Free fun activities

Vacations can put a big dent in the family budget. There are many things to do on Hilton Head besides going to the beach that cost nothing. Here are some summer activities:

On Fridays, from 7 to 10 PM, Shelter Cove Town Center has a sunset celebration. The setting is informal, featuring live music, bounce houses and face painting for the kids, and occasionally some other entertainment. Bring a blanket or folding chairs and sit on the lawn.

On Thursdays, Shelter Cove Town Center shows free movies. Bring beach chairs or blankets and watch from the lawn. Starts at 9:00 PM.

Note: A free shuttle at Shelter Cove Town Center will bring you from the remote parking.

The action at Shelter Cove , on Tuesdays, Summer Jams  starts with a community market and kids activities including a bungee jump, bounce houses, a rock wall, and a zip line. Then, From 7 to 9 PM are summer jams concerts lead up to a fireworks display at nightfall. Free parking shuttle.

Also at Shelter Cove (by the Neptune statue),  Harbourfest provides family entertainment with arts and crafts and fun for kids Monday through Friday. There are two Shannon Tanner shows: 7:00 and 8:30 PM. Cappy the Clown will entertain there from 6 to 9 PM.

Shelter Cove also has Parrott Palooza Thursdays, when Shannon and the Oyster Reefers play a tribute to Jimmy Buffet at 7:00 PM

Coligny Plaza, at the beach, has entertainment every night, ranging from magic shows to live music to a dance party to team trivia night.. The fun starts at 6:30 and goes to 8:30 PM.

Harbour Town is the venue for the famous Gregg Russell performances which have enchanted kids for two generations. Kids vie to be picked to sing or perform and Gregg entertains with music from 8:00 to 9:30 PM every night except Saturday.

Lawton Stables has a free petting zoo, and horse lovers enjoy bringing treats of apples or carrots to the horses in the paddock any time.

The 605 acre  Sea Pines Forest Preserve is a great place for a picnic or barbecue. You can also fish the lakes, take long walks and observe alligators and other wild life.

The Salty Dog has periodic events geared toward families and kids. There is live music every night featuring Dave Kemmerly, Bruce Crichton or Trevor Harden at the docks. In the Courtyard in front of Jake's Cargo enjoy Kids Fun from 6:30 to 8:15 PM. Saturday is juggling with Ben, Sunday and Tuesday is Carnival Night with Steve, Monday, Thursday and Friday the Music Lady entertains and on Wednesday DJ Anneliza hold a kids dance party.
They also have a hula hoop contest and chalk art for kids

The Sea Pines Beach Club provides restrooms, outdoor showers and foot wash, and plenty of bike (but not car) parking. They often have live entertainment in the afternoons.

Pinckney Island National Wildlife Preserve is a great place to walk or bike and observe nature or for salt water fishing.

Audubon Newhall Preserve is a 50 acre nature preserve where you can hike and see a rare pocosin (bog). Sadly, it was badly damaged by hurricane Matthew.

The Island Winery offers wine tasting from 12:30 to 5:30 PM Monday through Saturday. Nominal fee is refunded with a purchase.

The Island Distillery offers guided tours (and tastings) from March through September.

A complimentary golf exhibition is available on Mondays from 4:00 to 4:45 PM at the Palmetto Dunes Jones course.

SondorBlue, a group of young musicians, play a wide variety of music under the Liberty Oak in Harbour Town on Saturdays from 7:30 to 9:30 PM.

Christmas lights can be seen, typically between Thanksgiving and Christmas or a little later at : Shelter Cove Town Center, Shelter Cove Marina, Hilton Head Fire and Rescue #3 (534 Wm. Hilton Pkwy., next to the First Presbyterian Church and Bargain Box), South Beach Marina, Harbour Town marina, and Compass Rose Park. See here.

 This page Updated 10/08/2019