Best Family-Friendly Beaches on Hilton Head Island

Bird Flying on Hilton Head Beach
Bird Flying on Hilton Head Beach | © Michael Stokes / Flickr
Samantha Connors

Named the best destination in the U.S. for families by Discover South Carolina magazine, Hilton Head Island is the perfect place to take the whole crew. With tons of activities for kids and attractions for adults, these family-friendly beaches on Hilton Head Island will help you have the relaxing getaway you’re dreaming of. Learn more about which beaches on the island are our favorites for family days.

1. Islanders Beach Park


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With more than 12 miles of pristine sand and a handful of beaches, it can be tough to decide on which beaches on Hilton Head to spend your days. If you’re traveling with children, Islanders Beach Park is an excellent choice as the little ones will love running around the playground area. Be sure to pack lunch or something to cook on the grill, and you can enjoy a family picnic together at the outdoor tables at this beach park.

2. Driessen Beach


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Another top choice for families, Driessen Beach also features a playground area and picnic tables. If your kids love exploring nature and learning about wildlife, Driessen is the place to take them. This beach’s boardwalk leads you through sand dunes and tidal marshland, so you and your kids can follow the path and look out for sea creatures like nesting sea turtles or Great Blue Herons.

3. Coligny Beach


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The most popular beach on the island, Coligny is fun for adults and children alike. The young ones can splash around in the wading fountain that greets beachgoers right before they hit the sand. Adults can relax at one of the outdoor beach bars that bring their tables right out on the sand. This stretch of sand is also known for pretty calm waters, making it the best bet for young children who are still learning how to swim.

4. Mitchelville Beach


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Tucked away at the end of Mitchelville Road, this beach is not as well known and typically much less crowded than the other beaches. Though it doesn’t boast some of the same amenities as the more popular beaches, Mitchelville is the perfect place to escape the crowds. Here, you’ll notice a unique beach landscape with marine trees creeping right up to the ocean. Kids can scour the sand in search of driftwood pieces, seashells and more.

5. Fish Haul Creek Beach


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If you’re looking for a more active way to spend the day on the beach, you should plan a trip to Fish Haul Creek Beach. This secret beach is not often frequented by crowds of people because you must hike through a small area of marina woods to get to the beach itself. While older kids may love the expedition to this beach, younger ones may not be up to the trek. Once on the beach, you and your family can relax in this peaceful atmosphere or explore the beach for wildlife and seashell treasures.

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