Nature walk and Don't mess with the Alligators
Located in Sea Pines Plantation is the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. If walking around wooded areas, lagoons, ponds, bird watching, etc. is your thing you might enjoy this. You can walk through this from Greenwood drive entrance, which has maps of the area at the entrance or drive back to the preserve from an entrance located on Lawton Road, by the Hilton Head Prep School. Admission to Sea Pines Plantaion is $5.00.
Lawton Stables also offers guided tours on horse back. I believe $20 to $30 last I checked. I would suggest doing the horse ride during the cooler times of the year though. Not my kind of thing, but kids usually seem to have a nice time on horse back :)
Insect wise March or april are usually rough and so is the early fall. Personally the sand gnats are my biggest complaint, mosquito's second. "Off" for the Mosquito's and for the gnats, lol good luck ;)
As for the many Alligators you will see, please trust me when I say Alligators can move faster than you can. I've seen gators move, up close, their lazy appearance is deceiving. Treat them with respect, take pics from a distance and keep your kids and pets close to your side. Never get in between a wandering alligator and a water source. And please do not feed them.
When walking through the Forest Preserve you may run into a snake, most likely non-poisonous, but same guideline, respect.
The preserve can be a nice place if that's your type of thing, Picnic Area, Horse Back rides, even an alligator tour (although you can get the same results just looking on your own). Have fun
Delicious is the word to describe our experience at Steamer. We had great food, great weather live music and a picture to remember the whole thing by! We all started off with Calamari as an appetizer. It was fresh and tasted great. My mom had the house cabernet which was excellent and I had a glass of the house chardonnay which was delicous and refreshing. For dinner, my sister and I ate a pound of crabs each...it was amazing but I thought we would explode from the shear volume of the whole thing. We actually took food home and spread cream cheese on thin crackers and laid the crab on the top for appetizer's the next night. We had the Shecrab soup which was wonderful. The whole night we were fortunate to listen to Todd Cowart, who did a great job at keeping us entertained. At the end of the night, we even got our pic taken to remember the experience.
Day Trip to Savannah GA
We drove to Savannah and took the Old Savannah Tours tour. We got a really good and entertaining driver. They gave us a map with the stops on it but it did not have the route taken, but I think we saw all the main attractions of Savannah and he also told us which movies were filmed at various locations (which didn't mean a thing to me as I don't watch movies).
We got off at the City Market where the horse and carriages were and had lunch. Then we got back on the next trolley that came by and from here we went down to the waterfront down a steep cobbled street, and by Factor's Row. We saw the waving girl statue, and the little Olympic flame statue (they did some of the sailing events from the Atlanta Olympics here). But mostly this section of the tour went by various hotels. I did see a big powerboat at the docks here like we often see on the ICW.
Then we got into the car and drove out to Fort Pulaski. We saw the film about the fort history. A cold front went through and a dense fog rolled in. We could hardly see the other side of the fort. I had seen a small lighthouse outside the fort when we came in, and we could also see the Tybee Island light in the distance, but we couldn't see any of that now. We walked around the fort a bit . Then we got back in the car and tried to drive back to Savannah. We drove by the 6 mile Rails to Trails section again, and then we came to an intersection and turned left and ended up going over the fixed bridge in Thunderbolt where we often stayed when we were here by boat. On the way home, we went through Bluffton again but it was too early to stop for dinner.