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Kiawah Island Winter Event Calendar 23/24

Escape the crowds and discover the hidden gem of Kiawah Island in winter! Winter on Kiawah Island welcomes you with sunny coastal weather, wild beautiful beaches and fairways with fewer crowds, endless outdoor adventures at Night Heron Park, fresh succulent seafood, and seasonal events to experience the true charm of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Unlock the hidden gems of Kiawah Island’s winter as we dive into a line-up of captivating Lowcountry events that will make your season truly unforgettable – and snowbird rentals that’ll have you soaking up the sun in no time!


Every Friday & Saturday | 1 PM to 5 PM
Kiawah Spirits, Freshfields Village

For the 21+, Kiawah Spirits in Freshfields Village offers complimentary spirit tastings every Friday & Saturday from 1 PM to 5 PM, while supplies last! Kiawah Spirits feature the top 200 spirit brands in the US including over 100 single malt scotches, over 110 small batch bourbons and ryes, and spirits from the top Charleston distilleries.


Select Nights from November 16th through December 30th, 2023 | 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston

Aquarium Aglow, an enchanting holiday light extravaganza hosted at the South Carolina Aquarium is a must-visit during your winter vacation on Kiawah Island. The brilliance of tens of thousands of holiday lights transforms the aquarium into a true winter wonderland with Scuba Claus greeting guests from the Great Ocean Tank, live holiday entertainment, and a variety of food and refreshments (including alcoholic beverages) available for purchase. An elevated aquarium experience. only a short drive from Kiawah Island.   


December 5, 12, 29, 2023 | 5 PM to 9 PM
FortyEight Wine Bar & Kitchen, Freshfields Village

Starting on September 19th through December 19th, the FortyEight Wine Bar & Kitchen in Freshfields Village will be hosting Dining For A Cause, every Tuesday evening. Guests can make a reservation on Resy for dinner between 5 PM and 9 PM and 50% of all dinner revenue will be donated to a local charity in the greater Charleston area. Click HERE for a list of local charities.


December 9, 2023
West Beach Conference Center

Imagine running along the pristine Atlantic coastline, through lush maritime forests, and past scenic marshlands while being surrounded by the soothing sounds of ocean waves. This dream becomes a reality for runners participating in the Kiawah Island Marathon and Half-Marathon, held annually on Kiawah Island in December. The event starts and finishes at the West Beach Conference Center in West Beach Village. Here are some helpful links to the Half Marathon Race Route and Full Marathon Race Route. 


December 9 & December 16, 2024 | 6 PM
Freshfields Village Green

Pack up a picnic (or order to go from Freshfields Village!), bring along your chairs, blankets, and winter warmers, and enjoy a free holiday edition of the Starlight Cinema on the Village Green. Saturday, December 9th features The Polar Express, a magical adventure about bravery, friendship, and the spirit of Christmas. Saturday, December 16th features The Santa Claus, a hilarious and heartwarming holiday movie for the whole family. Join us for a spectacular kick-off to the holiday season on Kiawah Island


3rd Saturday of Every Month
Freshfields Village Green

Kiawah Island’s free Cars & Coffee event at Freshfields Village takes place on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 9 AM to 11 AM. Car enthusiasts of all ages arrive in style to show off their rides and mingle together admiring some of the coolest cars in the country including classics, supercars, antiques, and top-tier collectibles! King Bean coffee and breakfast are available for purchase at Java Java on the Village Green.

December 16, 2023
January 20, 2024
February 17, 2023
March 16, 2024


November 10 to December 31, 2023 | 5:30 PM to 10 PM
James Island County Park, SC

Experience the enchantment of the holiday season at the Holiday Festival of Lights in nearby Charleston. Take a driving tour through James Island County Park adorned with millions of mesmerizing lights, visit Santa’s Village with festive train rides, an old-fashioned carousel, an enchanted walking trail, marshmallow roasting pits, and festive food stands, or plan your visit for the grand finale fireworks on New Year’s Eve.  


December 24th and 25th, 2023
Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Get ready to eat, drink, and be merry in style at Kiawah Island Golf Resort this Christmas! Whether you’re planning to celebrate on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, you’ll find Lowcountry holiday favorites being served in style! Savor the rich traditions of the Feast of the Seven Fishes at Tomasso at Turtle Point, feast on fresh seafood in the Atlantic Room at The Ocean Course, or experience elegance overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in The Ocean Room at The Sanctuary. The options are endless, but reservations are required!  


New Year’s Eve Family Celebration at Night Heron Park | 5:30 PM – 9 PM
Come celebrate New Year’s on Kiawah Island! The festivities kick off with the New Year’s Eve Family Celebration at Night Heron Park. This fabulous family event features live entertainment, kids activities, a delectable spread of roasted oysters and BBQ chicken, and festive fireworks to ring in the New Year.   

New Year’s Eve Dinners | 5:30 PM – 9 PM
For a more refined dining experience, reserve a table at one of Kiawah Island’s renowned restaurants to savor Lowcountry cuisine amidst an elegant ambiance. After dinner, head to The Sanctuary Lobby Bar, where the Andrew Thielen Big Band will have you dancing your way into 2024! 

Reservations Required!

Jasmine Porch, The Ocean Room, The Lobby Bar: (877) 683-1234
The Atlantic Room on The Ocean Course: (843) 266-4085
Tomasso at Turtle Point: (843) 266-4070
Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House: (843) 266-4636
The Players’ Pub at Cougar Point: (843) 768-2771 

New Year’s Day Polar Plunge | 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM
Ring in 2024 with a New Year’s Day Dip in the Atlantic Ocean! Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Annual Polar Bear Plunge takes place on the beach in front of The Sanctuary. Expect water temperatures around 600F, not too icy! The event is free. Participants must bring their own towels. 

New Year’s Day Breakfast & Brunch | 12 PM to 3 PM
Chilly ocean dips not your thing? The Jasmine Porch at The Sanctuary is open for breakfast (6:30 AM – 11 AM) and brunch (12 PM – 3 PM) on New Year’s Day. Indulge in an extensive array of Lowcountry breakfast traditions including savory classics, sweet indulgences, and signature cocktails served with true Southern hospitality. Reservations required.


February 4, 2024
Boone Hall Plantation, 1235 Long Point Rd, Mt Pleasant

Winter brings the oyster harvesting season to the Lowcountry, along with the world’s largest oyster festival, the Lowcountry Oyster Festival at Boone Hall. This must-do Charleston winter festival features fun family-friendly activities, oyster shucking and oyster eating contests, live local music, and a true taste of quintessential Lowcountry traditions. Tickets go on sale this fall. 



January – March, 2024
Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina

Coastal charm meets culinary delights at Oysters on the Point, an annual event at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. This popular once-a-month winter series takes place on the beach with views of the Charleston waterfront, buckets of steamed oysters, beers and cocktails, and beach bonfires and s’mores to end the evening. 2024 Event Schedule coming soon! 



January 11 – January 21, 2024
Charleston, SC

The next Charleston Restaurant Week is from January 11-21, 2024. As one of the highly anticipated culinary events in Charleston, this eleven-day celebration highlights Charleston’s best restaurants and the world-renowned cuisine of the Lowcountry. With local transportation options available, you can seamlessly transition from savoring the city’s flavors to basking in the natural beauty of Kiawah Island.


February, 2024 (TBA)
The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

There’s no need to travel to Charleston for Lowcountry culinary events! Gourmet & Grapes is a four-day culinary experience at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort that couples local and international culinary talent with award-winning wineries to raise money for cancer research at Hollings Cancer Center. Highlights include a BBQ and bourbon mashup at Mingo Point, signature dining experiences at The Sanctuary, an exclusive Wine Odyssey Gala in the ballroom, beach bike rides, bubbles, and brunches with sweeping views of the Atlantic. 2024 dates to be announced soon!


Escape the ordinary and create special memories on Kiawah Island, where the perfect blend of nature, luxury, and romance awaits! Kiawah’s world-class restaurants will enchant you with their Valentine’s themed menus, whisper sweet nothings amidst the swaying palmettos, hold hands along the shoreline, and let Kiawah Island be the backdrop of your love story! Your winter vacation on Kiawah Island begins here! Kiawah Exclusives offers a collection of 100+ of the finest vacation rentals on Kiawah Island, monthly rentals for a longer stay, and a local team to help plan your winter beach getaway!


Top 6 Differences Between Kiawah & Seabrook Islands

Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island are neighboring barrier islands off the eastern coast of South Carolina. Both islands feature secluded communities with miles of pristine beaches, maritime forests, sand dunes, and marshes! Although both have the same laid-back island vibe, convenient resort amenities, and luxury vacation rentals, Kiawah and Seabrook each offer their own differences.

