Recreation - Things To See and Do - Recreation for Seniors

Recreation for Seniors

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“You don’t stop playing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop playing.” —Ben Franklin

At Kiawah Island Golf Resort, we believe that guests of all ages are entitled to the full enjoyment of all of our recreation programs. Although all of our nature programs and activities are available for everyone, we have highlighted some that may be more enjoyable for our senior guests. Please call the Recreation Department at (843) 768-6001 if there are any special accommodations we can make to ensure a pleasurable experience for you on any of our nature tours and activities during your stay.

 

(1-5 / 5) Denotes the level of physical exertion required for each of our trips.
The lower number out of 5, the lower the physical exertion, the higher number out of 5 the higher physical exertion. For more detailed information, please call
the Heron Park Nature Center (843) 768-6001.

PADDLING TOURS

Glide at a dolphin's pace while navigating the shifting currents of the Kiawah River and its maze of tidal creeks. View wildlife and learn about Kiawah's pristine salt marshes while experiencing the silent tranquility of paddling. Led by knowledgeable Kiawah Island Naturalists, paddling adventures are an enjoyable way to take a unique look at this incredible island. Paddling options include: Single or Double Touring Kayaks, Single or Double Sit-On-Top Kayaks.
For more information and a weekly schedule, please visit our Paddling Tours page.

Adult Twilight Paddle (5/5)
Enjoy a leisurely paddle at sunset on the Kiawah River. Paddle with a partner in a stable double kayak. Moderate physical ability required. Participants must be 16 years of age or older, under 18 accompanied by an adult.

  • Duration: 2 hours

Marsh Kayaking (5/5)
Although a little more strenuous, enjoy the freedom and ease of paddling in a single kayak. This is a faster paced tour with moderate physical ability required. Participants must be 16 years or older, under18 must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Duration: 2 hours

MOTORBOAT CHARTERS

All motor boat tours require only a 150 foot walk down a slightly sloped boardwalk to board the boat. Assistance is available upon request. Our motorboat tours leave from Mingo Point, bathrooms and water refill station on site. Sunscreen and bug spray available for purchase. Bring beverages of your choice, including alcohol (no glass). Captains have cooler space and ice. Wine and Champagne must be poured into a plastic cup. There is room for bags and personal items on board our 24’ bay boat.
For more information and a weekly schedule, please visit our Motorboat Charters & Excursions page.

Deveaux Bank Seabird Sanctuary(1/5)
The Lowcountry Salt Marsh and its surrounding tidal creeks, oyster beds, and mud flats provide an abundant array of migratory, shore, and wading birds. Come join us as we cruise the river on our way to the South East’s largest shorebird nesting site, Deveaux Bank. Located at the mouth of the North Edisto River, this Sandspit island provides vital habitat to thousands of nests of dozens of different species of migratory and ground nesting shore birds.

  • $75 per guest
  • Trip minimum $300
  • Capacity: 10 Guests
  • Duration: 2.5 hours

Dolphin Encounters (1/5)
Board our custom built eco-tour boat as we search Kiawah's inlets, creeks and marshes for Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin. Learn more about their habits and behaviors, getting an up-close and personal experience like no other.

  • $60 per guest
  • Trip minimum $120
  • Capacity: 14 Guests
  • Duration: 1.5 hours

Holy City Harbor Cruise (1/5)
Join us as we travel the back way into Charleston’s Harbor. Once there, we’ll see where pirates were hung, where the first shots of the civil war were fired, and the many steeples highlighting the skyline. Get an up close look at Castle Pinckney, Ft. Sumter, and the USS Yorktown as your captain navigates the historic waters.

  • $150 per guest
  • Trip minimum $600
  • Capacity: 6 Guests
  • Duration: 4 hours

Sunset Cruise (1/5)
As the sun sets over the marsh, colors come alive. The tranquility of the water brings peace to the day. Relax and be among friends and family, this is what Kiawah is all about.

  • $60 per guest
  • Trip minimum $120
  • Capacity: 14 Guests
  • Duration: 1.5 hours

Tideland Treasures (1/5)
Join our Captains as we explore the ebb and flow of Kiawah's surrounding tidal estuaries. Home to more than 70,000 life forms, salt marshes are one of our country's most protected natural resources.

  • $60 per guest
  • Trip minimum $120
  • Capacity: 14 Guests
  • Duration: 1.5 hours

FISHING TOURS (2/5)

Inshore Fishing Charter, Ultra Light Tackle and Fly Fishing Adventures, Near Coastal and Reef Fishing, and Deep Sea Fishing all available. For more information please visit the Fishing Tours & Charters page, and for reservations call the Heron Park Nature Center at 843.768.6001.

VAN TOURS

For more information on our Van Tours, please visit the Walking Tours & Adventures page.

