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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!


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. 


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! 

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!


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!


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.

Why Dine Waterfront at Bohicket Marina?

Bohicket Marina is located on the banks of the Bohicket River, and dining al fresco can provide stunning views of the water and surrounding marshlands. The marina is also a great place to watch the boats and wildlife go by. There are several reasons why you might want to consider eating waterfront on Kiawah Island at Bohicket Marina. The island boasts some stunning natural scenery and dining with a view of the water can be a truly unforgettable experience. And, with the Atlantic Ocean right on its doorstep, Kiawah Island is home to some of the freshest seafood you’ll ever taste.

The island is home to several restaurants that offer waterfront dining options, and many of these establishments serve up delicious cuisine using fresh, local ingredients. Many of the restaurants at Bohicket Marina offer live music on certain nights of the week, and dining al fresco can be a chance to enjoy some great local tunes while enjoying a delicious meal.

In addition to the beautiful views and great fresh food, waterfront dining on Kiawah Island can also be a chance to soak up the island’s laid-back atmosphere and enjoy some quality time with family or friends. Whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner for two or a fun night out with a group, waterfront dining on Kiawah Island can offer something for everyone.

Waterfront Restaurants at Bohicket Marina  

Bohicket Marina is located just a short drive from Kiawah Island’s main attractions, making it a convenient place to stop for a bite to eat while exploring the island. Check out these popular waterfront dining options on Kiawah Island at Bohicket Marina. The waterfront restaurants at Bohicket Marina offer a classic Lowcountry dining experience with award-winning seafood, local live music, and stunning South Carolina sunsets over the marina, creek, and surrounding marshlands. Cap off a trophy catch on a fishing charter from the marina with coastal cuisine, or simply soak up the views with a sunset cocktail – either way, it’s worthy of a stop on your foodie itinerary of Kiawah Island.

Salty Dog Café

Bohicket Marina Market, 1882 Andell Bluff Blvd, Johns Island, SC 
Phone: (843) 952-7335
Open Daily | 11 AM to 10 PM
Daily Happy Hour | 4 PM to 7 PM 
Reservations not required

Lunch | Dinner | Kid Menu 

Experience the breathtaking beauty of a Lowcountry sunset while relaxing on the waterfront lawn or open deck of the world-famous Salty Dog Café at Bohicket Marina. Treat yourself to tantalizing cocktails at the blender bar, enjoy live music during the summer season, and snack on southern-style seafood while the sun sets over the marina. 

Fisher’s Sports Pub & Grill

1883 Andell Bluff Blvd, Johns Island, SC
Phone: (843) 243-0210
Monday – Friday | 11:30 Am to 2 AM
Saturday & Sunday | 12 PM to 2 AM
Weekday Happy Hour | 3:30 PM to 6 PM

Lunch & Dinner Menu

Next door, Fisher’s is your laid-back local sports bar with big screen TVs, pool tables, regular local bands, and a traditional pub menu for a lunch or dinner at Bohicket Marina. The menu features pre-game warm ups like wings and nachos, a starting line up with salads and soups, tournament winner sandwiches and burgers, seafood straight from the docks, and great deals on beer and wine every day of the week.

Many of the restaurants at Bohicket Marina specialize in fresh seafood, which is caught locally and served up daily. Eating al fresco can be a chance to enjoy some of the freshest seafood available while taking in the beautiful surroundings. Bohicket Marina has a laid-back and relaxed atmosphere that is perfect for a casual lunch or dinner. Dining outdoors during the height of summer can be a chance to enjoy the warm weather and soak up the island vibe. Be sure to check out reviews and menus before making a reservation, as availability and offerings may vary depending on the season.

