While vacationing on Hilton Head Island, you simply must pay a visit to the Coastal Discovery Museum, one of the area’s top destinations. Located on 68 extremely beautiful acres, the museum will afford you the opportunity to indulge your enthusiasm for nature. You’ll find everything from trails and gardens to live oaks and a butterfly enclosure. In addition, there are several tours available. One of the most popular is the Beach Discovery Tour. Offered on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. from June through August and Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. from September to May, the tour is led by an expert naturalist who works at the museum. While on the tour, you’ll explore several of the island’s beaches where you’ll learn about sea turtles and the time of year they come to nest as well as the horseshoe crab and how it’s survived for millions of years.
One of the beaches you’ll encounter is secluded Mitchelville Beach, situated on Port Royal Sound. All sorts of inhabitants, including shorebirds, are very happy with the environment’s mud flats and sandy areas. There is no shortage of sea shells, either, so feel free to take home some souvenirs. You’ll also get quite an education regarding the formation of the beaches and how they are altered by the various tide cycles. Other Coastal Discovery Museum tours include Exploring Pinckney Island, the Forts of Port Royal, Historic Fort Mitchel, and Hilton Head’s Patriots and Planters. You can get more specific details about the Beach Discovery Tour, as well as ticket information, at http://bit.ly/1qFtE8T. Get your lodging needs met from Hilton Head Accommodations, which offers a studio that sleeps 4 at The Village at Palmetto Dunes for $99 a night. Additional deets at http://www.hiltonheadusa.com/property/the-village-studio.aspx.