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5 Local Tips For Kiawah Island


As Kiawah Island locals, we’ve got all the best local tips up our sleeve! We know all the best places for your next adventure, hidden gems you’ll otherwise pass on by, tips to make the most out of your trip, and all the best places to stay across the island. Don’t just take our word for it, read this guide for the top locals tips you should take advantage of on your next vacation to Kiawah Island!

1. Best Spots to Catch a Sunset or Sunrise


Beachwalker Park is the most wonderful spot to sit back, relax, and watch the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean. The 10 miles of unspoiled natural beachfront offer ample space for family walks through the sand, bike riding, evening dips in the ocean, and beautiful views all year round.

Kiawah’s Marsh View Tower is located at the end of Marsh Hawk Lane in West Beach, a true hidden gem never crowded by tourists. Experience panoramic views of the marsh, Cougar Point Golf Course, and trails of Vanderhorst Plantation.

Mingo Point is most famous for oyster roasts, but offers one of the best vantage points for a Kiawah Island sunset. Situated along the banks of the Kiawah River, it’s the perfect spot for an evening picnic as the sun sets or to launch your paddleboards for a ride along the waterways with a colorful view.

2. Must-Taste Dishes


With such a wide variety of delicious Lowcountry cuisine, it can be difficult to decide which dish you must try. But don’t worry, we have had plenty of time living here to put together our favorite meals for you to try. 

For classic French cuisine in a casual, inviting atmosphere, visit Hege’s to try their infamous Gullah Shrimp, Almond Crusted Tuna, or Chicken Cassoulet for fresh, seasonal, local dishes prepared in light, natural sauces. 

Although most famous for their 48 exceptional wines, FortyEight offers a decadent Sesame Marinated Swordfish for a one-of-a-kind dinner that will make your Kiawah Island vacation unforgettable.

For the best to-go food, locally sourced with an ever-changing assortment of salads, sandwiches, cheese and charcuterie boards, takeaway meals, drinks and more, visit Café Eugenia to try their specialty Charcuterie Sandwich.

3. Ditch the Car, Walk or Bike the Trails!


One of the best ways to explore the island is by walking or biking the trails. Ditch the car, grab your bike or walking shoes, and hit the trails for a one-of-a-kind adventure. On Kiawah Island, you can walk between resort areas, to the beach, through shopping centers, and more!

Bike through the beach for stunning water views, cool breezes, and white sandy trails. Ride through Night Heron Park in East Beach Village for a tranquil ride through the oaks. Or head to Freshfields Village for a luxurious open-air shopping center with shopping, dining, and live entertainment along the way.

4. Look for Wildlife


The island is teeming with wildlife from alligators hiding in the ponds to pelicans soaring over the waves, everywhere you look is an opportunity for wildlife viewing.

The beach is easily the most popular exploration spot– and for good reason! With plenty of viewing spots from your towel on the sand, your bike on the shores, or your kayak in the water, watch for dolphins, starfish, pelicans, sand dollars, jellyfish, crabs, and more.

5. Get Out on the Water


Ditch the car, bike, and walking shoes for an even better adventure– one on the waterways! Whether by kayak, paddleboard, private boat, or fishing charter, there are endless opportunities to explore the water on Kiawah Island. 

Rent kayaks, paddleboards, skimboards, and more for the adventure of a lifetime with the whole family. Looking for more of a guided tour with a fishing guide or wildlife expert? You’re in luck! The island also offers plenty of guided tours with local experts to get you off the land and onto the water. Check out our Exclusives Guide for recommendations!

Best Places to Stay

Here at Kiawah Exclusives, we offer luxurious vacation rentals to fit every family’s wants and needs to make their vacation a breeze. With unique accommodations and a wide range of convenient amenities, you’re sure to find something you’ll love. We offer private homes, villas, and cottages across the island and first-class service to all of our guests.

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

Hours: 

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

Hours: 

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

Hours: 

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. 

Kiawah Island Tips For First-Timers

Visiting Kiawah Island for the first time? We’ve put together this extensive guide of the best tips and tricks to make the most out of your vacation! Whether you’re looking for an action-packed family adventure or a laid back island-style retreat, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading to find out more about our renowned beaches and golf courses, recommended activities, entertaining adventures, local shops and dining, the best souvenirs to take home, and even our favorite vacation rentals with unique accommodations. 

