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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  • October 1, 2017
    Went though museum the day before taking the Gullah Heritage Tour, which begins/ends here. Very nice historical accounting of Hilton head, with lots of photos. Excellent kids area with tanked sea life...  more »
  • September 30, 2017
    We were impressed by the simplicity and graphic environmental displays which helps all tourists and residents to appreciate the amazing wonderful natural history on Hilton Head which is usually associ...  more »
  • September 23, 2017
    Very nice leisurely few hours. You can spend and hour to a full day there. Knowledgeable, helpful staff.  more »
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  • June 30, 2017
    So cool to learn about local history and environment. Beautiful scenery and wildlife. The kids loved the scavenger hunt.
  • June 1, 2017
    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!
  • June 7, 2017
    Great place for kids and adults! Hosts are very knowledgeable and share marvelous information. Great hands-on activities for kids too!
  • January 19, 2017
    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!
  • June 30, 2017
    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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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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