Posted by: Sunset Rentals | October 7, 2014

Get up Close with Animals with These 5 Hilton Head Activities

Hilton Head vacation rentalHilton Head Island is a nature lovers paradise! Not only are you surrounded by gorgeous ocean, live oak trees draped with hanging moss and marsh grass everywhere you turn, but many species of wildlife also call our island home. Here are 5 great ways you can experience the animals of Hilton Head Island:

  • Horseback Riding – Lawton Stables at Sea Pines Plantation offers a horseback tour of the 600-acre Sea Pines Forest Preserve where you can spot everything from 200 species of birds and alligators to whitetail deer and the occasional wild boar!
  • Dolphin Tours – The bottlenose dolphin loves the Hilton Head Island coast and is usually found in abundance, especially during summer. On one of the island’s many dolphin tours, you might watch as they swim alongside the boat or even catch them in the fascinating act of “strand feeding.”
  • Petting Zoo – Lawton Stables also has a free animal farm ideal for younger kids who want to get “hands-on” with animals. There you’ll find miniature cows, pot-bellied pigs, miniature donkeys, goats, sheep, alpacas and more.
  • In the Wild – Drive to nearby Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge to hike and bike its many trails and to see animals in the wild. You may encounter alligators, dolphins swimming offshore, white-tailed deer and many shore birds like white ibis, herons and egrets.
  • Bird Watching Tours – Several local companies also offer bird watching tours for those looking to see our unique species of Lowcountry birds. According to the Audubon Society, more than 350 species of native birds have been sighted on the island in the last 10 years. The Fin-atic offers Nature Cruises with birding as well as Outside Hilton Head.

What animal would you like to see on your next Hilton Head vacation?

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