Kiawah Island Marsh

Things to Do on Kiawah Island

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!


kiawah beachwalker park ocean view

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

Andell Inn offers guests an exclusive partnership with Oak Point Golf Course for exclusive discounts on seasonal rates.

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.

Kiawah Island golf course
Exploring the marsh

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 pedestrian Village with dozens of shops, restaurants, spas and more. Throughout the year, Freshfields Village offers a variety of complementary events including seasonal Music on the Green Concerts and Farmer’s Market, monthly Cars & Coffee and Sidewalk Saturdays, and holiday festivities. Visit the website for a full event calendar.

Your Vacation Awaits at The Andell Inn

When you choose Kiawah lodging 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.

Andell Inn Front Desk


Where can I watch the sunset on Kiawah Island?

Kiawah Island has some fantastic places to enjoy a sunset! Some popular locations include Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course, and Freshfield’s Village!  Our favorite spot is right here at our porch bar! This spot overlooks Andell Lake and our beautiful saltwater pool!

How long is Kiawah Island?

Kiawah Island is 10 miles of unspoiled Lowcountry landscape! Beaches, marshes, and palmetto trees define our beautiful landscape!

How do I spend a day on Kiawah Island?

Kiawah Island has fun adventures around every corner. Kayak or Paddleboard in the marshes, enjoy a bike ride on the beach or explore the island’s many shopping and dining destinations! A game of golf or tennis are also a great way to get outside and experience Kiawah Island!

What are the top restaurants in the area?

Kiawah Island has so many excellent restaurants! We have everything from casual and fun eateries to fine dining experiences! Whatever you’re craving, we have the perfect place to satisfy your appetite!

Is Kiawah Island a gated community?

Kiawah Island is a gated resort community. However, the island has several attractions for the public to enjoy. There are five championship golf courses, one of which, Ocean Course, was named one of the top 100 courses in the world! Public beach access at Beachwalker Park and shopping at Freshfields Village are also within a short distance from the inn. Kiawah Island is also home to world-class dining options and shopping.

Is Kiawah Island a good beach?

Kiawah Island is known to have one of the best beaches in the world, Beachwalker Park! This beach is truly one of a kind! Soft sand, beautiful sunrises, and cool breezes. This beach also produces some of the most delicious seafood in the world! Walk or bicycle down the fine-grained sand beach to Captain Sam’s Inlet to see thousands of birds and dolphins strand feeding.