The Sandbox is a non-profit, hands-on interactive museum filled with unique entertaining, and educational play areas including a ship, international airport with a plane, Loggerhead Sandcastle, construction zone, bank, kitchen, arts and crafts and more.
Family Fun on Hilton Head Island, SC
Hilton Head Island is the perfect spot to bring your family for things to do because the infinite ways to keep them entertained are equally fun for adults. Play at the beach, explore the museums or an animal farm with a petting zoon and pony rides. From dolphin watching to waverunners, charter fishing and kayaking or simply enjoying the pool – there is no shortage of family fun on Hilton Head Island.
Featured Family Fun on Hilton Head Island
“The most fun under the SUN!” Rise above Calibogue Sound and get an eagle’s eye view over Hilton Head and see over 20 miles in all directions or enjoy the Island’s most thrilling experience on the water as you blast off on one of our USCG-certified Yamaha wave runners, just outside the no-wake zone.
Captain Sonny has been boating here since 1985. After selling his crabbing boat business he purchased the SS Pelican in 1992 to begin a new venture providing dolphin and nature tours. With his knowledge of the Island, and the family oriented atmosphere that he provides, it wasn’t long that he had to purchase a larger boat. In 1996 he purchased the Island Queen. Today Captain Sonny and Captain Jerry and first mates Jesse, Terry or Monica, provide a fun filled experience for all.
A 70 Foot party fishing boat offering 5 1/2 hour offshore wreck fishing trips and night shark fishing trips. Price includes everything you need to catch fish. Full galley on board. Fun for the entire family!
From Shelter Cove Harbour, Adventure Cruises presents Dolphin Watch Nature Cruises on board the excursion vessel “Holiday” and Let’s Go Crabbing on board the crabbing boat “Crabber J II”. Both Boats berthed at, Dock C, Shelter Cove Harbour, directly across from Palmetto Dunes Resort.
Sea Monkeys is the place to be when you want to have some Wave-runner fun! We offer 3 different riding areas to best accommodate you for weather, tides, and personal needs with each trip an hour and 15 minutes long.We are nicely tucked away in Skull Creek and merely a few minutes away from Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. This makes our little niche of paradise hard to beat anywhere else on the Island. Dolphin sightings are almost daily and the richness of our Low Country nature and wildlife is unbelievable!
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Enjoy a full or one-half day (morning or afternoon) out on the water with family and friends on a safe, comfortable and spacious GPS guided pontoon boat. Captain your own eco tour as dolphins frolic near the boat and aquatic birds soar overhead or head over to Daufuskie Island for lunch and a land tour. Boats launch from Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and Beaufort. Call for available discounts.
Water Sports for Everyone!
Island Water Sports is the best place on the Island to enjoy a fun-filled day on the water. In fact, you could spend an entire week on the water with all of these fun, water-related options – parasailing, wave runners, banana boat rides, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing on the catamaran “Carolina Moon,” and more!
We’ll be happy to take care of all of your vacation needs. Vacation Comfort Bike Rentals is a fully-insured, family owned and operated rental company providing clean, top-quality equipment and accessories for the entire family. Vacation Comfort Bike Rentals will supply you with all of the accessories you will need to make your vacation on Hilton Head Island complete.
The world-famous Stars & Stripes is proud to call Hilton Head Island home. This grand and celebrated sailboat is the historical America’s Cup winning vessel designed and skippered by the famous Captain Dennis Conner. Stars & Stripes will sail wherever the wind takes – each outing is unique depending on the wind and tide. Stars & Stripes offers two exceptional trips: one departing in the afternoon for a 90-minute sail and the other based around the sunset for a two-hour sail where you are sure to see a breathing Carolina sunset.
Pedals Bicycles has been Hilton Head Island’s premier bike rental service for over 8 years now. We rent beach cruisers for adults and children in many different sizes, child seats and kiddie karts, ally cats, jogging strollers, mountain and hybrid bikes, adult tricycles, and more to make your vacation complete.
Dolphins and Nature Up Close. Our company has been professionally exploring the local waters for over 35 years, providing the area with, personalized water related activities. For the past 15 years focusing specifically on Dolphin and Nature Eco-tours, specializing in groups of up to twelve passengers per vessel. With four boats we can arrange trips for up to 36 persons. We use upscale inflatable expedition craft, comfortable, shaded deck boats, and two custom built 27ft. USCG inspected vessels, certified for up to twelve.
Get behind a boat with Outside Hilton Head! 3, 4 and 5 hour custom private trips that are guaranteed to be a total blast! Your USCG licensed Captain will lead your group to our favorite calm water ski grounds. Once there you can choose to Water Ski, Wakeboard, Kneeboard or Tube. All equipment is on board! No experience is necessary, our certified Captains provide instruction for all skill levels. Reserve today, these popular trips fill up fast!
