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Rainy Day Activities in Hilton Head Island

Updated: Feb 25

Hilton Head, South Carolina is a beautiful coastal town known for its stunning beaches, world-class golf courses, and endless outdoor activities. However, even in paradise, the weather doesn’t always cooperate. If you happen to find yourself on Hilton Head during a rainy day, don’t worry! There are still plenty of fun things to do. Here are several ideas to get you started.


Visit a Museum

White sign with Coastal Discovery Museum

Hilton Head has several museums that are worth a visit, especially on a rainy day. The Coastal Discovery Museum is a great place to explore the Lowcountry’s history and culture. You can learn about the area’s Gullah heritage, see live animals, and even take a guided tour of a historic building.


If you're looking for a fun indoor activity for young kids on a rainy day in Hilton Head, check out the Sandbox Children's Museum This interactive museum is designed for children ages 8 and under and features a variety of exhibits, including a pirate ship, a construction zone, and a veterinary clinic. Kids can build, create, and explore to their heart's content, and parents can relax knowing that their little ones are learning and having fun.


Paint your Own Pottery

mom and child painting

The Art Cafe is a paint-your-own pottery studio where you can create your own unique piece of art. It's a fun and creative activity that's perfect for all ages, and it's a great way to spend a rainy day indoors. Plus, you'll have a one-of-a-kind souvenir to take home with you!




Go to The Zone for Indoor Laser Tag, Mini-Golf, Obstacle Courses, & Batting Cages

Laser tag is a great way to get some exercise and relieve stress, and it’s sure to be a hit with kids of all ages.

Located in Bluffton, just across the island bridge, The Zone is a one-of-a-kind destination that offers a variety of indoor activities: Laser Tag, a Ninja Obstacle Course, Batting Cages, Mini-Golf, and Escape Rooms. A rainy day is a great time to explore everything The Zone has to offer.


Go to the Arcade

If you’re traveling with kids (or just young at heart), a rainy day is the perfect excuse to play video and arcade games. Adventure Cove is Hilton Head's only arcade and offers a variety of activities for you and your family.


Go to an Escape Room

Work together with your family or friends to escape a themed room before your one hour time limit expires. At Hilton Head Escape Room, each room is a different live-interactive adventure game. Follow evidence, search for clues, work puzzles, solve problems, open locks and work together to try to complete all of the tasks in your game!

indoor go cart track

Race on an Indoor Go Kart Track

K1 Speed’s indoor go kart track is just across the Hilton Head island bridge, in Bluffton. K1 Speed features fast electric go karts, a professionally-designed track, state-of-the-art safety barriers, an arcade, and an onsite cafe that offers food and drinks.


Experience Virtual Reality

Atomic Virtual Arcade has 4 Virtual Reality gaming stations available for you to explore virtual experiences with your friends and family. You can explore our solar system, shoot zombies, play sports, and more. Minimum age is 10.


Catch a Movie

If you’re in the mood for a more low-key activity, head to the movies. The Northridge Cinema 10 screens all the latest releases. The theater is clean and comfortable, and the staff is friendly and helpful. Plus, there’s nothing quite like snuggling up with a bag of popcorn and watching a good movie on a rainy day.


Go Shopping

Hilton Head has plenty of shopping options to keep you busy on a rainy day. Shelter Cove Towne Centre is an outdoor shopping center that also has several indoor stores. You can browse a variety of shops, from national chains to local boutiques, and find everything from clothing to home decor. If you’re looking for a unique souvenir, head to The Island Fudge Shoppe to sample some homemade fudge.


Coligny Plaza Shopping Center is another outdoor shopping center with covered walkways to keep you dry as you browse the many stores, which include clothing boutiques, a toy store, souvenir shops, and home decor stores. You can also grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants, such as The Porch Southern Kitchen and Bar or The Frosty Frog Cafe. The Ice Cream Cone and Frozen Moo are two delicious options for dessert!

shelf with board games

Have Family Time in your Vacation Rental

When looking for a vacation rental in Hilton Head, choose one that provides plenty of family friendly activities, such as board games, card games, books, and DVD movies to keep everyone busy on a day in.

HHI Tide 21 is a family friendly vacation rental that has plenty for everyone to do on a rainy day!


Conclusion - Enjoy your rainy day activities in Hilton Head

While sunny days are ideal for enjoying Hilton Head’s outdoor attractions, there’s still plenty to do on a rainy day. Whether you choose to explore the area’s history and culture, learn a new skill, or simply relax with a movie and some shopping, you’re sure to have a great time. So don’t let a little rain spoil your vacation – embrace the opportunity to try something new!

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