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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  • We didn't know what to expect so went with low expectations. They have an a nice collection of historical plants and a lovely group of families. It appeared that there were a variety of programs that appealed to different ages. The gardens could definitely benefit from some attention, worth a few your visit.
  • Just a great family place to spend a few hours. Unfortunately we visited during a cold snap and much of the wildlife and flora were not visible. But the kids did still enjoy the scavenger hunt, which I admit we rushed through a bit because of the weather. Overall it was enjoyable; educational and beautiful.
  • 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 art show by "The Locals" Twelve artists from one very special place. 3/2/18 - 4/29/18
  • Lovely place rich in history. Want to go back again more in the season.
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