10 Reasons to Visit Hilton Head Island in the Fall
Hilton Head Island in the fall is a hidden gem. People love to enjoy the Island’s beaches, boats, biking, and more in the summer — but some don’t realize the untapped potential that America’s Favorite Island
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1. Be in Nature
Fresh air flowing off of the Atlantic Ocean. Spanish Moss framing breezy pathways. Wildlife living and thriving around every corner. Fall is the perfect time to get out and explore, taking in the wonderful sights that Hilton Head Island has to offer. Chilly night? That calls for cozy bonfires and star-gazing. Can you spot the big dipper?
2. Fresh Seafood
We enjoy seafood year-round on Hilton Head Island. The ocean and waterways provide blue crabs, shrimp, clams, seabass, and swordfish depending on the season. The months with an "R" are prime oyster shucking time, and fall is when it begins. Fresh oysters, which are delicious whether served on the half shell, fried with hush puppies on the side, or steamed over an open fire at an oyster roast are a Lowcountry favorite. Check out our guide to learn more about Hilton Head Island's year-round seafood choices. Not a seafood fan? Not to worry, we've got plenty of local spots that serve a variety of food options. Opt for take-out and enjoy a picnic with lots of fresh air to really capitalize on the Island's Fall vibes.
3. Sunrise or Sunset Watching
With miles of pristine beaches and oceanfront properties, sunrise and sunset watching are a must when you’re here in the Lowcountry. Not to mention,
4. Hit the Courts
Fall is the perfect time to grab a paddle or a racket and hit the courts. Check out The Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center, which was recently named #1 Tennis Resort in the Carolinas by Tennis Magazine. And if you’re still thinking “What in the world is pickleball?”, here’s a little pickleball 101 to inspire a crisp fall morning round with a friend.
5. In the Mood ‘Fore’ Golf
With more than 33 championship golf courses in the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton area, you’ll be sure to find a course that suits your interests. Some say that summer is peak golf season, but we absolutely love a fall golf day, as well. Hitting the greens bright and early in the morning, you’ll love playing in the crisp fall air. Here’s to a tee-rific game!
6. Bike the Island
Looking for a truly unique way to take in the Island? With over 60 miles of
7. Enjoy the Water
Play in the sand, frolic in the surf, walk along the sandy shores of the Atlantic Ocean, and bask in more than 12 miles of some of the best beaches in the United States. Even if the water temperature is too chilly for you, there are many ways to enjoy the water in the fall.
8. Bird Watching
Add binoculars to your list of things to pack! Bird watching is a fun activity for the whole family. Did you know that Bald Eagle breeding begins in November? That makes fall the perfect opportunity to spot these mystical creatures. Look out for large trees with open limbs that are near the water, as their nests are pretty easy to spot! Keep your eyes peeled for other species and check out some of our favorite birding areas on Hilton Head Island.
9. Pet Friendly
Is your four-legged friend your best companion? If so, you’ll definitely want to include them on your trip to America’s Favorite
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