David Abolafia

Hilton Head: An Amazing Island Adventure

David Abolafia

Hilton Head, South Carolina, lighthouse at twilight.

The eco-friendly community of Hilton Head is a paradise nestled along the South Carolina coast. There is so much to see and do, no matter whether you’re dropping in for an extended family vacation or making the jaunt for a quick romantic getaway.

Located in the heart of Hilton Head Island, the award-winning regional Arts Center of Coastal Carolina is a remarkable showcase for professional performing and visual arts, as well as cultural festivals and educational outreach. The Arts Center produces musicals, comedies and dramas, and hosts visiting performers, musicians, vocalists, artists, puppeteers and more. It is truly an arts community, taking offerings to the world and inviting the world to Hilton Head.

Another hot choice for arts and entertainment is The Jazz Corner. Entering this dynamic spot is like taking a step back in time – a step back to dine in an authentic big city nightclub atmosphere. The room is low lit, intimate, elegant and sophisticated. The music is hot and exciting. The Jazz Corner showcases excellence; it is the safe repository for the great American art form of jazz, played close to the original melody. A fun musical interlude can be found at the Electric Piano Bar, a premier entertainment center that provides a variety of music from Motown to classic rock, from dueling pianos to live bands, from open mic to karaoke. And for a belly full of belly laughs, swing by the Comedy Magic Cabaret, hosted by comedy-magician Kerry Pollock. Shows, which combine magic, comedy and variety, are “funny, not filthy,” for exceptional family entertainment.

The Coastal Discovery Museum is one of the most memorable destinations on Hilton Head Island. Explore natural history and cultural heritage on the 68 acre Honey Horn property. The Museum’s trails, gardens, live oaks, butterfly enclosure and Marsh Tacky horses are just a few of the fun experiences you will encounter during your visit. Another museum to check out, particularly if you’re traveling with children, is the Sandbox. This interactive museum provides a unique place for educational play between children and their parents, grandparents or caregivers. Little ones from infant to age 8 will be captivated by the fun-filled play centers and engaging activities. A more grown-up outing should take you to the Nash Gallery, built with a goal of consistently presenting the finest American jewelry, blown glass, ceramics, furniture, metal and so much more – altogether, the gallery showcases the handcrafted works of more than 400 North American craftsmen.

If, on the other hand, you’re looking for adventure, Hilton Head has it in spades. Start with ZipLine Hilton Head – a two-hour canopy adventure through the majestic live oaks and pines. You’ll soar on 8 ziplines to a height of 75 feet and swing on swaying bridges and an aerial staircase, all interconnected by platforms and trees, and all leading to your dual cable zipline finale where 2 people race side-by-side for 900 feet to the finish line. Aerial Adventure Hilton Head features 50  in-the-tree challenge activities on 6 courses ranging from easy to hard as you cross swinging bridges, zip on a skateboard zipline, jump thru hoops, climb many invigorating obstacles, some with fun Hilton Head themes of beach, boats, gators, water and more. It’s self-guided, and you’re harnessed and helmeted.

If the sensation of flying isn’t enough, you can visit HHI Jetpack and actually fly! The ultimate water sport adventure provides you the new, safe and fun adventure of safely flying on the world’s first recreational Jetpack. Another way to fly is with UFO Parasailing, which offers breathtaking flights above Palmetto Bay waterways. Soar high above the Lowcountry and enjoy the beautiful views of both scenery and local wildlife.

With its location off the coast of South Carolina, Hilton Head is also an exceptional place for dolphin and whale watching, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, waterskiing and jetskiing.  Or, stop by the Harbour Town Lighthouse Museum, which serves as a beacon to the many ships that reside in the Hilton Head yacht basin and serves as a worldwide symbol of the area. You can find even more ideas in the video below. For help planning your getaway to Hilton Head, or any of our extraordinary destinations, please call (888) 269-0182.

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