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10 great things to do this summer

Jade Stilts paddles in the Stoney Creektidal marsh behind Harbour Town duringa paddleboarding lesson with H20Water Sports.
Jade Stilts paddles in the Stoney Creektidal marsh behind Harbour Town duringa paddleboarding lesson with H20Water Sports.

1. Ride a horse. Lawton Stables in Sea Pines, Palmetto Bluff's equestrian center on the mainland and Camelot Farms Equestrian Center in Beaufort offer trail rides that take riders through gorgeous Lowcountry vistas.2. Go charter fishing. It doesn't matter if you can't tell a marlin from a mackerel - Hilton Head Island's charter captains enjoy fishing with everyone from serious anglers to families who want to enjoy a day on the water.3. Shop. Tanger Outlet Center 1 and 2 offer some of the best shopping in the Southeast. Tanger 1 has been completely rebuilt and is open. Both outlets are on U.S. 278 and about three miles before the bridges to Hilton Head Island. Vacationers should also check out the many unique boutiques on Hilton Head Island and in old town Bluffton, where shoppers are sure to find original art and fun, one-of-a-kind accessories.4. Sharpen your mind. Learn about the loggerhead sea turtles that nest on Hilton Head Island by participating in an evening turtle walk sponsored by the Coastal Discovery Museum.5. Make a sand sculpture on the beach. For a few dollars, you can purchase all the plastic pails and shovels you need to create a sand castle. Build an ornate castle, or bury someone in your party in sand.6. Take a day trip to Daufuskie Island. Explore and eat the island's famous crab cakes. You'll feel you've stepped back in time.7. Go biking. Ride into Harbour Town and climb the steps of the lighthouse. The 90-foot, red-and-white striped tower is the visual centerpiece of The Sea Pines Resort.8. Go paddleboarding. This hot new watersport is easier than it looks and is great exercise. Rent a paddleboard and get instruction at Outside Hilton Head and H2O Water Sports.9. Eat some local seafood. Catch it yourself, purchase some shrimp or fresh fish from a market or roadside stand and cook it at home, or dine at one of the many first-class restaurants on the island and in Bluffton.10. Head to the beach. Grab your hat, sunscreen, towel, chair and a good book, and park it in the sand. Sit, relax and contemplate.

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