St. Simons Island is home to some of the best outdoor activities and the most beautiful beaches, and the best part is they are all free! The only money you will have to shell out for these five free St. Simons Island activities is to pack your picnic basket.
Head to the Beach
Whether you are a local or a visitor, nothing can beat a beach day on St. Simons Island. You will often find shrimp boats working off in the distance, wind surfers and kayakers closer to the shore, and fisherman casting their nets to catch whiting, amberjack, cobia, and catfish, often to provide the nearby restaurants with the freshest seafood. You can’t miss the dolphins as they feed along the rippled currents and sea birds casually gliding over and walking about the beach. Pack a picnic, get your loved ones together, or take a trip on your own; head down to one of St. Simons beautiful beaches and let the sounds and smells of the fresh ocean take over your senses.
Hiking and Walking
There is an abundance of hiking, walking, and biking trails in St. Simons Island, which is the perfect way to experience and enjoy the area. Many of the popular attractions of the island are actually connected by all of the walking and biking paths and are within short distances of each other. You can either take a walk or a jog along the beach or venture a little bit off the beaten path to enjoy the natural surroundings on one of the many nature trails through the maritime forest and marshlands.
Farmer’s Market at The Market at Sea Island
If hanging at the beach or going for a hike isn’t your thing, then you should definitely attend the Farmer’s Market at The Market at Sea Island. The market features fresh produce from Sea Island’s Broadfield gardens and other local farms. There are a ton of different vendors, artisan products, live music, and food samples that you would think that you were at a festival instead of a farmer’s market.
Mary Ross Waterfront Park
Mary Ross Waterfront Park is located on the East River in Historic Downtown Brunswick and features The Liberty Ship Memorial Plaza, where you can view a scale model of a Liberty Ship, similar to those built in Brunswick’s shipyards during World War II. You can also enjoy outdoor musical performances and farmer’s markets, but many come to Mary Ross Waterfront Park to watch an amazing sunset or to see the huge oceangoing ships from around the world, and you can’t put a price tag on that.
St. Andrews Picnic Area
Located on Jekyll Island, the St. Andrews Picnic Area overlooks Jekyll Sound on the riverside of the island and the farthest point on Jekyll Island’s beach from the Clam Creek Picnic Area. The park conveniently provides easy beach access and is just a short walk from Jekyll Point. This is perfect beach spot for birding or shelling, and it provides frequent dolphin sightings as they feed along the currents at Jekyll Point. This park offers picnic areas, grills, a walking path, a wildlife viewing platform, restrooms, and public beach access.
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