Alligator Adventure (2/5)
Travel with us as we search our naturalists’ favorite gator hangouts for these impressive predators. This is a fantastic way to observe and learn about these amazing, and often misunderstood animals in their natural habitat. You will be getting in and out of the van approximately 2 to 3 times and doing some moderately paced walking to search for these reptiles.

  • $20 per person
  • Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Children must be 6 years old
  • Duration: 2 hours

Back Island Birding (2/5)
We’ll use the van to reach several remote island habitats to seek out dozens of bird species, both large and small, and learn about the natural history of our diverse avian wildlife. If you are new to birding join us on a Birding for Beginners walking tour. Binoculars and field guides are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. Moderate physical ability required.

  • $35 per person
  • Participants must be 16 years of age or older
  • Duration: 3 hours

Nature Photography (2/5)
Grab your cameras and travel to Kiawah's most scenic areas while learning the basics of Nature Photography. Photographer, Jamie Rood, will focus on topics such as exposure, composition, camera techniques and lens selections, with emphasis on creating interesting nature and travel photos. Total walking during tour is less than a mile and never too far from van. Travel from one end of the island to the other, how long you stay at each destination depends on what you see. Up to 5-6 stops with several restrooms. Participants must bring their own camera and be 12 years of age or older. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

  • $40 per person
  • Trip minimum: $80
  • Duration: 2 hours

BICYCLE TOURS

All bike tours utilize our island style "Beach cruisers" and explore the Island's 30 miles of flat paved bicycle trails and 10 miles of hard packed beach. Bicycles come equipped with a small tote bag for carrying drinks, phones, cameras, and smaller personal items. Baskets and helmets are available upon request. For more information on our Bicycle Tours, please visit the Walking Tours & Adventures page.

Historical Sunset Cycle (5/5)
Less than a 3 mi round trip on paved paths with frequent stops to get on and off the bike. Upon availability adult trikes can be requested. A gently paced biking tour with some on-foot exploration. Have you ever wondered where the name "kiawah" came from, or when Kiawah became an island? This tour will explore the history, ecology, and beautiful views of our unique island. Timed with the sunset, we will be able to enjoy relaxing landscapes to escort us back to the nature center. (Available upon request.)

  • $15 per person
  • Must be 16 years or older, participants must be accompanied an adult
  • Does NOT include bike rental
  • Duration: 1.5 hours

Wildlife in the Wetlands (5/5)
Join a Naturalist on a 7-mile bike tour to discover the fascinating world of wildlife that inhabits Kiawah’s diverse ecosystems. While enjoying a leisurely bike ride, you’ll gain a better understanding of the beach, dunes, maritime forest, ponds, and salt marsh that stretch across the island. This tour offers a great opportunity to see much of the island in just a few hours. Moderate physical ability required.

  • $15 per person
  • Must be 16 years or older, participants must be accompanied an adult
  • Does NOT include bike rental
  • Duration: 1.5 hours

WALKING TOURS

The nature of Kiawah’s five major ecosystems provides an ideal setting for outdoor walks. Enjoy the natural beauty and discover amazing wildlife while exploring remote areas of the island. From sand dunes to salt marshes and maritime forests, observe firsthand why this barrier island continues to flourish and protect native species. For more information on our Walking Tours, please visit the Walking Tours & Adventures page.

Birding for Beginners (2/5)
Just beginning your bird watching endeavor? This walking tour is just what you need to learn the birding basics. A Naturalist will lead you on a walk through various types of habitats to learn which birds are found where, and what to look for when identifying each species.

  • $15 per person
  • Recommended for ages 10 and up. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Duration: 1.5 hours

Gator Walk (2/5)
Less than a mile walk with a Kiawah Naturalist to explore the life of the American Alligator. As we search the ponds and waterways for alligators of all sizes, your Naturalist will explain how alligators survive and thrive on Kiawah. A great tour for the entire family! Have the opportunity to pet one of our live, captive, baby alligators! (Seasonal.)

  • $12 per person
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Duration: 1 hour

Kiawah Creatures (2/5)
Join a naturalist on a nature walk around one of Kiawah’s best pond habitats! You will see and learn a bit about everything nature related on Kiawah during this tour. From alligators to native plants and butterflies, to local bird species and freshwater turtles! Make sure to bring your cameras and binoculars!

  • $12 per person
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Duration: 1 hour

Night Beach Walk (2/5)
Come join a naturalist on an evening beach walk to learn all about the biology of our native Loggerhead Sea Turtles! Once the sun sets you will discover a nocturnal world that is very different from the one seen during the day. Listen for owl calls and spotlight for alligators on the walk back. (Live turtle nesting unlikely)

  • $15 per person
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Duration: 1.5 hours

SWIMMING POOLS

*For the Exclusive use of Kiawah Island Golf Resort guests and Governor’s Club Members
For more information and a list of pool hours, please visit the Pools page.

