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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 TennisResortsOnline.com. 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!