With a vibrant shopping center and award-winning beach park, the Coligny area of Hilton Head Island has long been a destination for dining, recreation and fun. The family-friendly activity hub has become even more popular with the opening of a new regional park and children’s museum.
Located on 10 beautifully landscaped acres off Pope Avenue near the Coligny Beach parking lot, Lowcountry Celebration Park features a large open lawn that serves as the venue for an array of community events, including the Hilton Head Oyster Festival, Gullah Holiday Market, St. Patrick’s Day Irish Concert, jazz, pops and songwriter series, and sea turtle talks.
But it’s the Adventure Playground that is the big standout here. Unlike your typical park climbing structure, this one was designed and built to resemble a 17th century galleon, specifically the “Adventure,” the ship English explorer Captain William Hilton was sailing along the Carolina coast when he discovered the island in 1663.
The massive, multi-level playground features an assortment of imaginative ship-themed interactive elements, including cannons that spray a light mist, crow’s nests on each of the three masts, swing bridges, port holes, rope nets, periscopes, ship’s wheels, rope ladders and a dingy, along with giant sails that provide shade. Even the poured-in-place springy rubber surface below and around the structure is fun to walk on.
Hilton Head Island’s unique ecosystems and Lowcountry vibe were the inspiration for other park amenities as well. There’s a water feature with a wading pool that mimics the ingoing and outgoing tides, an oyster shell perimeter path subtly lighted for evening strolls around the park, and a “Setting Sun” sculpture rising out of a lagoon.
The Discovery Trail invites children to “explore” the island along a path of educational exhibits covering everything from life in the island’s mudflats and freshwater lagoons to sea turtles and beachcombing.
With parents in mind, the park also offers free wireless internet access and places to charge mobile devices, two fitness stations, restroom facilities, a shaded picnic area, a pavilion built in the island’s classic architecture and lots of benches and seating.
Other things to know:
- The Adventure Playground is open from sunrise to sunset.
- Restrooms close at 10 p.m.
- Parking is available in the Coligny Beach parking lot or along the road on Nassau Street. There’s also a drop-off location at the intersection of Lagoon Road and Pope Avenue.