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    stoney-baynard ruins

    by doug48 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    the stoney-baynard ruins are located on the braddocks point plantation near the modern day area of harbour town. james stoney built this ruined plantation home some time between 1793 and 1820. the stoney home was built out of tabby which is a type of concrete made from lime, sand, and oyster shells. in 1861 union forces invaded hilton head island and the stoney house was occupied by union troops. after the civil war the home was destroyed by fire in 1867. the stoney-baynard ruins are listed on the national register of historic places. the stoney-baynard ruins is a very interesting place to visit for those interested in southern history.

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    braddocks point plantation

    by doug48 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    pictured is a foundation of a slave quarters on the grounds of braddocks point plantation. the original plantation covered over 1,000 acres of hilton head island and was named after captain david braddock. these foundations can be found near the stoney-baynard ruins.

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    Red Trolley Tour

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The museum gives several tours, and even in the winter we could do the trolley tour. It is one way to get onto the Harbour Town without paying the entrance fee, and we could see the toll road without paying for that. They also took us into several of the limited access "plantation" areas and showed us where the shopping areas were. These had been hidden from us previously by lack of signs.

    Cost: $30.00 per adult / $15.00 per child (ages 3-12)

    They now also have a Port Royal Tour as well as some walking and nature tours.

    This is what I wrote about our tour. The driver said he was a retired principal from Alaska who retired down there, and that he worked for tips.

    He told us about the covenanted communities which certainly appeared true. There are restrictions on what colors you can paint your house (only 5-10 colors possible and no white window frames). After dark the buildings are supposed to disappear into the landscape and return to like natural and they do. After dark you can't see anything - no neon signs except inside - only floodlights on the little signs. No golden arches. And in the residential areas no trucks, no gardens, no clotheslines, no fences etc., but you could rent a plot to raise a garden on.

    We saw the Neptune statue sundial and went into Sea Pines (which has 60 miles of bike trails, but you can't ride your bike into Sea Pines - have to bring it in on your car or rent it there) to the Harbour Town Marina. We also passed the stables, and a lot of golf courses and tennis courts.

    By the time we got to Harbourtown it was quite cold and very windy. So the driver put the plastic windows down and I couldn't take anymore pictures. We went back to the museum via the Cross County toll road.

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    greyline tours

    by doug48 Written Dec 27, 2009

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    at the hilton head welcome center you can arrange a trolley tour of the island. the tour covers the historical and natural attractions of the island. traffic on hilton head island can be heavy and the trolley tour is a very relaxing way to see the island.

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    hilton head welcome center

    by doug48 Updated Dec 27, 2009

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    the hilton head welcome center is a good first stop on a visit to hilton head island. the welcome center is home to the coastal discovery museum which has displays on the history and ecology of the island. the welcome center is also a good place to get information on hotels, restaurants, and the attractions of the island.

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    Hilton Head Nightlife and Happy Hour

    by beach247 Written Aug 17, 2009

    If you are vacationing to Hilton Head Island and are looking for the hottest venues to hit for happy hour and nightlife and want a run town of top restaurants, dance clubs, piano bars, wine bars, bands, entertainment and where they play and when... Tune into Hilton Head Island Nightlife.

    http://www.hiltonheadislandnightlife.com

    Updated frequently with all the things to do and see once the sun starts going down.

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    Play miniature golf with the kids

    by mikelisaanna Written Jul 7, 2009

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    In addition to its famous golf courses that are geared towrds adults, Hilton head also features a number of miniature golf courses that the kids will enjoy. Unlike many other US miniature golf courses, the ones on Hilton Head do not feature any moving obstacles (windmills, etc.). The reason for this is the island's very strict zoning laws, which, believe it or not, have a subset of rules about what can and can't be installed on a miniature golf course!
    The miniature golf courses on Hilton Head feature miniature water hazards and sand traps, which we seemed to end up in just like we did on the adult golf courses. Despite the different course format, Anna still had fun, as did her cousins who played with us.

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    Welcome Center and Museum of Hilton Head Is.

    by grandmaR Updated Aug 30, 2008

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    Since we were here in the winter, and don't play golf or tennis, there wasn't really much for us to do. One thing we did was go to the museum. We walked around inside. We looked at the exhibits, and then saw about a hour CD on the history of the island. Most of the places with Plantation in their names -- weren't. That's just a marketing ploy to make them sound exclusive. Hilton Head was actually the first place that freed blacks had their own town which they ran themselves. It was a small museum but interesting.

    The museum has a collection of items relating to the Island's history and culture. They offer and island tour on a kind of trolley, which would have been good if the tour guide didn't give out so much mis-information. In the summer, there are nature walks around the Island (there's a self guided trail on the museum grounds), lectures and an oral history project.

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    Day Trip to Savannah GA

    by grandmaR Written Aug 30, 2008

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    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.

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    Day Trip to Beaufort, SC

    by grandmaR Written Aug 30, 2008

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    Beaufort is not very far from Hilton Head. It makes a good day trip off the island.

