Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head

4.5
#5 of 43 in Museums in Coastal South Carolina
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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. Put Coastal Discovery Museum and other Hilton Head attractions into our Hilton Head trip generator, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • One of the best nature walks we've had! Kids loved it ! Their wednesday program with Joe Maffo and his local animals was great for kids!  more »
  • We enjoyed our visit. There are interesting plants and sculptures to see. We also enjoyed the mile long walk with views of the salt marsh. We learned a lot about Hilton Head in the museum. A good alte...  more »
  • My family (3, 5 and 2 10 year olds) visiting the coastal discovery museum today. The highlight of the visit was for sure the animal encounter (only offered certain days and hours). Our children held, ...  more »
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  • So cool to learn about local history and environment. Beautiful scenery and wildlife. The kids loved the scavenger hunt.
  • Lovely place to take the kids for a small day trip! It's free, but they accept donations. There is a lot of walking and reading to do, but it's well worth it!
  • Great place for kids and adults! Hosts are very knowledgeable and share marvelous information. Great hands-on activities for kids too!
  • This is the place if you want to take a deep breath, and spend a couple of hours away from the beach or golfing! My family loved it and we have a three year-old and a seven year-old! We saw a super presentation of alligators and Low Country animals. The kids even got to touch the gator! Wonderful place to take a walk, look at art, see some horses, learn about the history of the island, and spend a little money in the cute gift shop. I bought 2 stained glass alligator mobiles for my kids. Can't understand why folks thought this place was boring. I guess it depends on what you bring to the experience. We'll be back!
  • Great way to spend a couple of hours learning about the Hilton Head area. Highlights were the Venus Fly Traps (native to the Carolina coastal plain) and the two marsh observation decks.

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Where to stay in Hilton Head

A favorite East Coast beach destination, Hilton Head caters to a range of visitors, with budget options as well as world-class luxury hotels. Accommodations here are priciest in the summer months, during the high season. Among upscale options, choose from high-end resorts, hotels of all sizes, and gorgeous villas along the water. There are also a number of charming cottages and short-term rental apartments for those who prefer more private lodging. Shoestring travelers will find a few more affordable hotels here, or you can stay in nearby Bluffton to save cash if you don't mind the commute.
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