Two Mini Adventures for Little Kids on Hilton Head Island

by jessicaturner on May 8, 2012

The kids are napping now, so I am finally getting a chance to write! :) We are having to be creative as we plan our days here on Hilton Head. Adeline is still on a two nap schedule and Elias still takes one long nap a day. If that afternoon nap is missed – or even late, we have very grumpy kids on our hands.

Thankfully the island has a lot to offer, so we have selected some fun activities that don’t take long to get to and are fun for Elias (almost 4). Adeline (10 months) just goes with the flow. :) I thought I would share our two big hits of yesterday and today.

Adventure #1: Lawton Stables

Yesterday we went to Lawton Stables, a small horse farm in Sea Pines, a community within Hilton Head. Sea Pines is also the area that our Resort Quest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals condo is in, so it was a quick five-minute ride. Big plus, as we only heard one “are we there yet” from Elias.

Lawton Stables offers tons of cool activities for people of all ages, but we went specifically for the pony rides. For $10 you get to ride a Shetland pony around a gated oval pathway. Elias thought he was so cool riding “Romeo” the pony.

They also have a few animals that you can get close to and feed/pet, and the horses were incredibly friendly. Elias loved it.

Adventure #2: Coastal Discover Museum

Today we went to the Coastal Discovery Museum. It was about a 20 minute drive from our condo, but we went shortly after breakfast when the kids had a lot of energy and wouldn’t fall asleep in the car.

The non-profit museum was simply enchanting. It was established almost 30 years ago and teaches about the history of Lowcountry and the plant and wildlife of the region. It is also super reasonable – free! (Of course, they do accept donations, which we happily gave to.)

The museum has an adorable kids’ room with big baskets of shells, paintings, turtles and so much more. Elias went from station to station, totally mesmerized.

They offer a self-guided tour of the grounds with lots of different ares to explore and learn. Our favorite was the Butterfly Garden. Elias wanted desperately for a butterfly to land on his hand, but one never did, though they got close!

He still had a great time trying to encourage one over, looking through the “telescopes” and checking out the wildlife. We all had a lot of fun.

So if you come to Hilton Head with little ones (or big kids!) I definitely recommend these two mini adventures.

I’m going to go read a book on our deck for awhile and enjoy the peace of the afternoon while the little ones sleep… goodness knows, it won’t last long!

When they wake up, we are going on a bike ride with our bikes provided by Peddling Pelican Bike Rentals . (Oh, and speaking of naps and little ones, Peddling Pelican also offer tons of baby stuff and provided us with a pack n play for Adeline! Thank goodness because we definitely couldn’t have fit ours in our car.)

Isn’t she so sweet when she sleeps? Love this arms spread wide like eagle wings.

Now I want to know – what are YOUR tricks for sight-seeing/vacationing/managing vacation plans/schedules with little ones?

Disclosure: ResortQuest® by Wyndham Vacation Rentals generously provided the accommodations at our amazing Sea Pines condo and inspired this week’s Hilton Head vacation series. Peddling Pelican Bike Rentals provided our bikes and pack n’ play. All sight-seeing adventures and opinions are my own!

 



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Jocelyn May 8, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Please – you are still tweeting on my twitter feed. I haven’t heard anythign back from you.

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jessicaturner May 8, 2012 at 8:07 pm

I’m sorry?? I don’t understand… If my tweets are showing up in your twitter feed, then you must be following me. Just unfollow me and my tweets won’t show up. Hope that helps…

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Patricia/nyc May 8, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Soooo cute!!! I cannot get over how big Elias is getting!! When our daughter was little we tried so hard to adhere to nap times…we were pretty successful until she reached 2, then it was all over! lol! We were always in “hot” weather locations, so the pool always knocked her out. Trips to the local zoos, etc. were always a hit too. Looks like you are having a great time! Hope you are feeling better too!!

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jessicaturner May 8, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Yep, I am definitely turning a corner. Elias is such a good napper – I know we are fortunate. :)

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Stacie May 8, 2012 at 9:06 pm

We live in Bluffton and I work on Hilton Head…my son LOVES going to Lawton Stables and has ridden Romeo several times! What a great kids activity! I’m sure you’ve got lots of fun stuff planned, but if you haven’t been to Coligny yet, you should take your kids for a quick splash in the fountains…little kids love it when the water shoots up from the ground!

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jessicaturner May 8, 2012 at 9:47 pm

We definitely plan to make a stop there. The fountains were off when we went by today!

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Nana May 9, 2012 at 7:20 am

Loving the photos daily….enjoying all the fun all of you are having…Hugs

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