    First we went to the official visitor's center, and I got the official SC map. They had numerous tours available - little buses, little trolleys and walking tours. We didn't buy a tour, but we got the historic area map, and I took over 40 pictures of the buildings in town.

    After lunch, we went back out via the National Cemetery, and then drove down to Port Royal because I had heard it was a nice little town. There was a sign saying that the speed limit in town was 21 1/2 mph, and another one saying that it was 15 mph for trucks. There is very little in Port Royal although there is a port which is off limits except to official visitors, a dry stack storage facility. and a boardwalk along the water with a tower at one end. Probably the museum tour of Port Royal would be the way to visit this town.

    From there we crossed the high fixed bridge to Catt Island/Ladies Island. There was an airport on Ladies Island with all kinds of old planes. Then we turned south and went across the bridge to Dataw Island/St. Helena Island (one side of these islands has one name and the other side has another name - I presume that at one point they may have been separate islands).

    Then we crossed the Harbor River to Hunting Island. This is a state park and the fee was $4 each. We went to the Visitor's Center (saw an alligator in the pond there, and saw the movie about the history and looked at the exhibits. Then we went and looked at the Hunting Island lighthouse and took some pictures.

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    Swamp

    by BruceDunning Updated Feb 2, 2008

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    There are a lot of marsh areas around the island. This is a preserved nature area right in the middle of Hilton Head Plantation. I have gone back here many times and it is peaceful. The developer really did want to preserve some of the area before his daddy timbered off most of the trees in the prior decades. The Frasier family had 3,000 acres of timber land at one time, and then along came development for retail selling to tourists/visitors. The whole concept crashed and now another pursues that dream.

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  • Top 10 (Other) Things To Do On Hilton Head

    by Web-Guru Written Jun 25, 2007

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    When most people go on vacation to Hilton Head Island their activities usually center on visiting the beach, playing golf or tennis, and dining out at restaurants. Here's our Top 10 List of other things to do on your Hilton Head Vacation:

    10. Explore Nature. Visit the Coastal Discovery Museum, take a guided nature tour, or walk one of the many nature preserves on the Island.

    9. Rent a watercraft. Don't worry if you don't know how to navigate the craft - lessons and instructions are available.

    8. Go deep sea fishing. Both private charters and public day trips are available.

    7. Rent a kayak or canoe. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of paddling through miles of lagoons and marshland. Guided tours are available.

    6. Ride a bike. Not only can you ride your bike on the beach, but there are also over 100 miles of bike paths on HIlton Head Island along Highway 278 and through the resort communities.

    5. Take a boat tour. There are daily cruises around the Island, to Daufuskie Island, and down to Savannah, Georgia. Among the different cruises available are dinner cruises, sunset cruises, dolphin watch cruises, nature cruises, and more.

    4. Spend a day at the spa. Both Hilton Head and Daufuskie Island have world class day spas where you can be poked, massaged, and pampered for the afternoon.

    3. Take in a polo match. Just off the sland in the town of Bluffton, Rose Hill Plantation features seasonal polo matches and the best tailgate party you will ever attend.

    2. Go to the top of the Harbour Town Lighthouse. Be sure to take your camera to get some spectacular shots of the boats in the marina, the famed 18th hole at the Harbour Town Golf Links, and the Atlantic Ocean.

    1. RELAX. Just because you're on vacation doesn't mean you have to cram every minute of the day with events and activities. Spend a few hours outside at the beach, by the pool, on your balcony, or at a cafe table simply taking in the sites and relaxing.

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    RENT A BIKE FOR A WEEK!!

    by VeronicaG Updated Feb 15, 2007

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    Bicycling was a joy at Hilton Head. The flat paths wound throughout the area--it was great exercise and a regular evening routine. If I rose early in the day, I would venture out before the heat baked the pavement and me!!

    The children in our family each received a bike for the week. They looked forward to rambling around on their wheels--the adults took turns taking them out and about. Not only was it a constructive pastime, it was a tremendous amount of fun!

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    Hilton Head Hospitality

    by VeronicaG Updated Feb 15, 2007

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    The first time we visited Hilton Head we stayed in condominums at Sea Pines. The complex had a community pool that was definitely a highlight for the children. Someone bought the kids this giant tyrannosaurus rex for the pool--it was a big hit!!

    The next several years our family shared a house on the beach. The beach area was private and pristine--we spent evenings on the deck watching the sunset, sampling a glass of wine and listening to the children quietly engage in cousin-play.

    Our days were spent on the beach, shopping, playing board games, bicycling the paths and restaurant hopping. Of course, we always had days when the cooking was shared at the house, too. The memory of those wonderful family-centered vacations still bring a warm feeling to my heart!

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    Walk around

    by tpangelinan Written Apr 12, 2004

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    Take a walk around the harbour and check out all the beautiful boats at the dock. I really liked the woodwork on this boat. Some are worth millions, you just have to take it all in and grab your camera.

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