There is no greater time on Hilton Head Island than the summer. The sun is shining, the beaches are glistening, and the temperature is right. Best of all? Hilton Head Island is full of fun summer activities that the whole family can enjoy! If you’re looking for a memorable vacation that’s sure to please everyone—look no further then Palmetto Dunes on Hilton Head Island!
Where: Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina
When: Weekly, May-August
There is no happier time on Hilton Head Island than the annual HarbourFest. Now in its 31st consecutive year, people from all over come to help us celebrate this island tradition. Head over to Shelter Cove Harbour and see for yourself why locals and tourists alike love HarbourFest!
Treat the whole family to a concert put on by Shannon Tanner, who has been with the festival since its very beginning. Performing Monday—Friday (excluding Thursdays) at 6:30 and 8:00 pm, Tanner will play an array of different musical stylings including 60’s classics, original ballads and even tunes for the kiddos! Shannon Tanner is a true HarbourFest staple and it’s not hard to see why—with his catchy songs and signature beanie, we guarantee you’ll be a fan too! Check out Shannon playing Caribbean classics with the Oyster Reefers as part of Parrot Palooza at the festival every Thursday at 7:00 pm.
Looking to show the kids a good time? Cappy the Clown is a returning favorite to HarbourFest that never disappoints. Entertaining kids of all ages for over 30 years, she’ll have you laughing and smiling all day long. Don’t forget to get your face painted, pick up a balloon animal, create sand art, and enjoy the variety of kids activities that Cappy offers!
If you’re looking for a real showstopper you will not want to miss the weekly fireworks at HarbourFest. Happening every Tuesday night!
Where: Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina
When: Thursday, July 4, 5:00-9:00pm
Meet up with Shannon Tanner & Cappy the Clown again for the island’s famous Independence Day show. Here you will catch Hilton Head’s largest fireworks show while listening to Shannon Tanner’s special patriotic show in honor of the night. Independence Day fireworks are the perfect event for the whole family, where kids can get their face painted, glitter tattoos and animal balloons from Cappy the Clown! Be one of the first 1,500 to get to the Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina and receive an American flag to celebrate!
Where: The Dunes House
When: Every Wednesday, 8:00 am, April- August
Happening weekly all summer long, the 5k Turtle Trot Walk or Run is the perfect family event. Suitable for all fitness levels, the Turtle Trot is the ideal way to kick off your morning! The race takes place every Wednesday morning and all proceeds go towards the Palmetto Dunes Cares Fund! Grab the whole family and get active while supporting a great cause! The route will either wind through the roads of Palmetto Dunes or take place on our beautiful beach. Kids are encouraged to join—those 12 and under even run for free!
Where: Dunes House
When: June- August, 8:00- 9:00 pm
Bring the whole family and head to The Dunes House for the Sea Turtle Talk & Walk. Joined by Marine Biologist, Amber Keuhn, you’ll be treated to a fun and educational experience! Learn all about the turtles as you walk along the sand and see what’s happening on our nesting beach first hand! In support of the Palmetto Dunes Cares Charitable Foundation, you will leave with a whole new appreciation for sea turtles and their habitat!
Where: Island Rec Center
When: June- August
If you’re in search of the perfect summer activities to keep the kids busy, you have to check out Hilton Head Island’s summer day camps! Kids from kindergarten to eighth grade can enjoy arts, crafts, swimming, games, sports and much more! Each week of camp is a different theme—which include different activities and rotations all summer long! Snacks are provided to campers twice all day, all you need to do is send the kids with a bathing suit, towel and lunch and they'll be all set for their full day of activity filled fun!
There are so many things to do on Hilton Head Island this summer—we’re positive you’ll have a blast! And while you mull over which activity you want to get to first, make sure you check the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort availability to book your stay!