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We returned from our first big vacation as a family of four just over a week ago. We travelled over 11 hours to get to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, where we met up with my mom and dad (Mimi + Poppy), and my sister and her family. So there were 6 adults, two babies, and one Ari. 🙂
I had never before been to HHI, and neither had my husband. And, to be honest, I did very little planning (if any) whatsoever! I meant to plan out some adventures ahead of time, but Summer got so busy with all of the normal day-to-day stuff… it just never happened! My sister, on the other hand, had done some planning. But life with babies rarely — if ever! — goes as planned.
One thing that was set well in advance was our condo for the week. We stayed at Seacrest Villas, directly on the North Forest Beach, and just steps away from Coligny Plaza.
But there was so much to do!
I had the Chicken and French Toast (what a fun play on chicken + waffles!) and Chad got the flash-fried whole flounder with collard greens.
If you dine between 3:00 – 6:00 PM, the majority of their entrees are 50% off!
And make reservations!
The atmosphere is less appealing to children, but the waitstaff and other employees were super friendly to the kids.
Have the kids where some sort of water shoes to avoid stubbed toes.
Arrive first thing in the morning for the least crowding.
When we arrived shortly after 5PM, the place was already packed with an hour wait for outside seating. As much as we wanted to sit outside, we were also dealing with a time limit thanks to the kiddos bedtimes! Instead we opted for an immediate high-top table inside. Believe it or not, they have highchairs for the high-top tables, so they could easily accommodate two infants.
Arrive early and be prepared to wait if you are looking for outdoor seating.
But also enjoy that time in the beer garden while you wait!
The restaurant will text you when your table is ready!
Really family-friendly! Each child will get to pick a prize from the treasure box after the meal.
The outdoor beer garden is the perfect place for parents to spend a relaxing evening with young kids.
As far as the food, they offer Mexican-style burritos and bowls with ingredients that are locally sourced, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Yep – they do breakfast burritos with farm-fresh eggs!
Take a look at the menu online ahead of time so that you have an idea of what you want to order.
Definitely order coffee, too!
Yes, for a quick family meal. But not for lounging around.
(Good news, Ohio friends — there is a Duck Donuts on Polaris Parkway in Columbus!)
Prepare to wait in line.
Very! The kids have fun watching the donuts being made.
We took our daiquiris to go and walked around the plaza a few nights. They were so delicious! My favorites were Jump Start and Grape Danger.
If there are more than 3 of you ordering daiquiris, save yourself a few bucks and order a gallon to-go.
It’s the most cost-effective way to sip some frozen yummies!
We saw a lot of children there with their parents, but it’s really more of a bar than anything else.
Arrive right when they open to avoid a wait.
There is so much to keep the kids entertained, between the games, the music, and the mason jars with lids as sippy cups!
Pirates of Hilton Head. Chad took Ari on this adventure without me and Remy Bea, which was fine. The Pirates of Hilton Head is an excursion in Harbour Town (near the lighthouse!) on The Black Dagger! The kids, which range in age from 3-10, in groups of about 20 children (max), learn to speak like pirates, get tattoos, and take down Stinky Pete with water cannons! Ari had such an amazing time and came home with enough gold doubloons to last him a lifetime! We will definitely be hitting this up with every visit.
Check Groupon to see if they have any deals first (they did for us!).
Make sure you plan to spend some time in Harbour Town because there’s a $6 fee to be in the area,
but you have in-and-out privileges all day.
Wear a small backpack and bring plenty of water and snacks.
Very much so! Especially for kids 3 and up!
We will certainly be making Hilton Head our go-to vacation spot from hereon out. I can’t wait to visit all of these places again! Make sure you pin this for later! xo