Family Fun

Play on the Pirate Ship: Lowcountry Celebration Park features the reimagined Adventure Playground Ship. Complete with mist cannons, it is named for the vessel captained by explorer William Hilton who discovered the island in 1663.

See the Dolphins: A dolphin cruise is a great way to get out on the water and get closer to wildlife. These adventures are informative (learn about the dolphins’ behavior) and fantastic family fun.

See the Butterfly Habitat at the Coastal Discovery Museum : Walk together with nature at the Coastal Discovery Museum, which has 68 acres of nature trails open for walks and picnics. The butterfly habitat is a local favorite. Guided tours provide an insightful exprerience.

Go for a Bike Ride : There are 6 miles of bike lanes, 117 miles of shared-use pathways, 108 miles of paved shared-use paths, 14 miles of planned pathways, and 1 mile of single track stretching across the island. There’s not much better than getting on your bike and going for a fun and relaxing ride.


Explore the Shops: There’s plenty of fantastic shopping from one end of the island to the other. On the South End of the island, stop by The Shops at Sea Pines Center, Harbour Town Shops, Coligny Plaza and Village at Wexford for an array of shops and boutiques. Mid-Island, be sure to visit Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, The Plaza at Shelter Cove and Shelter Cove Town Centre. When on the North End of the Island Main Street Village offers shops and restaurants.


Take A Hike at Pinckney Island or Sea Pines Reserve: There’s natural beauty just waiting to be explored. Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge includes more than 4,000 acres of salt marsh and maritime habitat. Fishing is allowed, or hike and bike the 14 miles of roads that wind through the island. The Sea Pines Forest Preserve’s paths, wetland boardwalks, bridges and fishing docks, offer a sanctuary for visitors to stroll at their own pace.

Climb the Lighthouse: Want a little bit of adventure? Why not climb the Harbour Town Lighthouse. Take your time walking up the 114 steps and then enjoy the spectacular view.

Hit some Balls (tennis, pickleball or golf): There are plenty of activities to keep you busy. Public and private pickleball courts continue to emerge and the area has some of the country’s finest golf and tennis courts.


Spend the Day on Daufuskie: Daufuskie Island, a small barrier island, is a 45-minute ferry ride away. It whisks visitors back in time — accessible by boat — to a memorable off-the-beaten path experience.

Historic Mitchelville: Exhibits and self-guided tours make a visit memorable. The parks tells the rich history of Mitchelville and its connection to the Gullah culture.