SouthernMamas.com regularly spotlights our favorite nearby daytrip spots to visit with kids outside of Savannah.
One of our favorite family daytrips from Savannah is Hilton Head Is.
Things to do with kids on Hilton Head Is. include:
1. Bicycling on Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head Island offers over 50 scenic miles of public bicycle pathways and nature trails. The hard-packed beaches are also popular for bicycling at low tide.
2. Free family-friendly outdoor Gregg Russell concerts at Harbour Town, Sea Pines
A classic on Hilton Head Is. for almost four decades, Gregg Russell Concerts under the Liberty Oak in Harbour Town happen regularly during summer (weather permitting) & periodically during spring. Details here.
During Spring 2015, Gregg Russell will perform his free kid-friendly outdoor concerts:
March 30-April 3
During Summer 2015, Gregg Russell will perform his free kid-friendly outdoor concerts:
May 31-August 28 (every night except Saturdays)
This family-oriented singer/storyteller performs sing-a-longs, ballads & silly songs with audience participation. Kids in the audience try to get Gregg to pick them to sing a song to the crowd, often using creative pick-me posters etc. Concerts are free; there’s a $6 gate fee per auto.
3. Free petting farm at Lawton Stables in Sea Pines
The free animal farm includes a deer named Callie, goats, sheep, chickens, rabbits, turtles, cows and rabbits. Kids can also pet a friendly retired Clydesdale, Harley, at the stables. Pony rides and horseback riding available for a fee. The animal farm is free; there’s a $6 Sea Pines gate fee per auto. More info here. 190 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island, 29928
4. The wildflower garden & hiking trails in the free Sea Pines Forest Preserve
The 605-acre Sea Pines Forest Preserve includes easy trails to various points of interest including the 4,000-year-old Indian Shell Ring, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and a wildflower garden that’s amazing when in bloom. The walks range from 25 minutes to one hour. Bicycles are not permitted on the nature trails, so please park your bicycles at the locations provided. Open from sunrise to sunset. The Forest Preserve is free; there’s a $6 Sea Pines gate fee per auto. More info here.
5. Free Sea Pines Trolley
Take the free Sea Pines Trolley to all your favorite Sea Pines locations during summer months & some holiday periods. This is a great way to entertain kids who are still thrilled by “bus rides etc”. The trolley offers an easy way to get around Sea Pines while giving you a scenic tour of a favorite family vacation resort. Schedule info here. Trolley rides are free; there’s a $6 Sea Pines gate fee per auto. *Perfect rainy day activity
For Spring & Summer 2015, the free trolleys will run: March 23-April 1; April 20 – May 21; May 22 – Sept 6.
6. The Sandbox Interactive Children’s Museum
18A Pope Ave
Located just off Pope Avenue on the south end of the Island, 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.
April 2015 Hours: The Sandbox be open Monday – Saturday 10AM-5PM during the month of April, including Good Friday.
April 2015 Events:
April 2: Imagination Hour
April 7: Discover Imagine Grow
April 9: Imagination Hour
April 10: April FREE Family Fun Night
April 16: Imagination Hour
April 21: Discover Imagine Grow
April 23: Imagination Hour
April 28: Discover Imagine Grow
April 30: Imagination Hour
Details here. *Perfect rainy day activity
7. Coastal Discovery Museum
70 Honey Horn Drive
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
Educational natural history and animal programs at a venue that includes salt marsh board walks, open fields, gardens, trails and a 1200 square foot butterfly habitat that is home to some 13 species of native butterflies to the Lowcountry. *Perfect rainy day activity.
More info here.
8. Go to the beach at the newly redone Sea Pines Beach Club.
Convenient access to the Surf Shop, restrooms, shower facilities & Surfside Market featuring to-go sandwiches, salads, snacks & cold beverages. Details here. 87 North Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29928. The beach club is free; there’s a $6 Sea Pines gate fee per auto.
9. Gregg Russell Playground at Harbour Town, Sea Pines
The Gregg Russell Playground at Harbour Town is one of the top playgrounds in our area. Fenced, somewhat shaded playground that includes a treehouse; swings; numerous slides; lots of climbing bars, jungle gym bars, monkey bars. Just outside the fenced-playground is a water fountain; picnic tables; bathrooms; and plenty of spots for lunch, drinks or coffee and of course, the famous Harbour Town lighthouse which is open to climb for a fee plus $6 Sea Pines gate fee per auto. Harbour Town, Hilton Head, SC 29928
10. FREE historical Stoney-Baynard Ruins, Sea Pines
The ruins of the old Baynard estate, the main house as well as attendant slave quarters, are permanently preserved within six-acre Baynard Ruins Park. The home was raided during the Civil War and Union forces made it their headquarters. Details here. The ruins are free; there’s a $6 Sea Pines gate fee per auto.
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