Family time creates some of the best memories you and your children will have. While living or visiting Hilton Head Island, kids are usually excited when they finally get to the beach. At the same time, you are probably also looking forward to some much needed time off work and in the sun. But, without enough activities planned, your beach getaway can quickly devolve.
Kids aren’t always content with sitting on the beach, and things can get difficult when boredom sets in. You don’t have to admit defeat and sit your children in front of the TV. There are plenty of activities to do in and around the Forest Beach real estate. In no time, your children will be happy campers again. And, so will you.
The entire Hilton Head Island is excellent for bicycling. The vast majority of the roads are smoothly paved and well-maintained, and many have either bike lanes or wide sidewalks. If you’d like to stay on the beach, you can rent beach bicycles with extra-wide tires.
You could also rent road bikes and tour a larger portion of the island. You can certainly find a bike rental shop near your accommodations. However, many of the hotels and resorts on Hilton Head Island offer bike rentals on-site. An added bonus of bicycling? It’s tiring enough to tucker out even the most energetic kids.
2. Segway Tours
If you or your children aren’t in the mood to burn some calories bicycling, you can still tour the island. Consider taking a Segway tour. This will be pricier than a bicycle tour, and you’ll likely need to book in advance, but it’s another great way to see the island.
Segways are fascinating to many children (and adults!) and will provide an experience your children can tell their friends. It’ll also conserve your energy for more adventures later in the day.
3. Dolphin and Alligator Tours
Taking a boat tour will give you a view of wildlife that you could never catch from the beach. Hilton Head Island is surrounded by thriving marine life, including dolphins, whales, and manatees.
Some boat tours focus on one specific animal, such as dolphins or alligators. Others aim to give participants a more varied tour, looking for everything from whales to sea turtles. Book in advance to make sure you get a seat.
Older and adventurous children can catch some thrill and some air by parasailing. To parasail, you’ll be attached to a harness and a kite. Then, you’ll be towed behind a boat until the kite catches air and pulls you up into the sky. From your height, you’ll get a fantastic view of the island and of the ocean. Of course, this activity isn’t suited for children or adults who are afraid of heights. But, for the thrill-seekers out there, parasailing is an ideal beach activity.
If parasailing wasn’t enough of a thrill for you, take a zip line trip. Ziplining may not be your first thought on a beach vacation, but it can give a welcome break to baking in the sun. This activity is also not for those who are afraid of heights. If heights don’t bother you or your children, ziplining is an exciting activity. Some aerial parks also have unique twists on ziplining, such as obstacle courses.
6. Shopping and Dining
Rainy days can be disappointing when you’re on vacation. But don’t stay cooped up in your hotel room. Instead, head into town. There are a wide variety of shops on Hilton Head Island, with everything from clothes to knickknacks. Even if you aren’t planning on buying anything, browsing the stores can be a welcome distraction until the sun comes back out.
If it’s around meal time, head to one of the many restaurants on the island. Seafood, of course, is popular on the island, and many seafood restaurants are right on the water. If nothing on the island sounds appealing to you, remember that the mainland is just a short drive away.
7. Harbour Town Lighthouse
The nearby Harbour Town Lighthouse also makes for a great rainy-day activity. The lighthouse is red and white striped, like a candy cane, and is a popular tourist attraction. Take a tour of the lighthouse itself, or through the attached museum.
The museum features the history of Hilton Head Island, including the Civil War era and before. If the sun has come back out by the time you’re done in the lighthouse, head down to the Harbour Town Marina and take a look at some of the oversized yachts.
8. Helicopter Tours
Haven’t gotten your fill of aerial thrill? Book a helicopter tour. You’ve seen the island from the ground level, and possibly from the ocean as well. But have you seen it from this high up? Even younger children can participate in helicopter tours, which offer a unique view of the island.
Although it’ll be a bit pricier than other tours, your children will be talking about the tour for days afterward. And you might be, too.
9. Mini Golf
For a more relaxed activity, try mini golf. This is a classic, and often a crowd-pleaser for children of all ages. There is a multitude of mini-golf courses on Hilton Head Island, and there might even be one within walking distance of your hotel or restaurant. Mini golf makes for a great evening activity and can be followed up with a walk on the beach or to a local ice cream shop.
10. Walking and Hiking
When people think of Hilton Head Island, they typically think of the beaches or golf courses. But the island has more than just that. Much of the inland section is wooded, which provides great opportunities for walking and hiking. For outdoorsy children and parents, a walk through the forest can be a happy compromise on a beach vacation.
Whether you live on the island or are just visiting, there’s no reason you or your kids should get bored. With these 10 activities in Forest Beach, you can stay entertained and engaged all year long. For more information on buying property in Hilton Head Island, contact our team at Ocean Front HHI. We will be happy to show you around some beautiful homes and condos on the island.