While enjoying your stay in one of the many Kiawah Island home rentals, take some time to explore the surrounding area. Kiawah Island is a beach and golf resort, just 30 minutes away from the historic town of Charleston, South Carolina. The island offers you excitement wherever you go, along with its rich culture and history.
Visiting Museums, Plantations and Churches
Charleston Museum is America's first museum, and it displays objects ranging from fossils to artifacts from the Civil War. The Confederate Museum contains flags, swords, uniforms and other Confederate memorabilia, while the Old Slave Mart Museum narrates the story of the slave auction industry in Charleston. Children also get to enjoy the interactive exhibits of the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry. Many of the elegant historic houses are preserved along with their original furnishings and gardens, such as the Aiken-Rhett House, Joseph Manigault House and Heyward-Washington House.
Also called a holy city because of its impressive collection of historic places of worship, Charleston has Presbyterian, Baptist and Methodist Churches, Jewish Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, the first Roman Catholic Church of St. Mary of the Annunciation, the Circular Congregational Church and the French Huguenot Church. Take a visit to the Historical Society, which preserves South Carolina's history through its books and manuscripts. The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon and Wragg Mall are equally interesting places to visit.
If you're interested in ghosts, don't forget to take a trip to the infamous and haunted sites, the oldest graveyard or the Pre-Revolutionary Dungeon. Sample the delicious treats from the local markets, bakeries and restaurants. You can go behind the scenes and learn the culinary secrets from the top chef.
Chartered boats are available for those who like a close look at the historical landmarks. The Harbor tour gives one hour and 30 minute cruises, and the Fort Sumter Tour lasts 30 minutes. The dinner cruise last for three hours, and provides gourmet dishes and live entertainment for the passengers. Cruise to Morris Island to see the spectacular sunset.
Golf and Fishing
There are five golf courses on Kiawah Island, and all are easily accessible from your home rental. The Ocean Course, which was opened in 1974, is the most famous and has hosted major golf tournaments like the Ryder Cup, PGA Championship and World Cup.
The surrounding waters of Kiawah Island offer plenty of places to fish, whether on the rivers, bays, creeks or harbors. Sharks, speckle trout, red fish and other ocean species are abundant in these waters. All types of fishing, from fly fishing to light tackle fishing, is possible here. All fishing vessels come with bait, tackle, ice and fishing gear. A fishing license is a must.
From the vantage point of any of the many towers, it is possible to watch amazing varieties of birds and animals. Bobcats, deer, egrets, herons, anhinga, painted buntings, bufflehead, brown pelican, alligators and many more species of wildlife can be seen here.
Be sure to sample all that the island has to offer, and make your holiday at a Kiawah island rental memorable. Visit VacationHomes.com to start your search for a rental home on the island. Options for rentals are sorted according to location, price and the amenities you want or need for your trip.