The Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island is a great place to visit any time of the year, set on a 68 acre Honey Horn property on the beautiful Hilton Head Island! Not only can kids learn all about nature and wildlife of the Lowcountry in the indoor and outdoor exhibits, but there are activity centers in the Sea Island Classroom for them, plus a History Time-line Exhibit, and a number of tours and cruises around the island!
It's a fantastic way to become familiar with the island's unique history and ecology.
First, let's explore the grounds! We already told you that a day at the Coastal Discovery Museum will allow you to discover the wonders of the South Carolina Lowcountry across a number of acres, but we didn't tell you that the history dates back 300 years - so it's a wonderfully historic day out too!
Take a stroll on the mile long sea shell nature trail that starts at the Discovery House, and you will see some of the oldest structures on the island. The trail is dotted with fact filled interpretive panels, before taking you to three educational boardwalks that teach you about the salt marsh, and how Native Islanders used the eco-system for food.
Make sure you drop into the native butterfly enclosure (the only one in the region!) and walk through the Camellia Garden, and the Replica Native American Shell Ring.
Here you can enjoy several tours and find out how Hilton Head got its name, and why the crabs in the mud marsh wave at you. These tours and talks are a great way to learn even more about the region, and with many being offered year round, there's no reason why you shouldn't expand your educational experience at the Coastal Discovery Museum with more amazing things to see and do!
Nature is calling, and it has YOUR name on it!
Free, but $5 suggested donation per person / guided tours and activities have a cost
Same as adult
They have really great events across the year, from Farmers Markets to plant sales and art markets, so check them out!
Make sure you visit the Kid Zone and Discovery Lab, where kids and parents can discover together in a space JUST for kids!
Take a picnic!
Healthy Eating Make sure you take water with you, especially if out on the trails
Educational programs are offered at the Honey Horn campus, at several off-site locations, or in your classroom. Children participating in a Coastal Discovery Museum program will have the opportunity to make meaningful connections between the natural history and cultural heritage of the Lowcountry.
If you are looking for a unique memento/gift with Lowcountry flair, the Museum’s Gift shop is the place to visit. It is open during museum hours and is located in the Discovery House. The shop is recognized as one of the best sources for local authors, books about the region’s cultural heritage and natural history, children’s educational games, and a variety of media created by local artists. They have some great local food options too!
Give them a call to check the accessibility of the trails and exhibits!
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Open 9am - 4:30pm Monday to Saturday, 11am - 3pm Sunday
Open year round
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