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Hilton Head for History Buffs: Exploring Historical Sites and Museums

The best vacations don’t merely transport us to far-flung places; they also broaden our horizons, teach us new things, and enrich our understanding of the wider world. For visitors to Hilton Head Island, this often means engaging with the rich history that has shaped our beautiful corner of the Lowcountry — and thankfully, there are so many ways to do just that!

From an ancient Indigenous shell ring hidden within a 605-acre forest preserve, to immersive exhibits that explore the intersection of nature and culture at the Coastal Discovery Museum, join us as we take a step back through time and explore a few must-see stops for history buffs here on America’s Favorite Island®.

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Hilton Head Island on Two Wheels

The Lowcountry is all about fun and relaxation. Here, you can roam as you please, choose your adventures on the fly, and find yourself in moments of pure bliss. The best way to truly immerse yourself in that oh-so-nice vacation feeling is to live like the locals and wholeheartedly experience a different pace of life. This is where the tried and true bicycle comes into play! On America’s Favorite Island®, we have 60 miles of multi-use trails connecting you to everywhere you need to go — as well as places you didn’t even know existed! Solo, in a group, with children, or with those who have mobility limitations, Hilton Head Island caters to everyone's biking needs and preferences to ensure a seamless and carefree getaway.

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Celebrating Culture and Community on Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island is more than just a coastal getaway with stunning beaches and lush landscapes. It’s a place brimming with culture and rich in history. Beyond the picturesque views, visitors will find a tapestry of stories, traditions, and communities that shape Hilton Head Island’s unique character. 

A visit to the Lowcountry offers countless opportunities to immerse yourself in its vibrant heritage, from exploring historic sites to engaging in cultural experiences that reflect the island’s diverse roots. Whether you’re seeking to learn about Gullah culture or enjoy the local art and music, there’s something for everyone. To help you discover the many layers of Hilton Head Island, we’ve put together a list of experiences that celebrate culture and community, providing you with the perfect guide to build your itinerary.

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Meet the Sea Turtle Patrol Hilton Head Island Volunteers

From early May through October, Hilton Head Island becomes a safe haven for sea turtles arriving on our shores to nest and lay their eggs for the season. During this time, four different species of turtles are known to frequent America’s Favorite Island®: loggerhead sea turtles, leatherback sea turtles, green sea turtles, and Kemp’s Ridley turtles. Each of these turtle species is classified as endangered, which is why it’s so important that we work together to ensure they have the best chance possible at a successful nesting season. 

That’s where Sea Turtle Patrol Hilton Head Island comes into play. This essential volunteer organization monitors our beaches for sea turtle nesting and hatching activity every day throughout the nesting season. They also spread awareness through public education and outreach. The Sea Turtle Patrol is made up of people of all ages and from all walks of life who are joined together by their love of wildlife and conservation — and we want to introduce them to you! 

As we prepare for another nesting season on Hilton Head Island, take a few minutes to learn a bit more about the members of our Sea Turtle Patrol.

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Finding Wellness on Hilton Head Island

Here on Hilton Head Island, wellness weaves through almost every activity and landscape. From the world-class golf courses and scenic cycling paths to the holistic spa retreats and lively racquet sports,  the Lowcountry offers an abundance of ways to embrace health and happiness. Whether visiting here for the first time or returning for another escape to America's Favorite Island®, you’ll find many opportunities to refresh your mind, body, and spirit — here are a few of our favorites. 

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Hilton Head Island's Commitment to Sustainability

With miles of pristine, white-sand beaches, enchanting maritime forests, and a stunning diversity of wildlife, Hilton Head Island is a dream destination for lovers of the great outdoors. So it should come as no surprise that our community maintains a deep commitment to sustainability, from sea turtle conservation efforts and oyster shell recycling programs to beach clean-ups and beyond. Read on to learn about our work to ensure our beaches, shorelines, dunes, and wildlife continue to thrive for generations to come.