It’s not hard to find an abundance of activities and attractions to fill your itinerary while visiting Georgia’s Golden Isles. This is especially true when it comes to the largest of the barrier islands. As a coastal town steeped in history, St. Simons Island offers plenty of must-see sites and fun-filled adventures for vacationers of all ages to enjoy. The most difficult part will be deciding if you have time to fit it all in. If you’re having trouble figuring out how to make the most of your time at the island, here are some of the top attractions not to be missed.
Neptune Park Fun Zone
When traveling with children, Neptune Park Fun Zone is sure to be one of the biggest highlights of the trip. All in one place, you and your family will have the opportunity to swim, play an 18-hole game of miniature golf, and take advantage of the up-to-date playground. The waterpark is conveniently located in Pier Village.
St. Simons Lighthouse and Museum
Also situated near the pier, you’ll a catch glimpse of one of the only five remaining lighthouses in Georgia. The St. Simons Lighthouse was rebuilt in 1872 and is still operational. Visitors are welcome to take the opportunity to climb up its 129 steps to experience a breathtaking view that includes the south end of St. Simons Island, Brunswick, and Jekyll Island. Nearby, the museum provides some historical insight into the gorgeous nautical construction, as well as the chance to find some unique souvenirs.
One of the oldest church buildings in America, Christ Church was originally erected in 1820 and held the first religious services to be spoken in English. The construction is reminiscent of Gothic design and sits in a peaceful setting surrounded by trees and one of the earliest established cemeteries in Georgia. Public tours can be taken Tuesday through Friday from 2PM-5PM.
Fort Frederica National Monument
What is left standing of Fort Frederica is protected by the National Park Service because of its significant role in protecting the British forces from Spain. Sitting right on the water’s edge of the Atlantic Ocean, the picturesque sight is definitely worth a visit. It is open daily from 9AM-5PM, excluding most holidays.
Though these are just a small fragment of all the things there are to see and do while on St. Simons Island, it’s a good place to start. No trip to the Golden Isles would be complete without a visit to each of these attractions.