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9 Rainy Day Activities On Kiawah Island

Don’t let a little rain dampen your Kiawah Island vacation spirits! Our charming South Carolina sea island has plenty of fun-filled activities and attractions to turn an unexpected rainy vacation day into an unforgettable experience for the whole family. From nature tours and activities to Lowcountry comfort food classics and cozy coastal retreats to hunker down for a day indoors, we’ve got you covered! Here’s our ultimate guide to turning your unexpected rainy days on Kiawah Island into fun-filled memories. 

1. Enjoy Nature Activities at Night Heron Park

The chances are you’ll only experience an afternoon thunderstorm, but when the raindrops start falling, head to Night Heron Park for a wild adventure. Located within the park, the Heron Park Nature Center offers fascinating wildlife exhibits and a chance to dive into the secrets of Kiawah Island’s unique ecosystem. Explore the wonders of our Lowcountry wildlife, grab a delicious lunch at the Nest Market Café, and sign up for local tours and activities to enjoy when the sun shines through. 

Heron Park Nature Center 

Address: 4000 Sea Forest Dr, Kiawah Island
Phone: (843) 768-6001
Hours: Open daily at 8:30 AM

The Nest Market | Café

Address: 4000 Sea Forest Dr, Kiawah Island
Phone: (843) 768-2775
Hours: Open daily 8 AM to 9 PM

2. Take Barefoot Walks at Beachwalker Park

If you’re feeling adventurous, step out from your Kiawah Island beach home and take a barefoot stroll on the beach! A beach walk during or after a storm offers a chance to discover washed up ocean treasures like shark’s teeth, shells, or petal-patterned sand dollars, only to be removed from the beach if dead. (Local tip: dead sand dollars are white in color). Kiawah Island’s Beachwalker Park is consistently ranked one of the Top 10 Beaches in America – it’s a destination worthy of a beach walk in any season! 

Here are 4 Reasons to visit Beachwalker Park on Kiawah Island, rain or shine!  

3. Savor Seafood & Scenic Lowcountry Views

Rainy days call for hearty comfort meals in cozy scenic settings. Savour Lowcountry classics like shrimp and grits, she-crab soup, or a steamy pot of Frogmore Stew (aka Lowcountry Boil) while savoring views of award-winning golf courses, calming ocean waters, or lush Lowcountry marshes as far as the eye can see. For such a small island, Kiawah has endless options to get cozy for comfort food. From the luxurious settings of The Sanctuary Hotel and Golf Resort restaurants to 15+ options in Freshfields Village covering everything from coffee shops, cafés, and old fashioned soda shops to wine bars and fine dining. 

Local’s Tip:
The Kiawah Dining Collection
Freshfields Village Restaurants

4. Uncover Artistic Talents

Embark on a journey of artistic discovery as you immerse yourself in Kiawah Island’s vibrant arts and culture scene. From local galleries showcasing diverse artistic expressions to open art studios with hands-on workshops ranging from pottery painting and glass fusing to crafting custom scented candles, Kiawah’s artistic offerings are the perfect solution to a rainy day. 

Wells Gallery at The Sanctuary

Address: 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr, Kiawah Island
Phone: (843) 576-1290

Patricia Reno Huff Gallery & Art Studio

Address: Freshfields Village
Phone: (404) 245-5766

Turtle’s Nest Art Studio

Address: Night Heron Park Nature Center
Phone: (843) 768-6001

Palmetto Scent Studio

Address: Freshfields Village, 211 Farm Lake View, Kiawah Island
Phone: (843) 718-3414

5. Catch a Movie at the Retro Terrace Theatre

While Kiawah Island might not have its own movie theater, Charleston’s iconic Terrace Theater is located only 20 miles from Kiawah Island with a cool retro vibe and regular showtimes for a rainy day! The Terrace Theater is Charleston’s only independently owned movie theater with a variety of films ranging from mainstream movies to independent, foreign, and art house films.   

