Georgia’s St. Simons Island has a very unique, fascinating history which draws many people to the area to observe its beauty and historical sites for themselves. The area’s many natural history exhibits showcase the coastal life of those who called the island home. This is reflected in the many attractions in St. Simons Island.
The St. Simons Island Maritime Center is located in the Historic Coast Guard Station. Filled with lots of interactive galleries and exhibits for tourists to enjoy, this interesting museum provides an in-depth look at maritime and military history in St. Simons. With seven total galleries featuring all kinds of activities and exhibits, there is plenty to learn about and plenty to see. A visit to the Maritime Center is one of the most fun and family friendly things to do in Saint Simons.
History of the Station
The Historic U.S. Coast Guard Station at East Beach on St. Simons Island was one of the U.S. Coast Guard’s 45 stations that were built all over the country. Beginning in 1935, the East Beach Station was built and is believed to be only one of three stations still standing from that era. When the station originally opened, the beach was just a couple feet away from the front door, but today, the station has a large beach and parking lot between it and the shore.
Visiting the Center
The Maritime Center, built into the restored guard station, is a museum that entices children just as much as adults. The museum, which includes ecological displays depicting the Golden Isles habitats, as well as military history from the area through the lens of a 1940’s ‘Coastie,” is a great learning experience for people of any age. The Maritime Center can be found at 4201 1st Street, St. Simons Island, Georgia, 31522. The site can be visited Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon, between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., and on Sundays from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Don’t miss the other fun things to do in Saint Simons during your visit, as there are many more attractions in St. Simons Island to see!