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Kiawah Island may be famous for its golf courses, tennis courts, and gorgeous high-dollar homes, but there’s much more to the island that you may have yet to discover. Here are 5 family-friendly Kiawah Island adventures for nature lovers and curious visitors.
From gators to birds to butterflies, the Heron Park Nature Center has a team of passionately knowledgeable tour guides waiting to walk you through all the fascinating history and habitats the island has to offer. Here are just a few of the educational adventures that await you at Kiawah.
If you’ve spent any time on Kiawah, you’ve probably encountered a ‘gator or two, but what do you really know about them? Did you know that in winter they lay dormant on the bottom of a pond or in underground dens scooped out with their own claws and jaws? Learn about that and much more during the two-hour Alligator Adventure tour, which is offered at Kiawah throughout the year for $20 per person.
Back Island Birding
They say that a bird lover’s paradise awaits at Kiawah. The island has well over 220 species of birds! The Nature Center’s birding experts are waiting to take you to remote locations to explore natural habitats while learning all about the natural history of the island’s vast avian wildlife. Comfy shoes, a camera, and drinking water are recommended in hotter months, but the program is offered throughout the year. The three-hour tour is $35 per person, and anyone age 16 and over can get in on it.
Who doesn’t love butterflies? Lucky for us, Kiawah offers a family-friendly tour through the Sanctuary gardens for autumn butterflies. You’ll get to use nets to catch and gently examine butterflies to discover about the resources these stunning creatures have lived on in the island. The walk is stroller accessible, one-hour long, and $12 per person. It’s recommended that you were clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.
Night Beach Walk
Kiawah’s Night Beach Walk may have a pretty beach and a sky full of stars to offer you, but there’s so much to learn. Ever wonder why sea turtles cry as they lay their eggs in the island’s dunes? Or why ghost crabs have hairy legs? Or why the sea sparkles in shades of green? The point of the walk is for the whole family to learn about the island’s nocturnal creatures and their habitat. The tour is offered late spring and early fall, it is an hour-and-a-half long, $15 a person, and available to anyone. Note: persons under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Oh, and don’t forget the insect repellent and comfy walking shoes.
Historical Sunset Cycle
If you like to cycle your way through Kiawah, you’ll love the Historical Sunset Cycle, offered year round on Sundays only or by request. Learn about where the word kiawah came from and explore the island’s history and ecology while enjoying a beautiful sunset view from your bike. The tour is an hour-and-a-half-long, $15 per person, and available for anyone. Note: participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. They also recommend wearing comfortable clothing and bringing along a bottle of water.
Call the Heron Park Nature Center to learn more about current tours and schedules. What will be your first adventure?
Summer is almost here, the weather has finally started cooperating again and we’re gearing up for lots of outdoor activities!
If you’ll be around the Johns Island/Kiawah/Seabrook areas come join us and stop by our Bohicket Marina office because we’ll be staying open later for you. Stop by and say hello!
It was over two years in the making and caused quite a few traffic jams around Kiawah Island Resort, but the 2012 PGA has finally come and gone. Rory McIlroy shot a bogey-free round of 66 and won his second Wanamaker Trophy.
Golf and the Lowcountry go so well together and almost everyone at Dunes is a fan or a player, so the offices were quiet during the PGA. Two of our agents, Donnie Whitaker and Keith McCann, shared the PGA from their viewpoint as spectators.
Yes I live at the beach, but I didn’t even leave my house this Memorial Day weekend. I was in need of some serious vegetating time. I practiced some yoga moves and read. Not exciting, but needed.
In my readings I discovered Charleston has a few things to be proud of in the media. While flipping through the husband’s latest issue of Esquire (Bradley Cooper was on the cover, it didn’t stand a chance of getting to him before I read it) I saw an article on The Greatest Bars in America. I scavenged the list to see if any familiar haunts were on there and two local favorites were. The Isle of Palms’ own Windjammer and downtown Charleston’s Moe’s Crosstown Tavern were on the list. Unfortunately at the time of this post, Moe’s is closed for renovations but hopes to be open sometime this Summer and you can always visit Moe’s Downtown Tavern instead. Those are both great, unpretentious neighborhood watering holes. I’m a vegetarian but I hear raves about the burgers at both places.
