Hilton Head Island

Travel With Children Jul 06, 2009 No Comments

We found the amount of ways to “entertain” our children on Hilton Head Island numerous, but expensive. So we didn’t do any of it. We packed up and spent two days at the beach! There we saw dolphins playing (yes, very, very close to the shore. So close that my son said, “oh mommy, look the dolphins came to play with us.”) We found sand dollars, star fish, hermit crabs, a horseshoe crab, sea birds fishing and little fish all for free. We put them back of course so that you can find them when you come, too. This experience was priceless and with little kids – age 6 and 4 – this was a larger than life experience for them. My 6 year old, said it was the most fun she had all summer. So, if you are on budget, or just want to keep from going broke skip the expensive claims to adventure and head to the beach!
Oh, if you aren’t on the side of Hwy. 278 with the bike trail you’ll have to drive your car and the beach access parking is $1 an hour. Not bad, but make sure to book a hotel on the right side of the highway and bring your bikes. Biking to the beach – FREE.
Oh don’t miss the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. We loved this place. After our sealife encounter at the beach, we were furthered wowed by the marsh lands and its inhabitants at this wildlife refuge. We road our bikes around here too, and met an avid bird watcher who directed us to a marshy pond with a white ibis rookery. There were about 100 birds and their young nesting right before our eyes! They didn’t seem to be bothered by the snooping. They were well protected by alligators below, which we did not see but the bird watcher told us so. We continued our ride and found a sweet little butterfly garden and a ton of sand crabs all around the ground there. Another great free place with more appeal than fee-based “entertainment”.


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