1. Experience 10 Miles of Pristine Beaches



Kiawah Island is home to 10 miles of interrupted paradise with white sandy beachfront, sunny blue skies, and sparkling waves of the Atlantic Ocean. This expansive beachfront comprises three areas: East Beach, West Beach, and Vanderhorst Plantation. East and West Beach consist of many private and communal boardwalks, while Vanderhorst is a secluded community of private homes with private access. 

East Beach Village offers numerous villa and cottage communities centrally located just a quick walk from beach access, as well as private homes in neighborhoods with communal beach access. 

West Beach also offers many villas and cottages with community beach access, and even multiple private homes with nearby community boardwalks. 

Vanderhorst Plantation features only private homes– some with community beach access just a quick walk away and others with direct access right from home.

2. Book a Tee Time on Award-Winning Courses



Looking to hit the links on your first trip to Kiawah Island? You’re in luck! Kiawah is ranked among the Top 25 Golf Islands in the World, featuring courses designed by top golf architects and played by some of the best legends. 

The Ocean Course is ranked the #4 Public Golf Course in the US and is a true test of skill for avid golfers as a par 72 course with 18 holes designed by Pete and Alice Dye.

The Oak Point Golf Course was awarded the 2019 Charleston Golf Course Owners Association “Course of the Year” for its strategic challenges and fresh design, featuring a par 72 and 18 holes designed by Clyde Johnston.

Osprey Point Golf Course is widely-known as one of Kiawah’s most challenging championship Audubon certified courses. Tom Fazio led its design and renovation ion 2024, leading to its notability and challenging layout.

The Turtle Point Golf Course has seen rave reviews from fans and golfers across the nation. The par 72 course features 18 holes to test Jack Nicklaus’ “mind over matter” strategy.

Cougar Point Golf Course underwent thorough renovations and designs led by Gary Player, now winning over locals and visiting golfers alike. This par 72 course features 18 holes with stunning marsh views.

3. Cycle Through Miles of Leisure Pathways



One of the best ways to explore the island is on a bike! Kiawah Island encompasses more than 30 miles of pathed bike paths through the island’s most popular resort areas. Not sure where to start? We’ll cover a few!

Beachwalker Park is the best place to take a slow ride along the shoreline through 10 miles of beachfront. Grab your bike and head out to the beach after high tide for hard-packed sand, prime time for watching dolphins, and cool breezes as you ride by.

Bike over to Mingo Point for a family picnic! Located just outside the main gates of Kiawah Island, Mingo Point is famous for its Lowcountry Oyster Roasts and tranquil setting on the banks of the Kiawah River. Park your bikes, refuel with a picnic by the water, and rent a kayak or SUP to play on the water. 

Biking on Kiawah Island extends past the guardhouse and through Freshfields Village! Just minutes from the main gate, Freshfields Village features luxury open-air shopping, amazing restaurants, fabulous markets, family-friendly festivals, and more. You can even follow the pathways over to Bohicket Marina with boat rentals, charters, eateries, and more on Seabrook Island.
Local’s Tip: Rent bikes, chariots, trailers, helmets, and more from Surfscooter Bike Rentals for 5% Off when you stay with Kiawah Exclusives!

4. Go on an Exhilarating Family Adventure



Kiawah Island welcomes adventurers of all kinds with charters and fishing, golf and tennis facilities, outdoor activities, water activities, and more! Enjoy a one-of-a-kind adventure on your first trip to the island for a memorable and unforgettable vacation.

On Kiawah, water activities are endless with boat tours, fishing charters, surf lessons, dolphin watching, pirate adventures, group paddle tours, kayak tours, and more throughout the Kiawah River and Atlantic Ocean. 

Looking to discover the great outdoors but on land instead of water? Kiawah has something for everyone! Check out local bike rentals, golf courses, tennis centers, shopping centers, beach accesses, kids’ camps, and beyond.

Bringing a furry friend? Good news, Kiawah Island offers pet-friendly adventures to include Fido! Explore the beach, shopping centers, trails, and more with your furry friends. Check out our Pet Friendly Vacation Rentals for the perfect homes and villas to accommodate you and your furry friend!

5. Enjoy Island-Style Shopping & Dining



Slow down your pace after an adventure and switch to island time with family-friendly shopping and decadent dining on Kiawah Island. There’s no shortage of dining and shopping in Freshfields Village with classic Lowcountry cuisine, signature seafood dishes, and beachy open-air shops. 

