WHEN THE WEATHER DRIVES YOU INDOORS

Climb to the top of the iconic lighthouse in Harbour Town for spectacular views of Harbour Town Golf Links, the Harbour Town Yacht Basin and Calibogue Sound. Need to catch your breath as you climb? Displays lining the stairs document the island’s rich natural history.

Reserve a tour at the Gullah Museum of Hilton Head. Since 2003, the nonprofit museum has been commit ted to maintaining Gullah customs, traditions, language, stories, songs and structures in the Lowcountry. The preserved Little House is a quiet, haint-blue cottage just off Gumtree Road, built in the early 1950s before a bridge connected the island to the mainland. The museum also hosts oyster roasts and educational seminars throughout the year.

Hilton Head Island is renowned for its arts scene. See a professional performance at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, where musicals, plays, dances and national comedy acts take the stage regularly. Or for a fun souvenir, head over to the Art Cafe, located across the street from Coligny Plaza and paint your own pottery.

See a movie. The two largest movie theaters are Northridge Cinema 10 on Hilton Head and Cinemark Bluffton. Northridge offers 10 screens, all with reclining seats. Hilton Head also is home to Park Plaza Cinema and Coligny Theatre. Park Plaza is an independent theater with a bar. Coligny is a single-screen theater that shows mostly art house movies. With 12 screens, Cinemark Bluffton is the largest theater in the area.

Lace up your bowling shoes for a day at Station 300 in Bluffton, which offers 33,000 square feet of bowling, arcade games and food. The bumpers can pop up to protect less experienced players from gutter balls, and then go back down when the family champion is up. In-house restaurant Zepplin’s is available if you work up an appetite.

Play some arcade games. Adventure Cove Mini Golf & Arcade on Hilton Head features air hockey, video games and a creative and well-maintained mini golf course. Before you leave, be sure to trade your tickets in for some fun swag.

Solve mysteries at an escape room. Are you a secret sleuth? Do you love solving puzzles? If so, try out one of the three escape rooms in the area. Work to solve the puzzles before time runs out. The puzzles may prove to be difficult for the little ones, so this activity is suggested for ages 12 and older.

Listen to a story. If you crave a little quiet, check out Hilton Head library. It offers programs almost every day — story hour with Mr. Greg is a favorite. Offerings change daily but might include Lego robotics, drop-in craft time, shadow puppets, and Wee Reads story hour.

Play at The Sandbox: An Interactive Children’s Museum. Kids can sit in a real airplane cockpit, climb on a ship, explore the builder’s section, or create a masterpiece in the art room. Located off Pope Avenue, The Sandbox is the perfect stop for toddlers and preschoolers.

Bounce, bounce, bounce. Just across the bridges in Bluffton, Island Playground offers a slew of bounce houses and inflatables — including a maze and a slide — and is the perfect place to let your kids run wild. This air-conditioned facility also has a concession stand and comfortable seating and free Wi-Fi for mom and dad.

Relax at a spa. Don’t miss this opportunity for a pampering session. There are many spas on the island offering everything from hot stone massages to couples’ massage. Relax and rejuvenate

Learn about local sea life. Port Royal Sound Foundation Maritime Center has more than 20 exhibits that highlight the ecological, historical, cultural, artistic and recreational aspects of Port Royal Sound. The main exhibit hall showcases animals that call the sound home: sharks, dolphins, marine turtles and countless types of fish. A 3,000-gal lon touch tank displays some of the creatures found in the waters just outside the center. Several exhibits are dedicated to the area’s bread and butter: shrimp and oysters.

Go kazoo crazy. If you’re up for a drive, grab the kids for a trip to Beaufort’s Kazoo Museum & Factory. You’ll enjoy interactive exhibits, learn about the history of the kazoo, see how they’re made and have the chance to make your own to take home with you.