14 Best Local Restaurants On Kiawah Island

Delicious dining and iconic views, what’s not to love? When traveling to Kiawah Island, we know that it’s hard to pick and choose where you’ll want to be dining each day of your trip. Our local foodies guide to South Carolina’s Kiawah Island highlights the best places to grab a bite to eat for every occasion – a quick break from the beach, poolside snacks, fun family feasts, alfresco romance, and special occasions that call for classic Lowcountry luxury. Read on to learn about these 14 local establishments not to miss while vacationing on Kiawah Island.

Restaurants in Night Heron Park

Night Heron Park in East Beach Village is Kiawah Island’s hub of local activity and a haven for families with kids looking to fill their vacation itinerary! The 21-acre nature park features fishing ponds, bike trails, sports facilities, playgrounds, a pool complex, a nature center with eco-tours and activities, an art studio, and casual eateries to take a break and refuel.

1. The Nest Market

Night Heron Park, Kiawah Island Parkway
Phone: (843) 768-2775
Open Daily | 7 AM to 9 PM 
Indoor & Outdoor Seating
Reservations not required

Café Dining Menu

Situated in the heart of Night Heron Park, the Nest Market and Café is a grocery store and favorite gathering space for locals and visitors alike. The café offers a selection of sweet and savory baked goods, artisanal coffees, smoothies, made-to-order gourmet sandwiches, and a wide variety of menu items for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Perfect to pick up and go for a beach day or for a lazy lunch on the Lowcountry porch shaded by towering ancient oaks.

2. Night Heron Poolside Grill & Bar

Night Heron Park, Kiawah Island Parkway
Phone: (843) 768-2775
Open Daily | 11 AM to 6 PM 
Outdoor Seating – Weather Permitting
Reservations not required

Grill Menu | Children | Beverage

Open only in high season, the Poolside Grill & Bar at Night Heron Park is another top choice for families to enjoy a casual lunch or dinner. Relax around the pool and enjoy everything from specialty wraps, sandwiches, salads, and snack baskets to local seafood fresh from the Lowcountry waterways. And, it’s always happy hour at the beverage bar!

3. Mingo Point Oyster Roast & BBQ

Mingo Point, Kiawah Island Parkway 

2023 Mingo Point Dates
April 5th and 12th – Easter
May 27th – Memorial Weekend
June 12, 19, 26
July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
August 7, 14, 21
September 2nd – Labor Day Weekend

The Mingo Point Oyster Roast & BBQ is not only Kiawah Island’s top foodie experience, it’s the island’s longest-standing tradition and a Lowcountry lifestyle experience that’ll leave lasting memories for the whole family! Situated on the banks of the Kiawah River (another insta-worthy sunset spot!), this local event will satisfy every southern craving from classic BBQ and roasted oysters to live music and dancing under the stars. The Mingo Point experience takes place every Monday evening all through summer and over most major holidays like Easter, Memorial Weekend, and Labor Day Weekend.

Reserve your 2023 Mingo Point Tickets SOON! 

Local Restaurants in Freshfields Village  

Freshfields Village is a charming open-air village situated only a short drive or bike ride from Kiawah Island.  Here you’ll find a wide selection of local services along with home-grown shops, spas, coffee shops, cafés, and restaurants for every food lover. Order to go for a picnic and live music on the Village Green, attend a wine tasting or culinary event, or shop for local produce at the weekly farmers market for a Lowcountry-style family feast at home.  

4. Café Eugenia

209 Farm Lake View, Kiawah Island, SC 
Phone: (843) 974-3869
Tuesday – Sunday | 8 AM to 6 PM 
Gluten-Free Options
Indoor & Outdoor Seating
Reservations not required

Breakfast, Lunch & Charcuterie Boards

Café Eugenia is a charming Mediterranean style eatery with an enticing selection of all day breakfasts, lunch sandwiches and wraps, seasonal charcuterie boards in three sizes, delicious dessert boards, and wines by the glass or bottle to pair. Contact them for catering or take home meals for your stay on Kiawah Island.

