Hilton Head Island is one of the closest, kid-friendly beach towns to Atlanta. Its soft sand beaches are popular with families, and there’s plenty to do around the island if the weather isn’t cooperative. Between new favorites and classic spots, we’ve rounded up some not-to-miss HHI experiences beyond the beach for your next trip.
Explore the Harbour Town Lighthouse, climbing more than 100 steps to take in the view and learn about Hilton Head’s history and culture. Play at the nature-inspired Gregg Russell Playground, which features a huge tree house around a live oak and plenty of play areas. Stroll the shops and grab a bite at The Quarterdeck before settling in for an outdoor concert under the iconic Liberty Oak. Part singalong, part family reunion, Gregg Russell’s kid-friendly music shows have been going on for more than 40 years.
Check out the local children’s museum, with hands-on experiences, an art room, a play construction zone, and boat, plane, and sandcastle play areas. Select Friday evenings offer free family admission, with additional activities planned. Beyond the exploration of permanent exhibits, kids can create special crafts, enjoy outdoor playscapes and grab a refreshment.
While there are plenty of regular golf courses for adults, two well-kept mini-golf courses at Adventure Cove provide some non-sandy entertainment. Inside, the largest arcade in the area is a hot spot on rainy days.