Read on to learn more about the differences between Kiawah and Seabrook Island, including their different locations, island sizes, athletic facilities, beach activities, vacation rentals, and more!

#1 Location

Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island are both secluded barrier islands, conveniently located just 25 miles from Charleston, SC. Upon arrival at the islands, you will approach a roundabout on Kiawah Island Parkway– this is the only way on and off the islands, so it’s impossible to miss!Take the first exit to head toward the Seabrook Island entrance, the second exit to visit Freshfields Village, and the third exit to travel toward Kiawah Island. Kiawah and Seabrook Island are located only about 8 miles apart, or a 20-minute drive, separated by the roundabout with an open-air shopping center inbetween.

#2 Size

Kiawah Island is the much larger of the two islands, offering 11 miles of preserved land while Seabrook Island encompasses 7 miles. Seabrook is a much smaller gated community but remains Charleston, South Carolina’s only truly private oceanfront community with resort access. Kiawah, on the other hand, is a much larger community where you can enjoy Lowcountry island-living on a larger scale.

#3 Atmosphere

Due to Kiawah Island’s larger size and world-renowned Ocean Course, it is the more action-packed, busier, upscale option of the two islands. Seabrook Island, however, is more quiet and family-friendly with less hustle & bustle and more laid-back residential communities.

#4 Shopping & Dining

Kiawah and Seabrook Island are both centrally located near Freshfields Village, which features over 30 boutique shops, numerous delicious restaurants, relaxing spas, exciting activities, holiday festivals, and more! The two islands also feature their own shops and restaurants, though.On Kiawah Island, you can find chic boutiques at the Kiawah Island Resort, as well as numerous fine dining restaurants with stunning views and delectable cuisine. Over on the Seabrook Island side but just before the entry gates, you can find the Bohicket Marina & Market full of gift shops, local restaurants, and waterfront views.

#5 On-Island Facilities & Activities

Kiawah and Seabrook are both home to numerous world-class athletic facilities, but each have their own special attractions. Kiawah is home to 5 award-winning golf courses, including the famed Ocean Course designed by Pete Dye, 30 miles of paved biking trails, 10 miles of stunning beachfront for swimming, surfing, paddling, fishing, and more, as well as the Roy Barth Tennis Center.

Seabrook features two championship Audubon-certified golf courses including the Crooked Oaks and the Ocean Winds Courses, a tournament-level racquet club, an Equestrian Center offering horseback riding on the beach, pristine beaches for swimming, surfing, paddling, fishing, and more, as well as an Island Club fitness center.

#6 Vacation Rentals

Kiawah Exclusives offers 100+ of the finest vacation rentals on Kiawah Island, including oceanfront villas, secluded cottages, and luxurious private homes. Whether you prefer a private pool, expansive outdoor living spaces, community amenities, or beach access, we provide exclusive vacation rentals with unique characteristics to suit your needs.

Seabrook Exclusives features 80+ of Seabrook Island’s finest vacation rentals with waterfront villas, oceanfront private homes, and golf course cottages. We have something for everyone with private pools, community amenities, golf course views, and convenient beach access. Plus, almost all of our rentals on Seabrook Island include complimentary Seabrook Island Club amenity cards, providing you with access to two oceanfront community pools, the tennis center, athletic facility, and on-island dining!

Stay On One of South Carolina’s Secluded Barrier Islands

Whether you prefer the action-packed lifestyle on Kiawah Island or the laid-back Lowcountry vibe on Seabrook Island, there’s a perfect vacation rental for everyone when you book with Kiawah or Seabrook Exclusives. We offer 180+ of the finest vacation rentals across the Islands with exceptional guest services and amenities.

Where To Play Pickleball On Kiawah Island?

Kiawah Island stands as a captivating destination renowned for its natural beauty, world-class amenities, and a wealth of outdoor activities. An enchanting blend of relaxation and recreation in the heart of the Lowcountry’s natural splendor! 

Among the plethora of recreational options on Kiawah Island, pickleball has emerged as a favorite amongst residents and visitors alike. Dating back to backyard boredom in the mid-1960s, Pickleball combines the essence of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong into a fun, fast, spirited sport suitable for all ages and skill levels, from millennials to the golden age! 

Whether you’re obsessed with pickleball or just dinking your paddle into the excitement of America’s fastest growing sport, we’ve got the latest scoop on where to play pickleball on Kiawah Island.

Local’s Favorite Pickleball Courts:

Roy Barth Tennis Center

1 Sanctuary Beach Drive, Kiawah Island

Phone: (843) 768-2838

There isn’t a more scenic setting for pickleball than the acclaimed Roy Barth Tennis Center, nestled near the world-renowned Sanctuary Hotel in East Beach Village. The center offers 22 tennis courts, including 10 new Har-Tru clay courts, and four pickleball courts bordered by towering palmettos and covered patios. Due to a growing demand for pickleball on Kiawah Island, six new dedicated lighted pickleball courts are under construction, set to further enhance your pickleball play.

From Monday through Saturday, the weekly pickleball schedule at the Roy Barth Tennis Center is brimming with diverse opportunities for pickleball enthusiasts of all levels. Engage in daily open sessions that foster social connections and friendly competition, immerse yourself in skill-enhancing group clinics, or enjoy engaging round-robin events. For younger players, junior camps provide an excellent opportunity to cultivate their pickleball prowess in a positive environment.

Pro Shop Hours

Open Year-Round 8 AM to 5 PM

Weekly Pickleball Schedule 

9 AM – 11 AM Social Open Play: All Levels – Cost $20 
10 AM – 4 PM Private Lessons
4 PM – 5 PM Group Clinics: Dinks & Drops – Cost $37
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Round Robins: Advanced 3.5+ Levels – Cost $20

9 AM – 10 AM Beginner (101) – Cost $37
10 AM – 11 AM Private Lessons
11 AM – 1 PM Social Open Play: All Levels – Cost $20
1 PM – 3 PM Private Lessons

9 AM – 11 AM Social Open Play: All Levels – Cost $20
11 AM – 3 PM Private Lessons

9 AM – 10 AM Beginner (101) – Cost $37
10 AM – 11 AM Private Lessons
11 AM – 1 PM Social Open Play: All Levels – Cost $20
1 PM – 3 PM Private Lessons

8 AM – 9 AM Group Clinics: Groundstrokes/Drives – Cost $37
9 AM – 11 AM Social Open Play: All Levels $20
11 AM – 4 PM Private Lessons

8 AM – 9 AM Group Clinics: Volleys – Cost $37
9 AM – 11 AM Social Open Play: All Levels – Cost $20
11 AM – 1 PM Private Lessons

Reservations, Fees & Rentals

Pickleball court fees are $40 for guests and paddle rentals are available at the Pro Shop. Court time, clinics, drill sessions and round robins must be reserved in advance and cancellation is required 24 hours prior to reservation. Any reservations canceled on the same day will be charged in full. Call the Pro Shop at (843) 768-2838 for reservations. 

Alan Fleming Tennis Complex

Johns Island Park, Bozo Lane, Johns Island 

Phone: (843) 724-7311

Situated just a short drive from Kiawah Island, the Alan Fleming Tennis Complex at Johns Island Park features 6 hard outdoor courts to play tennis and pickleball for FREE! The courts are lighted for night play with top-notch playing surfaces, permanent lines, and portable nets for pickleball play. Just remember to bring your own paddles! 

Beyond the realm of pickleball, the Alan Fleming Tennis Complex also features a large recreation area with baseball and softball fields, volleyball courts, a 9-hole disc golf course, a children’s playground, and picnic tables by a small fishing pond.

Plan your Pickleball Getaway with Kiawah Exclusives

Seize the moment and start planning a pickleball getaway to Kiawah Island with Kiawah Exclusives. With our handpicked selection of 100+ coastal homes, condos, and villas all within a beach stroll or bike ride from the courts, you can customize your pickleball experience to perfection! 

Questions? Call our team of vacation planners at (843) 768-0273 today!

Top 12 Spots Participating In Charleston Restaurant Week

Charleston Restaurant Week is one of the most highly anticipated culinary events in South Carolina, with the opportunity to experience the Lowcountry’s world-renowned cuisine for yourself! Located just 25 miles from Kiawah Island, it’s the perfect spot to top off your bucket list vacation with delicious food, scrumptious cocktails, and classic Southern charm.

Hop in the car and drive into town for the best dishes Charleston has to offer! Including Lowcountry favorites such as She Crab Soup, Shrimp & Grits, Lowcountry Gumbo, Fresh Oysters, Hushpuppies, and so much more. You won’t want to miss these exclusive deals and dishes this year at Charleston Restaurant Week!

