Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head

(4.3/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web)
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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  • When you visit Hilton Head Island it looks as though it is all new with the last 100 years but visiting the Coastal Museum you will learn that the Island is very old. It was amazing to learn about the...  more »
  • We made a point of visiting the Coastal Discovery Center as we frequently visit these types of facilities when vacationing (aquariums, maritime museums, turtle centers, etc.) and had seen positive rev...  more »
  • Lots of very interesting information regarding the history of Hilton Head. Lovely walks through the marshes and beautiful camellia garden.  more »
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  • The Coastal Discovery Museum was one of my favorite activities during our trip to Hilton Head. My favorite part of the trip was the self guided tour that you can take on the grounds. It provides a nice walk includes beautiful trees, marshes, a butterfly enclosure, boardwalks, interesting plants, and an old cemetery. The kids that were a part of our group were most excited about the "Meet and Greet" (only on certain days, check their calendar) where they got to interact with snakes, chickens, a horned lizard, bunnies, and some gators. They also liked seeing the horses on the property. The inside part of the museum didn't hold their attention or ours. There was a little shop and some exhibits but we came for the outdoors stuff. If the indoor exhibits were better this would be a 5/5 rated place!
  • I really loved the discovery museum, and not only because it's free, but because its relatively small exhibition, was very informative and well organized, it tells the history of the island, including the gulla's connection, the families who lived here, and some stuff on nature as well like the sea turtles on the island... I would totally suggest this museum to history and nature lovers, and it doesn't hurt to strike a conversation with one of the volunteers on site, they know so much about the island... And even helped me with food choices.
  • A beautiful place with great history and art. Don't miss Joe Moffo's alligators, snakes and lizards. Where else can you hold an alligator while draped with a real snake boa? Lots of tours originate here and classes! Its our crown jewel.
  • A neat place to visit and learn the history of Hilton Head and the low country. The walking tour around the center is nice but was a little too hot for July.
  • Wonderful exhibits, lectures, trails, and staff. Fun way to lean about the history and wildlife of the island.