Recreation - Things to See and Do - Walking Tours and Adventures

Land Based Nature Tours And Adventures

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Alligator Adventure

Alligator Adventure

From hatchlings the length of your hand to imposing males of six hundred pounds, there are alligators in almost every pond on Kiawah. 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.

  • Price: $20 per person, 2 hours. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Must be at least 6 years old.

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Back Island Birding

Back Island Birding

The Lowcountry of South Carolina is famous for its variety and diversity of birds during all seasons, from tiny hummingbirds and kinglets to majestic bald eagles and wood storks. 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.

  • Price: $35, 3 hours. Must be at least 16 years old.

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Nature Photography

Nature Photography

Grab your cameras and head to Kiawah's scenic areas and learn about Nature Photography, no matter your level of experience. Nature Photographer Jamie Rood will focus on topics such as exposure, composition, camera techniques and lens selection, with an emphasis on creating unusual nature and unforgettable travel photos.

  • Price: $40 ($80 trip minimum), 2 hours. Must bring your own camera and be over 14 years old. Adult must accompany children under 16 years of age.

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On Foot

Butterfly Walk

Butterfly Walk

Join our Naturalist on this family-friendly tour to search The Sanctuary Gardens for seasonal birds. We'll use nets to catch and gently examine butterflies and learn what resources these beautiful winged creatures use to live and breed on Kiawah.

  • Price: $12
  • Fall and Spring Only

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Cast Netting Clinic

Cast Netting Clinic

Come see what size you can handle. Ranging from 3 to 8 footers, we will find the right size for you. Learn the basics of casting the net on land, and then take it to the water and see what you can catch.

  • Price: $7, 30 minutes.
  • Only available upon request
 
Gator Walk

Gator Walk

The American Alligator is a guest favorite and one of our most intriguing wildlife species. First meet one of our captive gators and learn about what makes these creatures so unique. Then we’ll visit some gator habitats and learn how they survive on Kiawah. This trip is great for all ages. In summer months we recommed Kiawah Creature tour as an alternate.

  • Price: $12, 1 hour.
  • September through March

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Kiawah Creatures

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!

  • Price: $12, 1 hour. Recommended for ages 7 and up. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Summer Only
 
Night Beach Walk

Night Beach Walk

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).

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

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Winter Wonders Walk

The winter season offers one of the best times of the year to explore Kiawah’s beach . Take a walk with our naturalist to discover our winter beach life and learn about the treasures that have been washed up by the tides. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

  • Price: $15 per person, 1.5 hours. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Ocean Seining

Ocean Seining

If you have ever wondered what swims around you in the sea, our ocean seining tour will give you an up-close introduction. After some initial beachcombing, prepare to get a bit wet as we pull a seine net through the surf to discover what is swimming around our feet.

  • Price: $12, 1 hour. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Available late Spring and Summer

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Birding for Beginners

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 where, and what to look for when identifying each species.

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

By Bike

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Historical Sunset Cycle

After a long day of fun in the sun, treat yourself to a gently paced biking tour with some on-foot exploration. Have you ever wondered where the name ‘Kiawah’ came from, or when Kiawah actually became an Island? This tour will explore the history, ecology, and beautiful views of this unique island. Timed with the sunset, we will be able to enjoy relaxing landscapes to escort us back to the Nature Center.

  • Price: $15/person. Does NOT include bike rental.
  • Duration: 1.5 Hrs
  • Recommended ages 16 and up. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Wildlife in the Wetlands

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. Learn why each ecosystem is so unique and find out who calls them home. This tour offers a great opportunity to see much of the island in just a few hours.

  • Price: $20/person. Does NOT include bike rental.
  • Duration: 2 Hrs
  • Carts, training wheels and tag-alongs are not permitted.
  • Children must be 10 years or older. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

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