Into the Wild

From the critters who call Honey Horn home to exploring the landscape itself, book a tour to take a walk or ride a Segway to get the true lay of the land. Butterflies in all stages of development, crabs and other critters creating a rich ecological system, and a couple local celebrities who enjoy being put out to pasture, the rare and historic Marsh Tacky Horses. All of this and there’s still the scenery to explore – from the oaks and camellias to the surrounding salt marsh, the campus awaits with endless discoveries.

Into the Wild

From the critters who call Honey Horn home to exploring the landscape itself, book a tour to take a walk or ride a Segway to get the true lay of the land. Butterflies in all stages of development, crabs and other critters creating a rich ecological system, and a couple local celebrities who enjoy being put out to pasture, the rare and historic Marsh Tacky Horses. All of this and there’s still the scenery to explore – from the oaks and camellias to the surrounding salt marsh, the campus awaits with endless discoveries.

MARSH
CRITTERS

The salt marsh is a rich and vital habitat that is full of life. The Coastal Discovery Museum is your easy-access opportunity to meet the marsh critters in person as your guide shares a fun short story about all the varieties you might encounter while spending a day in the salt marsh. Never see your local landscape the same way again after this meet-and-greet with its wild cast of characters.

This family program is designed for the preschool and younger elementary kids in your family BUT the whole family will enjoy.
June, July, August: Thursdays from 10:00-10:30 AND Thursdays from 11:00-11:30.
This is a FAMILY FRIENDLY outdoor experience.

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MARSH CRITTERS

The salt marsh is a rich and vital habitat that is full of life. The Coastal Discovery Museum is your easy-access opportunity to meet the marsh critters in person as your guide shares a fun short story about all the varieties you might encounter while spending a day in the salt marsh. Never see your local landscape the same way again after this meet-and-greet with its wild cast of characters.

This family program is designed for the preschool and younger elementary kids in your family BUT the whole family will enjoy.
June, July, August: Thursdays from 10:00-10:30 AND Thursdays from 11:00-11:30.
This is a FAMILY FRIENDLY outdoor experience.

Register Now
MARSH TACKY
HORSE TOUR

Descended from horses brought to the Lowcountry in the 1500s, there are only around 300 Marsh Tackies left in existence and two of them call Honey Horn home. Comet and Hawk are living legacies of the Marsh Tacky population here to teach us about their care, conservation, and distinctiveness. Learn about the history of these adaptable horses with a trip to our historic barn.

September-May: Fridays from 2:00-3:00pm.
June – August: Wednesdays from 9:30am – 10:30am.

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MARSH TACKY
HORSE TOUR

Descended from horses brought to the Lowcountry in the 1500s, there are only around 300 Marsh Tackies left in existence and two of them call Honey Horn home. Comet and Hawk are living legacies of the Marsh Tacky population here to teach us about their care, conservation, and distinctiveness. Learn about the history of these adaptable horses with a trip to our historic barn.

September-May: Fridays from 2:00-3:00pm.
June – August: Wednesdays from 9:30am – 10:30am.

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EXPLORE
HONEY HORN

Begin your Honey Horn experience with this guided tour around the museum’s picturesque and historic grounds. Visit the salt marsh, see historic buildings, and learn about the gardens, plants, and trees that adorn this sprawling historic site. Your museum guide will share stories about Honey Horn’s past and its natural history.

September - May: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00am-12:30pm AND Thursdays at 2pm.
June - August: Wednesdays from 11:00am – 12:30pm, Thursdays at 10 am.
$12 Adults / $7 Children (ages 4-12) / Not recommended for children under the age of 4.

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EXPLORE
HONEY HORN

Begin your Honey Horn experience with this guided tour around the museum’s picturesque and historic grounds. Visit the salt marsh, see historic buildings, and learn about the gardens, plants, and trees that adorn this sprawling historic site. Your museum guide will share stories about Honey Horn’s past and its natural history.

September - May: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00am-12:30pm.
June - August: Wednesdays from 11:00am – 12:30pm.
$12 Adults / $7 Children (ages 4-12) / Not recommended for children under the age of 4.

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SALT MARSH
DISCOVERY

The Salt Marsh is one of our area’s most prominent features, not to mention an essential resource. Most coastal creatures depend partially or even fully on the Salt Marsh for survival and repay those benefits extensively with the role they play. The Salt Marsh itself has a unique role not only as a nursery for many of the creatures that inhabit the coast is but also as a water filter vital for the functioning of the entire coastal ecosystem (a fascinating tale that is often overlooked). Learn from an expert how and why this particular environment is so important. Considered one of the most productive ecosystems on earth, the Salt Marsh is a place worth visiting and discovering while on Hilton Head Island.

September-May: Fridays from 10:00-11:30am.
$12 adults / $7 child (ages 4-12) / Not recommended for children under the age of 4.

