When it comes to family vacations on Hilton Head Island, our accommodations and attractions provide a wonderful and safe setting for the entire family, with enchantments for both the young and young-at-heart. From children’s camps, junior golf academies, and interactive museums to eco-adventures, arts and culture workshops, and days spent on some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, there’s always something new to do for each and every member of your family. Visit Hilton Head Island for the very best in South Carolina family vacations.
Hilton Head Helicopter Tours
See Hilton Head Island like never before with Hilton Head Helicopter Tours! Experience our exciting helicopter tours over the majestic Low Country. Each flight is a one of a kind adventure customized for passengers of all ages. Children absolutely love the headsets and can actually talk directly to the pilot! You never know what you might see from sharks, dolphins, sea turtles and manta rays. Each tour offers breathtaking views perfect for any special occasion including date nights, anniversaries, or birthdays. Come see what everyone is talking about!. Click to see Hilton Head from a helicopter!
Coastal Discovery Museum
The Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn offers Hilton Head Boat Tours, nature tours and cruises of Hilton Head, as well as historical and ecological programs for all ages, including “Getting’ to Know a Gator” that features a live alligator. There are also kayak tours available of the local waterways where you can get up close to dolphins and other marine life.
Lawton Stables offers beautiful trail rides on horseback meandering through the natural habitat of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve, with gentle horses and knowledgeable guides, is a favorite adventure for Island guests (available at Lawton Stables for adults and children 8 years old or older). The little ones, 7 and under, are delighted by Shetland pony rides and the small animal farm where they can feed goats, sheep, miniature donkeys and cows, potbellied pigs, alpacas, chickens and ponies.
Miniature Golf Courses
With several miniature golf courses available on the Island—such as Pirate’s Island, Legendary Golf, Adventure Cove, and —the entire family will be kept happy and smiling! In addition, all of these are reachable via the Island’s bike path system, making for a great morning or afternoon of physical and recreational fun.
The Sandbox, An Interactive Children’s Museum is great for families to learn, explore, and play together. The museum offers interactive exhibits, and activities where your child’s imagination can run wild. Visit their website for information on summer programs.
Pirates of Hilton Head Island
Bring your little pirate aboard the Black Dagger and then set sail on the pirate cruise of their dreams! From beginning to end, the action is non-stop at Pirates of Hilton Head Island as we transform the kids into our Pirate Crew, complete with pirate gear and learning how to talk like a pirate. Click to view our latest Pirates Cruise video!
The Art Cafe and The Idea Studio
If you’re looking for a fun, creative activity for the family, check out The Art Cafe and Idea Studio. The Art Cafe is a paint-your-own pottery studio with hundreds of items to choose from, while The Idea Studio offers classes in drawing, painting, pottery, stained glass and more for children and adults.
ZipLine Hilton Head & Aerial Adventure Hilton Head
Enjoy an eco-adventure at ZipLine Hilton Head, where the entire family can soar over magnificent live oaks with beautiful Broad Creek, boats, marshes and dolphins as your stunning backdrop. Come fly along 8 ziplines with heights up to 75 ft. including a dual cable, racing zipline finale—plus climb suspended sky bridges and an aerial staircase. Aerial Adventure Hilton Head, a playground in the sky of 50 in-the-trees challenge activities on 6 different ability courses. Self guided. A 5-year-old will love it; a Marine will soar!
One of the most popular activities on Hilton Head is biking—and with miles of both paved and dirt paths covering the Island, there isn’t a place your family can’t go on a bike, including our 12 miles of beaches. Hilton Head Island has even been named one of only a few silver-level bike-friendly communities on the Atlantic coasty by the League of American Bicyclists. Click here for a map of Hilton Head Island’s Bike Pathways.
Van Der Meer Tennis Camp
Held under the covered courts of the Van Der Meer Tennis Center, The QuickStart Tennis and Day Camp is an exciting way for young campers to develop their tennis skills. The customized tennis program for children ages 4-10 years old brings the game to their level, and allows them to progress more efficiently. The use of size-appropriate equipment and courts makes the game accessible and fun for kids, and allows them to jump right into the action from the start. For more information, call 1-800-845-6138 ext. 140 or visit www.vdmtennis.com.
Family Activities at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa
Created with kids’ well-being in mind, the new Westin Family program engages our youngest guests at every turn, encouraging exploration and creating a sense of wonder. Join us for inspired activities that help kids connect with their environment and learn about their destination, enriching your family’s experience at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa. Please visit http://www.westinhiltonheadisland.com/Kids-Club for more details.
Day Camps & Activities at Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island
This AAA four-diamond resort offers a variety of activities such as a visit to the Fire Station, miniature golf course, a dolphin cruise or a visit to the Sandbox. Children 3-12 years are invited to join for a fun-filled day with games, arts and crafts, swimming, and much more; ages 3-5 years are welcome at one of our half-day sessions (either AM or PM) while ages 6-12 can join for a full or half-day session. Lunch and/or snack provided. Pre-registration is recommended. Call 1-843-842-2400 ext. 7620 for information.
Kid and Family Activities at The Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort
The Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort is a great destination for your family’s escape to Hilton Head Island. The resort offers two family pools with a kid’s splash zone, children’s playground and daily activities that are fun for all ages. From the award-winning Omni Sensational Kids program to our Seaside Kids’ Club offered 7 days a week during the summer, you and your kids will treasure the memories from your vacation to The Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort for a lifetime. Book your family vacation today and let the adventures begin!
Kids Programs at The Sea Pines Resort
For kids who want a sports experience, Sea Pines offers a “Future Stars” Junior Golf Program for a fun introduction to the game by PGA golf professionals. Children also can benefit from the expertise of former U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion, Stan Smith, at Sea Pines Racquet Club, ranked one of the top tennis programs in the nation by
Tennis Magazine. For information, call 1-800-SEAPINES. www.seapines.com
The International Junior Golf Academy
The International Junior Golf Academy offers the most comprehensive golf instruction in the world for junior golfers in grades 5-12, while their post-graduate program is for student-athletes who are seeking to increase their SAT scores or lower their handicap to earn college golf scholarships. In addition, weekly and multi-week golf programs are offered over the summer from May 31 to August 2. Work on all aspects of the game and learn techniques used by the full-time students to advance their games to college and beyond. Phone 1-800-791-8229 or visit www.ijga.com.
Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
For kids who want to indulge their creative side, the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina offers half- and full-day workshops in dance and theater with artists-in-residence, such as the cast of the summer’s feature production. Call 1-843-842-ARTS for more information.
For film fans, there are three movie theaters on Hilton Head Island and one in Bluffton:
Cinemark Bluffton - 106 Buckwalter Parkway, Bluffton, 1-800-326-3264 + Express Code 2166
Coligny Theatre - Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head Island, 686-3500
Northridge Cinema 10 - 435 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island, 342-3800
Park Plaza Cinema - 201 Park Plaza, Hilton Head Island, 785-5001
Hilton Head Island also offers day services from 9:00am to 3:00pm for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, for adults 21 and over. Programs for Exceptional People is licensed by the state of SC. Email [email protected] or call 1-843-681-8413.
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