10 Best Spots In Hilton Head

10 Best Spots In Hilton Head

My family and I have been visiting Hilton Head Island, South Carolina every summer since I was a child.

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My family and I have been visiting Hilton Head Island, South Carolina every summer since I was a child. This gorgeous barrier island has far more to offer than what meets the eye. Besides soaking up the sun on the beach, here are 10 other activities that have made vacationing here such a delightful experience over the years.

1. Harbor Town Lighthouse.

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Address: 149 Lighthouse Road Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Located in Harbor Town Marina, this beautiful red and white striped lighthouse is not a sight to miss next time you're in Sea Pines Resort. The lighthouse is 93 feet tall and acts as the target for the 18th hole at Harbor Town Golf Links. Visitors can climb 114 stairs to the top where there is a gift shop called "Shop at the Top" and a panoramic view of Hilton Head and islands off the coast of Georgia.

2. South Beach Marina.

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Address: 8 Portside Drive Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

At the "toe" of Hilton Head Island is South Beach, a gorgeous marina with beachy buildings painted with shades of red, white, and blue. This vacationing spot is perfect for shopping, eating, and enjoying quality time with loved ones. The Salty Dog is the main attraction in the marina for some, but for me, the rainbow parrots on display and the long boardwalk that overlooks the salt marsh are what keep me coming back again and again.

3. Coastal Discovery Museum.

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Address: 70 Honey Horn Drive Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

If you're a fan of learning something new and enjoying the outdoors, this is definitely the place for you. The Coastal Discovery Museum is located on the 68 acre Honey Horn property. The center provides educational programs and exhibits that give visitors an insight into the culture and history of Hilton Head Island. In addition, the museum offers guided tours, a butterfly enclosure, and horses for people of all ages to enjoy. My favorite memory at the Coastal Discovery Museum was going on the late-night turtle talk and walk; you can only imagine the excitement 9-year-old me felt when I walked to different turtle nesting sites right on the beach.

4. H20 Water Sports.

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Address: 149 Lighthouse Road Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Getting out on the beach or on the water is a must for every Hilton Head Island tourist. H2O Water Sports is based in Harbor Town and offers a variety of exciting activities for families and friends to enjoy. My favorite water sports experience has been parasailing over the island. Parasailing seems terrifying at first, but it remains one of my vacation highlights for the books! While gliding through the sky, my mom and I have seen manta rays and groups of jellyfish right below our feet; with that, we keep coming back for more each trip!

5. Cinnamon Bear Country Store.

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Address: 149 Lighthouse Road F Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Also located in Harbor Town Marina, the Cinnamon Bear Country Store has been a family favorite of mine for years. It's easy to spot from both entrances: just look for the standing brown bear with a t-shirt on! This shop has an array for old-fashioned goods that range from souvenirs to Lowcountry snacks to children's toys. The best part of the store, in my opinion, is the ice cream and coffee shop towards the back; these treats are perfect during the hot summer months. My favorite flavor of ice cream is good-ol' chocolate and even at age 18, I find myself coming back for more!

6. Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island.

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Address: 12 Georgianna Drive Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

For those who have an interest in the rich African-American culture in the Lowcountry, a visit to the Gullah Museum is a must. The museum features an overview of the history and customs of this remarkable group of people, and programs are offered on a weekly basis for all ages. As a child, I loved visiting the Gullah Museum to look at their photo gallery, explore the property, and attend workshops.

7. Pinckney Island National Wildlife Reserve.

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Address: Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge c/o Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex Headquarters

694 Beech Hill Lane Hardeeville, SC 29927

I only recently discovered this attraction a few years ago when my mom and I were looking for a place to hike and birdwatch. Pinckney Island is one of the best preserved coastal sites I have ever encountered. Going on an early morning guided tour is a must; even though waking up at 7 a.m. on vacation was rough, the wildlife I encountered and the folks I met made the trek worth it. If you end up stopping by, keep a close eye on any body of water for alligators and along the tree-line for beautiful coastal birds.

8. The Salty Dog T-Shirt Factory.

Address: 232 South Sea Pines Drive #305 Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

The legend of the Salty Dog is one that has been enjoyed for decades; the story is about Jake, a dog who saved his owner John Braddocks by swimming him to shore for three days and three nights after a disastrous storm at sea. The Salty Dog T-Shirt Factory at South Beach Marina is a stop that visitors should make for purchasing souvenirs and the best t-shirts in town to remember this special event. Also at the Marina is a stand to tie-dye your own Salty Dog t-shirt which I've enjoyed doing for many summers.

