Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Activities & fun in the off-season

Thousands of visitors come to Hilton Head Island each summer for pristine beaches, a high-class small town atmosphere, and resort vacationing. But this place is fun in other seasons, as well! Because of Hilton Head's prime location at the southernmost tip of South Carolina's coastline, temperatures here are pleasant;rarely does Hilton Head Island see snow flurries, even in the middle of winter. Not only is the weather nice all year long, but there is so much to do!

Hilton Head Island in the wintertime has none of summer's hustle and bustle, allowing for a more relaxing, laid-back environment. Off-season visitors will find more reasonable prices for their vacations than they would have paid during the extremely busy summer months, but can also indulge in any of the dozens of family-centered activities. For example, the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina has a full schedule of musicals and plays along with art exhibits, as well as special events that can be anything from world-class ballet to a comedy troop and more! The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra will present music-filled evenings including special events with exceptional guests.

Other annual celebrations planned for the fall/winter/spring include every kind of festival such as: Wingfest, Oyster Festival, Seafood Festival, Chili Cook-off, Cajun Festival, St. Patrick's Day parade, Snow Day, Wine Fest, and much more. Holiday activities include the lighting of the Town Christmas tree at the Arts Center, ice skating at Liberty Oak in Harbour Town, the Winter Wonderland Festival at Shelter Cove Community Park, and holiday lighting displays at Fire Station #3 and the South Beach Christmas Village.

Summer is a fabulous time for a beach vacation here, but dozens of sporting events are scheduled for the fall through the spring, Everything from the Hilton Head Bridge Run, the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, Jingle Jingle Run in early December and a Triathlon in May. All kinds of tennis tournaments and golf events including the Sea Pines Junior Heritage in February followed by the RBC Heritage in April (the only PGA Tournament in SC),are among the best of and athletic offerings. Hilton Head Celebrity Golf is another annual tournament in September.

Additional events, like the Taste of the Season cuisine extravaganza at the Sea Pines Country Club or different musical singers and groups appearing all over the island at all kinds of venues, happen all the time during Hilton Head Island's off-season. For nature enthusiasts, bird-watching tours and daytime dolphin cruises are available every month of the year. Regular, everyday activities like bowling (Main Street Lanes) and movie theaters (HHI has three; two regular, multi-screen complexes and one independent film theater at Coligny Plaza) provide a low-key evening out. And do not forget the island's salons and spa experiences for both couples and individuals-schedule a massage or entire spa day package for vacation de-stressing.

The best thing about Hilton Head Island is that it's a year-round hotspot. World-class beaches during the summer, golf tournaments and concerts when it's cooler, and scores of spas, first-class restaurants, and resorts open throughout the year expose Hilton Head's true character-the perfect vacation getaway for any season.

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