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Coastal Discovery Museum

70 Honey Horn Drive, North End, Hilton Head, SC 29926
843-689-6767
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Ranked #8 of 60 attractions in Hilton Head
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums, Museums
Description: If the beach gets boring, families head to this interactive museum to learn about the history and wildlife of sea islands.
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West Chester, Ohio
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42 reviews 42 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Just off the island causeway on 278, this is where the locals go to learn about our coastal ecosystem! Quiet and uncrowded, you can experience an excellent indigenous butterfly enclosure...geechee/gullah art and culture...incredible colonial reenactors describing indigo and the Pinckneys in the 1700s...and beautiful woodland/marsh trails. If you have time...you will not regret going. We take our local schoolchildren there... More

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Atlanta
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

If you're family desires a change from the beach, this museum is small, but informative. Mainly pictures on display, so probably not much of interest to young children. A small children's area with a few neat things for children including a tank of 2 year old horseshoe crabs which are about 4-5" long. Outside areas include a salt water march... More

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Livingston, TX
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155 reviews 155 reviews
21 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This is a free museum and should be applauded for being such. Much of the local experience is explained as to how it got this way. There is a junior program which helps adults keep the kids focused and interested. I will bring future visitors.

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Allentown
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We enjoyed out stop at the museum with our family! Outside there are trails and interesting historical and nature things and Inside is cool and refreshing with a wonderful art space and lots of interesting history. We took the marsh walk, which was enjoyable, and the kids loved the butterfly house. We were there during a family day, so that... More

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Pittsburgh, PA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Very nice museum and well worth your visit while in Hilton Head. Admission is free, but donations are accepted, Inside the have exhibits about local wildlife and the history and people of the area. Outside, there are 2 boardwalks where you can view the marsh, crabs, and other wildlife. They have a one-mile path you follow to see a butterfly... More

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Wisconsin
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59 reviews 59 reviews
14 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Honey Horn Plantation, on whose grounds the Coastal Discovery Museum is located, was originally stocked with fish and game for the original owner's friends to hunt and fish on weekends. Though just my husband and I visited, there were many families. There are walking trails and an "animal photo op" for $10 per person to be photographed with very tame... More

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Langhorne, Pennsylvania
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20 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 via mobile

The museum has many exhibits and occasional tours and scheduled activities. It would probably be good to contact them for a schedule of events if you are interested in something specific. There are exhibits about coastal flora and fauna as well as the Gullah culture and people. If the latter is of interest I encourage you to take a Gullah... More

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Zanesville, Ohio
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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

It was in the Sonesta hotel which is beautiful. To be able to see another hotel was just a bonus. Amber was our leader and did a great job. She made sea turtles more interesting than I already thought they were. Her talk was geared for children and adults alike. I would like to go on her low country marshland... More

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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42 reviews 42 reviews
5 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Through the Coastal Discovery Museum you can schedule a two hour trip to explore an Island marsh. The leave at 10 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays. it is fun and educational. Our daughter and granddaughters loved it. The boat is new and very comfortable. The Captain is a knowledgeable marine biologist. She has exhibits on the boat and provides an... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Great place to stop early in your vacation to show children the wildlife, sea creatures and birds of the coastal islands. They also have great (and inexpensive) tours and island excursions.

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