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  • Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Sun 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

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  • 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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If you're wanting a break from the beach, or need a family-friendly activity to keep your kiddos on their toes, make time for a visit to the Coastal Discovery Museum. The museum aims to educate visitors on Hilton Head's ecological and cultural history, offering up educational exhibits, expert lectures, live animal presentations and more. The museum can be found on the 68-acre Honey Horn property, where visitors will also be greeted with trails, gardens and beautiful live oaks as well as a butterfly habitat, where you can find a flurry of native butterflies from May to October. For a real adventure, consider joining a tour, some of which include guided kayaking excursions, dolphin cruises (bottlenose dolphins are known to swim through some of the island's salt marshes) or take a trip to the museum's barn, where you'll get a meet and greet with rare Marsh Tacky horses.

For many travelers, the Coastal Discovery Museum provided a relaxing alternative to the beach as well as an interesting way to learn more about the island's flora and fauna. Visitors agree that it is the perfect place to take the kids and highly recommend scheduling a tour or activity where the little ones can interact with the animals that call the museum home (the Lowcountry Critters "Meet and Greet" is popular among travelers). If you aren't traveling with kids, travelers say that adults will no doubt delight in the property's beautiful oak trees and gardens, one of which features 131 varieties of camellia plants.  

Admission to the Coastal Discovery Museum is free, but if you'd like to participate in one of the museum's tours or programs, you'll have to pay. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can find the Coastal Discovery Museum about 6 miles south of the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. For more information, visit the Coastal Discovery Museum's website

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