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It’s time to put the top down, dust off those sunglasses, and take a scenic drive to enjoy the best island excursions Hilton Head has to offer.

Although we recommend that you continue to take precautions and practice social distancing, many activities and events have opened up in recent weeks! We’ve gathered a list of some local activities that you and your family can get out of the house and enjoy this summer. As regulations necessitated by COVID-19 are always changing, however, be sure to keep an eye out for new developments.


Museum Tours


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Coastal Discovery Museum

If you’re looking for some air-conditioned fun for the whole family, the Coastal Discovery Museum is open for tours and events! If you’ve had your fill of the indoors and are ready to catch some sunshine, they also offer a variety of outdoor activities from horse tours to kayaking. Located on the Honey Horn property, the museum serves as a hub for various trails, historic locations, and exhibits. Activities have been booked to capacity lately, so be sure to register ahead of time for your next historic adventure!

Register for an event and view updated guidelines here. For more information about local museums, check out our guide to The Best Museums in Bluffton, Hilton Head and Beyond.


On the Water

Red and white striped lighthouse and boats on the water during sunsetPhoto courtesy of Camylla Battani on Unsplash

Island Explorer Dolphin Tours of Hilton Head

Many boat tours are running private charters, meaning your family will be safe and socially distanced while experiencing the beauty of Hilton Head Island waters! Ranked as one of the top 5 Hilton Head tours on Tripadvisor, Island Explorer is owned and operated by Captain Jim Harkins. His 30+ years of experience in dolphin viewing and boating around Hilton Head makes him one of the most reliable tour guides. Grab your sunscreen and camera—it’s time for a memorable outdoor experience on Hilton Head’s picturesque waters!

Book here or call 843-785-2100 for more information. For more ways to get out on the water, check out our guide to Life on the Water: Get Your Feet Wet Boating in the Lowcountry.


Food Tours

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Coligny Beach Food Tour

Although you might think taking “a bite out of the island” sounds unappetizing (mouthful of sand, anyone?), when you consider that mouthwatering food is an integral part of Lowcountry culture, you might think again! What better way to get out and experience Hilton Head than through your taste buds? The Coligny Beach Food Tour offers an interactive experience of culinary destinations surrounding Coligny Plaza. Restaurants are visited on a rotating basis, so you’re sure to have a unique experience each time you take the tour. Feed your summer-loving soul and head out to Coligny beach!

Check availability and book here. Discover more of our favorite local eats via this blog post: The Best Places to Eat in Bluffton and Hilton Head.



Sunset at the beach with sea oats in sand

Burkes Beach

The Lowcountry has the best beach sunsets in the world. We might be a bit biased, but the view of our pillowy beaches and beautiful waters beneath the golden evening sky is one of the best parts of living on Hilton Head Island. Whether you’re looking for a serene reading spot amid the sand and palmettos or simply want to take a seaside stroll with your family, Burkes Beach is the perfect locale. Fairly secluded and calm, this beach is among the best on the island. It’s a local favorite for a reason!

View updated beach guidelines here. For insider information on beach parking, check out Where to Find Public Parking for the Best Beaches on Hilton Head Island


Live Music

Live Music at the Tiki Hut

Since many of the festivals planned in the spring were cancelled due to COVID-19, many locals and travelers alike have been looking forward to live music filling the island air once again on Hilton Head. The Tiki Hut is an outdoor bar and music stage located right on the coastline. If you’re ready to stand under the stars, stick your toes in the sand, and let the sounds of summer wash over you, then visiting the Tiki Hut is a must this summer!

View the upcoming live music schedule here.


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