Though Hilton Head is better known for its sports clubs and outdoor offerings, there are still enough cultural pursuits in the area to earn the town a place on author John Villani’s list of the 100 best small art towns in America.  There are over a dozen galleries exhibiting local artists who often draw their inspiration from the natural beauty of the island. Endangered Arts specializes in environmental subjects, with pieces of sculpture and jewelry as well as wall art, while the Red Piano Art Gallery offers a large selection of landscapes, sporting scenes and still-lifes.

More art exhibits can also be found at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, which displays both contemporary and historical works of the region. For those seeking to meet the artists in person, ARTalks is a series of evening discussions held by local artists to discuss their work. These discussions are held at galleries or studios and are designed to teach visitors more about the art of the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Hilton Head’s rich history also plays a significant role in its present culture. The town is home to the Heritage Library, which is one of the largest in the region and specializes in history and genealogy studies. For a quick overview of the island’s past, the Gray Line Low Country Adventures company offers historical bus tours of the island as well as other nearby cities. The Coastal Discovery Museum also offers an excellent showcase of regional history, but with an ecological slant.