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The Coastal Discovery Museum is a can’t-miss attraction for any Hilton Head Island vacation, but in summer it comes alive with a vibrant atmosphere unseen any other time of year. In addition to the gorgeous outside views, historical attractions, centuries old oak groves and South Carolina’s oldest red cedar tree, the area teems with an abundance of wildlife including rare sea turtles and dazzling numbers of butterflies. It’s truly a place for the whole family to discover something new and exciting. You can spend some time on the beach here, or you can wander around the beautiful property. There are also special events and guided tours year round.

All summer long, take evening walks to watch loggerhead sea turtles nesting, the one reason adults of the species will come ashore. Seeing them is truly a unique experience, and one which is getting less common as the species becomes more endangered. Otherwise, take a butterfly nature walk to see millions of the colorful insects while you learn about their life cycle, feeding habits and more. Take a guided history tour on this 300 year old property to learn about the culture of the “low country.” There are even some indoor exhibits. Whatever you choose, you can be assured a one of a kind experience you simply won’t find anywhere else on Earth. The museum is year round 9:30am-4:30pm except Sundays, when the hours are 11:00am-3:00pm.