Things To Do with Family on Kiawah Island

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Here’s our list of the top 10 things to do with family on Kiawah Island. Sunny skies, miles of coveted coastline, and a diverse selection of family-friendly activities make the Kiawah Island Golf Resort the perfect vacation destination for parents and kids of all ages.

From toddlers to teens, the key to planning a family vacation everyone will love is finding a destination that delivers the right accommodations, an escape from the ordinary, and plenty of relaxation for mom and dad. Plus, lots to keep the kids entertained.

1. Explore the Island on two wheels!

Our wonderful bike rentals are the perfect way to cruise around Kiawah Island, providing ample opportunity to explore. And best of all: our wide variety of bike sizes and accessories accommodate every family member. Take a tour with an experienced naturalist who will show you the wetlands, salt marshes, Loggerhead sea turtles, the American alligator, and various species of birds. Our bikes are ideal for cruising either on the island’s 30-plus miles of paved paths or on the beach’s hard-packed sand below the tideline.

2. Hit the water (and a multitude of water sports).

From kayaking, to surfing, or stand-up paddleboarding, there is a multitude of ways to enjoy the water with your family on Kiawah Island. Get ready for hours of paddling fun through salt marshes and tidal creeks. Paddle tours give you a chance to observe to the island’s native wildlife. For a more adventurous ride, our beach rentals like surfboards and stand up paddleboards are perfect. Don’t know how to ride the waves? Take a class or a lesson.

3. Check in to Kamp Kiawah.

For kids aged 3-15, Kamp Kiawah offers an incredible seasonal camp experience with exciting and adventurous activities, from treasure hunts to building enormous sand castles on the beach. The kids will also love the evening activities, including Kid’s Night Out.

4. Explore the many things to do in Charleston, SC.

No stay at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort is complete without a trip to beautiful and historic Charleston, South Carolina. Just 21 miles (45 minutes) away, Charleston offers something for everyone. From the nationally recognized Spoleto Festival to touring the streets by carriage ride, discover Charleston’s hidden treasures. The kids will love the Museum Mile, the South Carolina Aquarium, and so much more! Explore different ways to explore Charleston.

5. Pay a visit to the Heron Park Nature Center.

Open daily, the Heron Park Nature Center is the heart of our nature programs and is a wonderful place to start in your exploration of the Island. Here you’ll discover a schedule of activities and events, as well as gain information on recent nature sightings. The Center is located adjacent to the Night Heron Pavilion, which hosts fun activities for the whole family, including disc golf games, family archery, crafts, tie-dye projects, and so much more.

6. Learn the game of golf.

Make golf a family affair by taking a lesson together at the resort’s Tommy Cuthbert Golf Learning Center. The friendly, approachable staff live the mantra “Make golf fun,” and can tailor a lesson to accommodate all ages and skill levels. The learning center has a stash of top-quality rental clubs, so beginners need not make the considerable initial investment in equipment (in fact, instructors can help guide you in selecting the right equipment for your swing and game if you decide to make the next step).

7. Take a boat ride.

From fishing charters, to motorboat excursions, to paddle tours, there are many ways to hit the water on Kiawah Island. Discover the best fishing the Lowcountry has to offer, with a variety of expeditions from reef to shark fishing. Or, hop on a boat in search of adventure! Get ready for a day full of dolphins, breathtaking scenery, and so much more.

8. Hit the tennis court!

The top tennis resort in the world, treat the family to some time at the Roy Barth tennis Center, offering the ultimate go-for-the-gold standard in service, instruction, and above all, enjoyment. Get the family ready with an instructional program, or simply head out to enjoy a great game.

9. Unwind and enjoy spacious accommodations.

Whether you’re looking for the perfect oceanfront resort hotel, a relaxing private vacation rental home, or an island family villa, we have an extraordinary property waiting for you, with ample room and amenities to satisfy all your family’s needs. The resort villas and the private homes are especially great for family vacations.’

10. Let Mom & Dad have fun, too.

While the kids are away on an island adventure, it’s time for championship golf and luxurious spa treatments. Afterwards, get together for a casual poolside meal at the Loggerhead Grill or indulge in Kiawah’s signature steakhouse, The Ocean Room.