Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head

Take tours of marshlands, beaches, and waterways, and learn about the natural history of the area at Coastal Discovery Museum. Wander through trails and gardens with tall oaks, a carnivorous plant exhibit, and a butterfly enclosure. Take one of the many tours, such as the lowland critter encounter, where you can hold a live alligator and pet snakes and turtles. Other tours include river expeditions, a dolphin cruise, kayaking tours, a beach turtle walk, and several other options. The museum and gift shop feature snacks as well as souvenirs--or pack your own lunch and picnic on the grounds. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Coastal Discovery Museum by using our Hilton Head online route planner .
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  • Well worth the visit.. I only wish the grass baskets were less expensive but they are truly cost prohibitive. Didn't see one under $250 and that was a very small one.. The museum with its history of H...  more »
  • The museum is a real treasure. Outside are a butterfly house, camellia garden, carnivorous plant area, rare tacky marsh horses, walkouts on the Jarvis Creek, indigo and sea salt cotton plants. Inside ...  more »
  • Lots of local history. The temporary exhibit on pirates would go over big with kids, I think (I found it interesting too!). Lots of info on local ecology as well.  more »
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  • This is a beautiful natural museum! I was especially impressed with how the docent engaged our 5-year old with a scavenger hunt activity. Our son was very motivated to complete it, so he paid attention to all the exhibits. It was a great day of learning for all of us!
  • Great place to visit for first time island goers. Learn about HHI and its history, flora and fauna. Great for kids and adults.
  • Pleasant place to learn about the history of Hilton Head Island and to simultaneously explore nature. I would recommend visiting here. Watching basket making by professionals using local materials proved fascinating.
  • We stopped by on our exploration of Hilton Head. It’s free and worth checking out. Relocating to the Honey Horn plantation in 2007, the property is beautiful. Housing three boardwalks, a butterfly enclosure, and a brief history of the location, we also got the pleasure of enjoying an art exhibit the museum was hosting.
  • Nice place to walk around with the family. Beautiful landscapes and very well maintained.

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