoy activities like a kids zone, rock climbing wall, and even a bungee jump, along with a wing eating contest and the chance to vote for your favorite wing.

From March 24-30, indulge in the Wine & Food Festival, a week-long celebration of global wine partnerships and signature Lowcountry dishes. This event brings the community together with celebrity chefs, wine education sessions, live entertainment, and the renowned Grand and Public Tasting events, marking the 39th anniversary of this annual Hilton Head Island tradition.

Looking to enjoy the outdoors while supporting a local cause? Join Pedal HHI on May 5th for a group ride through Hilton Head Island. This event, supporting the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island, offers cyclists of all levels a chance to explore the scenic Lowcountry. Rated as a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the American League of Bicyclists, Hilton Head Island boasts breathtaking vistas and beautiful neighborhoods, making this event an excellent opportunity to be active, connect with locals, and contribute to a meaningful cause.

Beach Weather

Springtime brings ideal beach weather to America's Favorite Island®. The days are warm, and the waters are just right. Spend your day relaxing on the shoreline, building sandcastles, going for a swim, or more. With 12 miles of pristine sandy beaches and days filled with endless sunshine, it’s no secret why Hilton Head Island has been lauded as one of the top family beach destinations in the country.

Are you searching for a beach adventure? There are plenty of options! Jet skis, boat rentals, kayaks, and SUPs can be rented through Sea Monkeys Watersports. Explore the shore and pedal in style by renting a beach bike, or even try some fun with surf lessons with Hilton Head Outfitters Beach Rentals. If you want to see some wildlife, check out Island Skiff Adventure Tours, where you can join in on a quiet, uninhabited island dolphin watch tour.

Finding accommodations near the beach is easy, with an array of luxury vacation homes, condos, and resorts just steps away from the shores.

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Outdoor Activities

With the warm weather beckoning, it's the perfect time to get outdoors and make the most of it. Hilton Head Island offers an abundance of outdoor activities to enjoy, including pickleball, the fastest-growing sport in the United States. Whether you're a seasoned player or just beginning, grab your travel buddies and enjoy a round at Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center, The Sea Pines Racquet Club, or Port Royal Golf & Racquet Club.

Hilton Head Island also has top-tier tennis facilities against a backdrop of lush maritime forests, pristine tidal creeks, and centuries-old oaks. With eight of the world's top 100 tennis resorts and camps, our subtropical climate offers the ideal destination for play. Head over to Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball, Port Royal Golf & Racquet Club, Sea Pines Racquet Club, or Smith Stearns Tennis Academy to pick up your racquet and serve up some fun.

As a Gold Level Bicycle Community, Hilton Head Island is perfect for exploring on two wheels. With over 60 miles of leisure pathways and nearly 30 bicycle rental shops, there are plenty of sights to pedal by.


With over 250 restaurants, now is the perfect time to enjoy delicious food and drinks on a patio while soaking in the serene Lowcountry views. For a relaxing beachside dining experience with the soothing sound of waves in the background, visit Coast, Oceanfront Dining at The Sea Pines Resort.

Seafood lovers will want to explore Quarterdeck at The Sea Pines Resort, known for its wrap-around deck offering 270-degree views, or Skull Creek Dockside for an authentic river house atmosphere and dedicated seafood menu sections. And no visit to Hilton Head Island is complete without dining at Hudson's Seafood House, where you can enjoy fresh, local seafood on the dock.

If you're vacationing with your four-legged friends, head to Crazy Crab Jarvis for a pet-friendly dining experience around the firepit, or Skull Creek Boathouse for a mouthwatering raw bar with a view.

Small baby turtles on a beach.

Sea Turtle Season

As May begins, so does Sea Turtle Season on Hilton Head Island! Each year, hundreds of turtles make their way to our beaches to lay thousands of eggs. Sea Turtle Patrol Hilton Head Island plays a vital role during this time, heading to the beach at dawn each morning to monitor nests, collect data, and ensure the safety of these nests. Their efforts are crucial for the successful journey of turtle hatchlings to their ocean home.

Want to help protect these incredible animals? You can make a difference by cleaning up the beaches during your evening or morning strolls, keeping your lights off at night, and filling in any holes in the sand that you come across. If you're lucky, you might even spot a nest or a turtle — just be sure to give them plenty of space!

Springtime on Hilton Head Island is bustling with activity. From events like the RBC Heritage presented by Boeing and the Wine and Food Festival to endless opportunities for outdoor adventures, there's something for everyone to enjoy during this vibrant season. With warm temperatures and inviting beaches, it's the perfect time to relax by the shore or embark on an ocean adventure. Challenge your companions to a game of pickleball or tennis, and wind down your day with a delicious meal at one of Hilton Head Island's scenic restaurants, where you can soak up the serene Lowcountry views from their patios. Whether you're seeking excitement or relaxation, springtime is a wonderful time to experience the charm of America’s Favorite Island®. Start planning your next visit today!

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