Top 10 Things To Do in Hilton Head Island with Kids

Top 10 Things To Do in Hilton Head Island with Kids

If you’re visiting Hilton Head Island in South Carolina with your kids or dogs, then adventure awaits!

This island is packed full of activities and things to do. With over 12 miles of beautiful white sand beaches, lively towns and incredible wildlife – you’ve almost got too much choice!

Here are some of the best things to do in Hilton Head Island with kids:

1. Take a Dolphin Boat Tour

Located on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Hilton Head Island is home to plenty of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. These mammals are great fun and love swimming right up to boats! They enjoy interacting with dolphin boat tour groups.

Imagine the look on your face when your kids are staring into the eyes of a beautiful smiling dolphin! Bring your dog too!

2. Enjoy The Super Fun HarbourFest

Shelter Cove’s HarbourFest is one of the best things to do in Hilton Head Island with kids.

From June to September every year, the island town comes alive to entertain families from near and far – with live music, live entertainment, arts and crafts, face painting, food stalls and so much more.

It’s guaranteed to make your kids have a fun day out! Oh and… the fireworks!

3. See Fireworks!

Throughout the summer, HarbourFest has fireworks every Tuesday night. These exciting nights of celebration are perfect for families with kids of all ages.

Be warned though, Hilton Head Island is notorious for becoming chaotic on firework nights, with parking and traffic a nightmare.

The best way to see Hilton Head Island’s fireworks is to take a Hilton Head firework boat trip. There, you can sit back and relax with the best seat in the house!

You’ll also see stunning views of the harbor and wildlife. All ages love it, that’s why it’s one of the best things to do in Hilton Head Island with kids.

4. Visit The Elusive Disappearing Island

Disappearing Island is a famous sand bar out in the water hidden by the tide all day, except for 1.5 hours.

On those elusive sands, you and your kids can collect sand dollars and other shells that aren’t seen elsewhere in Hilton Head!

With stunning views and wildlife, the only way to reach the beach is on a Disappearing Island boat tour.

Why not bring your dog too? They’ll love it!

5. Go Crabbing!

Crabbing is one of the most popular things to do in Hilton Head Island with kids. The salt marshes are home to tonnes of crabs!

Your kids will learn all about the ecosystems that support marine life while having a crazy time pulling up a crab from the water.

There are plenty of hotspots for crabbing, mostly found in the calm inland waters on a Hilton Head crabbing boat tour.

6. See Harbour Town Lighthouse

Located within the vacation community of Sea Pines, Harbour Town lighthouse is one of the most iconic landmarks on Hilton Head.

Built in the early 1800s, this red and white striped structure is at the heart of Harbour Town. From here, you can grab a bite to eat, take a boat tour or look at the boats.

7. Take a Trip to Savannah

Our Historic Savannah Cruises give you the chance to take the kids to the historic ports of Savannah without having to book accommodation there. Instead, we’ll take you there and back in one day!

You’ll see dolphins and sea birds on route before disembarking at the old riverstreet of Savannah. There you can explore important historic locations, shops, see giant container ships and more.

8. Build Sandcastles

The pristine, creamy white beaches of Hilton Head are perfect places for sunbathing and… Sandcastles!

Why not have a sandcastle competition with the family? Whoever builds the best gets to pick the next thing to do in Hilton Head Island!

9. Eat Fresh Seafood with a Coastal View

Hilton Head Island is home to plenty of super yummy restaurants, all with great views of the ports, Low Country waters or the Atlantic Ocean. You can enjoy fresh seafood (mmmm) while relaxing in style.

10. Watch the Beautiful Sunset

Finally, do not underestimate the beauty of a Southern sunset. As the sun fades over the horizon into the Atlantic, you’ll see shimmering, vibrant colors. Think gorgeous purples and glowing oranges.
Don’t worry, the kids won’t get bored – take a Sunset cruise boat tour and you’ll see dolphins, sea birds, harbor lights, stingrays and so much more. Let’s go!

Boat Tours in Hilton Head with Kids

If you’re interested in a Hilton Head boat tour, rest assured we cater to all ages. With safety a priority, we have all the gear from life jackets to crabbing equipment. So sit back and relax as we make memories that will live with the kids for a lifetime!

If you’re interested, CALL or TEXT: (843) 321-8075

Captain Brody

Captain Brody

At 14yrs old I started SCUBA diving and found a love for the water. Little did I know how much that would directly affect my life.

At 18 I started off working in kitchens and racing Soling sailboats on Wednesday nights and weekends in Lake Michigan. After seven years in Wisconsin my culinary career brought me to South Carolina where I continue to cook, fish and boat as often as possible.

In the past year I've decided I want to spend my time sharing my knowledge and love for the ocean with all.

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GOOGLE REVIEWS from our Happy Guests

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chloe zmolek
chloe zmolek
21:35 23 May 22
Today I went out on the water with captain Brody with Hilton head dolphin tours, I cannot explain to you what an amazing time I had. We got out on the water perfectly on time, went to the sandbar, played music the entire time, then headed to Daufuskie to round out the day! Captain Brody found us dolphins multiple times and was a wealth of information about the water and what’s in it. He even has misters for a hot day! I 100% will be doing this again and so should you!
Claire King
Claire King
20:27 22 May 22
Captain Brody took us out on a wonderful sunset tour. We had 4 adults and 2 kids. We saw a ton of dolphins 🐬. My husband said the only thing better would have been if a dolphin hopped on board and gave him a kiss 😂. But seriously he was knowledgeable and we had a great time. He spent extra time with us until the sun had completely set. Would highly reccomend and plan to make it a tradition each year.
Andrea
Andrea
03:52 12 May 22
Had THE BEST time! Tours are personable and offer a great experience for any crowd. Boats, dolphins, and sunsets… you can’t go wrong!
A. Dietz
A. Dietz
03:18 12 May 22
A great time! Definitely reach out if you're interested in dolphin tours, charters, booze cruises, etc. Staff is professional, knowledgeable, and engaging for all!
Sydney Egnor
Sydney Egnor
15:16 05 May 22
Captain deck is extremely professional, knowledgeable, and courteous. He provided a wonderful experience for my charter. I would highly recommend booking with him. Make sure you bring cash with you for tipping, because you will want to!
stacey dampf
stacey dampf
13:28 30 Apr 22
We did the booze cruise as a bachelorette party and I can’t even explain how much you need to book this!!!!!(Yes all the !s are needed) We had SO MUCH FUN! Capt Brody was awesome and took us all over Hilton Head. We connected to the boats Bluetooth and played jams the whole trip, went to the sand bar and hung out, and even got to see multiple dolphins! MAJOR BONUS- this boat is also used for dolphin tours so Capt Brody knew where to take us to see dolphins and they come close to the boat! 👏🏼BOOK 👏🏼THE 👏🏼TRIP! 👏🏼
Tom O'Hare
Tom O'Hare
00:41 29 Apr 22
Captain Brody knows his dolphins! Informative, entertaining, and saw many dolphins. Highly recommend and will book again with Brody.
mia parks
mia parks
15:51 25 Apr 22
Maria S
Maria S
02:08 13 Apr 22
Wonderful! Captain Brody was interesting and fun. We saw so many dolphins! Plus manta rays and sea turtles. My kids had a blast. We will be back!
Colleen Patton
Colleen Patton
01:13 12 Apr 22
Capt Brody and his crew are amazing!! Brody truly knows where the fish are biting and the best places to go! Even on a cold and windy day he and his experience were perfect!! I would go again tomorrow! And recommend him and his charter tomorrow!!
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