5 Fun Ways to Explore Hilton Head

Whether it’s on two wheels, a paddle board or your own two feet, there are plenty of ways to traverse Hilton Head Island's shores, trails, and pathways. We've assembled the most family-friendly (and most fun) ones here.
Paddleboarding is one of the most popular ways to explore Hilton Head Island

1. Spin Your Wheels

Biking is one of the most popular ways to explore Hilton Head Island. The island has 60 miles of bicycle pathways, making cycling the perfect mode of transportation to get to wherever you want to go. The pathways provide safe travel all over town, although nothing quite beats pedaling along the beach. There are many places on the island to rent bikes for your own family outing, and local biking groups also coordinate rides for bikers of all levels. Want to find out more about Hilton Head’s bike paths? Check out the town’s trail map, or to find an upcoming group ride, check out Kickin’ Asphalt’s ride calendar.

2. Take a cruise

It’s always a great day to be on the water on Hilton Head Island. Take the family on an adventure with a charter boat tour. Sail along with dolphins in your wake, get up close and personal with oyster beds at low tide and enjoy the salty spray of water. Whether you’re looking to enjoy the surrounding nature or hook a fish, Hilton Head has the exact boating experience you’re looking for.

3. Stand and paddle

Paddleboarding is one of the trendiest activities available on the water. The relatively new sport is becoming increasingly popular on the island, where adventure seekers take to the open ocean or the slow-flowing rivers. There are many companies offering guided instruction and even tours tailored to family paddleboard sessions. You and the kids will be cruising along the water in no time.

4. Zip through the canopy

Zipline Hilton Head offers a unique way to view the island by flying over the trees. Broad Creek Marina Adventures has 2 1/2-hour canopy tours featuring seven ziplines and three suspension bridges with heights up to 75 feet in the air. But don’t worry, you’re harnessed and helmeted. They do limit the activity to ages 10 and up.

5. Walk it out

If you’re looking for a low-key activity to do with the family, try a guided walk through a scenic nature preserve. The Hilton Head Island Audubon Society conducts guided walks at the Audubon Newhall Preserve on Hilton Head at 10 a.m. each Thursday in September, October, and November. Experienced naturalists discuss the history and wildlife of this 50-acre property. The walks are free to the public, and reservations are not required.

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