Location: Please visit restaurantweekcharleston.com for the full list of participating restaurants.

Date: September 7-17, 2023

Time: Hours vary per restaurant. Please visit restaurantweekcharleston.com for hours, reservations, and take out options.

Featured Restaurants Participating in Charleston Restaurant Week 2023:

1. 82 Queen

A uniquely Charleston dining experience with a focus on fresh, local cuisine and gracious hospitality. 82 Queen’s original menu featured dishes influenced by the African, French, Caribbean and Anglo-Saxon tastes.

2. Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar

Located in the heart of Charleston’s historic district, Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar is among the best seafood restaurants in the Holy City. Offering the infamous raw bar, classic Lowcountry favorites, and fascinating history!

3. Coastal Provisions

Coastal Provisions, Isle of Palms’ signature restaurant and bar, was inspired by Charleston’s rich sailing history. The crave-worthy menu is based around locally sourced seafood, meat, seasonal vegetables, and craft cocktails.

4. Delaney Oyster House

Delaney Oyster House is a seafood-focused restaurant and raw bar located in the heart of Charleston’s downtown peninsula. Revitalizing the Lowcountry’s place in the history of America’s traditional oyster houses with premium seafood and oysters, and located within a quintessential historic Charleston home celebrating the charm and hospitality of the Holy City.

5. Hyman’s Seafood

Named #6 on the list of 150 Most Legendary Restaurants in the World & Their Iconic Dishes! Hyman’s Seafood is a Charleston landmark, staying at the same location for over 121 years with a number one goal of customer satisfaction.

6. Grace & Grit

Local, family-run restaurant with a passion for food, home, community, and southern hospitality. Grace & Grit focuses on fresh, local seafood and produce, creative & flavorful southern food, as well as a full bar highlighted by an extensively curated bourbon program.

7. Park & Grove

Park & Grove is a much-loved neighborhood gem using fresh ingredients that reflect the abundance from local fields, farms, and waters. The culinary team blends classic and inventive approaches for an unforgettable New American experience. Experience joyful nourishment for bodies, hearts and souls.

8. Iron Rose

Iron Rose brings clean, elevated Southern Coastal fare to Charleston’s historic French Quarter. Locals and travelers alike enjoy contemporary Southern dishes with local ingredients, well-crafted cocktails and shareable plates. Iron Rose is a hidden gem with stunning outdoor courtyard dining and seating indoors in the elegant dining room.

9. High Cotton

From conversation and laughter in the bar to the stylish dining rooms of heart pine floors and antique brick, you’ll experience true Charleston hospitality. Enjoy crafted cocktails and exquisite Lowcountry fare.

10. Kingstide

Boasting a pristine setting along the Wando River’s meandering waterways, the beautifully appointed two-story dining space features an abundance of windows that maximize natural light and picturesque views. The menu offers a variety of seafood dishes thoughtfully presented in both raw and wood-fired preparations, inspired by the beautifully simple flavors of the sea.

11. Revival

Revival offers a modern, yet relaxed dining experience centered around Charleston’s rich culinary history reinterpreted through a 21st-century lens. Drawing inspiration from the various cultural influences that have contributed to Charleston’s vibrant dining scene, Revival leans on diverse ingredients from South Carolina’s past to create a contemporary take on Lowcountry and Southern cuisine.

12. Little Palm

A breezy poolside cafe and cocktail bar with a lively, spirited environment offering fresh, vibrant cocktails and seasonal, ingredient-driven dishes. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night drinks, embrace the coastal experience at Little Palm!

Stay Near the Lowcountry’s Top Attractions

Make the most out of your Kiawah Island vacation by staying near Charleston, the Lowcountry’s central hub of activities– including Charleston Restaurant Week! Kiawah Exclusives offers an exclusive collection of villas, cottages and private vacation homes only 25 miles from the historic city of Charleston.

Top 10 Places To Work Remotely On Kiawah

Experience the freedom and flexibility of remote work while immersed in the lap of luxury on Kiawah Island, an enchanting barrier island nestled along the South Carolina coastline. On Kiawah Island, you can happily bid farewell to the confines of a traditional office and embrace a world where your workspace boasts breathtaking views and knows no bounds! 

Balance your workday exploring the island’s unique natural landscapes abounding in scenic trails for bike rides, waterways and marshlands teeming with dolphins and wildlife, and miles of breathtaking beaches beckoning you to relax and unwind. Beyond the natural beauty, Kiawah Island is home to world-class resort amenities to indulge in championship golf, tennis and pickleball playoffs, sparkling pools, rejuvenating spas, and delectable Lowcountry cuisine, without having to cook. Working from paradise is possible on Kiawah Island

Here are our favorite “remote workspaces” to combine work and play for a working vacation in paradise on Kiawah Island. 

1. Poolside!

At Kiawah Exclusives, we’ve curated a collection of coastal vacation rentals that set the tone for the ultimate balance of work and play. Whether your vacay work vibe calls for a luxury oceanfront villa, an elegant home on the golf course, or a cozy family cottage nestled in the live oaks near the kids’ activities at Night Heron Park, you’ll find it HERE on Kiawah Island! 

Browse our Kiawah Island Rentals by Neighborhood: 
East Beach Village
West Beach Village
Vanderhorst Plantation

2. Coworking at Kiawah Island’s World-Famous Golf Courses

Kiawah Island is renowned for its world-class golf courses, designed by the world’s best golf architects and hosting some of the most prestigious golfing events in the nation. Whether you’re networking or closing a deal while walking the fairways, ending a round of play with a refreshing 19th-hole cocktail and client call, or seeking a quiet shaded verandah with ocean views to tick off your to-do list, coworking at Kiawah Island’s world-famous golf courses offers the ultimate mix of work and pleasure.   

The Ocean Course 

Location: 1000 Ocean Course Dr, Kiawah Island 
Phone: (843) 768-2121
Clubhouse Hours: Daily 7 AM to 7:30 PM
Ryder Cup Bar Hours: Daily 11 AM to 9 PM

Osprey Point Golf Course 

Location: 700 Governors Dr, Kiawah Island 
Phone: (843) 266-4640
Clubhouse Hours: Daily 7 AM to 6 PM 
Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House Hours: Daily 11:30 AM to 9 PM

Turtle Point Clubhouse

Location: 1 Turtle Point Lane, Kiawah Island
Phone: (843) 266-4050
Clubhouse Hours: Daily 7 AM to 5:30 PM
Tomasso at Turtle Point Hours: Daily 11:30 AM to 9 PM

Cougar Point Clubhouse 

Location: 12 Kiawah Beach Dr, Kiawah Island 
Phone: (800) 576-1570
Clubhouse Hours: Daily 7 AM to 5:30 PM
The Players’ Pub Hours: Daily 11:30 AM to 9 PM


Location: 1 Sanctuary Beach Drive
Phone: (800) 654-2924
Hours: Daily 6:30 AM to 9 PM

Nestled oceanfront in the heart of East Beach Village, The Sanctuary Hotel offers a serene setting to work remotely. If you’re an early riser, the tranquil terrace at the Jasmine Porch opens at 6:30 AM to get a productive head start on your day with a buffet breakfast or the best shrimp and grits on the island!

4. The Nest Market | Cafe

Location: Kiawah Island Parkway, Kiawah Island 
Phone: (843) 768-2775
Hours: Daily 7 AM to 9 PM

The Nest Market & Cafe in Night Heron Park is a popular remote workspace on Kiawah Island for locals and visiting guests. There’s limited seating inside but the expansive Lowcountry porch shaded by towering ancient live Oaks is perfect for ultimate productivity. Traveling with kids? There is no need to arrange a nanny on Kiawah Island! Night Heron Park is packed full of kid-friendly amenities and activities for little tots and teens with summer kids camps for ages 3 through 15 years, giving you free time to put in some productive hours while the kids discover, learn, and play outdoors.

5. Night Heron Grill & Bar

Location: Kiawah Island Parkway, Kiawah Island 
Phone: (843) 768-2802
Seasonal Hours: Daily 11 AM to 8 PM

Prefer a casual poolside perch to work remotely? The Night Heron Grill & Bar is open in high season for you to work poolside with a tropical drink, while the kids play safely in the lifeguarded pools. Pack your noise-canceling headphones and glare screen for a poolside session or find a shaded table on the patio for a more productive setup. 

