Looking for a drivable spot to get away for Spring Break, we rented an airbnb on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina for the week. Taking our chances on the road, we loaded down the car with all the baby gear and crossed our fingers for a smooth five hour drive down I-95. Pleasantly surprised by the car ride, we were even more thrilled with our week on Hilton Head Island with kids.
Choosing to stay in the Sea Pines area of Hilton Head (a gated community) was a great decision and we would highly recommend this location especially to first time visitors. Several of the items on our list are available only to those staying or visiting the Sea Pines area. It is important to note you must purchase a pass to enter Sea Pines. $22 for a week or $8 a day. Cash only. Let’s not forget the toll payment to gain access to the island. Each way is $1.25 and you must have cash and exact change.
Now onto the fun stuff! Our list of the top spots for kids on Hilton Head Island.
Harbour Town is a community within Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island. Complete with a golf course, marina, several restaurants, a variety of shops, playground, lighthouse and live oaks for climbing. It’s the perfect place for families traveling to Hilton Head with kids
There is live music several days a week at the outside restaurant, Harbourside Burgers. Harbourside Bakery is also worth a stop, open daily from 7am until 2:30pm Make sure to try a cinnamon bun!
We noticed this horse stable while driving through Sea Pines on our way to our villa. People had pulled over on the side of the road or biked right up to the fence to feed to horses. A quick google search pulled up Lawton Stables and it’s list of family activities.
Lawton Stables has a small animal farm with pot belly pigs, donkeys, goats, chickens and alpacas Access is free to anyone in Sea Pines and the company store sells feed cups for a quarter. The farm also offers pony rides and trail rides through Sea Pines Forest Preserve. (Lawton Stables askes that you feed the horses cored apples or carrots.)
THE SALTY DOG CAFE:
A restaurant icon on the island, The Salty Dog Café is worth a stop for lunch or dinner. The “café” is much more than just a restaurant. An entire community has been built around the main restaurant with a pier, ice cream shop, general store and Salty Dog logo shop with a t-shirt in every color imaginable. There is a large patio with outdoor seating centered around an open air bar as well as an indoor dining section with large windows overlooking the sound. The Salty Dog Cafe is the perfect dining spot for those traveling to Hilton Head Island with kids.
Beside every road in Hilton Head, there is a bike path and every stop has bike racks. It is the way to travel on Hilton Head Island with kids. We rented bikes from Peddling Pelicans Bike Rentals which was within walking distance to our airbnb. The girls loved the “wagon” behind the bike and looked forward to each ride we took!
SEA PINES BEACH CLUB:
Anyone staying in Sea Pines has access to Sea Pines Beach Club. This serves as an access point to the beach with a boardwalk to the sand and showers to rinse off. Coast is the on-site restaurant with seating both inside and out as well as a large outdoor bar. If you are looking for a quick bite, Surfside Market (open seasonally) is a great option with fresh to-go options available.
A brand new playground just opened in December 2020 at Lowcountry Celebration Park in Hilton Head. The playground is centered around a two-story pirate ship for the kids to enjoy. This summer the wading pool portion of the park is set to open as well. The playground of any kids dreams!
DAY TRIP TO SAVANNAH:
Just a short drive south is Savannah, Georgia. This southern city is full of history, charm and you guessed it, more spanish moss! Start your day in Forsyth Park and work your way up to River Street. Don’t miss a stop to Leopold’s Ice Cream along the way!
Enjoy your lowcountry getaway!