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Old Town Bluffton

Just back over the bridge is Bluffton which for years was 1 square mile and though it still has the "Bluffton State of Mind" it is now much larger and one of the fastest growing communities in the state of SC. While some great deals can be found at the Tanger Outlets you should also delve deeper into Old Town for an enjoyable day of history and eclectic shopping and dining. Calhoun Street serves as the downtown and it starts at the new (mixed usage) Promenade section all the way to the Church of the Cross on the banks of the May River. Here you can find galleries, restaurants, all kinds of shops with one of a kind finds and even a bar or two intermixed with or even housed in buildings that date from right after the Civil War. Be sure and visit the Heyward House to get your walking tour map and enjoy the day and don't be hesitant to explore the whole surrounding area as it has a lot to offer.

Daufuskie Island Historical/Cultural Tour

Daufuskie Island is like stepping back in time. Just a one hour boat ride from Hilton Head Island. Daufuskie Island Historical/Cultural Tour Accessible only by boat, this tour takes visitors to The Island's winery, church, plantation, and light House. Golf carts available for self-guided tour. Call 342-8687 for more details.

Harbourfest and Fireworks at Shelter Cove

Shelter Cove Harbour is the place to be starting Memorial Day to Labor Day. Enjoy Shannon Tanner, face painting, vendors and much more starting around 6pm. Shelter Cove Harbour is on Broad Creek and on Tuesdays in the middle of summer (mid-June to mid-August at 9pm (barring rain or lightning threats) fireworks are launched from a barge by vendor Pyrotecnico. Shelter Cove is off William Hilton Parkway, across from Palmetto Dunes, near the middle of Hilton Head Island.

Shell Ring Tours

The native Americans once occupied Hilton Head and left their history in large rings and shell mounds. Sea Pines Forest Preserve - Sea Pines Plantation. You will find 7 miles of trail, a fishing pond, Waterfowl Pond & Indian Shell Ring. This is a self-guided tour guided nature walks on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.(Meet at East Entrance on Lawton road.)

Coastal Discovery Museum of Hilton Head

The museum has archaeological digs and has gathered a collection of more than 75,000 artifacts relating to the Island's history and culture. Their mission is to teach the public about the natural history and cultural heritage of the Lowcountry. Nature walks around the Island, loggerhead turtle watch protection program, lectures and an oral history project are among its many offerings. The museum is housed on the grounds of Historic Honey Horn Plantation that has become the home for large special events such as the Art Market and the Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival. Call 843-689-6769 to learn more.

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