Don’t Sweat the “Cool Factor” when Vacationing with Teens
Gorgeous spring weather has arrived on Hilton Head Island, stirring one’s blood for the adventures lurking outdoor, inviting young and old alike to come join in. With regards the young, I wanted to let you know that Hilton Head Island is the perfect place for your teens thirsting for excitement and explorations!
The Island has outdoor activities for the bold, events geared more towards your braniacs, and fun stuff to do that can be enjoyed rain or shine, day or night. If you’re traveling with a car full of teenagers, it’s helpful if you can supply them with options that really appeal to them during vacation.
Did you know the company Outside Hilton Head is the caretaker of a small, private island tucked behind Daufuskie? It’s true! They use Page Island as their outpost for kayaking, family and kids outings, challenge courses and leadership development programs. Page Island offers outings that your teens can take part in while you head to a beach bar to sip daiquiris and get some rays while enjoying a brief respite from the kids.
Outside Hilton Head has many adventures geared toward age-specific groups, from their Kids Paddleboard Adventure and Learn to Surf, to Eco-Adventures, Teen tubing, Astronomy Hike and more. The full details of these programs are on their website, and include tips on scheduling your kids for all this outdoor fun.
Speaking of cool island trips, Harbour Town Adventures provides unique Daufuskie excursions and beach combing trips. They like to “take a jouney off the beaten path to beautiful and historic Daufuskie Island,” and feature dolphin tours, sunset cruises, and can also create custom trips for you and your family, like dolphin strand feeding trips and private charters.
Beyond these offerings, there are other companies on the Island who will take your teens parasailing, sailing (lessons included), or offer family rentals of wave runners you can enjoy together. And don’t forget, if you’re staying at Bluewater Resort & Marina, you can have many of the companies pick you up on our docks!
If one of your teens is more of a shaggy-haired “punk” boy with ears covered in Beats, slouched in Shaun White board shorts and sporting Vans skate shoes, don’t worry…Hilton Head has you covered. There’s a skate park on the south end of the Island named the Bristol Sports Arena that he (or she!) can take his longboard to and skate his brains out with other like-minded kiddos.
If you’ve got sports nuts for children, and you’re looking to keep them occupied while on vacation, the Island Rec Center has half-day “All Sports” camps that can be paid daily or weekly. The center also has indoor and outdoor basketball courts, tennis courts, and evening Teen Kid’s Night Out and Zumba Kid’s Night Out.
Outdoor enthusiasts looking for an adventurous thrill will enjoy Zipline Hilton Head, or the new Aerial Adventure Hilton Head. Zipline Hilton Head has a two-hour canopy tour over eight ziplines up to a height of 75 feet. The Aerial Adventure consists of 50 in-the-tree challenge activities on five courses. The Spinnaker Activities staff will be hosting a Zipline Hilton Head teen night starting at the end of May and going until Labor Day.
Miniature golf always wins rave reviews among family and teen groups alike, and Hilton Head is well equipped with courses your teens will love! Pirate’s Island, located in the middle of the island, wins the consumer reviews on Trip Advisor for popularity. Its two courses wind around pirate tombstones, pirate skeletons, cannon replicas, and ultimately you putt over or through a cave complete with… well, THAT should be left a surprise! There are pirate relics given to the younger children, and they have souvenirs like colorfully designed golf balls that can be purchased. The Island also has three other courses providing variety…two Legendary Golf courses and Adventure Cove, a course that boasts the only indoor arcade, which is perfect for a rainy day!
My last suggestion to keep teens raving about this family vacation destination is to include movie theaters. I’m fond of the Southeast Cinemas, since they have recently installed new seats that are ABSOLUTELY TO DIE FOR! So scope out what movies are debuting when you get here, set up the kids at the theater with popcorn and beverages, and they’ll be set for a couple hours! This will give you some to get a bite to eat and maybe an adult beverage to enjoy some “you” time.
Hilton Head Island will always please adults as a vacation destination, but the island also offers plenty of activities for any age group. If you follow my tips your teens will thank you for such a “sick” vacation…and you, my friend, will have passed the “cool factor” test. We all know that’s no easy task as a parent!