If you’re looking for fun activities that grandparents and grandchildren can enjoy together, Hilton Head is the perfect setting. On our beautiful island, you’ll find activities of all stripes to please everyone in the family — from bookworms to budding pirates.
With Grandparents Day coming up on Sept. 11, we think it’s the perfect time to plan some activities that will provide hours of fun for you and your grandchildren. Here are a few of our favorite island attractions that appeal to all ages.
Go on a Dolphin-Watching Cruise
Who doesn’t adore dolphins? Hilton Head is home to hundreds of them and you can choose among a variety of cruises where you’re sure to spot these water-dwelling mammals. Some cruise lines even offer special educational tours tailored to kids, and many of the boats have shaded decks for everyone’s comfort.
Go Horseback Riding
When you’re ready to spend time on terra firma, horseback riding is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy some physical activity. By embarking on a horseback trail ride, you also get a bird’s-eye view of the Lowcountry natural environment, including forests and lakes. For children under 7, pony rides are available.
Hunt for Treasure and Defeat Smelly Sam
Do you have an aspiring pirate in the family? If so, he or she will love joining the Black Sparrow crew in the hunt for “Smelly Sam,” Hilton Head’s favorite pirate. As kids board this authentic pirate ship, they’ll don their pirate garb, have their faces painted, get a pirate tattoo and learn all the pirate lingo. They’ll also find treasure including jewels, gold coins and other surprises.
Play in The Sandbox
The Sandbox is an interactive museum especially for kids and features exhibits like an international bazaar, an observational saltwater aquarium, a T-rex tracking adventure and more. The museum offers a variety of activities targeted to young children through age 8.
Visit Adventure Cove
Adventure Cove includes the only arcade on the island and features a variety of games, from the classics to the newest titles. Kids can win tickets, which they can redeem for prizes like electronics and stuffed animals. The park also offers miniature golf and is home to two 18-hole courses surrounded by gardens, waterfalls, rocky terrain, lagoons and more. The “Lost Lagoon” course even features a two-story cave.
Go to the Beach!
Without a doubt, the jewel in Hilton Head’s crown is its stunning, pristine beaches. You and your grandchildren can splash in the water, collect shells or build sand castles as you enjoy the beautiful weather. You can choose among numerous public beach access areas as home base for getting to more than 12 miles of seashore. If you want to swim during your stay, be sure to select one of the beaches with designated swimming areas.
Visit The Cypress of Hilton Head
While you’re in town, we hope you’ll plan a visit to The Cypress of Hilton Head. We offer a variety of activities, whatever your pleasure — from golf to yoga, games, performances, travel, art classes and more. Please contact us today to learn more!