Freshfields Village is a charming open-air shopping destination with a diverse selection of high-end stores, salons and spas, cafes and restaurants, and family-friendly events throughout the year. It’s the one-stop shop for all the shopping and dining you need to explore on your first visit.

6. Take Home a One-of-a-Kind Souvenir 



If you’re looking for a unique souvenir to take home to remember your first Kiawah Island vacation, we’ve found the perfect spot! The best gifts and take-home souvenirs are handmade, artisanal, and one of a kind.

Visit Freshfields Village for a weekly Farmers Market every Monday throughout June, July, and August from 3 pm – 7 pm. Get your pick of handmade goods, Lowcountry crafts, and unique gifts all season long! Including grass baskets, hand-painted pottery, flower arrangements, and more.

7. Sit Back and Relax in a Luxury Vacation Rental



We know there are few things more precious than your time on vacation with friends and family and where you spend that time can make or break the entire trip. Kiawah Exclusives is a locally operated Kiawah Island company that takes pride in offering first-class service to our guests before, during, and after your stay.

We’re here to recommend properties to you based on your unique needs, share our favorite activities with you, help you plan your stay, and make the most out of your first vacation to our slice of paradise!

Our vacation rentals range from comfortable oceanfront villas to private luxury homes. Whether you’re a couple looking for a 1 bedroom villa, a large family searching for 5+ bedrooms, private pools, or pet-friendly rentals, there’s something for everyone.

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, SC

Ready to explore the wonders of nature in South Carolina? Nestled in the charming and historic city of Charleston, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) stands as a celebration of the beauty and diversity of the region’s natural world. This annual event brings together nature enthusiasts, wildlife artists, and conservationists to showcase the rich tapestry of Southeastern wildlife. Join us on a virtual journey as we explore the magic of SEWE and the captivating experiences it offers.

DATE: Friday, February 16 – Sunday, February 18, 2024 

What Is It?

Wildlife and nature lovers can experience the largest wildlife and sporting event in the nation at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE). This three-day annual event takes place on President’s Day weekend at five separate venues in Charleston – Charleston Place Fine Art Gallery, Gaillard Center, Marion Square, Charleston Marriott, and beautiful Brittlebank Park on the banks of the Ashley RIver. SEWE offers a true taste of the Lowcountry – fine art exhibits by wildlife painters and sculptors, conservation education programs, live demonstrations, and Lowcountry socials with oysters, bbq, and bluegrass to dust off your dancing boots!

SEWE is a family friendly event with unlimited entertainment for the kids! The Brittlebank Park venue has a “Kids Zone” with an exotic petting zoo, hands-on activities, fun games, educational programs, and pony and camel rides for the kids. The Marion Square venue has a smaller kids section with hands-on activities, Birds of Prey flight demonstrations, and presentations by the Dolphin Doctor. Accompanying adults do not need a ticket for Marion Square. For pet parents, please note that leashed and well-behaved dogs are welcome at all outdoor venues, but not on the SEWE shuttles. 

The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston is more than just an event; it’s a celebration of nature’s beauty and a call to action for conservation. Whether you’re an art aficionado, a wildlife enthusiast, or someone looking to connect with the great outdoors, SEWE offers a unique and immersive experience. So, mark your calendar for next February and embark on a journey to discover the treasures of the Southeastern wildlife in the heart of charming Charleston.

Why Charleston?

Charleston, with its cobblestone streets, antebellum architecture, and rich cultural heritage, provides a picturesque backdrop for SEWE. The event usually takes place in February, making it an ideal time to explore the city’s historic charm while immersing oneself in the wonders of nature.

What To Do?

  1. Wildlife Art: SEWE is renowned for its impressive display of wildlife art from talented artists across the country. From intricately detailed sculptures to vibrant paintings, the event transforms Charleston into a gallery showcasing the beauty of the Southeast’s diverse flora and fauna. Visitors can expect to encounter pieces that not only capture the essence of wildlife but also highlight the importance of conservation.
  2. Birds of Prey Demonstrations: One of the most thrilling aspects of SEWE is the Birds of Prey demonstrations. Expert falconers and handlers showcase the incredible skills of these majestic birds, offering an up-close and personal experience. Witnessing the agility and grace of raptors like eagles, hawks, and owls is an unforgettable experience that fosters a deeper appreciation for these magnificent creatures.
  3. DockDogs Competition: For a dose of excitement, SEWE features the DockDogs competition, where dogs showcase their jumping and retrieving skills in water. Enthusiastic canine athletes leap off docks into a large pool, demonstrating their athleticism and love for the water. It’s a family-friendly event that adds a playful element to the wildlife exposition.
  4. Conservation Education: SEWE is not just about entertainment; it also serves as an educational platform for wildlife conservation. Visitors can engage with experts and organizations dedicated to preserving the Southeast’s natural habitats. Workshops, lectures, and interactive exhibits provide valuable insights into the importance of protecting the region’s biodiversity.
  5. Outdoor Lifestyle Exhibits: Explore the outdoor lifestyle of the Southeast through exhibits featuring hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities. From gear demonstrations to discussions on sustainable practices, these exhibits offer a comprehensive look at the region’s outdoor traditions.

