Summer Fun: Exploring Hilton Head Island

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BEACH? WHAT BEACH?

There’s more to explore on Hilton Head than the surf and sand.

Look, we’re not here to badmouth the beach. It’s the beach — more than likely, it’s what brought you here. If you’re visiting Hilton Head Island, it’s the first place you go. If you’re a local, it’s probably the place where you were when you decided you wanted to live here.

But face it: You can’t just laze on the sand all day. There’s a whole island of outdoor activities to explore, discover and enjoy. So put the swimsuit away, but keep the SPF 30. We’re going to take in some of the island’s many al fresco attractions.

GET ON YOUR BIKE AND RIDE

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This one’s a no-brainer. There are 6 miles of bike lanes, 117 miles of shared-use pathways, 108 miles of paved shared-use paths, 14 miles of planned pathways, and 1 mile of single track stretching across the island. If you didn’t bring your own bike, there are more than 30 rental shops around town ready to get you on your way.

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TAKE WING

Tucked away along the pathways of Coastal Discovery Museum at historic Honey Horn is a beautiful screened enclosure that serves as habitat for a bevy of beautiful butterflies. Walk through and you’ll find them hiding among leafy vegetation and flitting about, filling the air with color. It’s the perfect pitstop while you’re exploring the historic grounds.

SUN SALUTATIONS

Hilton Head has so much outdoor excitement, it’s almost too much for one island. Fortunately, Pinckney Island is just over the bridge and offers a wonderland of tranquil forests and marshland to explore. Hit the trails and discover a wealth of local wildlife, the beauty of the ibis pond and the mesmerizing Lowcountry views at White Point.

 

semmerfun2HIGH-FLYING FUN

Looking for some elevation with your outdoor excitement? ZipLine Hilton Head/Aerial Adventures packs a one-two punch of high-flying excitement. At ZipLine Hilton Head, you can soar across eight ziplines that reach heights of 75 feet. At Aerial Adventure, you can take on 50 different courses in a true playground in the sky. Whether you’re looking to fly from tree to tree or tackle a challenging ropes course, there’s something here for every altitude junkie.

 

HAVE A BALL

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Of course, if there’s one outdoor activity that defines Hilton Head Island, it’s golf. But if you can’t get a tee time, may we suggest some golf of the mini variety? The island offers a bevy of putt-putt, from Adventure Cove’s tree-shaded greens to the swashbuckling fun of Pirate’s Island and the towering waterfall at Legendary Golf. With two courses at each stop, you’ll find that the golf may be small, but the thrills are not.

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THIS IS HOW WE ROLL

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Why work up a sweat peddling when you can simply step on a Segway and let the motor do all the work while you enjoy the scenery? ProSegway offers three different Segway tours of the island. The first guides you through historic Honey Horn as part of a tranquil eco-tour among the forests and marshes of this pristine site. The second winds along the pathways of Coligny, giving you a chance to cap off your tour with some shopping. The third tour follows the island’s newest pathways along Shelter Cove, stopping at the Veterans Memorial.