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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
“always some deals here at the Tanger Outlets which are broken into 2 separate parts. Going off the island they will be on the left. Be sure to visit both and very popular on a rainy or cloudy day. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Lighthouse
“Climb up to the top of the Harbour Town Lighthouse for a small fee and catch the view!”
  • 35 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Great shopping, restaurants, entertainment and more. Short walk from our villa and worth the walk!”
  • 48 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. ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Enjoy a beautiful sunset from the dock. All tables feature extraordinary views of Port Royal Sound for a truly special Lowcountry dining experience.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“It has great seafood and steaks, an outdoor bar, a rooftop bar with live music and DJ's. The top floor turns into a nightclub after 10pm”
  • 46 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Great spot with live music (check schedule) that makes you feel as though you’re on an island. Located in Sea Pines plantation) please note there is an entrance fee for sea pines.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Beautiful grounds, great history, see a Marsh Tacky horse one of only 100 in the world. Also tours and activities.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Bar
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“Beach bar with Beach volleyball and daily live music in the summer. Great drinks and food and of course the beach view!”
  • 23 locals recommend
Harbor / Marina
“Shops, restaurants and great playground. Free night time entertainment in summer for families. Water outings from here”
  • 26 locals recommend
Residential Building (Apartment / Condo)
“Great destination for an evening stroll, shopping and dining. Get here on your bikes in about 20-25 minutes!”
  • 20 locals recommend
Jazz Club
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“Special night out kind of spot. Need a reservation in advance. This spot sells out most nights. Great evening of dinner and live Jazz music. ”
  • 26 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.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Beach
“This is like downtown Hilton Head - it is the best public beach with a lively crowd, the Tiki Bar to enjoy music and beach drinks - there's plenty of shopping and food venues all within walking distance.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great place to watch the sunset and or dine on the tidal creek. Great early bird specials and very popular only open for dinner. ”
  • 15 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. ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Enjoy a beautiful sunset from the dock. All tables feature extraordinary views of Port Royal Sound for a truly special Lowcountry dining experience.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“It has great seafood and steaks, an outdoor bar, a rooftop bar with live music and DJ's. The top floor turns into a nightclub after 10pm”
  • 46 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Great spot with live music (check schedule) that makes you feel as though you’re on an island. Located in Sea Pines plantation) please note there is an entrance fee for sea pines.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Residential Building (Apartment / Condo)
“Great destination for an evening stroll, shopping and dining. Get here on your bikes in about 20-25 minutes!”
  • 20 locals recommend
Jazz Club
“Special night out kind of spot. Need a reservation in advance. This spot sells out most nights. Great evening of dinner and live Jazz music. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Great place to watch the sunset and or dine on the tidal creek. Great early bird specials and very popular only open for dinner. ”
  • 15 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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