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Things to do in Hilton Head Island

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Outlet Mall
“There’s Tanger 1 and Tanger 2. They have a local shuttle that can take you back and forth. Enjoy great stores and food at both of them!”
  • 39 locals recommend
Lighthouse
“Climb up to the top of the Harbour Town Lighthouse for a small fee and catch the view!”
  • 38 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Lots of great shops and good restaurants. Our favorite restaurant in Coligny is the Earl of Sandwich. The Frosty Frog is also a good spot for inexpensive meal.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Our favorite place to eat. Lots of activities to pass time while waiting. Great sunset views and great food. Waits are very long during busy season. Go early, they also have a discounted menu early. Check restaurant for times for this. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Local gem. Owned and operated locally. Seafood locally sourced. Great waterfront seating, inside and out. Try Sunday brunch. Go before noon”
  • 40 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great food and right in middle of Shelter Cove. Lots of shops to visit before or after eating. Beautifully decorated during the holidays.”
  • 43 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“(South Beach casual) - Good for a relaxing meal, drink, or ice cream cone. Music there most afternoons and evenings (5:30-9:30pm I think). Can be busy but easy and convenient.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Discover the Lowcountry at Coastal Discovery Museum via its nature trail, native gardens, historic buildings, and educational exhibits. Great for kids of all ages.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bar
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“Live music daily - Fun atmosphere! Great place to meet tourists and locals alike!”
  • 25 locals recommend
Harbor / Marina
“Great place to see the Hilton Head lighthouse and grab a meal. The Quarterdeck restaurant and Crazy Crab are two great places to eat in Harbor Town. Nice just to walk around and look at the water views and famous 18th hole of the golf course.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Residential Building (Apartment / Condo)
“Shelter Cove is everything in one: It's a shopping center, live music venue, marina, local boat charters, dolphin cruises, crabbing cruises, outdoor bike paths, ice cream, beautiful place to watch the sunset!”
  • 20 locals recommend
Jazz Club
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“Acclaimed one of the top “100 Great Jazz Rooms” in the world by DOWNBEAT Magazine, The Jazz Corner celebrates 19 years of presenting spectacular entertainment paired with gourmet cuisine this year. The 99-seat Jazz Corner has become a Lowcountry landmark. The intimate, elegant atmosphere is the perfect setting to enjoy an evening of world-class entertainment enhanced by innovative southern flavors menu and personal, attentive service.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Don't be fooled by the decades old decor. This place has connections for the best local seafood on the island. Call them ahead of time, ask them to steam your shrimp. Then grab your favorite beverage and head to the beach to watch the sunset.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Beach
“This is my favorite place! It's not the closest but it's worth visiting. You can walk around grab food and enjoy the beach. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Panoramic marsh and water views. Specializing in fresh seafood and some of the best steaks on Hilton Head. Recently recommended in “Off the Beaten Track” column of The Wall Street Journal. Recipient of Wine Spectator magazine’s “Award of Excellence” for their extensive wine selections. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“Shows, Dance, Theater, Camps, Music tribute bands and the orchestra, historic events, do visit their website, they offer it all! Let us know your favorite!”
  • 7 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“Our favorite place to eat. Lots of activities to pass time while waiting. Great sunset views and great food. Waits are very long during busy season. Go early, they also have a discounted menu early. Check restaurant for times for this. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Local gem. Owned and operated locally. Seafood locally sourced. Great waterfront seating, inside and out. Try Sunday brunch. Go before noon”
  • 40 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Great food and right in middle of Shelter Cove. Lots of shops to visit before or after eating. Beautifully decorated during the holidays.”
  • 43 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“(South Beach casual) - Good for a relaxing meal, drink, or ice cream cone. Music there most afternoons and evenings (5:30-9:30pm I think). Can be busy but easy and convenient.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Residential Building (Apartment / Condo)
“Shelter Cove is everything in one: It's a shopping center, live music venue, marina, local boat charters, dolphin cruises, crabbing cruises, outdoor bike paths, ice cream, beautiful place to watch the sunset!”
  • 20 locals recommend
Jazz Club
“Acclaimed one of the top “100 Great Jazz Rooms” in the world by DOWNBEAT Magazine, The Jazz Corner celebrates 19 years of presenting spectacular entertainment paired with gourmet cuisine this year. The 99-seat Jazz Corner has become a Lowcountry landmark. The intimate, elegant atmosphere is the perfect setting to enjoy an evening of world-class entertainment enhanced by innovative southern flavors menu and personal, attentive service.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Panoramic marsh and water views. Specializing in fresh seafood and some of the best steaks on Hilton Head. Recently recommended in “Off the Beaten Track” column of The Wall Street Journal. Recipient of Wine Spectator magazine’s “Award of Excellence” for their extensive wine selections. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“A walk through the doors into the fabulous Frankie Bones Restaurant and Lounge takes you back to the care-free style of the early 1960’s and its restaurants in the big cities across America. Frankie Bones serves coveted American-Italian cuisine seven days a week. Lunch at Frankie Bones is about signature sandwiches, homemade soups, fresh seafood, crisp flatbreads, entrée salads and premium pasta dishes. Always fresh and always fabulous!”
  • 17 locals recommend

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