6. The Station Deli

Location: Freshfields Village, 225 Freshfields Drive
Phone: (843) 768-4567
Monday – Friday: 6:30 AM to 9 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 6:30 AM to 8 PM
Deli Hours: 
Open Daily 6:30 AM to 3 PM
View Deli Menu HERE
Pet-Friendly Patio

If you’re keen to tick off your task list with the best breakfast on the island, get to The Station Deli early and snag a high-top table indoors or out on the patio! Situated at the entrance to Freshfields Village, and on the bike path from Kiawah Island for an early morning pedal, The Station Deli also offers awesome grab-and-go options if you’d prefer to pedal back to your quiet remote home office with a view!

7. The Village Market by Harris Teeter

Location: Freshfields Village, 515 Freshfields Dr
Phone: (843) 243-3276
Hours: Daily 6 AM to 11 PM
Pet-Friendly Patio

Need a Starbucks fix to start your day? Pedal past The Station Deli to The Village Market by Harris Teeter situated in the heart of Freshfields Village. Overlooking the Village Green, the square between Village Market & FortyEight Wine Bar has high-top tables and patio heaters to sip your Starbucks and set up your laptop while the family stocks up on vacation supplies.

8. Java Java

Location: Freshfields Village, 375 Gardners Circle
Phone: (843) 243-0222
Hours: Daily 7 AM to 3 PM
Pet-Friendly Patio

Java Java is the local hub of Freshfields Village – an independently owned coffee shop serving breakfast, lunch, and award-winning King Bean coffees from Charleston! There’s limited seating indoors and a sunny, spacious patio to balance work with leisure. While it’s not conducive to quiet client calls, it’s an excellent option for a few hours of remote work outside away from home.  

9. Salty Dog Café

Location: Bohicket Marina Market, 1882 Andell Bluff Blvd, Johns Island, SC
Phone: (843) 952-7335
Hours: Daily 11 AM to 10 PM
Happy Hour: Daily 4 PM to 7 PM

Networking opportunities abound at the iconic Salty Dog Café at Bohicket Marina. This vibey waterfront spot has an open-air rooftop deck, a huge indoor dining area, a waterfront patio, and lawn seating with fire pits, all buzzing with freelancers, digital nomads, influencers, and professionals taking a break to live the laid-back Lowcountry lifestyle. 

10. Post & Computer Center

Location: Freshfields Village, 130 Gardners Circle 
Phone: (843) 768-2626
Monday to Friday 9 AM to 6 PM 
Saturday 9 AM to 3 PM 
Closed on Sunday

Known locally as “The Freshfields Post Office”, the Post & Computer Center at Freshfields Village offers all the services of a US Post Office including, full-service packaging and shipping by FedEx and UPS, printing services, sales of computers and electronic accessories, and IT services and computer support for both PC and MAC. Call or email their computer guys for technical support – they’ll even come to your Kiawah Exclusives vacation rental if needed!

Computer Support | Monday – Friday 10 AM to 5 PM 

Chad Droze
Phone: (843) 530-39989 
Email: chad@compu-exerts.com 

Mark Watson 
Phone: (843) 810-1621
Email: mark@compu-experts.com

Questions about Kiawah Island? Browse our exclusive collection of Kiawah Island vacation rentals, explore the best of Kiawah Island in our Exclusives Guide, get travel tips from our Vacation Blog, or call our team of expert vacation planners at (843) 768-0273 to customize your stay. 


Wherever you choose to stay on Kiawah Island, you’re likely to find a kayaking spot a short walk or drive away. Our exclusive collection of 110+ vacation rentals include luxury homes near the ponds in Vanderhorst, private cottages on the Kiawah River, and lagoon front villas where you can have water access without leaving your home.

Thanksgiving Activities On Kiawah Island 2023

Year-after-year, families have made Kiawah Island the host of their favorite holiday traditions. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to gather on the island with friends and loved ones as the area rings in the festive season with lavish buffets, epicurean experiences in the restaurants, and home-cooked meals to enjoy in your vacation rental, without any of the effort–a true foodie paradise!

Additionally, the temperate climate invites guests to enjoy myriad activities for all ages around the island. From biking, to going to the beach, to improv comedy, arts and crafts, and a Thanksgiving morning Turkey Trot fun run, there is much to be thankful for on Kiawah Island during the holiday season. Explore all of theThanksgiving programming below.

Thanksgiving Food Options

Thanksgiving Buffet 

One of the most popular dining celebrations of the year, Thanksgiving at Kiawah is the ultimate family affair! From an elegant four-star meal, to a relaxed clubhouse atmosphere, there’s a dining experience for every palate!

Grand Oaks Ballroom at The Sanctuary – Priority seating reserved for guests of The Sanctuary
Seatings starting at 12:00pm
Adults: $169 | Children 4-12: $89
Pricing inclusive of food, tax and gratuity.

Join in for a culinary creation on Thanksgiving Day. A lavish buffet presentation will be at your fingertips and live entertainment will enhance your meal. Browse the numerous culinary stations throughout the ballroom, featuring seafood displays, live chef stations, holiday meats, and other traditional favorites. Sample the wine menu and finish your experience with decadent chocolates and pastries.

Children’s Thanksgiving Buffet 
Your children can enjoy a buffet of their own in the adjacent Heron Room while you enjoy the grand buffet in the ballroom. They will always remember this special event that will feature games, arts and crafts, as well as delicious fun and food.

Thanksgiving To-Go

Enjoy the leisure of a hot, home-cooked meal without any of the effort! The Villa Banquet team has created a delectable menu of holiday favorites, available for carry out. Choose a full meal that serves 8-10 people, or order just the turkey or just the sides – either way, the cooking is on us!

Jasmine Porch – Priority seating reserved for guests of The Sanctuary
Breakfast: 6:30-10:15am
Thanksgiving Buffet: 12-8pm
Adults: $129 | Children 4-12: $75

Celebrate the holiday with a magnificent buffet featuring traditional favorites, live entertainment, and house-made desserts. This will be a meal to remember in a warm, yet elegant atmosphere as you toast loved ones. Jasmine Porch is sure to be an annual tradition for you and your family.

Local’s Tip: Call for reservations: 843.768.6253

The Ocean Room – Priority seating reserved for guests of The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary’s signature Five-Star restaurant is proud to present a Thanksgiving experience made for the true epicurean. The Ocean Room will feature their seasonal steakhouse menu in addition to holiday favorites. Children’s menu available.

Local’s Tip: Call for reservations: 843.768.6253

The Lobby Bar at The Sanctuary
Join The Lobby Bar for spirits as you gather with friends and family this holiday season. The Lobby Bar will be open from 12:00-11:00pm on Thanksgiving Day.

Mingo Point Oyster Roast & BBQ
4:30-6:30pm and 7:00-9:00pm

Celebrate the holidays at Mingo Point and join us for the last oyster roast and BBQ of 2023! Enjoy an authentic Lowcountry experience at Kiawah’s most popular family outing. Indulge in a riverside oyster roast and an all-you-can-eat buffet of Southern BBQ specialties highlighting holiday favorites. Enjoy live entertainment from The Island Trio. Be sure to be on your best behavior because good ol’ Saint Nick is coming to the Lowcountry for holiday photos!


Thanksgiving Activities 2023

Family Activities

Thanksgiving is a time for family, and Kiawah offers a wide range of activities to keep kids (and grownups!) of all ages entertained! Visit the full calendar of events to see what’s happening every day and to make advance reservations for activities.


Camp Kiawah
November 20 – 22 and 24 | 8:30am – 12:30pm
Night Heron Park Pavilion

Camp Kiawah is our themed day camp dedicated to making every day memorable for your child! Each session is themed with games, crafts, and snacks- guaranteed to be tons of fun! For ages 3 – 7. Reservations required, please call 843.768.6001. Visit KampKiawah.com for pricing and more information. There is no lunch option during Thanksgiving week.

Camp Xtreme
November 20 – 22 and 24 | 8:30am – 12:30pm
Night Heron Park Basketball Court

Camp Xtreme is designed with 8-13 year olds in mind. Competitive sports, team building, and more guarantee a day of XTREME FUN!

For ages 8 – 13. Reservations required, please call 843.768.6001. Visit KampKiawah.com for pricing and more information. There is no lunch option during Thanksgiving week.

MONDAY, November 20th

Glass Fusing 101
9 – 10am | Turtles’ Nest Art Studio

Learn to cut, layer, and design glass pieces to create your artwork. Choose from a variety of color options to make a design that is uniquely yours. Class includes a 3×3 tile with upgrade choices available. Precut pieces are available for children.

$40/person. For ages 5+. Children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations required, please call 843.768.6001. A 24-hour cancellation policy applies. Subject to availability.

Turtles’ Nest Art Studio: Open Studio
10:30am – 2pm | Turtles’ Nest Art Studio

The Turtles’ Nest Art Studio is a great area to relax and get creative! Offering unique craft options during open studio, there is something for the whole family to enjoy. Projects include pottery, wood crafts, canvas painting, and others. Prices vary based on project(s) selected.

