Adventure awaits at Kiawah Island Nature Center. From gator walks to history tours, reef fishing to bird spotting, adults-only twilight paddles to jam-packed kids’ camps, there’s something to make everyone’s time on Kiawah Island just a little bit more magical.
Check out these 5 can’t-miss Kiawah Island Nature Center experiences. To book yours, call (843) 768-6001.
Walks & Bike Tours
See another side of the beach with a guided nighttime walk. Learn more about Kiawah Island’s history with a cycling tour. The Kiawah Island Nature Center hosts an array of local-led excursions that give you a richer perspective of the island while allowing you to enjoy its natural beauty. Walking and biking tours are the perfect way to expand your understanding of the island. Schedule one and you’ll see for yourself—Kiawah’s not just a place for sunning and swimming, but home to a diverse ecosystem and history.
Follow a naturalist to some of the island’s untouched habitats for a chance to spot wildlife up close. Witness native gators on a bike tour, set sight on herons swooping over the marshes on a bird walk, or glimpse dolphins playing in the surf on a boat excursion. No matter what your interests are, Kiawah Island nature centers have a tour to keep you entertained. Family-friendly tours are perfect for budding birders of all ages, gator walks appeal to the more adventurous, and photography tours are perfect for those who want to hone their skills behind the lens or just capture a memory of Kiawah’s wildlife.
Have a budding naturalist in the family? Sign them up for an afternoon of exploring and learning about Kiawah’s nature. Programs throughout the year offer hands-on sessions that cover Kiawah Island’s marsh ecology, Native American traditions and cultures, animal care, maritime forests, and backyard birds. During the summertime, sign your little ones (and teenagers!) up for Kamp Kiawah. The classic summer camp program is open to the youngest campers, while older kids and teens can choose between a nature-centered adventure camp or team-building and sports-focused Xtreme camp. Kids will have a blast exploring the island with their own age group—and grown-ups will love the chance to book a day at the spa or just soak up the sun in total peace and quiet.
Take to the waters on a Kiawah Island Nature Center paddling tour. Try out stand-up paddle boarding in a low pressure environment or come at sunset for a twilit paddle around the coast and marshes. Special tours are available for teens and adults, and kayak rentals are also available through the nature center if the whole family wants to get in on the fun. Prefer to let someone else do the work? Eco-boat tours along the Kiawah River let you kick back and relax while taking in the scenery. Choose from photography cruises, birding trips, and adventures to the island’s most secluded beaches.
See what you can catch from a Kiawah Island Nature Center fishing charter, captained by local experts and anglers. Try your hand at reeling in red fish and spotted sea trout on an inshore charter, fish off shore wrecks and bottom reefs on a near coastal and reef trip, or catch saltwater fish in the Kiawah River. From fly fishing to shark fishing, every angler will be able to find a tour that excites them. Plus family charters and river tours are a fun way for the whole crew to see the island from a new perspective while casting a line.
Where to stay while enjoying Kiawah Island Nature Center
Looking for a place to call your own during your time on Kiawah Island? Our villas offer private bedrooms for a restful night’s sleep, full kitchens for cooking up your catches, and stunning ocean and scenic views for spotting the wildlife you’ll learn about. Learn more about our accommodations.