You’ve traveled a long way for your Coastal Georgia vacation, suffering through delayed flights, missed connections, and that little issue with a too-heavy suitcase (don’t worry, that extra bag you had to buy will be perfect for holding the mementos of this trip!), and now that you have finally arrived, you don’t want to miss out on a single fun activity! And for such a small area, there is more to do and see than you could have imagined. What if you miss something wonderful and have to wait until your next visit to see it? We’re here to help you avert that tragedy with this list of the top five St. Simons Island sightseeing hot spots; we want this vacation to be the best ever!
St. Simons Light, 610 Beachview Drive
Visible from almost any spot on the island, the St. Simons Lighthouse has been a favorite sightseeing activity for years. Built in 1810 and rising over 100 feet up in the air, the tour of the lighthouse and the attached keeper’s quarters offers a fascinating glimpse into early sea travel and the dangers that accompanied it.
Hamilton Plantation Slave Cabins, 1195 Arthur J Moore Drive
Only open to the public on Wednesdays during the summer months, a tour of the cabins allows you to get a more complete understanding of slavery in general and the strength of those slaves who fought so bravely for the freedoms we all take for granted today.
Mildred Huie Museum, 1819 Frederica Road
We appreciate our artists on St. Simons Island, and Mildred Huie, a former Savannah native, is a local favorite. This artist, writer, and historian, who was among the first members of the Girl Guides under the tutelage of Juliette Gordon Lowe, lived in this home from 1965 until her death in 2000. She is sorely missed, but her works and her home live on forever.
St. Simons Trolley, 117 Mallery Street
The best way to ensure you don’t miss any fun activities (aside from reading this, of course!) is to board the St. Simons Trolley, a 1930’s vehicle that was put into commission as our favorite tour bus in 1993. The owners are informative, funny, and knowledgeable, so feel free to ask any questions as you ride around the island!
Maritime Center, 4201 1st Street
St. Simons Island sightseeing wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Maritime center. Maritime life can be a tough one, and this museum devoted to those who lived, worked, and even lost their lives at sea is one you should not miss. Learn all about the history of the Coast Guard as you head out for a day of fun in the sun on East Beach!
As Each Day Closes
After a day of sightseeing in St. Simons Island, you can return for rest and relaxation to your SSI Rentals vacation escape. Enjoy a snack as you cuddle on the couch watching an old movie on the large flat-screen television before heading off to sleep in what may possibly be the most comfortable bed you’ve ever slept in! Reserve yours today; the possibilities of St. Simons Island await!