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 to six-hundred pound males, there are alligators in almost every pond on Kiawah. Travel with us as we search our favorite gator hangouts for these impressive predators. This is a fantastic way to observe and learn about these amazing, misunderstood animals in their natural habitat.

  • Price: $20 per person, 2 hour. 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

Kiawah is known for its diversity of birds, from tiny hummingbirds to majestic bald eagles and wood storks. We'll reach several island habitats to seek out large and small species and learn about the natural history of our avian wildlife. This trip is appropriate for all birding skill levels.

  • 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 and camera techniques, while creating unusual nature and unforgettable travel photos.

  • Price: $40 ($80 trip minimum), 2 hours. Must bring your own camera and be over 10 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.
 
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 what makes these creaturs so unique. Then we'll visit some gator habitats and learn how they survive on Kiawah. This trip is great for all ages.

  • Price: $12, 1 hour.

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Night Beach Walk

Night Beach Walk

Join a naturalist on an evening beach walk focusing on 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.

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

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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.

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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.
 

By Bike

Historical Sunset Cycle

Historical Sunset Cycle

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.

  • Price: $15, does NOT include bike rental. 1.5 hours, must be 16 years of age, participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Wildlife in the Wetlands

Wildlife in the Wetlands

Join a naturalist on a 7-mile bike tour to discover the fascinating wildlife that inhabits Kiawah! On this leisurely bike ride, you'll gain a better understanding of the beach, dunes, maritime forest, ponds, and salt marsh that stretch across the island.

  • Price: $20, does NOT include the bike rental. 2 hours, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Not recommended for children with training wheels.

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