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SALT MARSH
DISCOVERY

The Salt Marsh is one of our area’s most prominent features, not to mention an essential resource. Most coastal creatures depend partially or even fully on the Salt Marsh for survival and repay those benefits extensively with the role they play. The Salt Marsh itself has a unique role not only as a nursery for many of the creatures that inhabit the coast is but also as a water filter vital for the functioning of the entire coastal ecosystem (a fascinating tale that is often overlooked). Learn from an expert how and why this particular environment is so important. Considered one of the most productive ecosystems on earth, the Salt Marsh is a place worth visiting and discovering while on Hilton Head Island.

September-May: Fridays from 10:00-11:30am.
$12 adults / $7 child (ages 4-12) / Not recommended for children under the age of 4.

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SEGWAY
TOUR

Want to learn about nature on the move? Embark on a narrated Segway tour, travelling through the Honey Horn property, traversing wooden boardwalks over the salt marsh, winding through the Live Oaks draped in Spanish moss, and catch a glimpse of historic Marsh Tacky horses, standing tall on your off-road, pollution-free Segway.

Great for seniors, families, and friends. Ages 8 and older.
Tours range from 1 ¼ to 1 ¾ hours, including training.
Extended tours (14 and older only) leave the plantation to nearby Jarvis Park.
$69 to $89 per person depending upon the length of the tour.

All booking for these tours is arranged through Segway of Hilton Head.
Book online or call 800-800-0424.

SEGWAY
TOUR

Want to learn about nature on the move? Embark on a narrated Segway tour, travelling through the Honey Horn property, traversing wooden boardwalks over the salt marsh, winding through the Live Oaks draped in Spanish moss, and catch a glimpse of historic Marsh Tacky horses, standing tall on your off-road, pollution-free Segway.

Great for seniors, families, and friends. Ages 8 and older.
Tours range from 1 ¼ to 1 ¾ hours, including training.
Extended tours (14 and older only) leave the plantation to nearby Jarvis Park.
$69 to $89 per person depending upon the length of the tour.

All booking for these tours is arranged through Segway of Hilton Head.
Book online or call 800-800-0424.

BLUE CRAB
DISCOVERY TOUR

The blue crab achieves a great metamorphosis, beginning as one of millions of microscopic eggs and eventually developing into active predators with powerful claws. Discover the beauty and intriguing life of the Atlantic Blue Crab and the important role they play in the coastal ecosystem and in the history of Lowcountry civilization. Experience recreational harvesting, cooking, cleaning, and eating of the blue crab! (This is experience includes just a taste of blue crab meat).

FAMILY FRIENDLY: $15 adult, $10 child
April, May, September, & October: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 am.
June- August: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 9:30 am.
November: Thursdays, except Thanksgiving, 9:30-11:30 am.

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BLUE CRAB
DISCOVERY TOUR

The blue crab achieves a great metamorphosis, beginning as one of millions of microscopic eggs and eventually developing into active predators with powerful claws. Discover the beauty and intriguing life of the Atlantic Blue Crab and the important role they play in the coastal ecosystem and in the history of Lowcountry civilization. Experience recreational harvesting, cooking, cleaning, and eating of the blue crab! (This is experience includes just a taste of blue crab meat).

FAMILY FRIENDLY: $15 adult, $10 child
April, May, September, & October: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 am.
June- August: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 9:30 am.
November: Thursdays, except Thanksgiving, 9:30-11:30am.

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BUTTERFLY
DISCOVERY

Experience the enchantment of a native butterfly garden as you learn about local species and their related plant life. Get up close and personal learning about all four stages of their life cycle (egg, larvae, chrysalis, and adult butterfly) during a guided walk through the Karen Wertheimer Butterfly Habitat. Discover just how easy it is to attract butterflies to your yard and how to support and increase butterfly numbers in the wild.

FAMILY FRIENDLY indoor/outdoor experience. $12 adult, $7 child
This tour includes a 20-30min indoor presentation prior to a guided walk through the Karen Wertheimer Butterfly Habitat.
May: Fridays from 3:00-4:00pm.
June, July, & August: Tuesdays from 3:00-4:00 pm AND Fridays at 9:30 am.
September & October: Fridays from 11:00am-12:00pm.

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BUTTERFLY DISCOVERY

Experience the enchantment of a native butterfly garden as you learn about local species and their related plant life. Get up close and personal learning about all four stages of their life cycle (egg, larvae, chrysalis, and adult butterfly) during a guided walk through the Karen Wertheimer Butterfly Habitat. Discover just how easy it is to attract butterflies to your yard and how to support and increase butterfly numbers in the wild.

