Bluffton / Hilton Head
Old Town Bluffton- You don’t want to miss historic Bluffton near the May River for some of the most unique shopping and dining in our area. It’s all blended with colorful and creative art galleries, history up and down local streets, and dining for lunch and dinner in charming settings. The Bluffton Old Town Merchant Society warmly encourages visitors to come and spend an afternoon or a day discovering historic Bluffton. Flower boxes and rocking chairs, fun garden art and sculptures, a kitty cat or a dog lounging on a front porch store entrance, and lots of smiles await you.
You do not want to miss the Farmer’s Market, every Thursday from 2-7PM, March 15-December 20.
Click here to view a map of Old Town Bluffton.
May River Excursions– May River Excursions operates out of Old Town Bluffton, SC on Calhoun Street. They offer a variety of boating excursions ranging from dolphin watching and shark fishing to heart-pounding watersports rides and instruction. Although excursions vary by interest you can expect to see all of the beautiful wildlife and learn about the local waterways on each trip.
Coligny Beach- Enjoy public beach access, water spouts, shopping, dining and a beach side tiki bar.
Harbour Town Lighthouse- Serving as the centerpiece of the Sea Pines Plantation, this lighthouse structure is colored like a candy cane and features a small gift shop at the top. Shops and dining also surround the marina.
Coastal Discovery Museum- Families head to this interactive museum to learn about the history and wildlife of sea islands.
Pinckney Island National Refuge- Encompassing four islands and 4,000 acres, the refuge aims to preserve and protect endangered natural habitats and species. At 1,200 acres, Pinckney is the largest of the refuge’s islands and the only one open to the public. Visit for a nice day biking, hiking and birdwatching.
Rose Hill Mansion– Fabulous Home and Tour. The best part is the owner conducts the tour herself. Robin is a an enjoyable hostess – so informative and knowledgeable about the history of the plantation and local area.
Zipline Hilton Head- Fly on 7 ziplines with heights to 75 ft., cross the 3 suspended sky bridges and climb the aerial staircase. Try our 900 ft., pulse-pounding dual cable racing zipline, designed with adrenaline junkies in mind. There are usually up to 8 in a group zipping along tree platforms with two guides. You’re harnessed with state-of-the-art adventure course equipment and fully guided by our professionally trained guides the entire time you are on the canopy tour. Other activities at Broad Creek Marina Adventures are kayaking, parasailing and dolphin cruises.
Station 300– A family entertainment center with 24 bowling lanes and 12 over-sized projection screens – great for watching the big game! They have the largest redemption arcade in the area plus a full-service restaurant where you can enjoy everything from pizza to steaks! Prefer your food lane-side; they do that too! Join Station 300 in their lounge every Friday & Saturday night for live entertainment.
Forsyth Park- This 30-acre park is bordered on the north by Gaston Street, on the south by Park Avenue and has a one-mile perimeter popular among outdoor enthusiasts. The northern section of the park was donated to the city by William Hodgson, a private citizen, who felt the city needed a large public park. In 1851, the park was expanded and named for John Forsyth, a Georgia Governor. The park’s north end is home to a cast iron fountain that was erected in 1858. The Forsyth Park Fountain was designed to resemble the grand fountain in Paris at the Place de la Concorde. An exact replica of the Forsyth Park Fountain resides in Cuzco, Peru. The park is also adorned by monuments to the Confederate Soldier, the Marine Corps Monument, the Spanish-American Monument and the Fragrant Garden for the Blind. The Forsyth Park Fountain is one of the most visited attractions by visitors to Savannah.
Historic Downtown- The Historic District of Savannah is the heart of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, with cobblestone streets, manicured gardens, and oak-shaded parks drizzling with silvery Spanish Moss. The perfect Georgia vacation destination for all ages – abuzz with art, culture, festivals, concerts, live theater, outdoor cafes, gourmet restaurants, and true Southern hospitality. The largest National Historic Landmark District in the United States, Savannah contains more than twenty city squares filled with museums, churches, mansions, monuments and famous forts of the Revolutionary & Civil War eras.
River Street- River Street is a glittering, multi-faceted gem along the broad Savannah River. The century old buildings, once cotton warehouses, have been converted to antique shops, distinctive boutiques, spectacular galleries, quaint brew pubs, fabulous restaurants, unique nightspots, elegant inns and hotels. Bustling with welcoming hospitality, it’s also the place to see Savannah from the river that made her by taking a cruise or watching ships from around the globe sail into one of the busiest ports in America. Don’t miss the “First Saturday” events featuring arts and crats, live entertainment, and fun for the entire family.
First Saturday Dates for 2012: August 4th, November 3rd & December 1st (Christmas Show and Parade)
Click here for more information on River Street events
Have a cocktail at one of America’s Best Outdoor Bars, Rocks on the Roof at the Bohemian Hotel (per Travel and Leisure magazine)
Grayson Stadium– Grayson Stadium is one of the gems of minor league parks in the south. Set just outside the historic district of this beautiful city, the park fits in almost perfectly. The brick facade on the outside along with large weeping trees make for a very picturesque exterior. The inside is just as nice. A large covered grandstand contains much of the park’s seating. There are also some bleacher seats along the third base side, and in left field (one of the few minor league parks with outfield seating). A great old park to take a game in at.
Oatland Island Wildlife Center– Located 15 minutes southeast of downtown Savannah, this is an environmental education center where you can learn about local wildlife and native plants.There are several programs for children.