5. Cantina 76

219 Farm Lake View, Kiawah Island, SC 
Phone: (843) 737-4607
Sunday, Monday, Thursday | 11:30 AM to 9 PM
Friday & Saturday | 11:30 AM to 10 PM
Happy Hour | Sep 3 – Mar 31 | Monday – Friday 4 PM to 7 PM
Indoor & Outdoor Seating
Reservations not required

Cantina 76 Menu

Cantina 76 is an award-winning taqueria and bar renowned for its relaxed and lively atmosphere,  imaginative Mexican-inspired cuisine, and the best handcrafted margaritas and mimosas in town – by the glass or pitcher! Over 21s can find a spot at the bar for happy hour and the football game, the indoor dining area is perfect for families, or find a table on the pet-friendly patio overlooking Andell Lake. 

6. The Co-Op Frosé & Eatery

109 Gardners Circle, Johns Island, SC 
Phone: (843) 718-2403
Open Daily | 8 AM to 6 PM 
Indoor & Outdoor Seating
Reservations not required

Co-Op Frose Menu

For a casual breakfast, gourmet lunch sandwich, quick PB&J for the kids, or famous Charleston frosé, head to The Co-Op Frosé & Eatery.  The Co Op is more than an eatery, its a Lowcountry brand and lifestyle with locations on Sullivan’s Island, the Isle of Palms, and now in Freshfields Village! This vibey island eatery has indoor seating and a pet-friendly patio for your pup.

7. Hege’s Restaurant

275 Gardners Circle, Johns Island, SC 
Phone: (843) 768-0035
Tuesday – Saturday | 5 PM to 8:30 PM – Friday 9 PM
Indoor & Outdoor Seating
Reservations essential

Dinner Menu | Wine List | Catering Menu

Hege’s Restaurant is an inviting chef-owned French Bistro that’s always a favorite for casual fine dining in Freshfields Village. Savor classic French cuisine with fresh farm to table Lowcountry fusions and a wide selection of top shelf spirits, handcrafted cocktails, and wines and beers from around the globe. Dine indoors or in the cozy outdoor courtyard – well behaved pets welcome.  

8. FortyEight Wine Bar & Kitchen

547 Freshfields Dr, Kiawah Island, SC 
Phone: (843) 768-2245
Open Daily | 11 AM to 9:30 PM – Opens 12 PM on Sunday
Indoor & Outdoor Seating
Reservations recommended

Food & Drink Menu 

At Freshfields Village, FortyEight Wine Bar & Kitchen is a stand out for its exceptional selection of wines, along with 48 varieties of craft beers and an impressive range of cocktails. A unique Wine Station Smart Card system allows guests to effortlessly indulge in tastings of 48 rotating wines with small plates and charcuterie platters that perfectly complement the wine tasting experience. FortyEight Wine Bar offers wine tasting and dining packages and hosts fabulous wine events throughout the year.

9. Fuji Sushi Bar & Grill

205 Farm Lake View, Kiawah Island, SC 
Phone: (843) 996-4898
Open Daily | 11 AM to 10 PM 
Daily Happy Hour | 4 PM to 7 PM
Indoor & Outdoor Seating
Reservations recommended

Fuji Freshfields Menu

Whether you’re in the mood for something familiar or want to try something new, Fuji Sushi Bar & Grill has something for everyone. Choose from traditional sushi rolls, hibachi entrees, and sake, or sample creative Asian fusion dishes paired with an ice cold beer or chardonnay. Fuji Freshfields has a full-service bar area, indoor seating, and a pet-friendly patio for outdoor dining.

10. Java Java

375 Gardners Circle, Johns Island, SC 
Phone: (843) 243-0222
Open Daily | 7 AM to 3 PM
Reservations not required

Coffee, Smoothies, Breakfast & Lunch Menu

Java Java is your local Kiawah Island coffee shop with award winning King Bean coffees, seasonal fruit smoothies, delicious sweet and savory breakfasts, and light lunches made to order. Grab a morning coffee to sip on Freshfields grass patio furniture or browse the cool cars at the monthly Cars & Coffee, or start you day with breakfast and people watching on the patio. 

