If you’re looking to include an educational element to your vacation, Hilton Head Island is full of history. The Leamington Lighthouse, built in the 1870’s, is located on the southern edge of Palmetto Dunes. Privately owned, make sure to make an appointment to visit this historical sight. Explore Fort Walker in the Port Royal Plantation and learn how the fort served as a station for Confederate troops during the Battle of Port Royal.
Point Historic Tours’ Sea Island Gullah Tour guides you on a three expedition tour exploring the Gullah culture. Descended from West Africa and enslaved for plantation work, the Gullah/Geechee culture composes a vital part of Hilton Head’s population. Check out the Gullah Flea Market where you will find locally made crafts and artwork which are perfect for keepsakes and souvenirs.
When evening approaches, you can’t go wrong dining at on of the regions local seafood restaurants. Seafood lovers will appreciate dining on the freshness of just-caught shrimp, fish, crab and lobster. If seafood isn’t your forte, try one of Hilton Head’s other tasty restaurants that offer Italian, American, Caribbean and international fare. After an appetizing meal, enjoy a musical production or concert at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Catch a show at the large 350 seat main stage or attend a more intimate production at one of the smaller youth experimental theatres.