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Hilton Head's Wildlife Encounters: Birdwatching and Nature Tours

It’s more than just beach-goers and adventure-seekers who flock to the pristine natural beauty of Hilton Head Island’s landscape. Over 200 species of feathered friends make their home here in the Lowcountry’s sandy coastlines, lush green forests, and protected wetlands. Whether you’re a beginner birder or a long-time enthusiast, you’ll discover a dream bird-watching destination on Hilton Head Island.

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Outdoor Adventures on Hilton Head Island Beyond the Beach

Hilton Head Island is a destination renowned for its beaches. With 12 miles of pristine, white sand and tranquil waters, the island’s coastline has captured the hearts of locals and visitors alike. But there is more adventure to be had on America’s Favorite Island® beyond the beach. 

Whether you want to explore Hilton Head Island’s sprawling bike trails, hit the water, or spend the day out on the green, we’re sharing some of the best outdoor adventures on the island for the days when you’re seeking excitement beyond the sandy shores. 

Arts & Culture

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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Arts & Culture

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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