Avenue of the Oaks on St. Simons Island, Georgia

Avenue of the Oaks on St. Simons Island, Georgia

St. Simons Island Activities that are Better in Winter

No matter what time of year you visit St. Simons Island, you'll find plenty to do. Unlike many beach vacation destinations, St. Simons has a year-round population of about 13,000, so businesses aren't just seasonal. That, coupled with mild temperatures, means a wintertime beach vacation can be just as much fun as the summer, with better prices and smaller crowds. My favorite hotel on the island is the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort.

While the beach is fun any time of year, here are three things to do on St. Simons that are best in the cooler months.

Before your trip, review the area's COVID-19 precautions.

Father and son exploring Fort Frederica on St. Simons Island, Georgia

Guard the coast against Spaniards

Photo by @3.little.trees

If things had gone differently back in colonial times, Georgia might have been a Spanish colony. Fort Frederica guarded the coast from Spanish-occupied St. Augustine. It's now a National Historic Site with a small museum and stunning marsh views.

Visit Fort Frederica National Monument

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

Become a rice farmer at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

Just off St. Simons Island is this authentic Southern rice plantation, preserved as one of Georgia's state historic sites. Learn about life on a rice farm from its origins through modern times.

Visit Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site

Aboard the Lady Jane Shrimpin' Excursions in Brunswick, Georgia

Go shrimping on the Lady Jane

In summer, it can be tough to get a reservation for this popular attraction, which is one of my favorites. The Lady Jane is an authentic shrimp boat. Trawls bring up a bounty of sea life to examine and release.

Visit The Lady Jane Shrimpin' Excursions

Find more things to do and places to stay in the Guide to St. Simons Island.

Published: December 2020
Written by: Sue Rodman