Tickets & Pricing

General Admission 

General Admission includes entry to all venues, live shows, and exhibits. 

Kids 10 and under: FREE!

Friday & Saturday: $40

Sunday: $35

Three-Day Ticket: $85

VIP Packages 

VIP Packages include entry to all venues, live shows, and exhibits, as well as exclusive perks and insider access to immersive experiences. A limited number of VIP packages are available ranging from $300 to $6,000. 

SEWE Special Events 

February 15 | 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM | Ian Munsick Live at the Gaillard Center 

February 16 | 10 AM – 12 PM | Intro to Archery at Johns Island County Park 

February 16 | 6 PM – 10 PM | South Carolina Waterfowl Association Sportsman’s Ball 

February 16 | 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM | Ducks Unlimited Oyster Roast & Lowcountry Cookout

February 17 | 10 AM – 2 PM | Birds of a Feather Ladies Brunch Benefit 

February 17 | 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Combing the Caw Caw Wilderness

February 17 | 2 PM – 4 PM | Cocktails & Conservation with Garden & Gun 

February 17 | South Carolina Waterfowl Association Duck Shuck Oyster Roast

February 17 | 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM | Lowcountry Social at Brittlebank Park

February 18 | 2 PM – 4 PM | Cocktails & Conservation with Garden & Gun 

Maps, Parking & Shuttles 

There are several public parking garages in downtown Charleston and a complimentary SEWE shuttle service between all SEWE venues. With the exception of the Charleston Marriott and Brittlebank Park venues, you can easily walk between exhibits and soak up the Lowcountry charm of Charleston. Visit the SEWE website for shuttle information. For transportation from Seabrook Island & Kiawah Island, Island Transportation offers black car service to special events in and around Charleston – simply book online!  

What To Do Christmas & NYE On Kiawah Island?

As winter descends upon the Lowcountry, a serene and enchanting atmosphere blankets the historic City of Charleston and its surrounding beach towns. Beyond the mild weather, sun-kissed beaches, and allure of winter golf and racquet sports, our local winter events and experiences define the true essence of a winter escape to the Lowcountry.

Planning a holiday to the beaches this winter season? Look no further! Kiawah Island is truly a magical & wonderful place to spend the holidays. In addition to the world-class golf, Kiawah also plays host to several truly unique and memorable events that make the holidays even that much more special. Check out some of our favorite holiday events and activities on Kiawah this winter season.

Local’s Tip: Please feel free to use and reference this tentative events calendar to help plan your trip to Kiawah Island!


HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

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

Kick off the holiday season at the Annual Holiday Festival of Lights, a mesmerizing three-mile driving tour adorned with more than 2 million interactive lights, themed zones, holiday shopping, and festive activities for the whole family! This season-long Charleston festival captures the true holiday charm of the Lowcountry in every essence! 

After your driving tour, immerse yourself in the seasonal spirit with a self-guided stroll through a Winter Wonderland. Take a train trip through the light displays on the Festival Express, ride the holiday carousel, schedule a visit with Santa Claus, take selfies at the holiday sand sculptures, and holiday shop to your hearts delight! In addition, the festival features a special events calendar with music performances, storytelling with Mrs Claus, reindeer workshops, and sunset dragon boat tours through the light displays. 

Nightly Activities | 6 PM – 10 PM
Santa Photo Package: Starting at $13.99
The Festival Express: $4 per person
Carousel Rides: $2 per person
Mingle with Kringle: $75 per family
Climbing Wall: $3 for two climbs
Dragon Boat Tour: $30 per person 

Festival Admission & Tickets

Admission prices vary based on the night, book in advance for the best deal. Pricing starts at $15 off-peak for a standard vehicle, $50 for a vehicle with 16-30 guests, and $150 for a larger vehicle with 31+ guests. 