Adult Tennis Pool
Enjoy the peace and quiet of this pool reserved for resort guests 21 years of age and older. Padded lounge chairs and umbrella-covered tables ensure a comfortable experience for all.

Night Heron Family Pool
Being the largest pool in the complex, the family pool is a 25m Jr. Olympic Pool, with space for lap swimming and an aqua sundeck for lounging. Large sunning areas, shaded areas, changing facilities and close proximity to the beach make this a great facility! Heated in spring and fall through Thanksgiving.

Night Heron Children’s Pool
This new and exciting pool offers a beach entry with sand chairs and for those feeling adventurous, try out one of the two exciting open flume slides.

West Beach Pool
The West Beach Tennis and Pool Complex, built in 2012, is a great addition to the West Beach area. It is located across from the Straw Market and offers a 5 foot deep swimming area, an aqua playground with interactive play features and kiddies slides and an enclosed tube slide for the adventurous type!

FITNESS CLASSES

For a full list of fitness classes and a current schedule, please visit our Health & Fitness Page.

Aqua Pump (4/5) (Seasonal) In this dynamically paced class you will gain endurance and strength, leading to higher energy levels and improved body composition.

  • $15 per person, reservations are required
  • 1 hour
  • Location: Varies. Please call for more information.
  • Please call (843) 768-6001 for available times.

Fitness in the Park (4/5) (Seasonal) This fun approach to fitness will take you for a walk, skip, and hop in the park. Great for kids and adults, you'll increase your fitness using what the park has to offer.

  • $15 per person, reservations are required
  • 1 hour
  • Beginners welcome
  • Please call (843) 768-6001 for available times.

Fitness Walk on the Beach (4/5) (Seasonal) The beach is a perfect setting for this instructor led 60 minutes of fitness. You'll increase your strength and endurance using just what the beach has to offer. Great for beginning to intermediate fitness levels.

  • $15 per person, reservations are required
  • 1 hour
  • Beginners welcome
  • Please call (843) 768-6001 for available times.

Gentle Yoga (2/5) (Seasonal) This class will focus on gentle stretches, balance, and building strength. All levels are welcome.

  • $15 per person, reservations are required
  • 1 hour
  • Location: West Beach Fitness Room
  • Beginners welcome
  • Please call (843) 768-6001 for available times.

H20 Low (4/5) (Seasonal) Establish a fitness base in the water with low intensity walking and jogging, along with other aerobic movements. Compliment your cardiovascular conditioning with strength training, abdominal exercises, and relaxing stretches.

  • $15 per person, reservations are required
  • 1 hour
  • Location: Tennis Club Pool
  • Beginners welcome
  • Please call (843) 768-6001 for available times.

Intro to Yoga (2/5) (Seasonal) Learn what yoga is about and what it might mean to you in this introductory class.

  • $15 per person, reservations are required
  • 1 hour
  • Location: West Beach Fitness Room
  • Beginners welcome
  • Please call (843) 768-6001 for available times.

Low Impact Aerobics (4/5) (Seasonal) Improve your cardiovascular fitness with this class of cardio and conditioning. Low impact movements protect your joints but are big calorie burners.

  • $15 per person, reservations are required
  • 1 hour
  • Location: West Beach Fitness Room
  • Beginners welcome
  • Please call (843) 768-6001 for available times.

Moonlight Yoga on the Beach (3/5) (Seasonal) End your day under the full moon on the beach with a slow vinyasa yoga class focusing on breath and body. No yoga experience needed.

  • $20 per person, reservations are required
  • 1 hour
  • Beginners welcome
  • Please call (843) 768-6001 for available times.

Pilates (3/5) (Seasonal) This mat-based class helps build strong abs and back and long, lean muscles. Built- in options make this great for all fitness levels.

  • $15 per person, reservations are required
  • 1 hour
  • Location: West Beach Fitness Room
  • Beginners welcome
  • Please call (843) 768-6001 for available times.

Sunrise Yoga on the Beach (3/5) (Seasonal) This Yoga class will provide the perfect start to your day! Increase your strength and flexibility and clear your mind in this incredible setting. No yoga experience needed.

  • $20 per person, reservations are required
  • 1 hour
  • Beginners welcome
  • Please call (843) 768-6001 for available times.

Sunset Yoga on the Beach (3/5) (Seasonal) This yoga class will come to a close as the sun is setting over the water. Increase your strength and flexibility and clear your mind in this incredible setting. No yoga experience needed.

  • $18 per person, reservations are required
  • 1 hour
  • Beginners welcome
  • Please call (843) 768-6001 for available times.

