Kiawah Island (gators!), Angel Oak Tree, and Charles Towne Landing

Fri 11/28

Kiawah Island – up close and personal with gators!

Mom, Dave, and I drove out to Kiawah Island to check out the beaches and have lunch.  Kiawah is a barrier island about 15 mi south of Charleston and is a private gated beach and golf resort.  I called the main resort and got advance scoop on the best place to go to see the gators (as we didn’t want to go on their 2-hour island tour.)  They gave us a great recommendation to go to Osprey Point and have lunch at the Cherrywood Grill.  We had a fabulous lunch and incredible luck to get up close and personal (about 30′!) with 4 gators lounging on the edge of a pond!

Beachwalker Park
Pretty beach, very wide, fine white packed sand perfect for long walks!

Angel Oak Tree
On the way to Kiawah we detoured to see the Angel Oak Tree and it was pretty impressive!  Here are some stats:

  • Dated at being ~1500 years old – wow!
  • Massive:  Over 65′ high, diameter of 160′, and covers more than 17,000 square feet of ground

Charles Towne Landing
Historic site where the English settlers first landed in 1670 to establish the Carolina colony.  Introduces visitors to the earliest colonial history of Charleston.  It includes an exhibit hall, small zoo, archeological excavations, miles of trails & picnic areas, a replica tall ship, and cannon replicas.  The tour guide at the Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon highly recommended this visit – not sure why, perhaps they get kick-backs for referrals as we really didn’t think it was worth the visit, and glad it was just a quick stop on the way back from Kiawah!


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