Playing on the beach on St. Simons Island, Georgia
Top Things to Do on St. Simons Island
Known for its wide beaches, historic sites, charming shops and restaurants, golf courses and picture-perfect scenery, St. Simons Island is a popular place to get away, offering plenty of things to do for the whole family, as well as quiet places to explore on the Georgia coast. Here are just a few of the popular things to do on St. Simons Island.
Whether a peaceful sunrise walk, a sunny afternoon building sandcastles, or stargazing at nighttime, St. Simons' beaches are a must-see. The East Beach is a favorite, and many of the island's beaches are pet-friendly.
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St. Simons Lighthouse Museum
As one of only five surviving light towers in the state, St. Simons Lighthouse Museum has been restored with its original Fresnel lens. It continues to be a navigational aid to incoming ships. Visitors can climb the 129 steps to the top and wander the museum in the Keeper’s Quarters, which details the lighthouse’s history.
Cannon's Point Preserve
Cannon's Point Preserve is a 600-acre green space on the north end of the island that features native species, maritime forest and miles of marsh linked to the Altamaha River Delta. Artifacts have been found dating back to 2500 BCE as well as from a 19th century plantation.
World War II Home Front Museum
The newly opened World War II Home Front Museum focuses on the island’s history as the site of a Coast Guard Station during World War II. The interactive exhibits are housed in the station that was used by the servicemen and women starting in 1937.
There are more than 20 miles of paved bike paths on St. Simons, many of which will take you around to different beloved restaurants, attractions and historic sites. Borrow a bike from one of the shops around town, like Ocean Motion Surf Company, or bring your own.
St. Simons Island Tree Spirits
Find all of the St. Simons Island Tree Spirits, which are a number of oak trees with whimsical faces carved into them. They were carved in the 1980s by artist Keith Jennings, inspired by the mythology surrounding sailors lost at sea. The Golden Isles Welcome Center has a map that shows you where to see them.
Christ Church Frederica
On the site of Christ Church Frederica, John Wesley of England helped found the Methodist church. The oak-lined area's first church was built in 1820 but was damaged during the Civil War. The current building was built in 1884 and is open for tours. The grounds contain the graves of famous Georgians like Eugenia Price.
Fort Frederica National Monument
Fort Frederica National Monument is a colonial site dating back to the 18th century where a boundary was established between British in South Carolina and Spanish in Florida. The fort was established in 1736 by James Oglethorpe. The Spanish were thwarted and the garrison disbanded, but it remains an archaeological site today, protected by the National Park Service.
Avenue of the Oaks
Georgia Sea Islands Festival
The Georgia Sea Islands Festival in June celebrates the African American musical traditions, crafts and food of the barrier islands. The Georgia Sea Island Singers perform and have been a highlight since 1977.
Celebrate the Fourth of July with the annual St. Simons Island Sunshine Festival at Pier Village. A tradition for more than 60 years, the event includes fireworks, an arts and crafts show, a 5K and fun run, and other family-friendly festivities.
The RSM Classic
Golf fans flock to the island for The RSM Classic, which joined the PGA Tour in 2010. Held at the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club, the November event also raises money for local charities. Come see why it was a favorite of Georgia golf legend Bobby Jones.