Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head

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Take tours of marshlands, beaches, and waterways, and learn about the natural history of the area at Coastal Discovery Museum. Wander through trails and gardens with tall oaks, a carnivorous plant exhibit, and a butterfly enclosure. Take one of the many tours, such as the lowland critter encounter, where you can hold a live alligator and pet snakes and turtles. Other tours include river expeditions, a dolphin cruise, kayaking tours, a beach turtle walk, and several other options. The museum and gift shop feature snacks as well as souvenirs--or pack your own lunch and picnic on the grounds. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Coastal Discovery Museum by using our Hilton Head online route planner.
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  • Open to the public with free parking and no entrance fee, this place is a convenient stop on your route if you want to learn more about the history of Hilton Head Island. Allow 1-2 hours. The main.....  more
    Open to the public with free parking and no entrance fee, this place is a convenient stop on your route if you want to learn more about the history of Hilton Head Island. Allow 1-2 hours. The main.....  more »
  • Nice historical plantation house and surrounding grounds. Enjoyed seeing descendants of the Marsh Tacky horses. 
    Nice historical plantation house and surrounding grounds. Enjoyed seeing descendants of the Marsh Tacky horses.  more »
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  • We had such a great day at the coastal discovery museum. The grounds are beautiful. There are so many things to see and learn about. We had an excellent tour guide who explained about Myrtle the turtle and horseshoe crabs. We spent about 2 hours in total there but easily could’ve taken longer! A great learning environment for kids and adults.
  • My wife and I have visited the Coastal Discovery Museum a few times, the latest which included a tour by the museum's director, Rex Garniewicz. The tour is called the Director's Walk. And that's exactly what it is, a walk around the museum with the director chatting about the various things to see and learn about. I liked the feel of the tour. A tour with Rex is like walking the grounds and conversing with a knowledgeable friend. At the start of the walk he asked about our interests and tailored our tour accordingly. We heard a lot about the history of the grounds as well as learning about the area's ecology. We will take other tours at the Coastal Discovery Museum in the future, but I'm glad this was our first. It was an excellent experience!

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