11. King Street Grille

679 Freshfields Village Dr, Kiawah Island, SC 
Phone: (843) 768-5444
Open Daily | 11 AM to 10 PM
Daily Happy Hour | 4 PM to 7 PM 
Indoor & Outdoor Seating
Reservations not required

Food Menu | Drinks & Beers 

One of the best sports bars in Charleston is right here in Freshfields Village! King Street Grille is a casual spot for lunch or dinner with a lively, laid back atmosphere, big screen TVs to catch the game, daily happy hour (for three hours!) and great food! The extensive menu features elevated pub fare all made from scratch, classic kids meals, decadent desserts, and signature cocktails, spicy and sweet.

12. La Tela Pizzeria

133 Village Green Lane, Kiawah Island, SC
Phone: (843) 768-1951
Tuesday – Thursday | 5 PM to 10 PM 
Friday & Saturday | 11 AM to 3 PM
Reservations not required

Pizzeria Menu

For an all Italian affair, La Tela Pizzeria is unbeatable! This traditional family-run Italian eatery serves Neopolitan style wood-fired pizzas, house-made pastas, delicious Italian ice creams and desserts, espresso, and fantastic local and Italian vinos. La Tela is great for a lazy lunch after shopping, a relaxed family dinner, or a romantic date night on the cozy outdoor patio.

13. The Porch Bar

300 Farm Lake View Rd, Kiawah Island 
Phone: (843) 793-6050
Open Daily | 4 PM to Close
Live Jazz | Thursday 6 PM to 8 PM
Reservations not required

Seasonal Porch Bar Menu

Every Thursday evening you’ll find a bevy of locals and tourists listening to the soothing sounds of jazz at the Porch Bar overlooking the lake in Freshfields Village. Sip on a Kiawah Sparkler or Seabrook Manhattan while snacking on light fare like cheeses, sliders, and fresh gourmet flatbreads while enjoying tranquil Lowcountry views and live music. 

14. Vincent’s Drug Store & Soda Fountain

110 Planted Row Lane, Johns Island, SC
Phone: (843) 243-0007
Monday – Friday | 9 AM to 6:30 PM
Saturday | 9 AM to 2 PM

Vincent’s Soda Fountain Menu

Take a trip down memory lane with PB&Js, burgers, chili dogs, banana splits, soda floats, and vacation sundaes on swivel stools or tucked in an old fashioned booth at Vincent’s Soda Fountain. Whether you’re shopping the village or farmers market, attending a local event, or making a pit stop on a bike ride from Kiawah Island, a stop by Vincent’s Soda Fountain is a slice of nostalgia you don’t want to miss.  

Lowcountry Cooking with Kiawah Exclusives

Put your personal spin on Lowcountry cooking from the comfort of a Kiawah Exclusives vacation home. Whether you’re dreaming of dining with golf course views or surrounded by the sights and sounds of the ocean, you’ll find the gourmet chef’s kitchen of your dreams with indoor and outdoor entertainment areas for Lowcountry boils, backyard BBQs, and classic South Carolina cuisine from the comfort of home!   

Hotel & Resort Restaurants Not To Miss On Kiawah Island

Kiawah Island is a luxury destination with miles of beautiful Atlantic beaches, wild untouched nature preserves, world-famous golf courses, and some of the best food in South Carolina’s Lowcountry region. Only a stone’s throw from the vibrant culinary scene of Charleston, Kiawah Island boasts everything from hotel island-style dining in flip flops and tees and traditional resort oyster roasts, to fine dining with a contemporary spin on southern cuisine.  Check out this list of our favorite establishments within resorts and hotels that are sure to please even the pickiest of eaters in your group!