Kiln projects, such as pottery painting, are available for pick up 2-3 days after completion. Shipping is available. No reservations required. For more information, please call 843.768.6001. Schedule subject to change.

Sidewalk Chalk Contest
1 – 2pm | Night Heron Park

Channel your inner Picasso and join us for a family-friendly Sidewalk Chalk Contest! Each family will have up to 1 hour to draw their most imaginative sidewalk chalk creation. Based on the contest theme, prizes will be awarded to the top 2 teams. Chalk will be provided. Event is complimentary, no reservations required.

Adult Archery Lesson
1:30 – 2:30pm | Night Heron Park

Join in on the fun at the archery range to try your skills! Enjoy a staff instructed lesson with various stationary targets and competition games! Great for beginner to intermediate. $45/person. For ages 13 and up. Participants must be able to confidently pull a 15lb bow string. Reservations required, please call 843.768.6001. A 24-hour cancelation policy applies. Subject to availability.

Family Craft: Shell/Shark Tooth Necklace
2:30 – 3:30pm | Night Heron Park Pavilion

Come join for a festive holiday week full of fun family crafts that are different each day! Pick out a shark tooth or a shell and add beads to create your own unique necklace!
No reservation required. Schedule subject to change.

Lowcountry Investi”gator”: Escape Box Experience
4 – 5:15pm | Night Heron Park

If you’re looking for a program you can really sink your teeth into, sign up for our tabletop escape experience! You will be tasked with using fun and factual information about alligators posted around the room to solve a series of clues provided at your team table. Do you have what it takes to chomp down on the solution that will get you into the naturalist’s locked case before the time is up?

$50/family. Minimum of 3 teams, maximum of 6 players per team. Ages 8+ recommended. Advanced reservations required, call 843.768.6001. 24-hour cancellation policy applies. Schedule subject to change.

Movie in the Park: Home
5:45pm | Night Heron Park Stage

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for an outdoor movie experience! Join us for a showing of Home at the Night Heron Park Stage. Movie begins at 6pm. Blankets and/or beach chairs are recommended. Admission is complimentary, no reservations required. Concessions available for purchase. Schedule subject to change.

Turkey Scavenger Hunt
November 20 – 25 | 10am – 5pm
Night Heron Park 

Oh, no! We’ve lost all of our turkey friends and need your help locating them! Grab your clue sheet from the Night Heron Pool Shop or Nature Center to start your search. Follow the clues and bring back your completed sheet back to us for a special Thanksgiving prize! This event is complimentary and no reservations are required. Don’t forget a pen or pencil!

TUESDAY – November 21st, 2023

Turtles’ Nest Art Studio: Open Studio
10:30am – 2pm | Turtle’s Nest Art Studio

The Turtles’ Nest Art Studio is a great area to relax and get creative! Offering unique craft options during open studio, there is something for the whole family to enjoy. Projects include pottery, wood crafts, canvas painting, and various others. Prices vary based on project(s) selected.

Kiln projects, such as pottery painting, are available for pick up 2-3 days after completion. Shipping is available. No reservations required. For more information, please call our Recreation Reservations at 843.768.6001. Schedule subject to change.

Mystery Event
1 – 2pm | Night Heron Pavilion

Looking for something to do and like surprises? Join us at Night Heron Park for a mystery pop-up event! Be ready to do anything from arts and crafts to competitive games, to everything in between! Some events may require a fee. No reservations are required.

Youth Archery Lesson
1:30 – 2:30pm | Night Heron Park

Join us on the archery range to try your skills. Enjoy a staff instructed lesson with various stationary targets and interactive games! Great for Beginners. $45/person. For ages 8 – 12. Participants must be able to confidently pull a 15lb bow string. Reservations required, please call 843.768.6001. A 24-hour cancelation policy applies. Subject to availability.

Family Craft: Stuffed Animal Factory
2:30 – 3:30pm | Night Heron Park Pavilion

Come join us for a festive holiday week full of fun family crafts that are different each day! Select, stuff, and dress-up your own furry friend to remind you of your time spent on Kiawah. A great companion for long car rides or flights home! $20/animal. No reservation required. Schedule subject to change.

Kids’ Night Out: Sanctuary Splash Bash
5 – 8pm | Sanctuary Indoor Pool

Our Kids’ Night Out programs provide everything needed for an exciting and adventurous experience for our young vacationers and local residents. For children ages 5 – 12. Dinner is included. Kids, meet us at the Sanctuary Indoor pool for a night full of pizza, pool, and party!

Laser Tag
5:30 – 8:30pm | Night Heron Park

Do you have what it takes to compete on the battlefield?! Put your thinking caps on because strategic tactics are consequential! Grab your crew and go head-to-head against others in this fierce match. Aim at enemy’s targets as you battle through the smoke machines. Hide behind the inflatable bunkers, but be careful not to get hit by your opponent’s precise laser beams. Will you be ruled as the Laser Tag Champions, or will you be sent home?

Ages 7+. 2 teams of 10 participants go head-to-head. Complimentary, no reservations required. For more information, call 843.768.6001.

WEDNESDAY – November 22nd, 2023

Turkey Shootout
2:30 – 4pm | Night Heron Park

Join us at the Night Heron Park soccer field for this friendly archery showdown! The competitor with the highest overall score for each age category will take home a prize! Categories for age groups are 8-12, 13-15, and 16+. An adult must accompany participants under the age of 16.
$15/person. For ages 8+. Reservations, please call 843.768.6001. A 24-hour cancellation policy applies. Subject to availability.

Holiday Mug Painting
4 – 5pm | Night Heron Park Pavilion

Looking for a MUGnificient holiday gift? Search no further than one of our four tea-riffic styles of mugs! Chai your best at a custom design, or use one of our artist examples for inspiration. Mugs are glazed and fired upon completion. We can’t wait to see how you espresso yourself!

Pick up your mug during the Ornament Workshop (Friday, November 25th) and receive complimentary hot chocolate during the workshop. $35/person. Reservations required, please call 843.768.6001. A 24-hour cancellation policy applies. Subject to availability.

Bonfire and S’mores
5 – 8pm | Night Heron Park

Enjoy time with each other around the fire while listening to live music and indulging in a s’more or two. Also try your hand at our Pirate Ship escape room, starting at 4pm! Music is provided by Thomas Champagne. This event is complimentary, no reservations are required. S’more supplies available for purchase. Schedule subject to change.

Turkey Trot
Thanksgiving Day | 9:30am | Sanctuary Beach Access

Start your turkey day with Kiawah’s traditional Turkey Trot, a one-mile walk or a one-to-three-mile run on the beach for families, beginners, or competitive runners. Music begins at 9am. Complimentary coffee and hot chocolate are available pre-run. The race begins at 9:30am. All participants will receive a raffle ticket for a prize drawing held at 10:15am. This event is complimentary and no reservations are required.

THURSDAY, November 23rd
(Thanksgiving Day!)

Yoga on the Beach
10:45 – 11:45am | Sanctuary Beach Access

Hatha yoga with a blend of slow to moderate pace vinyasa and longer held restorative poses. We work at a beginner to intermediate level and focus on using breath to create body awareness, calm the mind, and build strength and flexibility all while taking in the beauty of the beach. Previous yoga experience is not required. $25/person. Ages 13+. Reservations required, call 843.768.6001. Mats are provided, we recommend that you bring water and sunscreen. Subject to availability.

Sand Sculpting Contest
11am – 12:30pm | Sanctuary Beach Access

Grab your buckets and shovels, and meet us for a family-friendly competition on the beach! Each family will have one hour to build the most festive Thanksgiving themed sand sculpture. The top three teams will receive prizes!

This event is complimentary and no reservations are required. A limited quantity of sand tools will be available for use. Per Kiawah Town Ordinance, metal shovels are not permitted. Schedule subject to change.

Tie Dye T-shirts
2 – 3:30pm | Night Heron Park Pavilion

Join on the deck in Night Heron Park for a family fun craft and create a traditional Kiawah logo Tie Dye T-shirt! Choose from any bright, rainbow, or neon spectrum colors to make your shirt unique. $20+/shirt. Child and adult sizes available while supplies last. No reservations required. Schedule subject to change.

Thanksgiving Festival
3 – 5pm | Night Heron Park

After dinner, stop by the park for some fall fun! Enjoy live music, inflatables and southern lawn games. Assorted crafts and concessions available for purchase. This event is complimentary and no reservations are required. Schedule subject to change.

Why Choose Kiawah Island For Your Summer Vacation?

