A private, island oasis, Kiawah is the perfect place to escape for a romantic celebration, weekend getaway, or extended summer vacation. Outside the bustling city, the island offers serenity and relaxation while remaining close enough to downtown Charleston to allow for a day trip. While staying at Andell Inn, you can explore the abundant activities and excellent things to do on Kiawah Island
As you begin to organize your trip to the island, let us help you cut down on your planning time with our complimentary Destination Guide. You’ll find dozens of local recommendations and tips on the best things to do on Kiawah Island inside this useful planner. So many travelers have used this guide to create their perfect getaway, and now, you can, too!
Top 5 Things to Do on Kiawah Island
Lounge on the Pristine Beach
At Kiawah Beachwalker Park, travelers are greeted by deep blue waves gently crashing against soft sand. This ten-mile stretch of coast is often quiet and less populated than other Lowcountry beaches, offering peace and relaxation to those looking for an escape. Spend the day laying by the water, or wander through some of the 30 miles of biking and walking trails. You can opt to rent bikes from Freshfields Village and enjoy the two-mile ride from Andell Inn to the beach before exploring the rest of the island.
Tee Off on One of the Five Golf Courses
A golfer’s paradise, Kiawah Island offers public access to five top-rated courses. If you’re planning a golf weekend with friends, the island makes the perfect destination. These championship courses have been designed by notable architects and offer skilled golfers a chance to challenge and sharpen their skills. The popular Ocean Course has played host to all major PGA events and has even been named #3 Public Golf Course in the US by Golf Digest. Learn more about the other fantastic courses and reserve a tee time.
Explore the Marshlands Via Kayak or Paddleboard
One of the most unique features on Kiawah Island is the stunning Lowcountry marshland that surrounds the island. Visit the Nature Center to rent kayaks or paddleboards for the day, or embark on one of the many guided tours. Exploring the region via these waterways allows travelers an up-close encounter with marine wildlife like herons, egrets, and even dolphins. Tours are offered for paddlers of all ages and skill levels in both single and tandem boats. For a romantic excursion, book the Twilight Tour and witness a gorgeous Carolina sunset from the water.
Dine at Outstanding Restaurants
When visiting the South, travelers must try some of the local fare, and Kiawah Island boasts phenomenal restaurants. Whether you’re looking to enjoy an evening of fine dining or a quick, tasty lunch, Kiawah has everything you need. Reserve a table at the Atlantic Room for a sophisticated dinner of fresh seafood and perfectly paired wines while overlooking the ocean. For an easy lunch, order burgers or tacos at Loggerhead Grill before hitting the shore for a day of beach lounging.
Spend an Evening in the Village
Guests of Andell Inn are privy to easy access to Freshfields Village, a quaint town center with dozens of shops, restaurants, spas and more. During the summer, the Village hosts a handful of free events open to the public. Each Wednesday evening from June to August, attend a movie under the stars at the Starlight Cinema event beginning at 8:30 p.m. On Fridays, unwind at Music on the Green, a free concert series that runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. that features local and national acts.
Your Vacation Awaits at The Andell Inn
When you stay at the Andell Inn, you’ll be close to all of the best things to do on Kiawah Island. Fusing luxury amenities with a beachy ambiance, our beautiful boutique inn features a saltwater pool overlooking a serene lake and an outdoor cabana area for guests to have breakfast or unwind in the evenings. Take advantage of our services including a guest laundry room, a fitness center, and complimentary breakfast each morning.
If you’re planning a group trip to Kiawah, consider a stay in one of our two-bedroom suites. Featuring one king bed, two queens, and a sleeper sofa, this room can accommodate a number of guests. When you book one of our suites, you’ll also have access to a fully functional kitchen with a refrigerator and freezer, stovetop, microwave, and dishwasher.