Posted on 4/21/2021


Where to eat, play, shop, and stay on the island.

Hilton Head is a wonderful vacation spot year-round, and the summer is certainly the most popular time to visit the island. With the wide range of things to do on the island this summer, we bring you the top spots to eat, play, shop, relax and stay! After all, most of your time should be spent having fun in the Hilton Head Island sun, and this guide will help you do just that!


Outdoor fun on Hilton Head Island abounds. From its miles of sandy beaches to the wide range of outdoor activities, there are so many ways to take in the island beauty and have the ultimate vacation this summer.

Hit the Beach

To kick off the fun, start at one of Hilton Head Island’s beaches! Unless you’re staying at a property with private beach access, you can visit the following public beaches:

  • Alder Lane Beach
  • Coligny Beach Park (free parking)
  • Fish Haul Park
  • Driessen Beach Park
  • Burkes Beach
  • Islanders Beach Park
  • Mitchelville Beach (free parking)
  • Folly Field Beach

Explore the Outdoors

There are so many ways to experience the natural beauty of Hilton Head beyond the beach, and Outside Hilton Head will help you do just that. You can choose small group boating, private boat charters, kayaking, paddle boarding, biking, and fishing excursions, or choose rentals of kayaks, paddleboards, bikes, and boats. All of their equipment is sanitized between each party to keep you extra safe this summer!

If you want to add a little eco-adventure to your vacation, then take a look at ZipLine Hilton Head and Aerial Adventure! With eight ziplines that reach up to 75 feet in the air, plus 50 challenge activities on six different ability courses, there’s something exciting for everyone, big and small!

For The Little Ones in Tow…

There is plenty for little kids to enjoy on Hilton Head Island. Whether you want to head indoors on a rainy day or enjoy an afternoon out, you will find something to keep you and your little ones thoroughly entertained.

First on our list is the Coastal Discovery Museum. With nature tours, cruises, kayak excursions, and historical and ecological programs for all ages, it’s a fun outing for the whole family!

If rain dampens your beach-day plans, then head to The Sandbox Children’s Museum. With 2,500 square feet of hands-on exhibits as well as interactive activities, this fun and colorful children’s museum is the perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon. You can also get crafty at The Art Café, where you can paint a piece of pottery with a custom design, or sign up for an art class at The Idea Studio. Choose from drawing, painting, pottery, stained glass, and other art projects. Keep in mind that some COVID restrictions may apply.

If you prefer to get a true feeling for the Lowcountry in its natural setting, meandering through trails, forests, and lakes in over 600 lush acres of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve, then Lawton Stables is exactly what you’re looking for! With pony rides for children 7 and under, and an animal farm with a collection of small animals to feed and pet, Lawton Stables is perfect for an afternoon out with the family.


Hilton Head offers an incredible range of dining options, and here we bring you some popular spots depending on the occasion.

For delicious vegetarian options, head to Delisheeyo! With an organic micro-farm and plenty of healthy and delicious options, you can fuel your vacation with healthy food options here!

For casual fare with something for everyone, visit Poseidon! This casual, waterfront seafood restaurant features daily oyster specials and a hip rooftop bar with live music.

If you’re looking to feed your family a delicious meal on a budget Java Burrito is the place to go! This counter-serve cafe serves locally sourced Mexican fare, paired with high-level coffee & cocktails. Yummy for everyone’s tummy!

If you’re looking for a unique upscale dining experience, then The Jazz Room is a must! With live jazz shows, oversized martinis, and contemporary Southern food, this is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion while you’re visiting Hilton Head. Make sure you call well in advance to make your reservation as they book up quickly.


From boutiques, classic Lowcountry clothing stores, and art galleries, there are places you will want to check while in Hilton Head Island this summer.

For an array of specialty shops and boutiques with classic fashion, casual couture, art, jewelry, sportswear, gear, and coastal living accessories, Shelter Cove Towne Centre is the perfect place to go.

You can also find the perfect outfit and gift while leisurely strolling outdoors from shop to shop and enjoying the unique offerings at the Village at Wexford specialty retailers.

There is no shortage of shopping options while you are on vacation in Hilton Head.


After a full day of fun and play, you’ll want to come to the perfect oceanside oasis to restore and recharge for the next day ahead.

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or have been coming to Hilton Head for years, we would love to welcome you to our beautiful island this summer. Reach out today to one of our Hilton Head Island vacation specialists, and they’ll help you choose from a portfolio of nearly 400 exclusive Hilton Head Island vacation rentals.

From breathtaking oceanfront estates to well-appointed golf course villas, at the Vacation Company, we bring you only the best Hilton Head Island has to offer!

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