August 2018

Broad Creek Marina and Adventures: Fun with a Capital F!

Author: Pam Freedman

There’s loads of fun to be had throughout Hilton Head Island, but at the heart of it is Broad Creek Marina Adventures, located mid-island. Perhaps better known as ZipLine Hilton Head and “all the other stuff there,” it’s become a destination for tourists and a blessing for grandparents.

Since the two-hour ZipLine tour opened seven years ago, more than 100,000 guests have enjoyed Lowcountry highs. It’s sister thrill, Aerial Adventure, popped up two years later, again to the delight of many families, jocks and team-building groups.

Both these hot island activities continue to welcome visitors from near and far. They welcomed a Georgia couple’s marriage proposal on the birds’ nest 75-foot tower overlooking Broad Creek and Wexford Plantation. They enjoyed guiding a 93-year-old on his “bucket list” zips with his four-generation clan. They also continue to donate to the Boys & Girls Club and give members super challenges on the six courses of the Aerial Adventure, building their confidence as they sway, crawl, fling and climb through the 50 obstacles.

“Just about every day, I hear another story from some guests or their guides about ‘the time of their life’ or ‘the most memorable family celebration,’” said Nate Jones, GM of Broad Creek Marina Adventures. This entire adventure park, a mile from the Cross Island Parkway, offers Fun with a capital F!

When it comes time to chow down, go up—to Up the Creek Pub & Grill, the waterfront hideaway and family place where chilling is an art form. Whether with a South Carolina brew and a Broad Creek burger piled with smoked pork on a juicy patty or kids’ mac and cheese bites with some moist hush puppies, everybody is happy watching the boats sail in and out of their adjacent marina. Oh yes, it’s “farm to fryer” goodness, but they sneak in salads with blackened triggerfish or cobia for health-conscious diners.

Broad Creek Marina is the finale, offering loads of activities for all ages and adventurers: parasailing with Sky Pirate; dolphin watching with Sonny C and his mates; or fishing and cruising charters with Cheers Sailing, Megabite Fishing and Topshot Sport. Explore the marshes and the creek with Kayak Hilton Head and Island Skiff Tours.

But the glue for it all is good ol’ Broad Creek Marina, completely rebuilt in 2005 (and hurricane Category 3 resistant) by its owner of 25 years, Roger Freedman. Islanders appreciate the marina’s convenience and professionalism, from GM Jones to dockside team Eric and Chris. Gas/diesel, a highly-praised mechanic shop, and the drystack “garage and valet” services for boat storage make it another destination for boaters sailing through the beautiful Lowcountry.

Freedman is happy that the success of Broad Creek Marina Adventures has brought joy to so many. He tells a story of a ZipLine group of four couples arriving at Up the Creek after the two-hour ZipLine tour. They had just met in the trees and were searching out boss Freedman while dining. “We want to tell you we had an amazing time together and will be lifelong friends now.”

Freedman replied, “That’s what it’s all about.” Then came the most touching moment: When he started walking away, they all applauded.

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