Restaurants at The Sanctuary Hotel 

Whether you’re sipping a fresh fruit smoothie or fine dining on freshly shucked oysters, the ultimate Lowcountry dining experience awaits at the award-winning oceanfront Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Situated in East Beach Village, the Sanctuary Hotel boasts unobstructed ocean views, refined southern hospitality, and a selection of eateries to whet the appetite of every food lover!

The Ocean Room

The Sanctuary Hotel 
Phone: (843) 683-1234
Tuesday – Saturday | 5:30 PM to 9 PM
Reservations required

Dinner | Beverage

The Forbes Five-Star rated Ocean Room is Kiawah Island’s premier steakhouse with unmatched elegance, an ever-changing menu of exceptional cuisine, an extensive wine list, and breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. The Ocean Room dress code calls for collared shirts, tailored pants, and cocktail attire for the ladies. The full dinner menu and seasonal cocktails are also served in the relaxing Ocean Room Lounge.

The Lobby Bar

The Sanctuary Hotel 
Phone: (843) 768-6301
Open Daily | 2 PM to 11 PM
Indoor & Outdoor Seating 
Live Piano Music | Friday & Saturday 7 PM to 10 PM
Reservations not required

Lobby Bar Menu

The Sanctuary’s Lobby Bar boasts beautiful views of the lush lawns and the Atlantic Ocean with an intimate and relaxing atmosphere for pre-dinner drinks or a light Lowcountry meal paired with a signature cocktail, fine wines, or a nightcap.   

Jasmine Porch

The Sanctuary Hotel 
Phone: (843) 683-1234
Daily for Breakfast | 6:30 AM to 11 AM
Daily for Lunch | 11:30 AM to 2 PM 
Daily for Dinner | 5:30 PM to 9 PM 
Indoor & Limited Patio Seating
Reservations required for Sunday brunch and dinner service

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | Dessert | Beverage 

The Jasmine Porch has a more casual atmosphere accepting walk-ins for breakfast and lunch with reservations required for Sunday brunches and dinner. Famous for its rustic charm, warm southern hospitality, and down-home Lowcountry cuisine, the Jasmine Porch is perfect for a quick bite or a hearty home-cooked meal, with great options for the kids too!

Loggerhead Grill

The Sanctuary Hotel 
Phone: (843) 768-6287
Open Mid-May to November
Daily Food Service | 11 AM to 3 PM
Daily Bar Service | 11 AM to 5 PM 
Reservations not required

Dining Menu | Bar 

The Loggerhead Grill is a casual poolside restaurant open seasonally from mid-May to November. Enjoy laid-back island vibes with views of the Atlantic and an enticing menu of cocktails, beverages, and lite bites ranging from tropical tacos and poke bowls to gourmet sandwiches and burgers.

Beaches & Cream

The Sanctuary Hotel 
Phone: (843) 768-6276
Open Daily | 11 AM to 8 PM

No time for a sit-down breakfast or lunch? Stop by Beaches & Cream for an express breakfast or lunch to go, Wolly Cow natural ice cream, and homemade candies for the kids. Options include a range of gourmet coffees, specialty lemonades and sodas, breakfast bagels, fresh sandwiches, gourmet paninis, and all things ice cream!

Kiawah Island Golf Resort Restaurants

If you’re spending time on Kiawah Island’s award-winning golf courses or simply chasing the best sunsets on the island, there’s a tempting variety of clubhouse restaurants and bars to add to your list of Lowcountry dining experiences. From 19th-hole libations for golfers to the finest seafood in the South Carolina sea islands, Kiawah’s golf course restaurants exude Lowcountry elegance and breathtaking views of lush green fairways and glistening blue oceans. 

