Looking for the perfect vacation? These 30 businesses score high marks with both visitors and locals season after season. Don't leave the Lowcountry without checking out these restaurants, shops and businesses.

ADVENTURE CRUISES

With dolphin cruises, sport crabbing, public tours and private charters, you can experience life on the water — step onboard the Holiday for dolphin watching by calling 843-785-4558; for crabbing on the Crabber J II, call 843-422-5110. hiltonheadisland.com/adventure

ARTS CENTER OF COASTAL CAROLINA

A multi-part venue that hosts remarkable showcases, visual and performing arts, and cultural festivals. Enjoy some entertainment after a fun day in the sun to truly experience all that Hilton Head Island has to offer. 843-686-3945, artshhi.com

BICYCLE BILLY’S

Bike rentals with delivery and pickup to make life easy during your vacation. You can even rent bikes before arriving to check one more item off of your to-do list. 843- 785-7851, www.bicyclebilly.com

CALIBOGUE CRUISES/ENJOY DAUFUSKIE

Take a dolphin-watching cruise or head over to Daufuskie Island, where you can take a self-guided golf cart tour or a guided bus tour to see the historic district and learn about Gullah history. 843-342-8687, www.daufuskiefreeport.com

COCONUT BIKE RENTALS

Bike rentals with delivery and pickup, as well as rentals of cribs, roll-away beds, joggers, high chairs, beach chairs and umbrellas; combined with Island Cruisers Bike Rentals. 843-686-5055, www.islandcruisersbikerentals.com 

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COLIGNY KITE & FLAG COMPANY

Their selection of kites & flags is unsurpassed in The LowCountry. Kids kites to quads-lines, tails & great prices, too! They have hundreds of garden, house & sports teams, USA, SC, Military flags to choose from. Windsocks, wind wheels, stickers and mailbox covers and more. 843-785-5483

COLIGNY PLAZA

Home to over 60 shops and restaurants. From finding the perfect souvenir to remember your trip or a new dress, there is truly something for everyone. 843-842- 6050, www.colignyplaza.com

DOLPHIN AND NATURE TOURS

Join Sonny C. Charters on a 90-minute dolphin tour to see the most beautiful views of Hilton Head Island. Seeing the dolphins is guaranteed. Several trips daily. Sunset and fireworks cruises available. 843-681-2522, hiltonheadtours.com

FISH SEAFOOD & RAW BAR

FISH Seafood & Raw Bar places a premium on serving delicious seafood from local sources and lightly preparing it with a deep respect for regional foodways and Lowcountry culinary history. 843-342-3474, www.gofishhhi.com

GIFTED

A selection of Spartina 449, Vera Bradley, Alex & Ani bracelets, high-quality gifts, custom Hilton Head items, scarves and more. 843-842-8787, www.giftedhiltonhead.com

HILTON HEAD BY BOAT

Book a half or full day charter, take a trip to Savannah or Daufuskie, or take a dolphin watching trip or a sunset cruise, all with Hilton Head By Boat. 843-304-3847, hiltonheadbyboat.com

HILTON HEAD BICYCLE COMPANY

Providing residents and visitors with rental bicycles, new bicycles, accessories, parts and service since 1992. Delivery and pickup, free locks and baskets with bicycles. 843-686-6888, www.hiltonheadbicycle.com

HILTON HEAD DISTILLERY

This Cardinal Road facility on Hilton Head Island offers a captivating tour and tasting experience. Tours cost $15 and include a full tasting flight of Hilton Head Distillery products. If you do not have time for a full tour, tasting flights are $5. 843-686-4443, hiltonheaddistillery.com

HILTON HEAD HEALTH & INDIGO SPA

The Indigo Spa’s services, product ingredients, even the interior spaces have all been designed to help you turn inward on your path to wellness; The Indigo Spa at Hilton Head Health is designed to help you become a healthier you, from the inside out. 843-593-9900, indigospa.com

HILTON HEAD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

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The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra will open its 35th season on Oct. 10 at First Presbyterian Church. For more information on the upcoming season, call 843-842- 2055 or go to www.hhso.org

HILTON HEAD BY BOAT

Book a half or full day charter, take a trip to Savannah or Daufuskie, or take a dolphin watching trip or a sunset cruise, all with Hilton Head By Boat. 843-304-3847, hiltonheadbyboat.com

holytequilaHOLY TEQUILA

Take a break from seafood and experience gourmet Mexican street food like tacos, quesadillas, fajitas and more, along with a tequila bar, in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. 843-681-8226, www.holytequila.com

THE ICE CREAM CONE

Located in Coligny Plaza. Serves over 60 flavors of premium ice cream, dairy-free soft-serve, shakes, floats and sundaes.  We also offer a wide array of toppings, homemade waffle cones, Belgian waffle bowls, cookies and ice cream pie.  843-785-4440, colignyicecreamcone.com

ISLAND BAGEL

With authentic New York-style bagels made from scratch every morning, Island Bagel makes a great breakfast or lunch stop on your way to the beach. 843-686-3353, www.islandbagelanddeli.com

