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.

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.

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

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. Please call the Heron Park Nature Center for more detailed information.

VAN TOURS

Back Island Birding (2/5)
Accompany one of our naturalists to learn about the natural history of our diverse avian wildlife. Binoculars and field guides provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. Moderate physical ability required.

  • Participants must be 16 years of age or older
  • $35 per person
  • 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.

  • $25 per person
  • Trip minimum:$75
  • Duration: 2 hours

Alligator Adventure (2/5)
Travel in our nature van to some of the bigger lakes and ponds on the island to search for 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.

  • Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Children must be 6 years old
  • $20 per person
  • 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.

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.

  • Must be 16 years or older, participants must be accompanied an adult
  • $15 per person
  • 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.

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!

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

SWIMMING POOLS

*For the Exclusive use of Kiawah Island Golf Resort guests and Governor’s Club Members

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

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.

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

Tai Chi(3/5) (Seasonal) This ancient practice focuses on connecting your mind, breath, and body using slow movements. Great to improve your functional balance and mental focus.

  • 45 minutes
  • Beginners welcome
  • $15 per person, reservations are required
  • 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.

  • 1 hour
  • Beginners welcome
  • $20 per person, reservations are required
  • 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.

  • 1 hour
  • Beginners welcome
  • $15 per person, reservations are required
  • 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.

  • 1 hour
  • Beginners welcome
  • $15 per person, reservations are required
  • 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.

  • 1 hour
  • Location: West Beach Fitness Room
  • Beginners welcome
  • $15 per person, reservations are required
  • 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.

  • 1 hour
  • Location: West Beach Fitness Room
  • Beginners welcome
  • $15 per person, reservations are required
  • 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.

  • 1 hour
  • Location: West Beach Fitness Room
  • Beginners welcome
  • $15 per person, reservations are required
  • 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.

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

LEISURELY ACTIVITIES

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 $30.

Glass Fusing 101 (Tuesdays, 9am-10am) 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.

  • Reservations are required
  • Ages 12 and up
  • Class is $30 per person

Glass Design (Wednesdays, 9am-10:30am)
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.

  • $45 per project
  • Ages 12 and up
  • Reservations required

Gel Candle Making (Fridays, 9:30am-10am)
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.

  • Reservations required
  • Ages 8 and older
  • $40 per person

Charleston Art Tours (2/5)
Charleston Art Tours was founded in 2009 by professional artists, Karen Hewitt Hagan and Martha Sharp. Together they have over 25 years experience in painting and knowledge of the Charleston art gallery scene. This walking tour will take place in the Historic French Quarter and involves walking approximately 8-14 “Charleston” blocks. Parking is available in a covered garage 3 blocks from tour meeting point. Reservations for the following programs are required and can be made by calling the Heron Park Nature Center at (843) 768-6001.

  • All levels of ability are welcome
  • Participants must be at least 14 years old
  • Transportation can be arranged by calling (843) 768-2900.

Professional Oil Painting (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!

  • All art equipment is supplied
  • Half Day - $151 per person
  • Full Day - $402 per person

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+)

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.

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.

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.