School’s out for summer and kids everywhere are probably asking when they’re going to the beach. If you’ve chosen Hilton Head as your summer family vacation destination, but haven’t been here before, we’ve got you covered. We put a mini guide together with ideas to create a fun-filled family trip for all ages. Hilton Head summers are special, so we want everyone to have a blast when they’re here. Rain or shine, we promise you’ll have a great time!

A Day at the Beach

Your first day should be spent building sandcastles, splashing in the ocean, and searching for buried treasure. The beaches of Hilton Head Island are one of the main attractions for vacationers, after all. You can rent a beach umbrella and a wagon, so you’re not hefting everything back and forth from your car.

The most popular Hilton Head beach for families is Coligny Beach. It is handicap-accessible with beach mats for those in wheelchairs, has public parking, restrooms, outdoor showers, and even WI-FI. The Coligny Plaza is within walking distance and features shopping, dining, and entertainment. The infamous Tiki Hut at the Holiday Inn Oceanfront isn’t far either, and you can order a tasty frozen beverage and take in a competitive beach volleyball game.

For the wild at heart, watersports equipment like body boards, aqua cycles, fun cycles, banana peels, kayaks, and sailboats are available to rent from the Shore Beach Service.

How to See Hilton Head

If you want to see Hilton Head Island in all its glory, there are only two methods we recommend: on a bicycle or horse. There are 64 miles of public pathways and nature trails that residents and visitors use for walking, running, and biking. That’s not counting the 12 miles of hard-packed beach you can ride on if your leg muscles are up to it! Biking Hilton Head is a fantastic family activity and gets you up close to nature while getting some exercise.

If you’ve got a horse lover in your family, have we got some news for you. Over at Lawton Stables, kids 7 and under who might be a bit skittish around the big horses can take two laps around the animal farm on a Shetland Pony led by a Lawton Stables team member. Experienced riders can take the one-hour guided trail rides through the 600+ acre Sea Pines Forest Preserve. After your rides are over, stop by the animal farm and feed some of their goats, chickens, miniature donkeys, pot-bellied pigs, and alpacas.


This mini guide doesn’t even scrape the surface for stuff to do with family while on vacation here on the island. From boating to spa days and everything in between, Hilton Head summers can be whatever you make of them.