Sea-Worthy! Hilton Head Island, South Carolina delivers all the ingredients for a magical stay with the kids; pristine ocean water, nature activities, and a boatload of inland fun. You can't really go wrong with any of Hilton Head's 12-plus miles of white-sand beaches.
While you'll probably spot tiny ocean critters, sea-turtle nests, or even dolphins at any of the beaches, Driessen Beach's wooden boardwalk actually takes you over a tidal marsh and sand dunes, so it's home to the most creatures. On the other side of the island, don't miss the candy-striped lighthouse (it's a manageable 114 steps to the top) in the Harbour Town area. With few streetlights (so you can easily see the stars!) and rules prohibiting neon signs and buildings over five stories tall, Hilton Head has retained its Southern charm. by Parents Magazine