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Historic Sites in Hilton Head


Part of what keeps Hilton Head Island ranked at the top of various 'Best U.S. Islands' lists is it's preservation. Hilton Head Island and the surrounding areas, including Savannah, Beaufort, and Daufuskie Island, are steeped in rich history and culture. Civil War and antebellum era architecture, Gullah tradition and art, harbor lighthouses and Native American history are as much a part of Hilton Head as its famed beaches, golf courses and cuisine. Come explore timeless remnants of the area's past, that contribute to it's modern day charm.


Coastal Discovery Museum

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Have you ever wondered what leaves those holes in the sand at the beach? Do you know why the island is named “Hilton Head”? Have you ever seen a fiddler crab ‘wave’ at you and wanted to know why?

To answer these questions and more, the Coastal Discovery Museum offers a variety of guided walks, talks, cruises and excursions throughout the year.

Gullah Tours

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Gullah is the West African based system of traditions, customs, beliefs, art forms and family life that have survived centuries of slavery and more than a century of free lifestyle. It is the Unique Culture of enslaved West African who inhabit the Sea Islands of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida prior and since the Civil War.

Hilton Head Helicopter Tours

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Ready for the most epic adventure on Hilton Head Island?  Come see breathtaking views only seen by helicopter!  Each exciting experience offers the chance to see dolphins, sharks, sea-turtles, and manta-rays. 

Pick an exciting adventure ranging from breathtaking tours to private charters flying to remote islands for horseback riding!  Helicopter tours and charter are fun for all ages...

Historical Cemetery


Zion Cemetery, with the massive Baynard mausoleum built in 1846, marks the location of the Chapel of Ease. The Hilton Head Island Episcopal Church off Ease of St. Luke’s Parish was built c. 1786 under the direction of Isaac Fripp and Captain John Stoney.

Indian Shell Ring


Make sure to visit the 4,000 years old Native American site nestled inside the Forest Preserve. This unique ring, one of only 20 still remaining, is a national treasure now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Once inside the Sea Pines Plantation ($8 all day guest pass per car) admission to the Natural Wonder Forest Preserve and Indian Shell Ring is free.

Lighthouse Museum

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Just under five decades old, the red-and-white-striped Harbour Town Lighthouse serves not only as a beacon to the many ships that reside in our Yacht Basin but also as a landmark that has come to symbolize Hilton Head Island to people all over the world.

With the addition of the Lighthouse Legends Tour in 2001, we were able to transform this icon into an informative, educational, and fun experience for all!

Savannah Old Town Trolley Tours

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The extraordinary architecture, lush botanicals, and captivating stories of this historic, coastal city make for an unforgettable vacation experience. Hop aboard one of our trolleys and you’ll experience Transportainment, a delightful combination of transportation and entertainment.

Our friendly conductors narrate the tour with a fascinating and fun mix of trivia and humorous stories. It will be our pleasure to guide you through “Georgia’s First City” on one of our orange and green trolleys. Same day on/off priveleges included.

Savannah “Trolley of the Doomed” Ghost Tour

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Located on River Street, which many believe is the paranormal epicenter of “America’s Most Haunted City”- Perkins and Son’s stands as a testament to the bustling port business that once took place right at its doorstep.

Follow your Ghost Host as he steps inside this antiquated building. Immediately upon entering you will sense you have stepped into another time...

Beaufort Sea Island Carriage

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Experience Beaufort‘s rich history and unique charm on a 50-55 minute, fully narrated, horse drawn carriage tour.

You’ll slip back into Beaufort’s elegant past as your carriage meanders under the moss covered Live Oaks, past breathtaking Antebellum homes, historic churches, movie sites and more....

Segway of Hilton Head

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Tour Live Oak forest, boardwalks over the salt marsh, alligator lagoons and an historic plantation on a 100% green and quiet Segway Personal Transport.

ProSegway invites guests who otherwise could not participate due to arthritis, strains, sprains or not being in the best shape, can travel effortlessly for miles.