Summer is just around the corner, and now is the perfect time to start planning your beach getaway vacation! This year, why not escape to South Carolina’s charming coastal town of Kiawah Island? This place is magical! Imagine sandy toes and ocean waves, coastal breezes on the fairways, eco-friendly nature experiences, al fresco dining with ocean views, and exclusive vacation rentals that allow you to be completely immersed in the laid-back and luxurious Lowcountry lifestyle. 

Kiawah Island offers a unique and timeless vacation experience that is perfect for families and friends seeking a summer vacation filled with old-fashioned fun, nature inspired adventure, and treasured memories that will last a lifetime. Think back to the bygone days of family bike rides through the streets, shopping for groceries at farmers’ markets, long lazy beach days, and quality family time without the distractions of modern living.  

You can have it all this summer on Kiawah Island! Our team at Kiawah Exclusives has put together the top tips to plan, prepare and experience the best of Kiawah Island for summer 2023. 

Getting to Kiawah Island

Located just 30 miles south of historic Charleston, Kiawah Island is a convenient destination for an island escape close to home! Many major airlines, including American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Frontier Airlines, United Airlines, JetBlue, Delta, and Silver Airways offer daily non-stop flights to Charleston International Airport (CHS) or the Charleston Executive Airport (JZI) is the best option for travelers arriving by chartered flights. If you’re flying in, reserve your rental cars well in advance or arrange airport transportation to Kiawah Island with Island Transportation or Charleston Limousine & Shuttle Service

The Best Time to Visit Kiawah

Kiawah Island is the perfect vacation destination in any season of the year. An ideal warm weather destination to escape to from the winter cold, sunny skies and fewer crowds in the spring and fall, and one of the best locations for a beachy summer escape.

Summer is by far the most popular season on Kiawah Island, golf time slots start to fill up, restaurant reservations start to stack up, and the best vacation rentals get scooped up months in advance. Kiawah Exclusives is a great resource to start planning your summer 2023 vacation, and find you the beach home of your dreams.

Kiawah Island Neighborhoods

Start your summer vacation planning by finding the condo, cottage, villa, or private oceanfront home of your dreams on Kiawah Island. Kiawah Island is divided into three neighborhoods: West Beach Village, East Beach Village, and Vanderhorst Plantation

Each neighborhood boasts its own unique charm, resort amenities, and selection of luxury Kiawah Exclusives vacation rentals for a stylish summer soiree with friends and family, all highlighted in our Guide to the Neighborhoods of Kiawah Island

Exploring Kiawah Island

For the best experience of Kiawah Island, park your car and rent a bike to explore the island. Over 30 miles of scenic and shaded bike paths connect all the Kiawah neighborhoods with trails to the golf courses, nature activities at Night Heron Park, easy beach access, and all the way to Freshfields Village and Bohicket Marina & Market

You can literally bike everywhere and the experience of cruising the magnolia-lined streets lined with gorgeous architecture, the 10-mile shoreline, or heading off-the-beaten-path on Kiawah, is unbeatable! Surfscooter Bike Rentals have all the bike gear you need, delivered to your rental home, with a 5% discount for Kiawah Exclusives guests!   

Beach Days

A summer vacation on Kiawah is all about the beach! Kiawah’s Beachwalker Park is ranked one of the best and most beautiful beaches in the US and remains uncrowded, even in the high season. If beach days are #1 on your summer vacation itinerary, our guide to Kiawah Beachwalker Park has all the tips for a stress-free beach day and our oceanfront vacation rentals put you steps from the Atlantic shoreline. Check out this LIVE WEB CAM for current beach conditions on Kiawah Island!

PGA Golf

One of the top draws to Kiawah Island is the choice of five world-class golf courses at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, including the highly-acclaimed PGA Ocean Course. Kiawah is ranked one of the top golf destinations in the world and provides a true test of golf for players of all skill levels with breathtaking views sure to distract your eye from the ball.

Tennis & Pickleball

Or how about a round of tennis or pickleball under the shade of Kiawah’s towering palmettos? Kiawah Island is ranked the #1 Tennis Resort in the World! The expansive Roy Barth Tennis Center features 22 courts for tennis and pickleball, award-winning instruction for the whole family, and a stunning setting only steps from The Sanctuary Hotel. 

Outdoor & Nature Activities

A summer vacation on Kiawah Island means trading amusement parks and arcades for classic Lowcountry eco-adventures in the great outdoors. Night Heron Park is the epicenter for outdoor fun and nature activities with an endless list of guided eco-tours for every interest and age! From birding, biking, and night beach walks, to kayaking, canoeing, SUPing, and family fishing charters, this is the best way to experience the local wildlife and beauty of Kiawah Island. Take a peek at all Night Heron Park events and activities here!  

Indoor Activities

If you need a break from the sun or a rainy day activity on Kiawah Island, there are lots of options. Take a stroll through the shops and gallery at The Sanctuary, book an indulgent treatment at the Sanctuary Spa, try out a new restaurant, or take a scenic drive to tour the aquarium and museums in historic Charleston. View our Kiawah Exclusives Guide for local recommendations.

Kiawah Island Summer Camps for Kids

Kids love Kiawah Island! Kiawah Island’s unique kids’ programs, including Kamp Kiawah (ages 3-7), Camp Xtreme (ages 8-15), and Adventure Camp (ages 8-15), are nothing short of outstanding! Located in Night Heron Park, these summer camps allow the kids to explore the island’s natural beauty, learn about the local wildlife, go on scavenger hunts, play sports, participate in team-building games, paddle the waterways, or even learn to surf! The summer Kid’s Night Out programs (ages 5-12) mean you even get a night (or two!) out on the town while the kids dive into an evening of fun at a pool party!  

Summer Events & Festivals

Summer is a fun and festive season on Kiawah Island! Stroll the farmers’ markets, enjoy free live music every Saturday on the Grand Lawn of the Sanctuary Hotel, reserve a spot for the famous Mingo Point Oyster Roast and BBQ, or hop on your bike and head to Freshfields Village. Freshfields Village hosts Music on the Green every Friday, a Lowcountry farmer’s market, car shows, spirit tastings, wine dinners, and so much more throughout the summer months.

Where to Shop, Eat & Drink

Indulging in classic Lowcountry cuisine is a must-do on Kiawah Island! The Kiawah Dining Collection at Kiawah Island Golf Resort offers a diverse selection of restaurants and bars ranging from casual cafes at Night Heron Park and West Beach Village to spectacular golf course restaurants and Forbes Four-Star dining at The Sanctuary Hotel. You’re also only a quick drive or bike ride from the open-air market at Freshfields Village where you can shop, drink, dine, and dance till you drop with picture-perfect sunsets, southern hospitality, and Lowcountry charm. 

Now you have an idea of how to fill your summer days on Kiawah Island, it’s time to find a home away from home that meets the needs of you and your travel companions. Escape to Kiawah Island with our team at Kiawah Exclusives – we’ve been locally operated since 1978, represent an exclusive collection of 100+ of the finest rentals on Kiawah, and will leave you with something to look forward to for summer 2023.

Book direct online or call our reservation team today at (843) 768-0273 to match you with the Kiawah summer home of your dreams

Childcare & Babysitting Options On Kiawah Island 

Welcome to the ultimate family-friendly paradise on South Carolina’s Kiawah Island, where a vacation isn’t just a break for busy parents but an exhilarating adventure for the little tots and teens too.

There are no limits to the family fun that awaits on Kiawah Island! Our beautiful barrier island boasts 10 miles of stunning sandy beaches with warm ocean waters, award-winning golf and tennis facilities for family play, and a plethora of childcare and babysitting options that will leave your little (and big) explorers grinning from ear to ear! Kiawah Island offers a haven where kids can be kids and parents can rediscover the joy of uninterrupted leisure.


Night Heron Park is a hub for family fun and outdoor exploration! The Heron Park Nature Center offers an action-packed calendar of tours and activities for even the youngest vacationers, an interactive pool complex with a children’s pool and family pool, sports courts, nature trails for exploration, an art center for crafty kids, and seasonal weekday camps that will keep the kids entertained while you indulge in adult time!

Camp Kiawah for Kids

Location: Night Heron Park Pavilion, 4000 Sea Forest Drive
Phone: (843) 768-6001
Date: Memorial Day – Labor Day

Unleash your child’s inner adventurer at Camp Kiawah in Kiawah Resorts Night Heron Park! These incredible day camps immerse kids from as young as 3 years up to 15 years in a world of discovery, excitement, and imagination within the unique natural environment of Kiawah Island. Kiawah Resort offers three seasonal kids camps with morning, afternoon, or full-day sessions staffed with fun and dedicated counselors from across the US, and a comforting ratio of kids to counselors. Camps meet near the Heron Park Nature Center at Night Heron Park. Please note that pricing is valid for the 2023 summer season. Call (843) 768-6001 for Kid Camp reservations.