The Ryder Cup Bar

Ocean Course Clubhouse, 1000 Ocean Course Dr.
Phone: (843) 266-4085
Daily Lunch & Dinner | 11 AM to 9 PM
Indoor & Outdoor Seating 
Reservations not required

Lunch & Dinner | Children | Beverage

Overlooking the 18th green of the Ocean Course with views beyond to the Atlantic, the Ryder Cup Bar is the hotspot for 19th-hole libations and chasing sunsets! The Ryder Cup Bar has indoor and covered veranda seating with a casual atmosphere and a modern pub menu featuring southern-style classics like fried green tomatoes and grits. With the best sunset view on Kiawah Island, your drinks are sure to extend to dinner – either at the Ryder Cup Bar or Atlantic Room.

The Atlantic Room

Ocean Course Clubhouse, 1000 Ocean Course Dr.
Phone: (843) 266-4085
Daily Dinner | 5:30 PM to 9 PM
Indoor Seating Only
Reservations required

Dinner | Children | Dessert | Beverage

Open daily for dinner reservations, the Atlantic Room at the Ocean Course Clubhouse is Kiawah Island’s signature seafood restaurant. Expect breathtaking ocean views and a fine dining experience where resort casual attire is completely acceptable! The modern menu features a selection of seasonal seafood dishes, steaks, and southern sides, a children’s menu for little fingers, and an extensive wine list to perfectly pair your meal.

Tomasso at Turtle Point

Turtle Point Clubhouse, 1 Turtle Point Lane
Phone: (843) 266-4070
Daily Lunch & Dinner | 11:30 AM to 9 PM
Indoor & Outdoor Seating
Reservations required for dinner

Lunch | Dinner | Children | Dessert | Beverage | To-Go

Situated just beyond the 18th green of the Turtle Point Golf Course in East Beach Village, Tomasso at Turtle Point is a family-style Italian eatery worthy of all foodie lists. Open for lunch and dinner, the space has an old-world ambiance with an inviting bar area, table seating, and an outdoor patio in season. From the pizza dough and pastas to the specialty sauces and breads, everything is hand-made fresh daily.  

The Players Pub

Cougar Point Clubhouse, 12 Kiawah Beach Drive
Phone: (843) 768-2771
Daily Lunch & Dinner | 11:30 AM to 9 PM
Indoor & Outdoor Seating
Reservations recommended for dinner

Lunch | Dinner | Children | Dessert | To-Go

The Players Pub at the Cougar Point Clubhouse in West Beach is family-friendly with an inviting atmosphere for a golf lunch, family dinner, or to catch your favorite sports team (or golfer!) on the big screen TVs. The extensive menu features everything from kids’ meals, small bites, and pub classics to Lowcountry entrées and delicious desserts. Indoor and patio seating are available and reservations are recommended for dinner.

Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House

Osprey Point Clubhouse, 700 Governors Dr, Kiawah Island 
Phone: (843) 266-4636
Daily Lunch & Dinner | 11:30 AM to 9 PM
Indoor & Outdoor Seating
Reservations recommended for dinner

Lunch | Dinner | Children | Dessert | Beverage | To-Go

The Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House at the Osprey Point Clubhouse is known as a top stop on the South Carolina BBQ Trail and is a must for an authentic Southern BBQ experience. Indulge in meats smoked over hardwood, mouthwatering marinades, and award-winning SC four cheese macaroni while sipping on craft beers, cocktails, and cool drinks. It’s a tasty destination for foodies in a superb setting overlooking the ponds and Osprey’s famous alligators. Open for lunch and dinner, reservations are required for parties of 8 or more.   

Vacation Homes & Villas

Wherever you choose to stay on Kiawah Island, you’re likely to find a delicious spot a short walk or bike ride away. Our exclusive collection of 110+ vacation rentals include luxury homes near the bars & restaurants and nightlife on the island, private cottages, and lagoon front villas.

Where To Kayak On Kiawah Island?

Kick off the summer season enjoying the outdoors and kayaking around Kiawah Island! Kiawah Island encompasses 10,000 acres of diverse and untouched landscapes nestled between the Atlantic coastline and the wild Kiawah River, with miles of interwoven interior waterways winding through the unique ecosystems found on the island. The perfect playground for wild and scenic Lowcountry watersports and paddle adventures. 

