What to do in Hilton Head Island if it rains?
It all sounds so great; twelve miles of beach, golf courses and tennis courts around every bend in the road, dolphin watching, alligator spotting, bicycling, historic sights, and that's just the beginning. Don't forget sailing, jet skiing, parasailing, fishing and crabbing, sunbathing, swimming, kayaking ... but, all those things are “fair weather” activities. So, what’s left to do if it begins to rain?
Braving the Weather
One advantage of our Island weather is that it always seems to never rain for more than an hour or two straight during the “season”. Most rainfall during the summer comes in the form of thunder storms and light showers, and you can usually count on the day returning to normal when the storm has moved on. There are, however, occasional days that seem to be one thunder storm after another, when this does happen, it’s a safe bet it will be bright and sunny the next day; but still that does leave visitors with a day to fill.
Your Souvenir List
Don’t forget your “souvenir list" for your Hilton Head trip. Who goes on vacation without a list of people they have to bring something back for? Maybe you're shopping for your dog watcher, home sitter, or grandma. The island has dozens of specialty shops that are perfect for keepsake shopping, or just shopping for yourself! Even on a rainy day, Coligny Plaza is a fun place to just walk around. Almost all the walkways are covered and the plaza includes a great variety of outside kiosks and boutique stores like Hilton Head's most popular, Island Girl. You'll find fun, affordable fashion and a variety of trendy clothing, jewelry, and footwear. There is something for women of every generation at Island Girl.
Visitors absolutely love The Pelican's Pouch too - just around corner from Island Girl. This one-of-a-kind Hilton Head gift shop offers unique coastal inspired home decor, furnishings, jewelry and gifts for enjoying your lifestyle on the beach, beside the beach, or for the love of the beach. Browsing this store is an activity in itself and so inspiring. You'll want to run home and redecorate.
Is Shopping Not Your Bag?
If shopping is not your thing, what about the library? Hilton Head has an absolutely wonderful branch of the Beaufort County Public Library system. There are lots of peaceful reading areas, a “bank” of computers ($2.00 fee for non-resident internet use), a little book store and a delightful children’s area, complete with coloring pages and crayons and computers just for the kid’s entertainment. Speaking of kids, if they are getting on your last rainy day nerve, there is an interactive Children’s Museum just off Pope Avenue. Don't forget about Island Playground (Bluffton), the area's only indoor inflatable playground.
Food and Drinks
Make a meal of it. We often find visitors flocking to our local cafes and bars during extended downpours on the Island. Watusi Cafe is just the place for this! They're located on Pope Avenue; a hop-skip from Coligny Plaza. It's a cool family-owned local restaurant offering a gourmet coffee bar and a diverse menu of healthy meals including gluten-free and vegetarian options. Enjoy deliciously crafted breakfast and lunch with a full compliment of deserts and spirits. (Pssst... They serve breakfast all day!) They are proud to offer Certified Organic, Fair Trade Coffee from Batdorf and Bronson. They also have a Marketplace Store right inside the restaurant. Browse their collection of adorable housewares, candles, hand-crafted local treasures, and other unique items for sale. Pick up a postcard or a t-shirt for someone you love with the ubiquitous “It is what it is” slogan, or find something to remind you of the memories made on Hilton Head Island.
Movies and Musesums
Still trying to find something? Hey, movies are always an old standby rainy day activity. There are 3 theaters (Coligny, Park Plaza, and Northridge) on the island, as well as one across the bridge in Bluffton; almost all of which offer matinees. The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina is some of the best entertainment not to be missed. Catch a live performance from a number of popular traveling shows. Our Island's art galleries are also inviting on a rainy day. The Coastal Discovery Museum, at Honey Horn Plantation, also offers many indoor programs, as well as an eclectic display of local memorabilia and artifacts.
Odds are you’ll find so many “rainy day” activities that appeal to you that you will probably give up a good portion of a sunny day just so you can take them all in!