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5 Spring Activities for Families on Hilton Head Island

The weather is warm, the days are sunny, and it’s the lowest humidity of the year; it must be spring on Hilton Head Island. Spring is a time when Hilton Head residents can take advantage of fewer cars on the road and the perfect outdoor conditions. It is an ideal time for a vacation to our coastal island getaway. Spring festivals, tournaments, and holidays such as the Food & Wine Festival, RBC Heritage, and Easter allow visitors and locals access to an exciting calendar of events that is paired perfectly with activities that are fun for the whole family. For a memorable Lowcountry trip, explore these five family-friendly spring activities.

  1. Kids Cruises

Take a break from a busy schedule of events on Hilton Head’s latest water adventure that was designed for kids. Welcome aboard Captain Kidd! The Captain Kidd out of Shelter Cove Marina offers two interactive catch-and-release trips that are perfect for kids of all ages. Take your pick between a crabbing or fishing day of fun. With complete shaded seating and a full restroom onboard, the Captain Kidd is a comfortable way to safely explore the water. Both excursions, which require zero fishing, crabbing, or boating knowledge, are meant to be an introductory, educational way for kids to be exposed to marine life. The hands-on vessel features a touch tank on board where kids can safely meet incredible seasonal creatures up close. While each trip will be relaxing and informative, there is no shortage of fun and competition. A coveted Captain Kidd t-shirt will be awarded to the passenger that brings in the most crab or fish at the end of the trip. Get yours today!

2. Fishing Charters

Fishing is an important part of life in coastal communities, and now it’s easier than ever to try it for yourself. Capt. Hook Fishing Charters, out of Shelter Cove Marina, offers the largest fleet of fishing vessels on Hilton Head open to the public. They have multiple offerings for groups or families. Take your pick between five different boat options that meet your needs and budget. The fleet includes a 70-foot party fishing boat that is public and four smaller private charter options. Two of the private charter boats have shaded seating and restrooms on board, making them an ideal option for multi-generational families. All charters offered by Capt. Hook are a minimum of three hours long, so take that into consideration if you have smaller children.

3. Dolphin Tours

Atlantic bottlenose dolphins are Hilton Head’s most notable and recognizable residents. They can be encountered throughout the island, but the best way to see them is by booking a professionally guided dolphin tour. Island Skiff Adventure Tours, operating out of Broad Creek Marina, offers a unique and educational way to see dolphins, birds, and other Lowcountry wildlife. The tour centers around the natural and historical landscape of the area and is an incredibly fun way to hit the water. Passengers must be at least 5 years old, and entering and exiting the drive-it-yourself skiff boat does have some physical and mobility restrictions. Make memories as a family that will last a lifetime by booking your dolphin tour today.

4. Miniature Golf

Although Hilton Head is renowned for its world-class golf courses, putt-putt fans are in luck with three incredible miniature courses in town to choose from. Each conveniently located course off 278 offers its own unique offerings and themes. Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf boasts two courses filled with skeletons, cannons, and good pirate-themed fun. Legendary Golf spreads across 4 shaded acres and has two country club-style courses with varying difficulties for a bit of a challenge. Adventure Cove is a tropical fun zone with two courses and an adjacent arcade available inside.

5. Go-Kart

For a competitive bunch, there is nothing quite like settling a score with a literal race. Feel the wind in your hair on Hilton Head’s state-of-the-art outdoor go-kart track at Broad Creek Marina’s Adventure Hilton Head. Single and double karts are available, making this a great option for the whole family. If outdoor go karting is not your speed, Indy Karting & Amusement is an indoor option available in Bluffton, located in the Belfair Kroger shopping center.