It’s true, Kiawah Island has beautiful beaches, world-class golf courses, miles of nature and bike trails for birdwatching and wildlife viewing, and observation towers with panoramic views over the island. But some of the most scenic spots on Kiawah are accessible only on a coastal expedition of our local waterways. So, the very best way to get a different view and see everything from a new perspective is to get out on the water on a kayak or stand-up paddleboard.

Whether you’re planning a solitary SUP paddle at sunset or searching for a local kayak or SUP tour with a naturalist guide to lead the way, here’s our guide to kayak & SUP tour and rental options on Kiawah Island. 

Kiawah Island Kayak & SUP Tours & Rental Options 

On Kiawah Island, you’re kayaking with the tides so understanding how the tides will affect your trip is essential. With as much as a three-foot difference in water levels, the ebb and flow of the tides on Kiawah Island can be tricky – one of the reasons we suggest taking a tour with a local guide! Other bonuses – Kiawah’s local naturalist guides are passionate professionals with an intimate knowledge of the history, wildlife, and diverse ecosystems of the South Carolina sea islands to top off your sightseeing with epic stories!

1. Heron Park Nature Center

Launch Point: Mingo Point
Phone: (843) 768-6001

Heron Park Nature Center is the heart of Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s nature program with activities and experiences for every age and adventure level. Nature Program paddling tours launch on the scenic Kiawah River from Mingo Point in West Beach. Tour options include single and tandem marsh kayaking, family favorites like the Pluff Mud Paddle and Tidal Trip and Dip, teen kayaking adventures, or a romantic tandem adult twilight paddle into the sunset. For solo adventures, gear rentals are available by reservation for single kayaks, double kayaks, and marsh and ocean stand-up paddleboards. Of course, you’ll want to end your Kiawah River paddle at a famous Mingo Point Oyster Roast on the river banks with a classic Lowcountry feast of note, live music, family fun, and one of the best sunset views on Kiawah Island.

2. Tidal Trails

Launch Point: Kiawah River Bridge
Phone: (843) 768-5680

Let the experienced guides at Tidal Trails take you on a “nature walk on water” around Kiawah Island by kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Guided tours include 2-hour scenic kayak safaris through the saltwater creeks, a fun, low-tide Pluff Mud Paddle and Plunge for the kids, SUP tours including lessons, personalizedpaddle experiences, or boat cruises perfect for sunsets and cocktails. Experience is required for rentals with half-day or weekly rental options for single and double kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and surf kayaks for Atlantic Ocean playtime!

3. Water Dog Paddle Co.

Launch Point: Kiawah River Bridge
Phone: (843) 593-7877

The Kiawah River is fondly known as “Dolphin Highway” so a signature dolphin paddle experience is essential during your stay on Kiawah Island! Water Dog Paddle Co.’s guided kayak and stand-up paddleboard eco-tours launch from the Kiawah Island bridge and are geared to all ages andadventure levels –  with a photo album of your experience included! The VIP tour option ensures the tour is exclusive to your group and is led by Water Dog’s lead guide, an island native and “nature nerd” raised on Cap’n Sams Creek! You can even paddle with your pup! Kayak and SUP rentals are also available from their location at Bohicket Marina.

4. St Johns Kayaks & Boat Tours

Johns Island
Phone: (843) 330-9777

St Johns kayak tours offer another perspective of the Lowcountry landscapes from the waters of Bohicket Creek. Reserve a single kayak, double kayak, or stand-up paddleboard rental for unlimited use (yes, no time limit!) on the Lowcountry waterways, or get up close and personal on a guided eco-tour of Bohicket Creek, on kayak or SUP. St Johns Bohicket Creek boat tours include dolphin encounters, shelling expeditions, crabbing tours, fishing charters, sunset cruises, and private oyster tours coming in 2023! 

