What To Do in Harbour Town

Harbour Town

Hilton Head Island’s most famous marina and a great place to spend time. It has everything you might want in a vacation spot: shops, restaurants, live music, a covered pier, water activities, fishing charters, and sightseeing tours. If you’re planning a trip to South Carolina, Harbour Town should be at the top of your list. So, let’s take a closer look at some of the best things to do in Harbour Town.

Visit Harbour Town Lighthouse

The Harbour Town Lighthouse, located on Hilton Head Island, stands out with its 90-foot red-and-white striped structure. Its white flashing light helps identify the Calibogue Sound and the Inland Waterway. Visitors can learn about the island’s fascinating history as they make their way up the tower’s 114-step stairs.

A remarkable collection of relics from the island’s historical eras, such as the Civil War, can be found in the museum, along with exhibits from the Heritage Classic. Visitors can enjoy breathtaking sights of the Lowcountry from the lighthouse’s observation deck.

Spend Time With Your Kids at the Gregg Russell Playground

This playground is named after the renowned Gregg Russell, whose musical performances beneath Harbour Town’s famous Liberty Oak have charmed audiences for 40 years. It has a treehouse that wraps around a massive live oak and a wide variety of nature-inspired play centers.

Harbour Town’s stores and restaurants are right next to the playground so you can grab a bite to eat afterwards.

Take a Stroll Down Harbour Town Pier

Enjoy a walk on the Harbour Town Pier, one of the most picturesque spots at The Sea Pine Resort. Visitors can sit here and take in the yacht basin, breathtaking sunsets, dolphins, passing boats, and all the action of the sea.

​Guests love taking pictures in front of the resort’s iconic “Harbour Town Pier” sign. They can also shoot amazing photos against the famous Harbour Town Lighthouse.

Feel the Thrill With Watersports

Being so close to the Calibogue Sound, it should be no surprise that watersports are plentiful. Newcomers will have no trouble finding exciting ways to have fun outdoors.

Guests looking for some adrenaline can go parasailing or take a thrilling ride on the sea on a banana boat that seats six. For those looking for a more exhilarating sound-front experience, Harbour Town also rents out water-skiing equipment and motor boats. There are also jet skis, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards available for rent for those who like to go at their own pace.

There are also guided sailing cruises, dolphin watching, and environmental tours available for those who would prefer to let someone else take the helm. You can find most of these facilities right by the water, and if you want to guarantee yourself a space at a particular watersport, it’s best to phone ahead and book in advance.

Go Shopping and Dining

Even when the weather gets cloudy, tourists can still enjoy the beautiful waterfront vistas and unique shops in Harbour Town. There are more than 20 stores, including apparel boutiques, art galleries, and t-shirt shops, all located in the outdoor shopping center. Visitors can shop with confidence knowing they will discover unique and fascinating items.

There’s a wide variety of restaurants to choose from in Harbour Town. Everything from casual cafes to upscale restaurants that serve gourmet cuisine. Anyone who hasn’t been here before should make a reservation at one of the many waterfront establishments. See a breathtaking sunset and a dinner they won’t soon forget.

The unique menus at Harbour Town are accompanied by a wide range of exquisite wines and inventive drinks. Harbour Town is the perfect Lowcountry dining experience.

Set Out on a Fishing Adventure

Exclusive fishing charters hosted by Hilton Head Island’s most accomplished anglers are available at Harbour Town Yacht Basin throughout the year. When you hire a fleet, they will take you to the best fishing spots in the area. It’s possible to book anything from a three-hour inshore trip to an eight-hour offshore adventure on a fishing charter. All necessary licenses, bait, tackle, coolers, ice, and fish cleaning services will be provided. There are a variety of fishing charters to choose from, such as:

  • Inshore fishing: Bluefish, croakers, redfish, sheepshead, sharks, and spotted sea trout are some species you can expect to catch while fishing using low-action tackle. The coastal sounds, inland rivers, creeks, and inlets provide excellent inshore fishing opportunities.
  • Offshore fishing: Black sea bass, bluefish, redfish, and sheepshead are just some of the fish that may be caught on bottom rigs on offshore fishing expeditions. May is prime time for catching cobia.
  • Shark fishing: Enjoy a catch-and-release shark fishing trip where you can cast your line for dogfish, black tips, stingrays, and sand sharks. Shark fishing trips go for three hours, are child-friendly because they stay within view of Hilton Head Island, and are an excellent option for novice anglers.
  • Deep sea fishing: Large game fishing is excellent in the warmer Gulf Stream waters, located about 70 miles offshore, between late April to December. Wahoos, mahi-mahi, tunas, and billfishes are among the species you can catch.

Play Some Golf

Harbour Town Golf Links, located in South Carolina, is one of the most prominent East Coast courses and hosts the RBC Heritage, the only PGA TOUR event held in the state. The course is one of the crown jewels of renowned golf course designer Pete Dye. Its signature 18th hole is widely recognized as one of the best in the sport. It is surrounded by expansive marshes and towering Palmetto trees and offers views of the water that stretch for miles.

Listen to Live Performances

For more than four decades, Harbour Town visitors have been treated to live performances from singer-songwriter Gregg Russell and having fun as a family in front of the picturesque Harbour Town Yacht Basin under the famous Liberty Oak. In the summer, his nightly concerts draw crowds of people of all ages for an enjoyable evening of foot-tapping music. Every performance is different and he keeps the audience engaged with games, sing-alongs, and humorous antics.

Wrapping Up

Because of its convenient location and wide variety of attractions, Harbour Town has quickly become a South Carolina hotspot. Guests will have a wonderful time taking in the Harbour Town Lighthouse and the beautiful Calibogue Sound while they shop, eat, and play along the waterfront. When you book with Beachside HHI, all of the homes are in Sea Pines so you can enjoy Harbour Town.