9. Bike rental with Peddling Pelican.

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Address: 71 Lighthouse Road #516 Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Hilton Head Island has over 60 miles of winding, paved biking paths that stretch all across the island. My family and I have been renting bikes and exploring different parts of Sea Pines Resort for as long as I can remember. The gentle island slopes and low-hanging oak tree canopies with Spanish moss make the journey to your destination all the more enjoyable on bikes. I recommend using Peddling Pelicans for rentals as they have a lot of options and are always in great shape.

!0. Giuseppi's Pizza & Pasta.

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Address: 50 Shelter Cove Lane Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

After a long 6 hour drive from home to the island, my family and I always stop here for dinner. The pizza and calzones are absolutely delicious, and the friendly atmosphere keeps us coming back for more. Sitting outside in the evening to see Hilton Head's sunset with a slice of pizza in hand is a feeling like no other. Gluten-free options and delivery are available as well!

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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.
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Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

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9 Things To Do In Nashville If You Have No Idea What To Do

Trust me, I was just as lost as you are.

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Nashville is a great place packed full of lots of really cool smaller great places that all offer their own unique take on the city. If you're like me, though, and have a hard time ~planning ahead~, then this list is exactly what you need. I went around and got lost and tried all the coolest hidden gems in Nashville so you don't have to. Here are some of my faves.

1. Milk & Honey Nashville

Located in the Gulch, Milk & Honey is the coffee shop/cafe from my dreams. It's decorated perfectly for any cute insta story and y'all when I say their coffee is amazing I mean it. Try it. It's so worth it, and pretty easy to find, too! You can browse their menus here.

2. Frothy Monkey Coffee Shop

While we're on the topic of coffee shops, Frothy Monkey is a MUST try. Trust me, I've drunk A LOT of coffee in my lifetime, and theirs is up in the top 10 of the best. They have other good things too, but if you're a coffee person like me, this place is heaven, I promise. It's right off 12th Avenue and within walking distance of lots of other funky little shops.

3. Two Old Hippies

This is the coolest little shop you will ever go into. Tucked away in the Gulch, it's within walking distance of Milk & Honey, so stop by after you grab a coffee and browse. They have everything from handmade clothes to cool books to refrigerator magnets. This is one of my all time favorites and I know you'll love it too.

4. Baked on 8th

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I fell in love the second I saw the cute sign. Baked on 8th has a great atmosphere and even better little pastries, cookies, and cakes. Their cookies were so good it took every ounce of self-control I had to not go back and order 2 dozen. 12/10 would recommend if you're into Instagrammable locations and bomb sugar-filled desserts.

5. Burger Republic

I get it, you've gotta eat more than just cookies and coffee. As far as restaurants go, this place is home to the best burger I've ever eaten, plus the atmosphere is pretty laid back and great, and it's an awesome place to go and watch pretty much any sporting event happening anywhere relatively close to Nashville. Browse the menu so you can know exactly what to order before you even get there here.

6. Fido

In case you haven't noticed yet, I'm a HUGE fan of coffee shops and cafes. Fido was the most perfect little spot. It boasts about its gourmet coffee and great food, and rightfully so. It's also got the coolest funky vibe that makes you just want to sit and stay all day, and it's in a great location and decently close to Vanderbilt.

7. Go see some murals

Nashville is FULL of these bad boys. I know y'all have all seen the countless pictures of those people with big butterfly wings. Well, there's more and they're all around the city and on the side of pretty much every building. It's cliche, but tbh it's also kind of a must do while you're there.

8. Walk around Centennial Park and the Parthenon

This is a really nice place to visit if you're looking to spend a couple of hours away from the concrete of the city, and the Parthenon is a full-scale replica of the one in Greece.

9. Ride one of those little scooters around and explore

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I'm not gonna lie to y'all. I did not ride the scooters. They seem kind of dangerous and I know without a doubt that if I tried to get on one it would not end well for me, the scooter, or anyone within a 3-mile radius. With that being said, though, I did see a lot of people riding them and it looked pretty fun, plus it's a great way to see the city without walking too much. So if you just want to explore, hop on one of these bad boys and pray.

Nashville is a great city full of tons of tourist attractions and amazing musical history, but if you find yourself stuck with nothing to do for a couple of hours before your next walking tour, you're sure to find something on this list that you'll love. So, you're welcome.

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