5. Charleston Paddle Company

Charleston Harbor
Phone: (843) 452-4833

The Charleston Paddle Company offers a wide variety of paddle board and kayak tours locally from the Kiawah Island Bridge, but what about a bucket-list paddle tour of Charleston Harbor? Take in Charleston’s famous and historic attractions from the water as you paddle past national monuments and landmarks, colorful waterside parks, and breathtaking undisturbed views of this stunning city, continually ranked the #1 City in the US! For kayak or paddleboard rental to adventure alone, Charleston Paddle Company will deliver watersports gear to your Kiawah Island vacation rental and pick it up for free.

Kiawah Island Public Launch Sites 

If you’re a pro with tidal influences and have the skill and confidence to paddle our Lowcountry waterways on a solo adventure, there are a few boat ramps and launch sites on Kiawah Island open to the public.

1. Vanderhorst Plantation

There are three Kiawah Island kayak launch points through the second sets of security gates in Vanderhorst Plantation: Rhett’s Bluff private boat landing by Bass Pond, Eagle Point Landing, and the exceptionally scenic Cinder Creek kayak launch on Bass Creek. From Cinder Creek, you can paddle the secluded creeks west through the interior of the island or head out on Bass Creek to meet the Stono and Kiawah Rivers. 

2. Mingo Point

Situated on the west end of the island, Mingo Point is the departing point for Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Nature Program tours and is also Kiawah’s most popular launching point for self-guided paddle adventures by kayak or SUP.  Paddle the Kiawah River to witness dolphins strand feeding at Captain Sams Inlet, venture the creeks through Seabrook Island, or cast a line for some of the best kayak fishing in the Lowcountry. There is ample public parking, and a pass is required to launch at Mingo Point. The current 2023 fee is $5 per day or $25 per week, per kayak, and passes may be purchased on-site or at the Heron Park Nature Center. Please note, Mingo Point is only open seasonally so plan your adventures accordingly.   

3. Inlet Cove Cottages

Situated on the banks of the Kiawah River just south of Mingo Point, Inlet Cove is a private enclave of quaint cottages with classic coastal charm, luxurious interiors, a secluded walkway down to the beach, a sparkling Olympic size swimming pool (open April to October), a riverfront deck, and a private deepwater dock to launch your fishing, SUP, or kayak adventures from home. A perfect destination for paddle adventures from home!

Whether you’re learning to fish, on a family fishing vacation, or an expert angler looking for a challenge, nothing beats fishing with a local expert on Kiawah Island. Kiawah Island’s guided fishing charters and boat tours are run by tournament winning captains with years of experience fishing the Lowcountry waters and knowledge of the best secret fishing spots on Kiawah. 

From inshore fishing charters and epic shark fishing in the channels and creeks to full day deep sea adventures on the offshore sandbars, wrecks and artificial reefs, the ultimate fishing experience awaits on Kiawah Island. Search our Exclusives Guide to find a fishing charter to match your level of adventure!


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.


2-3 Bedroom Cottages

Inlet Cove Cottages are nestled in the trees on the banks of the Kiawah River and offer an idyllic retreat for water lovers with great amenities for a fishing vacation. Inlet Cove features a private deep water dock for fishing, an Olympic size swimming pool with an elevated sun deck for sunbathing and dolphin spotting, and a secluded walkway to Beachwalker Park. A perfect location for both SUP & kayaking on Kiawah.


3 Bedroom Night Heron Park Villa

This waterfront Parkside Villa is situated in the heart of Night Heron Park with luxury interiors, a sunny lagoon front screened porch and deck, and a private dock on the water! The water lovers in your family will love the comfort and convenience of this Night Heron villa rental – and you can walk to the beach in under 5 minutes!

However you choose to spend your days on Kiawah Island, our local experts are happy to assist throughout your vacation planning process – from finding a Kiawah Island rental to suit your needs to local tips and recommendations to elevate your experience! Your Kiawah Island experience is only a click, or call away!   

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