Coming to visit Hilton Head means you will be in the heart of the America’s Lowcountry. While some only associate Lowcountry with fine Southern cooking (which, it does indeed have), there is much more to the Lowcountry culture. Whether you prefer to explore history or nature, or you just want to relax and enjoy, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy when you come for a vacation.


Start your day learning a little history about the area. The Coastal Discovery Museum in Hilton Head offers a look at the heritage of the Lowcountry, amidst the beautiful natural setting of the only original plantation house on the island. Learn about the pre-Civil War times as well as more modern times as well as the surrounding plants and wildlife through interactive panels throughout the self-guided tour. Other places to see for a more in-depth history lesson include the Zion Cemetery and the Baynard Plantation Ruins.


If nature is your calling, your next stop should be the Hilton Head Audubon Newhall Preserve. Trails located throughout the 50-acre plantation make it easy to lead your family on a tour, discovering the flora and fauna abundant in the Lowcountry. Another spot to go for observing nature at its finest is the Sea Pines Forest Preserve, where you can sign up for a guided tour by a professional who might know the tricks to getting the shier residents to pop up for a visit.


These are the beaches in the Lowcountry that you can escape to so that you can kick back and enjoy yourself. Choose one close to your other activities and spend the end of your afternoon with your toes in the sand.


Burkes Beach

Coligny Beach

Driessen Beach

Edisto Beach

Folly Field Beach

Mitchelville Beach

… and others!


The Lowcountry is full of every good thing in the South. Whether you are there to learn, explore by bike, or to just breathe, you’ll find Hilton Head the perfect place to vacation. Bring a picnic lunch or extra cash for a restaurant, and plan to make a day of the experience!