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6 Ways to Enjoy the Great Outdoors at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

A sea island located on the Atlantic coast, and just 25 miles southwest of Charleston, South Carolina, Kiawah Island is your serene home-away-from-home oasis. And, for a good reason thanks to its untouched natural beauty.

In fact, it’s known for its maritime forests, sand dunes, and marshes teeming with local wildlife like loggerhead sea turtles, bobcats, and so much more. So, if you’re looking to venture far from the hustle and bustle to unplug and find sweet adventures with your family in the great outdoors, this is the spot.

enjoy the great outdoors at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

enjoy the great outdoors at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

And, I know that for a fact because I recently ventured to the island and stayed at Kiawah Island Golf Resort! There’s so much to be enjoyed on resort property—from kayaking and stand-up paddleboard tours to motorboat eco charters to spot dolphins, walking and biking trails, and 10 miles of unspoiled beach.

That’s why I’m back on the blog today—to share my six favorite ways to satisfy your outdoorsy side here on the South Carolina coast.

1. Visit the Heron Park Nature Center

Heron Park Nature Center, which is located in Night Heron Park adjacent to the pool and the Night Heron Pavilion, is truly at the heart of this resort’s comprehensive nature program. Here, you can come and visit some of the native wildlife living on the island such as turtles, frogs, and baby alligators—which are all on exhibit.

enjoy the great outdoors at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

enjoy the great outdoors at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

enjoy the great outdoors at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

This is also the meeting spot for Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s abundant nature programs and host to frequent learning opportunities provided by the on-site naturalist staff. Best of all, it opens daily at 8:30 a.m., which means you can get started early on your outdoor exploration!

2. Lessons and Clinics

Speaking of frequent learning opportunities, there’s something for all members of your vacation crew to enjoy.

For your mini-mes, lessons and clinics are offered year-round at Kiawah Island Golf Resort and vary by season. Seasonal favorites include archery, where kids ages nine and up can try their luck at stationary and moving targets. And, the Tiny Tots Golf Program is popular with kids ages four through six, along with Junior Golf Clinics for kids six and up.

enjoy the great outdoors at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

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Additionally, tennis is sure not to be missed while staying at this home away from home. After all, Kiawah has been rated the #1 Tennis Resort in the World and #1 Best Tennis Instruction and Programming by TennisResortsOnline.com. The Tiny Tots Program offers a fun initiation to tennis for kids ages four through six, and there are various junior instruction programs too.

Kids can also enjoy recreation lessons (either private or part of a group) with trained staff—think surfing and bike riding, which gives them the opportunity to enjoy the nearly 30 miles of bike trails on the island.

Don’t you worry, though! We’ve got you and your fellow grown-ups covered. You too can take part in a variety of tennis clinics at the Roy Barth Tennis Center, which features nine Har-Tru courts—one lighted, three hard courts, and a zoned practice court with a ball machine and automated retrieval system. Try the stroke-a-day clinic and supporting drill sessions to help improve your overall consistency, accuracy, and power.

Last but certainly not least is Kiawah’s elite golf program and facilities, which have earned the position as the host of the 2021 PGA Championship. For that reason, we can’t think of a better place to take a swing and up your game by participating in an adult clinic, or private or semi-private lesson at the Tommy Cuthbert Golf Learning Center.

3. Become an Official Kiawah Island Junior Naturalist

Have some seriously outdoorsy kids on your hands? The Junior Naturalist program is a fun, hands-on way for your mini-mes, ages seven-12, to explore nature. They can choose to take just one of the sessions offered (which are 1 ½ hours long) or all five and become an official Kiawah Island Junior Naturalist.

Each session focuses on different areas of wildlife to help give young visitors a greater sense of appreciation for the island’s native species. Spring and summer topics include animal care, marsh ecology, Native American studies, pond discoveries, and backyard birds.

4. Paddle Out in the Salt Marsh or Ocean

enjoy the great outdoors at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Without a doubt, Kiawah offers a perfect setting for kayak and stand-up paddleboard tours. You can choose from a wide variety of tours for all ages and levels including the Pluff Mud Kayak Paddle, which takes place once the tide falls to reveal a sandbar full of marine treasures.

Or, you can experience the Tidal Trip and Dip, which allows you to paddle out in your tandem kayak to a dune-side beach where you can get out and cool off in the river, comb the beach, and even watch for resident dolphins.

Also, stand-up paddleboard tours with your very own Naturalist Guide take you through the salt marsh for an educational introduction of the ecology and wildlife in the Kiawah Island area.

5. Motorboat Eco-Charters

Want to zip around the island? Choose from nine distinct tours ranging from dolphin encounters, a sunset cruise, a shelling expedition to a remote barrier island, deadliest catch adventure where you can reel in Atlantic Blue Crab, and even a harbor cruise into the Charleston Harbor. You can get a close-up look at Fort Sumter and the USS Yorktown, along with where the first shots of the Civil War were fired.

6. Land-Based Tours

Land lovers can spend some one-on-one time with Naturalists on a variety of walking, van, and bike tours.

enjoy the great outdoors at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Options include Birding for Beginners, a Butterfly Walk through the Sanctuary Gardens, Gator Walk through their habitats to learn how they thrive on Kiawah Island, and an evening Beach Walk to explore a very different type of wildlife that comes alive at night (hint: loggerhead sea turtles!).  


So, what do you say? Are you ready to get away with your outdoor-loving vacation crew to Kiawah Island? If so, give your travel BFFs at Tripbound a call today at 1-888-816-5214. We’ll be ready to match you with your perfect, stress-free getaway!

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