Create Your Own Family Fun Day on Kiawah Island

Create Your Own Family Fun Day

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld once famously quipped, “There is no such thing as fun for the whole family.” Sounds like he hasn’t been to Kiawah Island!

On Kiawah, fun for the whole family is an everyday reality. Children, adults, and grandparents, each with different interests, find plenty of delightful diversions awaiting them here.

We’d start their list with outdoor excursions—from kayaking Kiawah’s tidal creeks to bicycling the Island’s extensive trails together—and add arts & crafts, summer farmer’s markets, tennis matches, golf lessons, boating tours, movies on the green, luxury spa days, and so much more!

Our suggestion? Create your own family fun day starting with the ideas below.

For the Outdoorsy Family

Kiawah’s golf resort was named the best in the country by Travel + Leisure Golf, so it’s no surprise we have plenty of ways to hit the links!

The Island’s golf roster includes nine incredible courses with options for Kiawah Island Club Members and the general public alike. Kiawah is also home to the best tennis resorts in the world, according to Play doubles with the whole family and take advantage of daily clinics, drills, and private lessons designed for every age and skill level.

Another great place to engage the whole family is the Kiawah Island Nature Center, your stop for booking incredible wildlife tours, fishing excursions, paddling tours, bird-watching classes, and so much more. Active families will also love Night Heron Park, which features volleyball courts, basketball courts, soccer fields, a pool, and a playground.

Of course, the beach is another favorite, and Kiawah Island offers ten miles of pristine sand along the shore of the Atlantic Ocean.

For the Artistic Family

Art lovers can nurture their creative side at the Turtles’ Nest Art Studio, located in the Nature Center at Night Heron Park. This spacious, indoor studio features robust programming, from glass fusing for kids to a “Wine and Design” painting class for adults. Wells Gallery at The Sanctuary Resort is another destination for artsy families. Displaying contemporary art focused on the Lowcountry region, the gallery features a variety of mediums including oil paintings, jewelry, and watercolors.

For the Leisurely Family

Hit the beach and the spa, then go shopping!

First, take advantage of the beach’s tranquil, restorative properties as you flip through your favorite book or magazine—or your latest find at Indigo Books in Freshfields Village.

Next, enjoy total relaxation and rejuvenation at Sasanqua Spa (check out their luxury spa services here) or The Spa at The Sanctuary.

And of course, a little retail therapy can be vital for the whole family. Freshfields Village, located at the traffic circle leading to Kiawah, features local boutiques and specialty shops in a delightfully nostalgic setting.

For the Foodie Family

Come hungry! From a variety of dining options at Freshfields Village to the Club-Members-only Voysey’s, with a menu inspired by consulting chef Tom Colicchio of BravoTV’s Top Chef, Kiawah caters to every taste. The Sanctuary offers a sushi lounge and the popular Jasmine Porch for Lowcountry dining. Enjoy an oceanfront setting at Loggerhead Grill, or keep it casual at Town Center Market. Tomasso boasts hearty Italian fare while FortyEight Wine Bar is ideal for an incredible wine selection and delicious light fare. Swing by Java Java for a custom beverage concoction.

Finish your culinary experience off with a sweet treat at Inn Side Scoop, offering floats, sundaes, malts, and more, or the old-fashioned soda fountain at Vincent’s in Freshfields Village.

For the Musical Family

Scope out live music at select bars and restaurants in Freshfield Village, including guitarist Chris Dodson’s weekly residency at FortyEight Wine Bar. Or pack a picnic lunch for the entire family to enjoy during Freshfields Village’s free Music on the Green events, held every summertime Friday evening. Sip some wine as the kids dance to the tunes!

You can also experience top jazz artists alongside incredible views at the annual Weekend of Jazz every November. (Word to the wise, though: plan well ahead! This event books up as much as a year in advance.)

Hope to see you and your family enjoying Kiawah’s many diversions soon!

Fall Events in Charleston

For all of the delights of Kiawah Island, one of the greatest perks of Island life is the closeness of historic Charleston, which lies just 21 miles north of Kiawah. This makes for more than just quick airport commutes; with an eclectic list of cultural events every month of the year, you’ll want to make the short trip into Charleston a regular occurrence.

The team at Kiawah Island Real Estate hand-curates and shares its favorite fall events on our Event Calendar, updated weekly. As you sit down to plan your fall escape to Kiawah, check out what’s happening in the greater Charleston area:

Fall Events in Charleston


October 5-29

The historic beauty and charm of Charleston comes alive as the Friends of the Preservation Society of Charleston welcome you inside the private interiors of some of the nation’s most exceptional historic houses. You’ve probably seen the exteriors of these exquisite homes and wondered what’s behind the brick walls or stately doors. Wonder no more with this annual tour amid some of the best weather of the season! Details can be found here.


October 18-22

This classical music festival showcases the work of black composers and performers. In just a few short years—the fest debuted in 2013—this important concert series has brought in global, national, and regional black artists of African descent while also drawing attention to overlooked composers like Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, a contemporary of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Review the full schedule of events here.