Tai Chi in the Park (4/5) (Seasonal) This ancient practice focuses on connecting your mind, breath, and body using slow movements. This class will help to improve your functional balance and mental focus.

  • $15 per person, reservations are required
  • 45 minutes
  • Beginners welcome
  • Please call (843) 768-6001 for available times.

Tai Chi on the Beach (4/5) (Seasonal) This ancient practice focuses on connecting your mind, breath, and body using slow movements. This class will help to improve your functional balance and mental focus.

  • $15 per person, reservations are required
  • 45 minutes
  • Beginners welcome
  • Please call (843) 768-6001 for available times.

Yoga on the Beach (3/5) (Seasonal) Yoga on the beach is hatha yoga with a blend of slow to moderate pace vinyasa and longer held restorative poses. We work at a beginner to intermediate level and focus on using breath to create body awareness, calm the mind and build strength and flexibility. Previous Yoga experience is not required. Mats are provided.

  • $18 per person, reservations are required
  • 1 hour
  • Beginners welcome
  • Please call (843) 768-6001 for available times.

LEISURELY ACTIVITIES

Beach Services
Join Kiawah Island Golf Resort's Recreation Staff for beach chairs and umbrellas to make the most of your beach experience. Offering a wide variety of beach amenities, complimentary beach towel service, great rates and friendly beach attendants. Beach sets can be rented at Boardwalk 22, 27 and west of the Sanctuary Beach Access.

Book Exchange
Need a good book while you relax on the island? Come to the Night Heron Park Pavilion Complex and review our used book library. All books are at least 50% off their cover price. You can bring your old books, too! If you bring in a book of your own to donate to our library, you can purchase another for an additional 50% discount! Book genres range from: Fun Beach Reads, Local Based Novels, Suspense/Horror/Thriller, Children/Youth, Teen/Young Adult, Memoirs/Short Stories/Poems, Popular by Author, and Romance.

Senior Citizen SC Aquarium Tickets
Receive a $1.95 discount off of door price by purchasing your ticket to the South Carolina Aquarium in the Heron Park Nature Center. Special senior price of $18.95 (62+)

Professional Oil Painting Instruction(1/5)
Join us for a half day or full day with a Charleston professional artist and paint one small oil painting at our studio. The artist will be there every step of the way to help you. All levels of ability are welcome, beginners are highly encouraged!

  • $150/person for 3.5 hour lesson
  • Private lessons available. Please call the Nature Center for details: (843) 768-6001.
  • All art equipment is supplied.
  • Reservations required

Game Rentals
Contact the Heron Park Nature Center for availability on renting poker tables and chips, dart boards, bocce ball, croquet or Wii game console.

Wickets and Wine (2/5)(seasonal)
Our Recreation staff will gladly introduce you to the various types of recreational croquet. Whether you're a seasoned veteran dressed in white or a beginner wearing flip flops, everyone is welcome! The set-up for this event will be a professional six-wicket court on the Sanctuary Lawn. Golf croquet and nine-wicket courses available upon request. Wine will be available for purchase at the Sanctuary Lobby Bar for those of age. Please call (843) 768-6001 for further information and reservations.

Turtles' Nest Art Studio (1/5)

The Island's spot for an Art workshop, Turtles' Nest is a great indoor area to take a break during rainy days or just plain hot ones! We offer at least 20 crafts and activities weekly, with classes starting at $12. For more information and a weekly class schedule, please visit the Turtles' Nest Art Studio page.

Glass Fusing 101
Learn techniques on how to cut glass in order to create a unique glass fusing project that will last a lifetime. Class includes one pendant or a 3x3" glass tile.

  • $30 per person
  • Reservations required
  • Ages 12 and up

Glass Design
Using tiny pieces of glass called frit, create anything that represents your favorite sport team to just a fun pattern. Class includes a 6” glass time that can be turned into many versatile objects.

  • $40 per person
  • Reservations required
  • Ages 12 and up

Gel Candle Making
Create a gel candle to showcase your findings on Kiawah Island’s Beach. Bring in your own shells and sand found on the beach to add to your jar, or use the supplies provided.

  • $12 per person
  • Reservations required
  • All ages welcome.

BICYCLE RENTALS

Explore Kiawah Island By Bike
With 10 miles of beach and over 30 miles of paved trails, a bicycle is the best way to get around the island! If you want to explore Kiawah by bike, but desire the added stability and comfort of a three wheeler, then our adult tricycle is the right bike for you. This user friendly trike gives you an extremely low step thru for easy on and off the bike access. Tricycles are quipped with coaster-style brakes, large saddle seats, wide handlebars and a basket. 24" adult tricycle is designed for guests 4.5" and taller. Due to limited availability, please call the Heron Park Nature Center directly at (843) 768-6001 for reservations.