Hilton Head Island: History, Nature, and Fun Activities for All Ages

Harbour Town Lighthouse Hilton Head Island

In this exciting episode of the Me and the Magic podcast, host Amanda Bauner is joined by special guest Morgan Ambler to dive deep into the charm and allure of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Amanda shares her long history with the island, dating back to childhood family vacations and leading to her parents’ initial retirement there.

Episode Summary

Amanda starts off by sharing her real-time trip reports during her travels and her stays at Disney’s Hilton Head Resort and then at a beachside vacation rental. Then, Morgan joins Amanda as they explore a wide range of activities perfect for families, solo travelers, and adventure seekers—from biking along over 200 miles of paths to dolphin cruises and beachside relaxation. Learn about the rich local history, including the Gullah Geechee culture and the first self-governed Freedman’s town, Mitchellville. Dive into the dining experiences and local businesses celebrated in Morgan’s work at CH2 Magazine. The episode rounds out with Amanda’s review of Disney’s Hilton Head Resort, highlighting its excellent service, fun activities, and the unique offerings for Disney fans.

Whether you’re planning a trip or just curious about this coastal gem, join us as we explore why Hilton Head Island is a beloved destination for so many. Don’t miss Amanda’s insights on the best places to stay, eat, and play, as well as her recommendations for making the most out of your visit. Get ready to be inspired for your next magical adventure!

Meet Our Guest

Morgan Ambler, from CH2 Magazine, shares her love and knowledge of Hilton Head Island, her home since 2001. Morgan is an enthusiastic mother who expertly combines her love for the waterfront with family-friendly dining experiences. Particularly mindful of family needs, she highlights two restaurants that feature a gigantic playground, ensuring an enjoyable time for both kids and parents. These spots provide beautiful sunset views and docks for a picturesque and stress-free dining experience, even when the kids get restless.


Learn more about Hilton Head Island and surrounding area from the Celebrate Hilton Head and Celebrate Bluffton and Beyond publications.

Learn more about the Gullah Geechee history and culture in the Lowcountry at LowcountryGullah.com

Watch this beautiful YouTube video about Mitchelville Freedom Park on Hilton Head Island. Mitchelville was the first self-governed freedman’s town in the United States.

South Carolina has so much delicious seafood, often showcased at many of its seafood festivals. See if you can time your visit to coincide with one of these seafood festivals.

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