The “Environmentally Friendly Way” to enjoy nature under sail. Whether it’s daytime cruising, dolphin watching, sailing lessons, taking in a fabulous sunset or enjoying fireworks, and are FUN for all ages. Both boats are extremely safe and stable. Smooth sailing. Catamarans do not heel like other sailboats. Great for children.
Island Head Water Sports, formerly UFO Parasail out of Palmetto Bay Marina, is now offering Wave Runner rentals, Parasailing, and Banana Boat rides! Come soar high in the sky taking in magnificent aerial views of the Calibogue Sound on our 12 passenger, USCG inspected parasail boat. If heights aren’t for you, enjoy a thrilling 75 minute ride on our newest VX Yamaha wave runners. Cruise at your own pace or follow a guide on a “creek run” while you experience the beautiful surroundings and indigenous wildlife. The 6 passenger banana boat is a fun and affordable activity for all ages. You can expect to get splashed, sprayed and flung around as you get pulled behind a high-powered Yamaha wave runner. If you are looking for fun, come be an Island Head today, with Island Head Water Sports!
The “Spirit” is Hilton Head Island’s newest, finest, and only heated and air-conditioned luxury passenger yacht. The grand dining cabin on the main deck features twenty square foot panoramic windows offering every table an ever changing view of the Carolina Lowcountry and the sunset. Outdoor dining is available if you choose to dine al fresco on our shaded topside deck where you can take in the evening air. The Spirit of Harbour Town offers dinner cruises and also day trips to Savannah, Georgia.
From the helicopter you get a unique perspective and a whole new feel for the Lowcountry. You’ll see miles of beaches and meandering creeks teeming with wildlife. Fly over the beautiful Harbour Town Marina and even the Lighthouse! Take in a multitude of islands and even see a Civil War Fort. This is great fun for all ages from infants to seniors. Celebrate an anniversary, engagement, or even a birthday. This attraction will ensure memories for a lifetime and allow you to check one off the bucket list! Helicopter flights are very smooth and pilots encourage you to bring a camera to capture such a memorable experience.
Family fun FORE Everyone! Come enjoy the two 18 hole miniature golf courses surrounded by lagoons, lush Caribbean gardens echoing the sound of steel drum music, cool waters and rocky hills. Test your skills in the Island’s Largest Video Arcade as we offer games from the classics to the most interactive on the market. Collect tickets and redeem them for quality prizes. With over 50 games to choose from, Adventure Cove is “All Fun and Games.”
Now This Is Sailing! Only at South Beach Village can you sail aboard Hilton Head Island’s NEWEST and FASTEST Catamaran, the Carolina Moon designed by the famous naval architect Kurt Hughes. All trips take place under FULL sail. We only use our motor to get in and out of South Beach. Come join us for a dolphin sail, sunset sail or wine and cheese sail!
“Guided trail rides through the scenic Sea Pines Forest Preserve for adults and kids 8 & older. Pony rides for children 7 & under. Visit the goats, pigs, miniature donkeys, bunnies, and Callie the deer at our FREE small animal farm! Open 7 days a week. Home of the International Riding Academy and the Wish Upon a Horse Therapeutic Riding Center.”
Cheers is owner-operated, and the crew and staff are trained and experienced; their highest priority is your satisfaction! Join us for a morning or afternoon cruise, or celebrate the end of a beautiful day by toasting the sunset aboard the beautiful 45’ Morgan sloop Cheers.
Northridge Cinema 10 is located at 435 William Hilton Parkway. Come enjoy your favorite movie and enjoy viewing it in LUXURY. Northridge Cinema is proud to announce the addition of NEW HIGH BACK LEATHER RECLINING CHAIRS in all 10 theatres. All chairs have lit cupholder’s with a push button on the inside of the chair to adjust to your ideal reclined height. 9 Weeks of FREE KID’S SUMMER MOVIES. Every Tuesday & Thursday at 10 a.m. starting June 10th admission is FREE for everyone.
Dolphins guaranteed! Come aboard the Gypsy for a relaxing, narrated tour on Calibogue Sound. We guarantee that dolphins will be seen on this trip. Learn more about these friendly creatures and the behavior patterns that are unique to the dolphins of this area. You’ll be able to sit in comfort and enjoy a cold drink or snack in the sun or shade as we show you the sights.
Come and join our crew on the Vagabond, the most exciting dolphin sightseeing boat on Hilton Head Island. We love to teach every passenger on our boat a little more about the Lowcountry that they might not have known. Dolphin cruises are 90 minutes, fully narrated and passengers are guaranteed to see dolphins on every trip! The Vagabond also offers day trips to historic Daufuskie Island. This four-hour excursion features a fully-narrated cruise to the island by our naturalist Captain. Along the way you will see and hear about the historic Haig Point Lighthouse, the ruins of antebellum slave quarters, Strahn Mansion, and many other sights. Once you arrive on Daufuskie Island, you can choose from either the narrated Old Daufuskie Tour, or you can rent a Fuskie Golf Cart and explore on your own.