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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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Philadelphia, PA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

The Gullah Tour is one of the tours from the Discovery Coastal Museum. Hilton Head has a fascinating history as it relates to the Gullah people and this tour takes you all over the island and in particular, to Mitchellville which was a small area where former slaves settled and and ran their own governance. The museum is very nicely... More

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Troy, Ohio
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

So just because you're on Hilton head doesn't mean you can't learn something about the history of the island or the native plants and animals. Nice place to visit to learn about the local environment.

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Hilton Head Island, SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I have had the most amazing summer working with the Critters of the Low-Country and our wonderful residents and guests here on Hilton Head Island. We have had so many life changing experiences in our first year. Where do I begin ?? The support from our "locals" has been overwhelming and we hope to make it permanent one day soon.... More

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Greer, South Carolina, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Very hot, so we didn't see all of the outdoor exhibits and gardens. The boardwalks are neat, and at low tide we were able to see oysters and crabs in the mud, as well as some fish in the water and lots of birds. The butterfly exhibit was really neat. On a day that was not so hot, or full... More

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West Chester, Ohio
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42 reviews 42 reviews
6 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

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

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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10 reviews 10 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
36 helpful votes 36 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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