KILWIN’S HILTON HEAD- SHELTER COVE

Ice cream, chocolates and toffees, caramel and candied apples, fudge - whatever your sweet tooth is craving, Kilwins is sure to satisfy. They also put together beautiful baskets for gifts and special occasions. 843-785-2727, kilwins.com/hiltonhead-sheltercove

lawtonstablesLAWTON STABLES

With pony rides for the little ones, trail rides through the lush Sea Pines Forest Preserve, and an animal farm for the whole family, there is something for the entire family. Horseback riding is a great way to experience Hilton Head's beauty from another angle. 843-671-2586, www.lawtonstables.com

MICHAEL ANTHONY'S

With a menu full of delicious offerings and a quality selection of wines, Michael Anthony’s is a great choice for your vacation dinner. The restaurant also offers private dining options for groups of varying sizes. 843-785-6272, michael-anthonys.com

ONE HHI

Located in Palmetto Bay Marina, One HHI will handle any of your outdoor adventures. From Dolphin Tours and Kayak Tours to Pirate Excursions and the newest craze Creek Cat Rentals. Their professional and experienced staff will assist you and your family with any sized party or private excursion. 843-684-2004, onehhi.com

ORANGE LEAF

Self-serve frozen yogurt with an assortment of 16 flavors. Create your own treat with a choice of at least 35 toppings, ranging from kid-friendly gummy bears to a variety of fresh fruit. Plus, there are smoothies, swizzles and super-cool spoons. 843-689-5323, orangeleafyogurt.com

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OUTSIDE HILTON HEAD

Programs include guided kayak tours, kayak fishing, boat-based dolphin tours, charter fishing, tours of historic Bluffton and Daufuskie, camps for kids and teens, stand-up paddle boarding programs, boat rentals, surf lessons and much more. 800-686-6996, www.outsidehiltonhead.com.

PALMETTO DUNES OCEANFRONT RESORT

Named one of the top 25 on Travel + Leisure magazine’s list of the World’s Best Family Resorts, Palmetto Dunes provides a world-class golf experience alongside vacations that are sure to please the whole family. There’s something to do and see for everyone, no matter the age, no matter the interest. 843-686-9697, www.palmettodunes.com

PARK PLAZA SPIRITS & FINE WINES

Located in the Harris Teeter Shopping Center on the south end of Hilton Head. Park Plaza Spirits & Fine Wine offers all liquor products available in South Carolina, as well as an interesting mix of fine wines from the United States and around the world. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Mon. through Sat. 843-785-7789

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PEDALS

Whether you need one bike or a whole pack of them, Pedals has beach cruisers, mountain bikes, kiddie karts, and even an extra-tall bike for those with long legs. They also provide delivery and pickup to make your life just that little bit easier. 843-842-5522, www.pedalsbicycles.com

PHILLY’S CAFÉ & DELI

Open for lunch every day, featuring classic hoagies, cheese steaks, pita wraps, chicken sandwiches, and a variety of snacks and sides Philly’s is a must-do lunch spot with something for everyone. 843-785-9966, phillyscafe.com

RITA'S ITALIAN ICE

Located Oceanside in Coligny Plaza, right across from the beach. Real soft-serve custard and italian ices made fresh dailey with real fruit.  Cool off with our famous Gelati, an amazing combination of Italian ice and custard layered to perfection. And you can’t beat the heat better than with their frozen lemonades. Layer it, blend it, drink it! Celebrating their 24th year on Hilton Head Island! 843-341-5587

SPORTS ADDICTION

If you’re looking to try a new sport or fitness routine, Sports Addiction carries whatever you need. You’ll find everything you need for cycling, tennis, racquetball, and more. 843-815-8281, sportsaddiction.us

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STACK’S PANCAKES

Enjoy traditional breakfast items or try some of Stack’s more unique menu items such as the Crème Brulee French Toast or the Bananas Foster French Toast. Truly an all around family-friendly restaurant with something for everyone. 843-341-3347, www.stackshh.com

STATION 300

If you take the kids to Station 300, they’ll be begging you to go back for the rest of the trip. The facility features 24 bowling lanes, a wide variety of arcade games and a laser maze. For the adult crowd, grab a beer at Zeppelin’s Bar and Grill and check out Galactic Bowling starting at 11pm on Friday and Saturday nights. 843-815-2695, station300.com

THE SEA SHACK

This hole-in-the-wall restaurant serves up good down-home Southern Lowcountry food –  all things seafood, fried, grilled or blackened. 843-785-2464, www.seashackhhi.com

SOBA GALLERY

The Society of Bluffton Artists’ Gallery is located in charming and historic Old Town Bluffton.  The gallery provides an elegant display of original oil, watercolor, mixed media, acrylic and pastel paintings, photography and sculpture by local and regional artists. SOBA offers regular classes and workshops and has a community outreach program. 843-757-6586, sobagallery.com

SUNSET SLUSH OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND

The finest and most flavorful Italian Ice available in the Lowcountry. Sunset Slush is smooth, nutritious, thirst-quenching, dairy-free, low in calories, cholesterol free, gluten free and refreshing. They offer 32 flavors and 25 swirls. 843-785-7851, sunsetslush.com

ZEPPELIN’S BAR AND GRILL

Located in Station 300 in Bluffton, Zeppelin’s offers a full menu as well as a full bar. They offer tons of variety from sandwiches to pizzas to steak so everyone will find something they like. 843-815-2695, eatatzeppelins.com

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