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Best things to do in Hilton Head Island

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Lighthouse
“Climb up to the top of the Harbour Town Lighthouse for a small fee and catch the view!”
38 locals recommend
Outlet Mall
“Great place to go on a rainy day - an outlet mall with a wide variety of discount stores. My favorites stores are the Polo store, Cole Haan, New Balance, and Sax 5th Avenue. Also have Chipotle, Longhorn and Olive Garden restaurants there.”
40 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Piggly Wiggly -buy a t shirt! Vine Restaurant if you want a romantic meal The Sandbar for great live music outside & delicious meals French Bakery”
51 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Our favorite place to eat. Lots of activities to pass time while waiting. Great sunset views and great food. Waits are very long during busy season. Go early, they also have a discounted menu early. Check restaurant for times for this. ”
46 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Hudson's has the best fresh seafood on Hilton Head Island. Fabulous Sunset Deck Bar. Great service & prices. Can handle larger family groups - kid friendly!”
38 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“If you're a bike rider, leave the condo in the morning for a trip to the Salty Dog Cafe for lunch located at South Beach in Sea Pines Plantation. Sandwiches, fried seafood, a kids menu & a great atmosphere where you can eat outside. Make sure and read the history of the restaurant & don't leave without a famous t-shirt! My kids used to love this adventure every time we went ti HHI, now I'm taking my granddaughter:)”
37 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Check their schedule for live entertainment, one of the islands nicest views of the Shelter Cove Marsh. Good place to watch the fireworks every Tuesday during the summer months. ”
42 locals recommend
Harbour / Marina
“Enjoy walking around & seeing all the yachts, having dinner at the Quarterdeck, right on the water or seafood at The Crazy Crab. There's also ice cream & shopping. Great for families- don't miss Greg Russell singing under the giant oak tree. Children can sit right on stage & sing a long. Fun for children and adults! Grab a drink from a bar & enjoy! Nightly through the summer. Check schedule for spring dates.”
22 locals recommend
Bar
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“Just had to include this one on my list of favorite haunts because a) it's got great live music, b) this is thee beach volleyball hangout and it makes me feel young, and c) it's an easy (that's relative) bike ride up the beach.”
25 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Great free thing to do with kids. They offer a scavenger hunt with a prize at the end!”
21 locals recommend
Residential Building (Flat / Apartment)
“Shelter Cove is everything in one: It's a shopping center, live music venue, marina, local boat charters, dolphin cruises, crabbing cruises, outdoor bike paths, ice cream, beautiful place to watch the sunset!”
19 locals recommend
Beach
“This is a very nice public beach in Hilton Head. This is where we take our kids when we want a beach fix! There’s public parking along the street although minimal so we tend to leave the house in the morning. We Park on the street in front of Coligny Plaza. https://www.hiltonhead.com/coligny-beach-park/ (drive - 16 miles)”
26 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Don't be fooled by the decades old decor. This place has connections for the best local seafood on the island. Call them ahead of time, ask them to steam your shrimp. Then grab your favorite beverage and head to the beach to watch the sunset.”
12 locals recommend
Jazz Club
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“Make your reservations well in advance. The Jazz Corner is located in Wexford Plaza, just outside of Shipyard Plantation. The meals are fabulous. I recommend going on Sunday night to hear "Deez Guys"- Motown at it's best!! One of my favorites!”
27 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Seeing Hilton Head from 75 feet in the air is the thrill of a lifetime. ZipLine Hilton Head will let you soar amongst the enormous live oaks and ancient pines. You will get a spectacular view of the water, marshes, and boats in a way you have never experienced before!”
9 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“Shows, Dance, Theater, Camps, Music tribute bands and the orchestra, historic events, do visit their website, they offer it all! Let us know your favorite!”
10 locals recommend