CHRISTMAS ON KIAWAH ISLAND

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 CELEBRATIONS

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! 

Local’s Tip: Reservations are required! Make sure to make plans ahead of time.

List Of Restaurants
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.


Experience the Lowcountry events in Charleston by day, and the charm of a coastal vacation rental to call home when you stay with Kiawah/Seabrook Exclusives. Browse our exclusive collection of Seabrook Island rentals online or call our team at (843) 768-0808 to customize your vacation experience.

Kiawah Island Winter Event Calendar 23/24

Escape the crowds and discover the hidden gem of Kiawah Island this 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!


1. KIAWAH SPIRIT TASTING

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.


2. AQUARIUM AGLOW

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.   


3. DINING FOR A CAUSE

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.


4. 45TH ANNUAL KIAWAH ISLAND MARATHON

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. 


5. HOLIDAY STARLIGHT CINEMA SERIES

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


6. CARS & COFFEE

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.

WINTER CARS & COFFEE DATES:
December 16, 2023
January 20, 2024
February 17, 2023
March 16, 2024


7. HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

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.  


8. CHRISTMAS ON KIAWAH ISLAND

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!  


9. NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATIONS

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.


10. LOWCOUNTRY OYSTER FESTIVAL

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. 

EVENT SCHEDULE & TICKETS: Click HERE!


11. OYSTERS ON THE POINT

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! 

EVENT SCHEDULE & TICKETS: Click HERE!


12. CHARLESTON RESTAURANT WEEK

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.


13. 16th ANNUAL GOURMET & GRAPES

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!


SPEND VALENTINE’S DAY ON KIAWAH ISLAND

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 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.

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
5:00-9:30pm

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!

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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.

DAILY


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 this summer. 

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 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.

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

Monthly Vacation Guide – May 2024

Pack your bags and escape to Kiawah Island, where each month brings new opportunities to create once-in-a-lifetime memories! No matter the month, Kiawah Island offers diverse array of activities. Whether you’re seeking a romantic retreat, a family adventure, or a peaceful getaway, this monthly vacation guide ensures that you’ll find the perfect experience while visiting our little slice of paradise.

Whether you’re a sports enthusiast, a foodie, or someone who simply appreciates the beauty of coastal living, Kiawah Island’s diverse events, activities, dining options, and places to stay cater to every interest. Read on to learn more about our monthly picks for Kiawah Island.

KIAWAH ISLAND MONTHLY VACATION GUIDE


EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

  1. Music on the Green – Memorial Day Weekend – Join Freshfields Village for a special two-night Music on the Green Concert Series on Memorial Day Weekend!
  2. Tee Up on a Renowned Golf Course – Kiawah Island is home to some of the best courses in the US, designed by top golf architects and played by the greatest golf legends. Book your tee time and try one out!
  3. Beachwalker Park – Summer weather is here and the hard-packed sands are ready for windy bike rides, leisurely walks, and tranquil soaks in the ocean.
DINING GUIDE

  1. Salty Dog – The Salty Dog Cafe is a popular waterfront dining spot located on the Bohicket Marina offering exceptional views, delicious seafood, and delectable cocktails.
  2. Ben & Jerry’s – Visit Freshfields Village for quick and convenient ice cream to cool down after a long beach day or bike ride through town.
  3. FortyEight – FortyEight Wine Bar & Kitchen is famous for their delicious lump crab cakes, steak frites, and so much more! The seasonal menu includes everything from amazing appetizers, savory salads, and small plate entrees, to charcuterie boards and wine.
FEAtured Properties

  1. 350 Low Oak Woods – Spacious five bedroom home in West Beach Village boasting spacious interiors, a furnished deck with BBQ grill, golf course views, and easy beach access.
  2. 97 Bass Creek Lane – Award-winning beach home offering five bedrooms, 5,228 sq ft of designer interiors, extensive outdoor living spaces, a private pool and spa, and marsh views. (Pictured)
  3. 122 Bufflehead Drive – Luxury home featuring four bedrooms, views of Bufflehead Pond and Osprey Golf Course, abundant windows with stunning views throughout, an additional separate guest studio, and close proximity to the beach.

FIND YOUR NEXT ESCAPE ON KIAWAH ISLAND


Whether you’re interested in community events or activities, golfing or fine dining, you’ll find a luxury escape with Kiawah Exclusives

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.