I’ve never seen Moe’s not packed- a full, friendly house, not overcrowded. A variety of good beers and food. It’s got a vintage pub feel and if you’re a sports fan, they’ve got you covered with their soccer, football, baseball tv packages.
The Windjammer, however, is a bit different than any downtown establishment. The Windjammer brings a good variety of local music and national touring acts (I saw Maroon Five there after their first hit broke, Sister Hazel, Cowboy Mouth, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, etc). They’ve got a great beachfront deck, a volleyball net and during the summer, a season full of bikini contests. You’ll feel comfortable there straight off the beach in your swimsuit and flip- flops or I’ve seen people go barefoot (I don’t get that, but to each their own). But it’s a no frills bar- the recommended drink according to Esquire is Budlight in a can and that about says it all. And if a celebrity is staying on the island- chances are you’ll run into them there (oh the fun stories about Bruce Willis, Kevin Costner and others the staff can tell).
The other Charleston accolade is that Dr. Beach (Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman is Professor and Director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University) picked the beach at Kiawah Island’s Beachwalker Park for his Top 10 Beaches of 2011 list. He has this to say “South of Charleston, Beachwalker Park is the public beach located on the southern end of Kiawah Island. Tennis and golf are featured here, as well as interpretative tours of the fauna and flora of the island. This is certainly a nature-lovers coast, so visitors should pack their canoes and kayaks to paddle through the tidal inlets or walk down to St. Sam’s Inlet to see thousands of birds. The water is not clear here, but it is clean and provides for fantastic seafood for low-country cooking. Visitors can also pack their bicycles, since the sand is compact enough to ride along the 10-mile long barrier island.” There’s 50 pieces of set criteria for Dr. Beach to make his selection and he had a lot of beaches to select from. We’re proud to be on that list.
We had a wonderful party to celebrate the opening of the Kiawah Seabrook Office at 1887 Bohicket Marina Village on January 22, 2011. The weather outside was brisk, but inside our little office we kept warm with a little wine and lots of great conversation. Thanks to all who attended. Those of you who were not able to make it, stop by the office to visit sometime! We have a fantastic group of experienced agents who have been representing buyers and sellers on the islands for years, and our hope is that this office will be an effective tool for their continued success. Best of Luck Kiawah Seabrook Group!
The latest edition of the Island Connection features a great article about Bohicket Marina’s new Yacht Club. Set to open on August 1, 2010, the new Club will be a family-friendly destination for fun, food, and of course, boating. Read the full article.
The article mentions the new Red’s Ice House that opened at Bohicket Marina just in time for the Bill Fishing Tournament early this summer.
With huge bar areas, glass garage doors that open to the view, great live music and sunset views to die for, it is the new place to be if you’re visiting Johns Island, Kiawah or Seabrook.
Check it out. For those of you who know Red’s at Shem Creek you won’t be disappointed. – it has the same good Red’s food and vibe. A walk along the boardwalk is a must.
This is the perfect place to end a day at the beach or on the water with drinks as the sun goes down… come join us. Just be prepared for a very busy parking lot!
Kiawah, Seabrook, John’s, and Wadmalaw Islands Specialist
The largest residential real estate transaction in Charleston County history was recorded last week. The three-story, oceanfront home on Kiawah Island features a pool, elevator, six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a gourmand’s kitchen, a third-floor retreat with a private deck and a guesthouse. According to an article in the Post and Courier, “The deal is yet another high-water mark for the luxury real estate market in the Charleston area. About a year ago, 37 Meeting St. changed hands for more than $7.37 million, setting a new record for the peninsula. More recently, a waterfront home near Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant’s historic Old Village went on the market for $10 million.” Read the full article HERE.
The sale is evidence of the confidence buyers have in the value of real estate on Kiawah Island and the desirability of the Charleston Coast. For more information on Kiawah Island and some fantastic deals, contact our experts:
Karen Hilty 843.696.1325
Lucie Jones 843.696.7842
Debbie Mansfield 843.814.0521
Joy Millar 843.425.2816