Hilton Head boasts some of the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast and has recently been on many “Best Of” lists! The beaches are truly pristine and have many different amenities to offer for families and individuals. Choose from one of the island’s 7 gorgeous beaches to begin your perfect beach day...with most featuring restrooms, showers, playgrounds, grills, pavilions, boardwalks and more.
Alder Lane Beach access located at 2 Woodward Ave is the southern most of the beaches on the island. There is metered parking for $.25 per 15 minutes. If you are looking for a quitter beach going experience, Alder Lane Beach is usually un-crowded and who doesn’t love that?! The beach does offer handicap beach matting, outdoor showers, restrooms and seasonal lifeguards.
Burke’s Beach located at 60 Burkes Beach Road is a nice quiet beach with metered spaces and a long beach access. This beach is dog friendly before 10:00am and after 5:00pm Memorial Day through Labor Day. If you do bring your pup, this beach is within walking distance to the Chaplin Community Park, which includes the Best Friends Dog Park.
Coligny Beach located at 1 Coligny Circle is one of the most popular beaches on the island and offers many amenities. Parking is available at the town parking lot (entrance is on Pope across the Exxon). The cost for parking is $4 for the day with in and out privileges. There is beach access, handicap beach matting, outdoor showers, restrooms, seasonal beach rentals, seasonal beach lifeguards, and Wi-Fi! At the entrance to the beach access there is a fun water fountain splash pad for the kids to enjoy splashing in (and taking some great photos)! The beach also offers rocking chairs and covered areas to relax after a fun day at the beach. This beach is close to Coligny Plaza so you can grab a bite of lunch when you need to get out of the sun!
Driessen Beach located at 64 Bradley Beach Road is a great beach to take the family for a fun filled day of surf, sand, and sun! There are plenty of metered parking spots, a long handicap accessible beach access with boardwalk, grills, outdoor showers, restrooms, picnic pavilion, playground, seasonal beach rentals and seasonal life-guards. Then picnic pavilion is a great spot to cool off mid-day and the playground is close by if the kids need a change of scenery! The boardwalk out to the beach is beautiful and a great place to stop and take some photos!
Folly Field Beach Park located at 55 Starfish Drive is a great little beach with a beautiful boardwalk leading to the beach. There is limited metered parking, handicap beach matting, outdoor showers, restrooms, seasonal beach rentals and seasonal lifeguards. This beach is a favorite for the surfers! Sometimes this beach can become crowded because it is located near hotels and tourist attractions.
Islander’s Beach Park located at 94 Folly Field Road is one of the more “local” beaches and parking is by permit only with limited metered spaces. An easy bike ride, this beach offers a boardwalk, handicap matting, grill, outdoor showers, picnic pavilion, playground, restrooms and seasonal lifeguards. The playground is nice and shady so the kids can enjoy!
Mitchelville Beach Park located at 124 Mitchelville Road is your beach if you are on the search for a more private beach. There is parking for this beach at the park, however, be prepared for a long walk to the beach. Public restrooms available. During low-tide, this is a very wide beach and gives tons of space to set up for an entire day of beach time fun! Great beach for dogs and to shore fish or go clamming.
Hilton Head Island also offers community parks that offer playgrounds, gardens, walking paths, indian shell rings, historic sites, access to the inter-coastal waterway and more.
Compass Rose Park - 4 St. Augustine Place
Offers a beautiful reflecting pool, covered sitting area with gorgeous fountain view, a covered pavilion with grass area, walking paths, history posters, and a statue of the modern day founder of Hilton Head Island, Charles Fraser…..walking an alligator, of course! Make sure to check out the granite compass that actually spins!
This park features Beautiful, scenic views and wonderful walking paths. Located within Fish Haul Creek, is Mitchelville Freedom Park – a preservation movement of the first self-governed freedman’s town in the United States. Take a rest on one of the many benches under the old oaks to read about Mitcheleville’s history and plans for the park in the future. Kids will enjoy the dock and watching the crabs scuttle around the salt marsh.
This park is one of the smaller parks on the island, but it has a lot to offer. There are two different playgrounds, covered picnic area, a basketball hoop, an old historic cemetery, and a big observation deck with an authentic Native American Shell Ring...all to take in the spectacular views.
Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn - 70 Honey Horn Drive
You could spend the entire day at Honey Horn learning about the rich history Hilton Head Island has to offer. There are 68 acres to explore, a mile long nature trail, history posters that will teach about the Native Islanders (Gullah), the marsh ecosystem, sweetgrass baskets, take a shrimp or fishing journey, and view some of the oldest structures on the island. Honey Horn also has a native butterfly enclosure and a Camellia Garden with 120 different varieties of camellias! If you are visiting with kids, make sure to grab the Scavenger Hunt Map to take on your walking tour! Once you get inside the Museum, there is even more fun to be had and interesting things to learn!
Jarvis Creek Park includes 53 acres of fun for the entire family! The possibilities are endless at this park! There is a 1.1 mile loop trail to run, walk, or bike. There are nine exercise stations with instructions (get a work out and a beautiful view). Bring a soccer ball, cloud watch, or do some yoga in the middle of grassy fields. The 11 acre lake is stocked with Blue Gill and Largemouth Bass, so bring your pole! There are multiple pavilions with playgrounds next to each one so adults can sit and relax while the kiddos burn off some energy!
Sailing and Rowing Center at Squire Pope Community Park - 133 Squire Pope Road
State of the art facilites with a fire pit, tire swing, pavilion, benches and swing for the perfect picture and a dock with views that will take your breath away. Launch your paddleboard, kayak or other non-motorized vehical from the dock!
Shelter Cove Community Waterfront Park - 39 Shelter Cove Park
This is the newest addition to the island and a gorgeous one at that! The new Shelter Cove Community Park is 5 acres and offers a plethora of activities. There are festivals and events planned all year round, a playground with beautiful replicas of native sea life, a performance pavilion, picnic area, public art, and a nice boardwalk with views of the Broad Creek. There are also all sorts of shops and restaurants across the street. This is a definite must see if when you are on the island!
Chaplin Park has a lot to offer to its visitors. There are many fields to play soccer, baseball, and football. There is also a playground, basketball courts, six tennis courts, and a dog park - with bike paths connecting to the beach! There are trails throughout the park that connect all the different sections. This park has it all!
This park is probably one of the least crowded parks on the island. There are two tennis courts, a large grassy field, and one basketball court. Pickleball played here as well as the Island Rec Center.
The Island Rec Center offers a lap and swim pool, swim lessons, pickleball, water aerobics, biking groups, soccer for all ages, rowing club, youth activities and programs, summer programs and camps, youth athletics, and events all year round. Make sure to check out http://www.islandreccenter.org/