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June 10th, 2024

Episode 137: Hilton Head Island: History, Nature, and Fun Activities for All Ages

  1. Episode 137: Hilton Head Island: History, Nature, and Fun Activities for All Ages Me and the Magic 1:26:26

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.

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!


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

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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Amanda Bauner is the owner and podcast host of Me and the Magic. Amanda created Me and the Magic to celebrate her love of solo travel and to encourage others to travel independently while also seeking to connect with others who enjoy traveling solo and enjoy the magic of Disney. As an Orlando resident, Amanda regularly shares her experiences at local Disney parks, resorts, and restaurants, as well as her frequent travels to different parts of the world. While Amanda enjoys her solo travels, she also cherishes community. Amanda treasures her time with friends and family. Originally from Indiana, Amanda is a proud Purdue Boilermaker graduate. Amanda lived in New York City for 15 years and still loves NYC and the Northeast U.S., visiting often. Amanda is passionate about supporting the performing arts and protecting the environment. When she’s not traveling, podcasting, or blogging, Amanda can probably be found reading, listening to music and other podcasts, planning her next trip, swimming, or enjoying Walt Disney World.

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