St. Simons Island is a beautiful place to stay off the coast of Georgia. With white sandy beaches, deep-rooted history, and many tourist attractions, you can take a fun romantic weekend getaway, a family trip with the kids or have a relaxing time with friends. Learn about the best places to visit on your stay and plan your adventure today.
10. Mildred Huie Plantation Museum at Mediterranean House
Take a walk through history and learn about the life of Mildred Huie, her contemporaries, and other locals. This cool museum was once the location of her studio. Mildred was an impressionist artist, writer, and historian who grew up on a plantation. The Mediterranean house contains artwork; furniture and pieces that bring you back to a time of plantations and rich history. As a historian, Mildred researched plantations in order to create replicas and paintings that are on display today. The museum is open by appointment daily or Friday-Sunday from 1-5 p.m.
9. Neptune Park Fun Zone
If it’s a family vacation you’re after, the fun zone is a great place to start. This park has a little bit of everything; a 50,000-gallon water park, an 18-hole miniature golf course, and a playground to run around on. The Neptune Park Fun Zone pool is open in the spring and summer for $8/day per person and has a wading pool, waterslide and lap lanes. If you visit in the off-season, you can still catch a round of mini golf for $8/round per person. The playground is always free and is open year-round as well. Hours of operation are Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
8. Fishing Pier
You can take the family for a walk along the pier and see the sights and sounds of St. Simons Island. Local fisherman work off the pier and catch fresh fish daily, artists paint ocean scenes and you can hear the sounds of the ocean waves against the pier. The walkway is open day and night and is a great place to relax and meet friendly locals. Take your fishing pole and try to catch something on your own. Take your camera to capture images of the surrounding islands, waterways and maybe even a dolphin.
7. Christ Church
This historical church is best known as the place John and Charles Wesley preached before founding the Methodist church. The original building was damaged in the Civil War by Union troops but was rebuilt by the Reverend Anson Phelps Dodge, Jr in 1882 as a tribute to his wife. The public every Tuesday-Friday can visit this Episcopal Church from 2-5 p.m. except for Christmas and Easter. Join them for Sunday services from 8-11 a.m., daily services at 5 p.m., or Friday mornings at 11:30 a.m. You can walk the beautiful grounds during the day and take pictures of the building and surrounding area.
6. Crabdaddy’s Seafood Grill Restaurant
A trip to St. Simon’s island wouldn’t be complete without stopping to enjoy the local fare. With fresh seafood brought in daily, Crabdaddy’s is best known for its warm and friendly atmosphere and simple dinner and dessert dishes. You can enjoy dinner nightly from 5-10 p.m., cater your next family gathering or have your party hosted in their banquet room. They serve up delicious crab cakes, mouth-watering bread pudding, and steaks and, of course, a variety of fresh seafood options. Be sure to make your reservations early, as space fills up fast!
5. Cannon’s Point Preserve
If you’re looking to take in the natural surroundings of St. Simon’s Island, this preserve is the perfect opportunity. With over 600 acres to explore, you can walk along cool old ruins, weeping willows and oaks, and breathe in the beauty of the South. The preserve opened in 2012 and offers many educational opportunities throughout the year. Visitors will need to bring their own water and bug spray and should plan to dress for a wilderness hike. Many of the ruins date back to 2500 B.C.E. Hours of operation are Saturday, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Sunday-Monday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
4. Lighthouse Trolleys
No matter what reason you are visiting St. Simons Island, a tour with the Lighthouse Trolleys is a must. This is the only tour where you get to stop and see all major historical sites including Fort Frederica, Christ Church, Bloody Marsh, St. Simons Village, the Avenue of Oaks and the Lighthouse. This unique experience includes a mid-tour refreshment and bathroom break, insider information on the best local places to eat, drink, and stay, and a ride in an open air trolley. Call ahead to reserve your spot today: 912-399-5007.
3. The Beaches
Most visitors come to the island for the beaches and coastal activities. Enjoy a day of family fun, take your dog for a walk, windsurf or build a sandcastle. You will love the warm breezes, changing tides and summer sun. The beaches are open year-round but offer a variety of options depending on the season. You can take a long walk and watch the locals work offshore and if you look carefully, you may even see dolphins gliding swiftly through the waters. Plan a visit with family, friends or that special someone in your life.
2. The Avenue of Oaks and Sea Island Golf Club
Take a romantic walk down the famous Avenue of Oaks. Anna Page King, who inherited the Retreat Plantation in the 1800’s, planted these renowned trees. These 160-year-old oak trees are still alive today, and greet you as you drive up to the Sea Island Golf Club. Stay at the golf club and enjoy spa services, tennis, a round of golf or spend some time in the fitness center. This 5-start hotel is one of the best places to visit in St. Simons. There’s always something going on at the club, so reserve your space today.
1. St. Simons Lighthouse Museum
This is one of the most visited tourist attractions in St. Simon’s Island. Learn about local maritime history as you walk through the lighthouse. Climb 108 stairs to the top of the lighthouse and get a panoramic view of the coast. The grounds of the lighthouse include the four different museum exhibits, stores, and event space. Take a walk back in time during regular visiting hours Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., the last climb is at 4:30 p.m. Admission fees are $12 for Adults, $5 for Ages 6-12 and free for CGHS members and children under 6.
There are so many things to do in St. Simons Island. You can visit one of the many tourist attractions, historical sites or local landmarks. Leave your technology behind and take in the mixture of old and new with fresh eyes. Book your trip well in advance, as the most popular places, can fill up early in the summer season.