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Hilton Head Island: Time for Family/Time for Us!

Apr 15, 2007  Parent of Two Young Children Who Recently Visited the Island With Extended Family!
4.5 of 5 bubbles based on 17 votes

Highlights of our April 2007 Hilton Head Trip-What made our trip memorable!

  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Never been before, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Families with small children, Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Spring
  • 1. Rent Bikes for your entire family!

    HIlton Head is covered with over 50 miles of bike paths, with more to be added soon. Bike rentals are inexpensive (20-25 a week per person) and well worth the money as you can travel almost anywhere on them. There are tricycle like bikes for older adults or for those who need stability, small bikes for children, and tandem bikes/baby seats for little ones too young to ride on their own. Hilton Head Island Bike Company, in the above price, also drops off the bikes and picks them up for you! Bike paths are expansive, paved, marked with signs, and labeled with bike path maps! They are also beautiful, hidden by island foliage and curved. Bike racks are all over the island and cars respect bikers well. The tires on the bikes are wide and also go well on packed sand on the beach.

  • 2. See a sunrise with your spouse and a sunset with your kids!

    Hilton Heads beaches are very wide, with pristine sand. The sunsets/rises stretch as far as you can see and are well worth the time! Bring a blanket as we did and snuggle as early April can be chilly. Remember to ride your bikes there! The carpet paths go nearly all the way to the beach!

  • 3. Eat Seafood at the Wreck of a Salty Dog in Sea Pines!

    Sea Pines Area is beautiful, with huge houses and windy bike paths. The marina is a blast to visit and this resort, along with its sister restaurant The Salty Dog, are in this plaza surrounded by Hilton Head charm. While the wait at The very popular Salty Dog was going to be 1 hour and 45 minutes, there was NO wait at this restaurant and the menus are very similar per staff! We were ushered right in to a large oak table overlooking the marina. Decor is beautiful and reminiscent of being on a crabbing or fishing boat. Eat the crab legs! They were decadent and only 22 or 32 dollars respectively (snow crab/king crab). And, our kids were pleased with the non-seafood kids meals. Be sure to buy a t-shirt after at the Salty Dog T-Shirt company. The T-shirts are very popular and inexpensive!

  • 4. Bring your tennis rackets!

    If we had known, we would have bought/rented rackets. Courts are very prevalent and lessons for children are readily available and inexpensive!

  • 5. Visit Coligny Circle on your bikes!

    Plan to spend a day. There are over 50 shots in this giant plaza, encompassing many toursity type items down to great restaurants and unique stores. Eat at Earl's Pub, a favorite with locals, always a good sign! Our food was excellent and inexpensive. If you visit at Easter time as we did, plan on doing their annual Easter egg hunt with the kids. It's free! Also visit the man, opposite the mermaid pond, who makes the custom wood frames/photo albums. They are beautiful, not too expensive and make great sourveniers! We bought one for our petsitter and she loved it! Eat custard or Italian ice while there too. Get the small-you won't be able to eat the regular, trust us, we tried repeatedly!

  • 6. If shopping for food, shop at Bi-Lo in Coligny Circle!

    Skip Piggly Wiggly, as it was much smaller and much, much more expensive! A few bags of groceries cost us $100. A few days later, we discovered Bi-Lo and were delighted to see "regular" prices!

  • 7. See the Dolphins in the Ocean or Sound and Take the Gypsy Dolphin Cruise!

    Spend time on the beach scanning the waters for dolphins. You will see them! And, spend $12 for adults and $6 for kids taking the Gypsy Dolphin boat cruise out of Sea Pines (You'll have to cough up $5 dollars to go there!). They guarentee you'll see dolphins, and we did! Our kids loved this simple activity. Others may give narrations but charge much, much more. This fit in our budget and still got us to see dolphins, including baby ones, up close!

  • 8. Watch for Wildlife, including egrets, pelicans, turles, and alligators!

    You will see tons of wildlife on this very protected island. On your bike, scan the outside of all of the ponds/water ways as the alligators frequently are laying in the sun. What a memorable experience for our children! It became a pattern that we'd all scan for alligators on our bikes as we rode around town!

  • 9. Spend a Day at the Beach!

    Get there early (before 10 am) as it can get crowded after that. If you get there by 9:30, there is very close parking to the right of the Coligny Public Beach Sign, otherwise you have to park across the street and cart things over. Set up on the soft sand, so you don't have to watch for incoming tide and move when it comes in! Bring beach toys, buckets to collect shells (the bigger ones are in the soft sand up top), and lots of suncreen. Play in the surf with your kids, toss a frisbee around, and soak up the delicious Spring sun. Bathrooms are right at the entrance and a wooden elaborate deck and carpet take you right to the beach edge. There is even a shower to wash the sand off you when you leave. Do NOT go on a windy day, unless it rained the night before, or you'll get sand in everything. When the weather is nice, take advantage of a beach day, because in April you never know!

  • 10. Plan on doing multiple minature golf courses!

    There are many mini golf courses on HIlton Head Island. We really liked the one in Coligny Circle near Bi-Lo plaza (just off Pope Avenue). It was cheaper than the others (7.00 apiece without a coupon, which we had-found easily in free books around the island). Whiile it doesn't look like much from the outside, the true golfers in our group found it to be the most challenging and great course of all of them that we did!