Kamp Kiawah (Ages 3-7)

Morning | 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM | $60 for guests
Afternoon | 1 PM to 4 PM | $50 for guests 
Full Day | 8:30 AM to 4 PM | $100 for guests, including lunch 

Kamp Kiawah is a traditional themed day camp with games, crafts, and snacks for the little tikes in the family! You can rest assured that the highly-trained staff will ensure your child’s safety and happiness throughout their camp experience. They’ll be eager to come back every year to climb the ranks of Kiawah Island’s amazing kid’s camps!

Camp Xtreme (Ages 8-13)

Morning | 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM | $60 for guests
Afternoon | 1 PM to 4 PM | $50 for guests 
Full Day | 8:30 AM to 4 PM | $100 for guests, including lunch 

For those little daredevils and thrill-seekers, Camp Xtreme is the place to spend summer! The camp is packed with high-energy outdoor adventures, competitive basketball, volleyball, and lacrosse sports games, scavenger hunts, and team-building activities to encourage self-confidence and seed new friendships.

Adventure Camp (Ages 8-15)

Full Day | 8:30 AM to 4 PM | $145 for guests, including lunch

At Kiawah Resort’s Adventure Camp, it’s all about exploring nature, learning new skills, and connecting with like-minded kids their age! From kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and boogie boarding in the ocean to archery, nature tours, and biking adventures, Adventure Camp is a sure bet to get the older kids off their screens and out in the South Carolina sunshine!

Kids Night Out (Ages 5-12)

Sanctuary Splash Bash | Every Tuesday 6 PM to 9 PM
Dive In Movie | Every Thursday 6 PM to 9 PM 
Pricing: $80 for guests, including dinner

This is your chance for a sunset cruise or intimate date night at the oceanfront Sanctuary Hotel! With new friends and new-found experiences, they’ll beg you to drop them at Kiawah Island’s Kids Night Out! Every Tuesday evening, kids gather for Sanctuary Splash Bash with pizza, pool, and FUN at the Sanctuary indoor pool, or drop them off for Thursday’s “Dive in Movie” at the pool complex in West Beach Village. The Loggerhead Bar & Grill at the Sanctuary Hotel also hosts a Dive-In Movie night every Friday, for the whole family! 

Teen Night: Messy Night (Ages 12-17)

Location: Night Heron Park Pavilion, 4000 Sea Forest Drive
Dates: Every Monday 7 PM to 8 PM 
Pricing: FREE!

Teen Night: Messy Night is for the older kids ages 12-17! Teen Night is a FREE fun night of messy games and team-building challenges on the soccer field at Night Heron Park. No reservations are required, your teens can just show up at Night Heron Park and have fun.


Kiawah Island Golf Coaching

Location: Turtle Point Golf Course, 2 Turtle Point Lane
Phone: (843) 266-4050
Dates: June through August

Calling all golf enthusiasts! Kiawah Island offers family tee times in the summer at Osprey Point, Cougar Point, Turtle Point, and Oak Point Golf Course and exceptional golf coaching programs for every age and skill level at the renowned Tommy Cuthbert Golf Learning Center at Turtle Point, one of the best golf academies in the nation. The center offers private and semi-private instruction with PGA-certified pros, coaching programs, and junior golf clinics for ages 7-17 throughout the summer season.

Call (843) 266-4050 for current pricing and reservations.   

Roy Barth Tennis Center

Location: 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr, Kiawah Island
Phone: (843) 768-2838
Dates: May 23 to September 2, 2023

Tennis lovers will find world-class tennis facilities and junior tennis instruction programs at the Roy Barth Tennis Center near the Sanctuary Hotel in East Beach Village. Junior programs camps (ages 7-16) are held Monday through Friday all summer and include 1-hour Stroke-a-day Clinics, five-day Junior Tennis Camps, Pickleball Camps, and Tough Workout Clinics for competitive junior tournament-ranked players looking to improve their play (minimum age of 10). You can get stuck into your favorite book on the shaded deck, or sneak off for a spa session at the luxurious award-winning Sanctuary Spa, right next door!

Call (843) 266-4050 for current tennis program pricing and reservations.


Kiawah Babysitter

Phone: (609) 774-4130
Email: kiawahbabysitter@gmail.com

For trustworthy care at your convenience, call the Kiawah Babysitter! Kiawah Babysitter is a local babysitting service that connects you with experienced, background-checked babysitters to keep your children entertained and safe at home! Enjoy the peace of mind of knowing your kids are in capable hands while you walk the fairways, wine and dine at resort restaurants, or recapture the romance at a 21+ event on Kiawah Island!

Perfectly Poppins

Phone: (843) 898-0707 

For a truly personalized childcare experience, Perfectly Poppins Concierge Childcare offers high-quality babysitting and childcare services in the comfort of your Kiawah Island vacation rental home. Specializing in children 6 months to 12 years old, Perfectly Poppins professional childcare providers encourage children to discover, learn, and play, and will even plan a Palooza Party (family game night), painting party for the kids, or a customized event to celebrate a special occasion during your stay. The process starts with a complimentary consultation with owner Michelle Barbera to find a nanny that meets the childcare needs of your family, perfectly!


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Book direct online or call one of our Kiawah Island vacation specialists on (843) 768-0273 today to match you with the Kiawah Island vacation home of your dreams.

6 Tips To Host Your Family Reunion On Kiawah Island 

Planning a family reunion is not always smooth sailing but there’s one thing we can be sure of – your reunion will be stunning in the South Carolina sea islands! 

With its spectacular Lowcountry setting, southern charm and hospitality, abundance of activities, and luxury island accommodations, Kiawah Island is the perfect destination for a fun-filled family reunion. Spend family days reconnecting with loved ones, filling your days with old-fashioned outdoor fun, feasting on family favorites, and creating cherished family memories, or perhaps a new tradition for generations to come, on Kiawah Island. 

We love seeing families coming together on Kiawah Island and our team is here to help you brace the choppy waters and plan your reunion smoothly every step of the way!

#1 Pick Your Family Reunion Dates

When it comes to planning your family reunion on Kiawah Island, the best time to visit will depend on your family’s unique style and preferences. The weather on Kiawah Island is beautiful year-round making it an excellent destination for a fun-filled family reunion in any season. Spring sees high 60s to low 80s, summer can get hot in the high 80s to low 90s, and the fall and winter temperatures are mild with beautiful warm days and cool evenings to get cozy! 

For beach lovers, the “official” beach season is April 1st through September 30th with the ocean water warming up for swimming in mid-May, around the same time the turtles begin to nest on Kiawah Island. Kiawah Island’s world-class golf courses, eco-tours, and luxury resort amenities are open year-round – or plan your family reunion around a classic Lowcountry event.

#2 Coordinate Travel & Arrange Transportation

Whether your family members are coming from the east or west coast, Kiawah Island is an easily accessible destination for air travel. Kiawah Island is located only 30 miles south of Charleston International Airport which is served with regular non-stop flights by most major US airlines. On arrival, rental cars are readily available at the airport, taxis operate daily from 5 am until the last flight, Charleston Limo & Car Service provides private and group transportation to Kiawah, or reserve a ride with a local at Kiawah’s Island Transportation.  

#3 Find the Best Kiawah Island Neighborhood

Kiawah Island is only 10 miles long and 1.5 miles wide at its widest point, and nearly 20% of the island is water! The island comprises three main neighborhoods – the quieter West Beach Village, the central hub in East Beach Village, and Vanderhorst Plantation, an exclusive gated community on the east end of the island.  Browse our Kiawah Island Neighborhood Guide to find the spot that suits your style for your family reunion on Kiawah Island.  

Our exclusive collection of Kiawah Island vacation rentals ranges from quiet community complexes where each generation can carve out their own personal space to luxury 8-bedroom Vanderhorst plantation homes for those close-knit families that like to stay (and play!) together under one roof! With views ranging from golf course to Atlantic Ocean and luxury amenities like gourmet kitchens, personal bathrooms, fun bunk and games rooms for the kids, and private swimming pools and spas – our family reunion vacation rentals cater to the whole crew!  

#4 Plan Your Family Reunion Activities

Kiawah Island naturally inspires time for rest, rejuvenation, and reconnection. There are no bright bustling boardwalks, big box retail parks, or entertainment extravaganzas – Kiawah Island is a destination with outdoor family reunion activities inspired by nature and the lush Lowcountry landscapes of South Carolina’s beautiful barrier islands. Now you have an idea of where to stay, it’s time to plan where to play! 

