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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  • In Ddc. there was a great temporary exhibit about pirates But at any time, just strolling aound the groundsis a treat. We were visiting in December, so it was not at all crowded, but some attractions ...  more »
  • Lots of local history & cultural information as well as great walking area along the marsh. We greatly enjoyed the flowers.  more »
  • A great house, friendly people and amazing grounds. While we visited, they had some local artisans making palmetto baskets and roses. Very impressive. I think it would be even better a month or 2 earl...  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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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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