November 9-11

GRAMMY®-winning guitarist Earl Klugh’s renowned Weekend of Jazz returns to Kiawah Island Golf Resort! Since 2004, Earl Klugh has been bringing world-renowned artists together with jazz enthusiasts for his one-of-a-kind weekend getaways. This year’s fest includes performances by Vanessa Williams, Herb Alpert, Jamison Ross, Vincent Ingala, and many more. Enjoy Earl Klugh’s Weekend of Jazz at two five-star, five-diamond properties; The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs and The Sanctuary on Kiawah. Learn more here.


November 10 – January 1, 2018

An estimated two million sparkling lights are sure to dazzle at this beloved annual event, which kicks off on November 10 and runs nightly through New Year’s Day. In addition to light displays, holiday activities abound: roast marshmallows by the fire, explore Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, take a festival train ride, or get a little shopping done at four distinct gift shops, including a children’s toy shop. Get all the details here.


December 1

This free event features more than 40 distinct galleries, each offering refreshments and staying open late from 5-8 p.m. Many galleries will also feature artists in attendance. Check out more information here.


January 10-21, 2018

One of the region’s most anticipated culinary events, Charleston Restaurant Week offers the opportunity to enjoy the world-renowned cuisine of the Lowcountry as participating restaurants offer prix fixe lunch and dinner menus. You may want to start any dietary New Year’s resolutions a little late! Learn more here.



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Kiawah Island Triathlon 101: A Guide to the Big Event

Kiawah Island Triathlon


The Kiawah Island Triathlon is just around the corner! This USAT-sanctioned triathlon takes place on October 8 and includes a 0.7-mile swim, 25.1-mile bike ride, and 6.1-mile run.

We’re exhausted just thinking about it, but Kiawah Island’s stunning scenery and outdoor activities make working on your fitness a little bit easier! Whether you’re actively training for this competitive event or simply want to watch from the comfort of home, Kiawah offers incredible options for taking part in the triathlon. Just follow our handy guide…

If You’re Training for the Race


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Many of our Kiawah Island homes feature private pools for training — not to mention luxurious master baths or outdoor whirlpool spas to ease tired muscles! Plus, explore the incredible swimming amenities found at The Beach Club, Marsh House, and Cassique Sports Pavilion with a Kiawah Island Club Membership.

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Biking and Running

Kiawah boasts 30 miles of paved trails ideal for cycling. Whether you choose a leisurely pace or a high-speed race through spectacular Island landscapes, the trail welcomes both cyclists and runners.

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Dream Home Gym

Who needs the gym when there’s 123 Flyway Drive? This private home boasts incredible fitness options and comes with a Club Membership for access to even more amenities. Swim laps in the pool, pound the pavement on the treadmill in the private gym downstairs, or take the private boardwalk to the beach to jog, cycle, or swim along the Atlantic Ocean.


If You’re Just Watching

Even if you’re not participating in the Tri-Kiawah, you can still root for competitors from home. The final portion of the triathlon takes runners through several of Kiawah’s beautifully shaded neighborhoods like Parkside Villas, Turtle Cove Villas, and Tennis Club Villas. Take a look at a few of the available properties in these coveted neighborhoods, all featuring outdoor living spaces so you can step outside and cheer on the athletes — or just enjoy the view.

4571 Parklake Drive

This Parklake Villas property features a recent remodeling, water views, vaulted ceilings, and ample natural light.

4827 Green Dolphin Way

A recently reduced three-bedroom property in Turtle Cove, this villa boasts a spacious kitchen and screened porch.

4687 Tennis Club Lane

Interior details like shiplap walls enhance the coastal vibe at this villa with a private, screened outdoor porch.

Whether you prefer ocean, maritime forest, golf, marsh, lagoon, or river views; coastal real estate; a golf community; a private dock; and seclusion or socializing, Kiawah Island Real Estate has a home for you. Click here to search Kiawah listings for more properties perfect for future triathlons!



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Kiawah Island Neighborhoods

Although our luxury community sits on a whopping 10,000 acres of gated, coastal landscape, even the most private spaces come with a sense of neighborly kinship. With National Good Neighbor Day (Sept. 28), we thought it would be fun to talk about some of Kiawah Island’s neighborhoods. (Hint: they’re all stunning.)

Kiawah Island Neighborhoods

Ocean Park

Ocean Park sits at the eastern tip of the Island, next to The Ocean Course golf course, described as the “Pebble Beach of the South” for its incredible ocean views. Speaking of views, many homes in this neighborhood offer a glimpse of the marsh, golf course, and ocean all at once. See Ocean Park properties for sale here.

Marsh Walk

Tucked inside Ocean Park, Marsh Walk is a waterside neighborhood with each and every home designed by an acclaimed local architect. The homes are built with the environment in mind and are elevated to give the feeling of floating while offering incredible views of the wide marsh and the famed Ocean Course tree line. Centered around community hub Marsh House (where neighborhood residents receive special access), Marsh Walk epitomizes easy coastal living. See Marsh Walk properties for sale here.


The community of Cassique offers British Arts and Crafts architecture paired with ease of Lowcountry design and landscaping. Incredible options for all types of residents abound, from private enclaves like Eagle Island beside serene tidal marshes and creeks to the more bustling lifestyle at Cassique Clubhouse Village. The coveted Cassique community features a world-class golf course, fine dining restaurant, community kayaing and boat dock, and state-of-the-art fitness center with tennis course and a pool. See Cassique properties for sale here.