▪ Get outside. Outside Hilton Head is one of the area’s premier sources for adventure. Programs include guided kayak tours, kayak fishing, boat based dolphin tours, charter fishing, tours of historic Bluffton and Daufuskie, kids and teens camps, stand-up paddleboarding programs, boat rentals and surf lessons. Details: www.outsidehiltonhead.com
▪ Climb the lighthouse at Harbour Town. The 90-foot, red-and-white striped tower is the visual centerpiece of Sea Pines Resort. On your way up, take in the old photos and historical information about Hilton Head Island. You can tell every one that you’re not resting, you’re reading. Pick up a souvenir at the museum at the the top. Details: www.harbourtownlighthouse.com
▪ Tour the Old Sheldon Church ruins. The site includes the remains of Prince William’s Paris Church that was burned by the British during the Revolutionary War. It was reconstructed in 1825 and burned by Gen. William T. Sherman’s troops in 1865. It’s open for self-guided tours daily from dawn until dusk. Located on U.S. 21 in Sheldon.
▪ Entertain your brain. The Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn on Hilton Head offers educational tours, nature walks, exhibits, and history and nature walks throughout the spring and summer. Details: www.coastaldiscovery.org
▪ See a show. Dubbed “the Broadway of the South,” the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina has been producing renowned professional performing and visual arts for 20 seasons. Upcoming spring and summer shows and theater performances include “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” Peking Acrobats, “The Sleeping Beauty,” and “Million Dollar Quartet.” Details: www.artshhi.com
▪ Shop, dine, play at Coligny Plaza. Located at the south end of Hilton Head Island, the plaza has been a tradition for locals and visitors for 60 years. Shop more than 60 specialty stores, enjoy local entertainment, and dine at one of the tempting restaurants — all in one place. Details: www.colignyplaza.com
▪ Explore Sea Pines. Inside the gates, opportunities abound to explore and learn about nature, play golf and tennis, shop and dine. A huge nature preserve has walking trails, guided activities are offered in a forest preserve, and Lawton Stables offers trail rides. Those not staying in Sea Pines pay a $6 gate fee. Details: www.seapines.com
▪ Walk through history at the Penn Center. The campus of the first African American school is a designated national historical landmark. Details: www.penncenter.com