  • Moss-Draped Bike Paths

Planning your bike rentals is the first step for your family reunion activities – it’s how we get around here even on the beach! Everything you’ll want to see and do on Kiawah Island is connected by our 30+ mile network of scenic, shaded, and flat bike paths that are easy for the whole family to ride! Surfscooter Bike Rentals are island based and have all the bike rentals and gear for the whole family, delivered directly to your vacation rental for a hassle-free family reunion (5% discount for guests of Kiawah Exclusives). 

  • Nature-Filled Beach Days

Kiawah Island offers beach adventures of a different kind – watch dolphins surfing the waves and turtles nesting in the dunes, and enjoy miles of secluded shoreline for beach walks, bike rides, picnics, and breathtakingly scenic sunsets. Award-winning Beachwalker Park ranks among the best in the country with 10 miles of wide sandy beaches, gentle waters for the kids, and local services that will even set up all your beach gear rentals on the nearest boardwalk – nothing beats a family reunion at the beach! 

  • Fishing Charters

With endless coastal lagoons, ponds, rivers, and tidal creeks, Gramps has plenty of opportunity to teach the little ones his fishing tips and tricks on Kiawah Island. Stay creekside to fish from home, bike ride to the docks at Bass Pond and Blue Heron Pond for family fishing and crabbing adventures, or book a local fishing charter around the barrier islands. Our Guide to Fishing Charters on Kiawah Island highlights the best family fishing trips on the island. 

  • Eco-Friendly Nature Activities

Night Heron Park encompasses 21 acres in the heart of East Beach Village with nature trails, fishing ponds, swimming pools, restaurants, and a nature center with a seemingly endless list of guided nature tours and activities. There is something to attract every age, ability, and adventure level – including easygoing activities for seniors, fun family-focused activities, teen adventures, nature-inspired kid’s camps (ages 3 to 15), rainy day activities, and so much more! Call (843) 768-6001 to make reservations for your family reunion activities at Night Heron Nature Center.    

  • Game Time

Whether you’re a family of golfers or prefer to swing a paddle on the pickleball court, Kiawah is a destination that delights all sports lovers. Kiawah Island has received endless awards and accolades for its award-winning golf courses and tennis facilities, including the world-famous PGA Ocean Course and Roy Barth Tennis Center. Register the little ones for lessons while you enjoy adult game time or book a court or tee time to connect (and compete!) as a family.

#5 Make A Meal Planner

With so many mouths to feed and potential fussy kids to consider, putting together a meal plan for your family reunion can be daunting! The first step is to find a healthy balance between sharing home-cooked meals or barbeques around the table (or picnics on the beach!) and discovering the fresh flavors of Lowcountry cooking at a local restaurant. The Kiawah Dining Collection ranges from casual cantinas and cafes to fine dining experiences at the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Freshfields Village features a wide selection of fantastic family restaurants, and our exclusive collection of island rentals are equipped with kitchens that inspire creativity for the chef in your crew!

#6 Create Cherished Family Memories with Kiawah Exclusives 

Your family reunion is in safe hands and cherished moments await when you stay with Kiawah Exclusives. We have been locally operated since 1978, our collection includes 100+ of the finest vacation rentals on Kiawah, and our team is simply a call away to share our local expertise with you. We have an intimate knowledge of each vacation rental home to match you with the perfect fit and a treasure trove of tips to help you plan a fun-filled family reunion on Kiawah Island. Browse our collection of vacation rentals online or call our on-island team at (843) 768-0273 to start planning your reunion on Kiawah Island today!

Kiawah Exclusives Offers Unique Characteristics to Suit Your Needs

Our exclusive collection of rentals offers a variety of homes with unique characteristics to suit your needs. Whether you prefer home-cooked meals made with high-end appliances, or want to enjoy quality time with your family around the dining table, Kiawah Exclusives offers 100+ luxury vacation rentals with the finest kitchens on Kiawah Island!

Art Galleries & Events On Kiawah Island 2023

Situated only 25 miles from Charleston, Kiawah Island is a luxurious island retreat renowned for its coastal charm, natural beauty, and inspiring Lowcountry lifestyle. Kiawah is home to 10 miles of the most beautiful beaches on the South Carolina coastline, tranquil waterways and trails adorned with Spanish moss swaying from ancient live oaks, world-class resort amenities, and endless adventures for the whole family. 

From the cobblestone streets of charming Charleston to the beautiful barrier islands of Kiawah and Seabrook Island, the historic architecture and natural landscapes of the South Carolina Lowcountry have been inspiring artists and art lovers for decades. 

Top up your Kiawah Island vacation itinerary with local art events and experiences that will enrich your mind with both the natural beauty and artistic culture of South Carolina’s Lowcountry.


Wells Gallery at The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island

Situated in The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, The Wells Gallery represents an ever-changing collection of Kiawah Island fine art showcasing some of the nation’s most notable artists. The exhibits cover a wide range of artistic styles and talents from original oil paintings and watercolors to contemporary sculptures and glasswork. Every Thursday in September & October, The Wells Gallery hosts an art walk and wine-tasting event, Art Uncorked, at the Jasmine Porch.

Patricia Reno Huff Gallery & Art Studio

Freshfields Village

Patricia Reno Huff is a local Seabrook Island artist with a small gallery and art studio in Freshfields Village at the intersection of Kiawah and Seabrook Island. Patricia captures the beauty of the Lowcountry in her oil paintings and offers daily art instruction and art workshops on Kiawah Island for all aspiring artists.

Turtle’s Nest Art Studio

Night Heron Park Nature Center

Create your own Lowcountry artwork and memoirs of your vacation on Kiawah Island at the Turtle’s Nest Art Studio in the Nature Center at Night Heron Park. Visit during open studio hours, schedule an art class, join a family art session, or reserve the studio for a private art party. From glass fusing and pottery projects to wood crafts and canvas paintings, the Turtle’s Nest Art Studio is a classic Kiawah Island attraction for creatives.


Freshfields Village Annual Art Walk

February 2023

Freshfields Village is Kiawah Island’s hot spot for shopping, dining, and fun festivals and events! The Annual Art Walk at Freshfields Village is one of the finest events in the Lowcountry with live art demonstrations, art and craft exhibits, and live jazz around the open-air village. It’s the month of love, so end the evening with romantic alfresco dining at one of Freshfields’ outdoor patios.

Kiawah Island Art and House Tour

14 April 2023

The Annual Kiawah Island Art and House Tour is a self-guided tour offering a rare glimpse into five luxurious Lowcountry homes in five different neighborhoods on Kiawah Island. These hand-picked homes feature unique architectural designs, stunning island views, and impressive and unique art collections. Tickets are available for purchase online or can be picked up locally at The Sanctuary and Freshfields Village.

Art and Artisan Showcase

April & November 2023

The Art and Artisan Showcase is a Kiawah Island community event at the oceanfront Sandcastle Community Clubhouse. This two-day event is free and open to the public on Saturday with a beautiful selection of photography, pottery, jewelry, home design, original paintings, and creative crafts and collectibles by local Kiawah Island artists and artisans.

Spoleto Festival

May 26 to June 11, 2023

The world-famous Spoleto Festival in Charleston’s Waterfront Park is one of America’s top festivals with hundreds of events centered around both performing and visual arts. The annual festival features an open-air exhibition of fine arts and artisan crafts in the park, and a juried art exhibition at Charleston’s City Gallery, highlighting South Carolina’s best artists of all art styles and subject matter.

Charleston Gallery Walk

Charleston is America’s original artists’ colony and home to endless fine art galleries, open artist studios, and art museums filled with historic arts and crafts from centuries past. Take a day trip to Charleston for the First Friday Artwalk, or explore at your own pace. Stroll the historic streets of Gallery Row on historic Broad Street and the French Quarter on the Charleston waterfront on a self-guided Art Walk of Charleston’s finest art galleries, studios, and museums.


Whether you’re inspired by oceanscapes and sealife, lush maritime forests and marshlands, or golf course photography or art, you’ll find a luxury artist escape with Kiawah Exclusives to create from the comfort of home. 

We pride ourselves on offering an exclusive collection of the finest vacation rentals on Kiawah Island including coastal cottages, vacation villas, and private pool homes in West Beach Village, East Beach Village, and through the second gates in the seclusion of Vanderhorst Plantation. 

Our team has been locally operated for 44 years! We know the unique characteristics of each home in our hand-picked portfolio right down to views for the perfect painting, and the local Lowcountry artwork and crafts within the home. Browse and book online or call our team today at (843) 768-0273 to help you plan your vacation to Kiawah Island.