The Terrace Theater

Address: 1956 Maybank Hwy, Charleston
Phone: (843) 762-9494
Hours: Open daily 12 PM to 10 PM

6. Indulge in a Wellness & Spa Retreat

Rainy days are perfect for pamper sessions! Take advantage of the rainy ambiance and treat yourself to a pampering session at one of Kiawah Island’s luxurious day spas. Whether indulgence means a full day session at The Sanctuary Spa, a quick touch up at a nail studio or day spa between shopping sessions at Freshfields Village, or leisurely soaks in your spa-inspired Kiawah Island retreat, you can have it all for your rainy day on Kiawah Island.

The Sanctuary Spa

Address: 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr, Kiawah Island

Phone: (843) 768-6340


Monday – Saturday: 8 AM to 5:30 PM

Sunday: 9 AM to 4 PM

Indigo Health 

Address: 245 Gardners Circle, Kiawah Island

Phone: (843) 303-9335


Monday – Friday: 8 AM to 7 PM

Saturday: 9 AM to 2 PM 

Closed Sundays

Kiawah Nail Studio

Address: 205 Gardners Circle, Kiawah Island

Phone: (843) 768-2299

Hours: Sunday-Saturday by appointment only

Urban Nirvana Spa

Address: 445 Freshfields Village, Kiawah Island

Phone: (843) 212-5292


Tuesday – Friday: 9 AM to 7 PM

Saturday: 9 AM to 5 PM

Sunday & Monday closed

7. Head Out For Rainy Day Retail Therapy! 

The local shops at The Sanctuary Hotel and Heron Park Nature Center are a haven for shoppers searching for exclusive Lowcountry and Kiawah Island keepsakes to take home. Just a short drive away at the crossroads to Kiawah & Seabrook, Freshfields Village has 30+ shops ranging from home decor and clothing boutiques to charming indie bookshops to browse for hours, cozy and warm with a coffee in hand!  

Shopping at The Sanctuary

Address: 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr, Kiawah Island

Shopping at Freshfields Village 

Address: 165 Village Green Lane, Kiawah Island

8. Take A Mini Road Trip To Charleston

Turn a rainy day into a mini road trip! A scenic 40-minute drive to Charleston opens the doors to a world of rainy day activities including indoor shopping markets, historic homes and museums, endless art galleries, and an abundance of tours to explore Charleston’s top attractions. Traveling with kids? Make a beeline for Charleston’s best boredom busters like the South Carolina Aquarium with a Sea Turtle Recovery Center and two-story Great Ocean Tank, or the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, where they’ll be entertained for hours! 

Historic Charleston City Market

Address: 188 Meeting St, Charleston
Phone: (843) 937-0920
Hours: Open daily 9:30 AM to 5 :30 PM

Bulldog Tours in Charleston

Address: 18 Anson St, Charleston
Phone: (843) 779-5171

South Carolina Aquarium 

Address: 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston 
Phone: (843) 577-3474
Hours: Daily 9 AM to 5 PM, last entry 3:30 PM
Admission: General Admission tickets start at $28.95. 

Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry 

Address: 25 Ann St, Charleston
Phone: (843) 853-8962
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9 AM to 5 PM (closed Tuesday). Sunday: 12 PM to 5 PM 
Admission: Museum Admission: $15. SC Residents: $13. Children under 1: Free 

9. Cozy Up In An Exclusive Kiawah Island Vacation Rental

Seize the opportunity to make your stay extraordinary! Thoughtfully designed with your vacation in mind, our selection of exclusive Kiawah Island vacation rentals offer more than shelter from the storm! Snuggle up with a good book, bring out the board games, soak in a bubble bath, or simply settle into a rocking chair on the porch with a cup of sweet tea, watching the storm pass by. 

Rain or shine, our team at Kiawah Exclusives strive to make your stay extraordinary. Browse our Kiawah Island vacation rentals online or call our team at (843) 768-0273 to match you with the perfect rental that’ll make your rainy days on Kiawah Island memorable. 

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