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Named #1 "Top Beach Towns for Families"

Parents Magazine

Oceanfront Fun!
You can't really go wrong with any of Hilton Head's 12-plus miles of white-sand beaches. "Driessen Beach and Islanders Beach parks are particularly good choices for families because they also have playgrounds and picnic shelters," says Steve Riley, town manager. While you'll probably spot tiny ocean critters, sea-turtle nests, or even dolphins at any of the beaches, Driessen Beach's wooden boardwalk actually takes you over a tidal marsh and sand dunes, so it's home to the most creatures. And Coligny Beach Park, which has a splash fountain, also stands out for its shallow, calm water. "You'd have to walk out 30 yards for it to get above 3 feet deep," says Riley. On the other side of the island, don't miss the candy-striped lighthouse (it's a manageable 114 steps to the top) in the Harbour Town area.

And Coligny Beach Park, which has a splash fountain, also stands out for its shallow, calm water. "You'd have to walk out 30 yards for it to get above 3 feet deep," says Riley. On the other side of the island, don't miss the candy-striped lighthouse (it's a manageable 114 steps to the top) in the Harbour Town area.

Inland Hot Spots!
With few streetlights (so you can easily see the stars!) and rules prohibiting neon signs and buildings over five stories tall, Hilton Head has retained its Southern charm. Check out The Sandbox, a children's museum with a pretend plane, bank, and supermarket café; it appeals most to kids 8 and under ($7 admission for kids and adults, free for babies under 1). School-age kids will have a blast at the Coastal Discovery Museum, which offers scavenger hunts, costumes, and a butterfly exhibit (free admission; hour-long guided tours, prices vary).  More...

by Parents Magazine



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