FAMILY FRIENDLY indoor/outdoor experience. $12 adult, $7 child
This tour includes a 20-30min indoor presentation prior to a guided walk through the Karen Wertheimer Butterfly Habitat.
May: Fridays from 3:00-4:00pm.
June, July, & August: Tuesdays from 3:00-4:00pm AND Fridays at 9:30 am.
September & October: Fridays from 11:00am-12:00pm.

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EXPLORE
PINCKNEY ISLAND

Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge, located at the northern tip of Hilton Head Island, is a unique location full of Lowcountry history and natural beauty. This tour explores three different habitats: the Salt Marsh, the Maritime Forest, and a fresh water lagoon. The island’s Ibis Pond lagoon is known for its active wading-bird rookery which offers great bird watching opportunities between April and August. The island is also rich in cultural history and was home to General Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, a signer of the United States Constitution.

Not recommended for children under the age of 4.

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EXPLORE PINCKNEY ISLAND

Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge, located at the northern tip of Hilton Head Island, is a unique location full of Lowcountry history and natural beauty. This tour explores three different habitats: the Salt Marsh, the Maritime Forest, and a fresh water lagoon. The island’s Ibis Pond lagoon is known for its active wading-bird rookery which offers great bird watching opportunities between April and August. The island is also rich in cultural history and was home to General Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, a signer of the United States Constitution.

Not recommended for children under the age of 4.

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BEACH
DISCOVERY TOUR

Join a museum naturalist on a nature tour of the wonders and creatures that inhabit our local beaches. Ever wonder who lives in those holes in the sand? Or, when sea turtles come ashore to nest on Hilton Head Island? Learn about the horseshoe crab that has been lurking in our coastal waters for millions of years.

Come explore our ever-changing marine environment at hidden Fish Haul Beach along Port Royal Sound. With its mud flats and sandy areas, this beach is ideal for finding beach creatures, shorebirds, and sea shells. Learn about how our beaches are formed and changed with each cycle of the tide. Meet docent at the picnic tables near the beach pathway for an orientation before heading to the beach.

September – May: Tuesdays at 2 pm
June – August: Tuesdays at 10 am

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BEACH DISCOVERY TOUR

Join a museum naturalist on a nature tour of the wonders and creatures that inhabit our local beaches. Ever wonder who lives in those holes in the sand? Or, when sea turtles come ashore to nest on Hilton Head Island? Learn about the horseshoe crab that has been lurking in our coastal waters for millions of years.

Come explore our ever-changing marine environment at hidden Fish Haul Beach along Port Royal Sound. With its mud flats and sandy areas, this beach is ideal for finding beach creatures, shorebirds, and sea shells. Learn about how our beaches are formed and changed with each cycle of the tide. Meet docent at the picnic tables near the beach pathway for an orientation before heading to the beach.

September – May: Tuesdays at 2 pm
June – August: Tuesdays at 10 am

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FORTS
OF PORT ROYAL

During the Civil War, Hilton Head Island was occupied by Union forces early in November 1861. The island’s proximity to Charleston and Savannah made it an important strategic location for the Union and was occupied throughout the War. On this guided history tour, learn about the Battle of Port Royal and the historic sites of Fort Walker and a later era Steam Cannon used for coastal defense.

Wednesdays at 10 am
Not recommended for children under 7 years of age.

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FORTS OF PORT ROYAL

During the Civil War, Hilton Head Island was occupied by Union forces early in November 1861. The island’s proximity to Charleston and Savannah made it an important strategic location for the Union and was occupied throughout the War. On this guided history tour, learn about the Battle of Port Royal and the historic sites of Fort Walker and a later era Steam Cannon used for coastal defense.

Wednesdays at 10 am
Not recommended for children under 7 years of age.

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BIRDING
AT PINCKNEY ISLAND

Tour participants will be guided through a walking tour of Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge by an experienced bird watcher. With a combination of natural habitats including Salt Marsh, Maritime Forest and open fields, the site allows participants to see many different species of birds. Depending on the season, diverse birds can be spotted: Summer Tanager, Eastern Kingbird, Painted Bunting, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Egrets, Herons and many, many others.

What to Bring:

  • Good walking shoes
  • Binoculars
(Ages 12 and up): $12
Not recommended for children under the age of 12.
This tour is available as a private group experience (up to 8 people)

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BIRDING AT
PINCKNEY ISLAND

Tour participants will be guided through a walking tour of Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge by an experienced bird watcher. With a combination of natural habitats including Salt Marsh, Maritime Forest and open fields, the site allows participants to see many different species of birds. Depending on the season, diverse birds can be spotted: Summer Tanager, Eastern Kingbird, Painted Bunting, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Egrets, Herons and many, many others.

What to Bring:

  • Good walking shoes
  • Binoculars
(Ages 12 and up): $12
Not recommended for children under the age of 12.
This tour is available as a private group experience (up to 8 people)

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