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Beat Rainy Days on Hilton Head

Admin Help - Monday, June 25, 2012

Rain Hilton Head Rainy DayOkay, it all sounds so great; twelve miles of beach, golf courses and tennis courts around every bend in the road, dolphin watching, alligator safaris, bicycling, historic sights, surfing, sailing, jet skiing, para-sailing, fishing and crabbing, sunbathing, swimming, kayaking, nature tours, dog parks, birding, shelling ... but, all those things are “fair weather” activities. So, what’s left to do if it begins to rain?

First of all, it hardly ever rains for more than an hour or two straight during the “season”. Most rainfall during the summer comes in the form of thunder storms and showers, and you can usually count on the day returning to normal when the storm has moved on. There are, however, occasional days that seem to be one thunder storm after another, when this does happen, it’s a safe bet it will be bright and sunny the next day; but still that does leave visitors with a day to fill. Don’t forget your “souvenir list”—who goes on vacation without a list of people they have to “bring something back" for? The island has dozens of specialty shops that are perfect for your keepsake shopping. Even on a rainy day, Coligny Plaza is a fun place to just tool around. Almost all the walkways are covered and about one-third of the stores are great souvenir shops. If you still haven’t found “just the right thing for Aunt Helen”, almost every shopping center has at least one store that should help, and don’t forget the mall! If you need even more shopping, head on over to Bluffton and the two Tanger Outlets, which offer more than eighty-five factory outlet stores.

Is shopping not your bag? What about the library? Hilton Head has an absolutely wonderful branch of the Beaufort County Public Library system. There are lots of peaceful reading areas, a “bank” of computers ($2.00 fee for non-resident internet use), a little book store and a delightful children’s area, complete with coloring pages and crayons and computers just for the kid’s entertainment. Speaking of kids, if they are getting on your last rainy day nerve, there is an interactive Children’s Museum just off Pope Avenue. McDonalds, near Sea Pines Circle, and Burger King, on the north end, have very nicely equipped (and air-conditioned) playgrounds also. For older kids, Adventure Cove on Folly Field Road offers video games and miniature golf. Don't forget about Island Playground, the area's only indoor inflatable playground.

Still trying to find something? Hey, movies are always an old standby rainy day activity. There are three theaters on the island, as well as one in Bluffton; almost all of which offer matinees. There are also several live theater genres that offer matinees. Many professional, well-known and soon to be well-known artists make their homes on Hilton Head, so it would naturally follow that you should locate some very nice art galleries. The Coastal Discovery Museum, at Honey Horn Plantation, also offers many indoor programs, as well as an eclectic display of local memorabilia and artifacts. Odds are you’ll find so many “rainy day” activities that appeal to you that you will probably give up a good portion of a sunny day just so you can take them all in!