View of Oak Trees and Kiawah Marsh


Kiawah Island is home to a unique ecosystem with many types of marine life dependent on each other for survival. To help conserve this extraordinary natural structure, Kiawah Island has established the Heron Park Nature Center, which focuses on preserving and educating people about the landscape. While visiting the island, you should check out the center to learn more about the area’s wildlife, participate in programs, or use the center’s swimming pool!

While researching more about the Kiawah Island area, you should request access to our complimentary Destination Guide to help cut your planning time in half. When you use this practical planner, you’ll receive insider tips about the best places to visit, like Heron Park Nature Center, and top places to eat. Get your copy today!


Nature Programs

At the center of Kiawah Island, the Heron Park Nature Center is located within the Night Heron Park. The center opens daily at 8:30 a.m. and remains open until 5 p.m. Throughout the day, you can choose to attend classes on everything from Birding for Beginners to Yoga on the Beach! Check the center’s event schedule to find out which classes are being offered during your visit.


One of the best ways to explore the island is through its many waterways. From the Heron Park Nature Center, you can book several types of guided tours, including kayak and canoeing excursions through the Marsh Creek or Kiawah River. Along the way, you’ll have up-close encounters with the island’s wildlife—herons wandering the banks searching for small fish and dolphins may even pop up from the water as you glide past.


One of the Heron Park Nature Center’s biggest events of the year is the 4th of July celebration! Encompassing an open field with plenty of space, the center sets off an extravagant display of fireworks each Independence Day. Be sure to regularly check the event schedule as the center often hosts outdoor concerts and other events year-round.

Enjoy a Taste of Island Living at Andell Inn

When you stay at the Andell Inn, you’ll have easy access to favorite Kiawah Island locations like the Heron Park Nature Center and Beachwalker Park. Set within Freshfields Village, the inn provides top-notch accommodations including a gorgeous saltwater pool, talented bartenders at the Porch Bar, and a guest laundry facility. Walk to any of the village’s spas, shops, and restaurants in minutes or take the short drive past the gates to Kiawah Island.

Our luxurious Presidential Suite is the perfect room to book if you plan to celebrate a special occasion during your stay. Featuring a large living and working area, this room provides all the additional space you need. The fully equipped kitchen has bar seating for three and includes a refrigerator, conventional stove top, dishwasher, microwave, and oven.

Presidential Kitchen

Browse our complete catalog of available rooms and suites and start planning your island getaway today! We can’t wait to help make your stay unforgettable.