Has your little one ever dreamed of being a pirate or fighting the evil pirate in search of hidden treasures? On Hilton Head, where the history of the Island is built off of real pirates, take on this unique Lowcountry adventure as the these three pirate expeditions set sail daily during the season. Dress up, use pirate props and laugh as loudly as you want as you take to the open waters, and make sure to take in the natural scene while your little one lives the pirate life, as each ship sets sail from different areas of the Hilton Head Island—and each as its own Lowcountry specialties!
1. Shannon Tanner’s Most Excellent Pirate Expedition
You may know him as the man with the guitar and the fun hat who sings live every night at HarbourFest. But, did you know that Shannon Tanner also doubles as a pirate? That’s right; ye favorite kids’ entertainer also has a pirate ship! Join Captain Tanner for a morning of family fun in which children get to dress up in pirate gear and become a part of Shannon Tanner’s Band of Pirates! Captain Tanner and his new band of pirates set sail at 9 a.m. (but you must be there at 8:30 a.m. to get ready) with the promise of fun and lasting memories.
Details: Shelter Cove Harbour, 13 Harbourside Lane | (843) 422-0757 | facebook.com/HiltonHeadPirates
2. Pirates HHI
When ye little buccaneers get all suited up, they’ll learn how to walk the pirate walk and talk like a matey, before hoppin’ aboard. Once aboard the Black Sparrow, make sure to take in the quieter area of the Hilton Head Island and be on the lookout for dolphin swimming shipside. Join in with the pirate crew as they seek out treasure, guarded by ye nemesis, Smelly Sam, who you’ll have to defeat by firing off cannons—of the high-water-pressure kind!
Details: Palmetto Bay Marina, 86 Helmsman Way | (843) 415-8400 | pirateshhi.com
3. Pirates of Hilton Head
Hop aboard the Black Dagger and live a pirate’s life! Get ready to sing at the top of ye lungs, dance on the top deck and make stories to tell time and time again! Sail the coastline as ye search for hidden and buried loot and, once found, celebrate away. Keep your unpatched eye open for Pirate Stinky Pete and be ready to fight your way to the treasures! With a little help from water cannons, you can defeat the pirate for gold coins, jewels and other booty!
Details: Harbour Town, 149 Lighthouse Rd. Suite P | (843) 363-7000 | piratesofhiltonhead.com