Whether you’re looking for relaxation or excitement, the list of things to do on Kiawah Island is extensive. Kiawah Island is known as many things: a top golf resort, a popular beach destination, and a beautiful location for biking, boating, and fishing on the Atlantic.

With championship golf courses, top-ranked tennis programs, miles of trails, and endless waters, there are enough things to do on Kiawah Island to last more than one lifetime.

After discovering ten of the best things to do on the island, remember to download your Kiawah Island Vacation Guide! Our carefully crafted guide is your key to Kiawah’s best-kept secrets, including local recommendations for outdoor recreation, shopping, dining, and more!

10 of the Best Things to Do on Kiawah Island

1. Play Championship Golf

Kiawah Island is home to several championship golf courses. Whether you are a seasoned golfer or a novice, the coastal winds of the island guarantee a challenge for every level of player.

The Kiawah Ocean Course offers views of the Atlantic coastline from every hole, while Oak Point is surrounded by the island’s lush maritime forest.

Kiawah Island golf continues to earn international praise and the loyalty of legions of golfers worldwide.

In fact, The Ocean Course on Kiawah Island was the recent host of the 2021 PGA Championship! 

2. Enjoy Top-Ranked Tennis

The Roy Barth Tennis Center is open year-round, meaning that you can enjoy your favorite sport in all four seasons. New renovations to the Roy Barth Tennis Center are complete, adding 10 new Har-Tru clay courts in the expansion. Facilities are public and court fees are $49. Court time, clinics, drill sessions, and round-robin play must be reserved in advance.

3. Explore Phenomenal Trails

With thirty miles of paved trails and ten miles of hard-packed beach, Kiawah Island is a runner & bikers paradise. Spectacular scenery is behind every corner, from the green and gold seascapes to ancient oaks dressed in fine Spanish moss.

Great blue heron, fiddler crabs, egrets, and bottlenose dolphins are all common sightings for those exploring the island’s beaches and trails.

With so much untouched and natural beauty, a walk or bike ride on the island is one that you’ll always remember.


4. Relax by the Beach

If welcoming waters and endless views are your passion, the beaches of Kiawah Island are made especially for you. Ranked one of the 15 Happiest Places to Live on the Coast  by The Star and on Dr. Beach's Top 10 List of America's Best Beaches, Kiawah Island's award-winning sand and surf have a special place in the hearts of guests.

Kiawah Island’s public beach at Beachwalker County Park welcomes guests with its expansive front beach and large swimming area. On-site amenities include a dressing area, outdoor showers, restrooms, and grills as well as a seasonal snack bar and beach chair and umbrella rentals.

5. Explore the Waterways

The tidal creeks, salt marshes, and open waters in and around Kiawah Island are a water lover’s haven.

Paddle a kayak, indulge in a sunset sailing cruise, or even charter a boat for a day of inshore fishing.

Boating and fishing are popular activities on Kiawah Island, and both the community and private docks grant instant access to miles of uncharted waters.

More Great Things to Do on Kiawah Island

6.  St. Johns Kayaks - St. Johns offers kayak tours, excursions, and offshore and inshore guided fishing trips on the waterways of Kiawah, Seabrook, Johns, and Wadmalaw Islands. Dolphin cruises, sunset outings, and shelling tours are a great way to treat that very special guest who is visiting!  For over 20 years, local guides bring their knowledge and expertise to ensure you have a great day on the water.

7. Spoil yourself at the spa.

8. Enjoy a day of shopping at Freshfields Village

9. Taste the Lowcountry restaurant scene.

10. Indulge in a complimentary wine tasting.

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Visiting Kiawah Island is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Greet the day with a sunrise walk, take a refreshing swim with the kids, or jog along the Atlantic coast.

However you choose to spend your time, you’ll soon know why Kiawah Island sets the standard for natural beauty and never-ending fun.

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