Coastal Discovery Museum#6 in Best Things To Do in Hilton Head
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If you need a break from the beach, or just want 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 Critters "Meet and Greet" is popular among travelers). If you aren't traveling with kids, reviewers 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, though a suggested $5 per person donation is encouraged. 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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#1 Coligny Beach
Coligny Beach is by far the most popular beach in Hilton Head. The shoreline is scenic as can be and the adjacent beach park features a wealth of amenities perfect for beachgoers of all ages. Not only are there restrooms and showers but also separate changing rooms, plenty of benches and gazebos with swings to shade yourself from the sun. There's also loads of eateries just a stone's throw from the sand (think: coffee shops, ice cream shops and seafood restaurants) and should you forget an umbrella, you can rent that here in addition to beach chairs. What's more, parking is free.
Recent visitors, especially those traveling with families, love Coligny Beach. Along with the beautiful Carolinian coastal scenery, visitors praise the beach's clean facilities and nearby amenities. And although the beach is known to get pretty crowded during summer, some travelers note that if you walk long enough down the shore, away from the beach park, you can find fewer people taking up spots in the sand. If you are visiting during the summer though, be very wary of jellyfish. Sea Nettle jellyfish permeate the beach's waters from June to August or September. While lifeguards are equipped to deal with jellyfish injuries on the spot, it's stingray stings that are much more severe and often lead to a trip to the emergency room. Before getting in the water, ask lifeguards about conditions to avoid injury.
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