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Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head Island

South Carolina, NC, USA


It's wonderful to visit the grounds of the Coastal Discovery Museum in Hilton Head Island. Here you can walk along three boardwalks that stretch out into the salt marsh. From your elevated vantage point over the marsh you can see cannonball jellyfish and tiny crabs. You also see birds. The salt marsh is so lovely, and you can enjoy the sweet air that blows by while looking at the homes surrounded by oak trees and Spanish moss.
Keep walking on the grounds of the museum and you come to some pots with tiny venus fly trap plants. You pass a beautiful camellia garden with camellia of many colors. And you come to a giant piece of a rocket, an X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, that was found on the beach nearby! There's something for everyone! My husband loved seeing this rocket piece! Lastly, you come to a horse by some cute historic stables that look more like a house! Walk back under the shady oak trees draped in Spanish moss.
At the museum, there are two rooms with some explanations about wildlife in the area, paintings by local artists, a diorama of oystering in South Carolina around the turn of the century, plus a kids room with a horseshoe crab in a tank, and turtle nest exhibit.
This museum and its grounds are a great place to visit when you first arrive at Hilton Head Island, since it is located near the entrance. You can stretch your legs after a long drive! After, eat at Crazy Crab Jarvis Creek, which has a gorgeous location on the salt marsh, good food, and a playground for the kids with adirondack chairs nearby! It is a six minute drive away.
On Hilton Head Island, kids will also love Coligny Beach Park and the shops nearby, bike riding along the bike paths, and climbing the small lighthouse at Harbour Town.

Photo Gallery

Barn and horse.

Bucolic scene.

Wasp buzzing above a flower.

White flowers galore.

X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, that washed up on the beach nearby.

X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle interior.

Looking up at Spanish moss.

Indian shell ring replica.

Shady walking path.

Red camellia.

One Alone camellias.

One Alone camellias.

Camellias by a bench.

Wedding preparations.

Pink camellia catching the light.

Amazing boardwalk enveloped in trees.

A very Southern look...Spanish moss over a salt marsh.

Light catching a fan palm.

Southern Red Cedar, with an estimated germination date of 1595.

Funny bird reading a book!

Clear marbles and shapes, in the amphitheater seating.


Carnivorous plant.

Telescope in gazebo over the salt marsh.

Water trickles along in the salt marsh. What a sweet place to live!

Cannonball jellyfish.

Boardwalk and gazebo over the salt marsh.

Fuzzy caterpillar.

Gate at the museum.

Fountain pool behind the museum.

Oystering in South Carolina around 1904 diorama.

Local paintings.

Ship model.

Bottlenose dolphin skull.

Kids area with turtle nest display.

Spanish moss near the entrance.

Spanish moss over the entrance path.

Playground at Crazy Crab Jarvis Creek, a good place to eat after your visit.

Fish tank inside Crazy Crab Jarvis Creek.

Fire pit and patio with tables over the salt marsh.

View of the salt marsh from Crazy Crab Jarvis Creek.


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Coastal Discovery Museum is located at 70 Honey Horn Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926, near the entrance to Hilton Head Island. There is plenty of parking.
Donation of $5 each is welcomed.
Open Mon-Sat 9-4:30, Sun 11-3.
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