St. Simons is surrounded by amazing day trips and excursions if you are adventurous enough to find them. There are extremely touristy things to do like in any city or town, but there are also hidden gems that are a bit off the beaten track. If you like discovering new things that are made better by the journey, try one of these five St. Simons trips that are off the beaten path.
Hunt for Treasure on Jekyll Island
Beginning from January 1st through February 28th is the annual Jekyll Island Treasure Hunt. Handcrafted glass floats called Island Treasures will be hidden all over Jekyll Island and will be waiting for you to find them. You can spend part of your day or your entire trip looking for these hidden gems. Either way, you will soon realize that the real gem is Jekyll Island itself!
Step Back in Time on a Plantation
Before St. Simons and the rest of the Golden Isles became a premier tourist destination, it was once a successful agricultural area. Many of the farms in the area grew things like rice and cotton to supply to Georgia. Brunswick’s Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation produced rice until 1913 and is open to the public today to experience the process.
Kayak or Paddleboard Through the Golden Isles
One of the best ways to see the Golden Isles is by water. If you are willing to put in a little effort, you will be handsomely rewarded with some of the best views in all of Georgia. You can get a fish eye view through the serene marshlands, rivers and estuaries on a kayak or paddle board tour.
Visit the Patients at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center
Jekyll Island is home to Georgia’s only turtle rehabilitation center. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center rehabilitates, researches, and educates guests on the ins and outs of sea turtles. This facility is available to tour and guests can see how endangered animals are rehabbed and cared for.
Go on the Actual Beaten Path
One of the best kept secrets in St. Simons is the extensive bike trails that run through it. St. Simons and Jekyll Island have more than 50 miles of paved bike paths combined. Take time to stop and smell the roses and you may see some things you may have never dreamed of. Bring your bike and experience the beauty of St. Simons on the actual beaten bike path.