If the History Channel is your favorite thing to watch on TV, and beach bumming is your favorite thing to do on vacation, then have we got a destination for you: St Simon's Island. Although its home state - Georgia - offers up plenty of coastal, history-ridden alternatives like Savannah, Saint Simons is arguably the best and the biggest beach town. Soak up some Civil War history and a little sun in this lovely, untroubled beach town. From what beaches to hit, to what to do in St Simon's Island with kids, we've got you covered!
Best Beaches on St Simon's Island
St Simon's Island beaches have it all - low, kid-friendly tides, unique activities like kite surfing, unspoiled scenery that's still easily accessible to the public, and even dolphins and sea turtles. The best beaches on St Simon's Island include Neptune Park (an attraction in its own right), Messangle Park (lots of activity), Gould's Inlet Park (great for birding), the Coast Guard Station Beach, Little St Simon's Island, and nearby Sea Island Beach and Driftwood Beach (in Sea Island and Jekyll Island, respectively). The Marshes of Glynn is also worth exploring. Book one of our St Simon's Island vacation rentals on the beach for great ocean views. Hanging out at the beach definitely tops the list of the best things to do in St Simon's Island.
St Simon's Island, like many other Georgia beach towns, is known for its historic sites, maritime museums, and lighthouses. During your visit, make sure to check out the St Simon's Island Lighthouse Museum, the many plantation homes dotting the area (highlight: the Hampton Plantation), Christ Church, the Historic Coast Guard Station, and Fort Federica. St Simon's Island weather averages make walks to these attractions enjoyable almost the whole year round.
Outdoor Activities - On Land
So, besides kite surfing, fishing, and swimming, what else is there to do in the great outdoors of St Simon's Island. Golfing is a huge activity here, with a handful of courses to choose from, including the Hampton Club and the Sea Palms Resort Golf Course. Biking also makes it on many tourists' "to do" list, as St Simon's Island is overflowing with beautiful natural scenery - from the ocean to the oak trees - and charming, plantation-era sites. You can also enjoy a nature tour via guides like the Ocean Motion Surf Co. Tennis fans will also find plenty of courts to play on.
Shop, Shop, Shop
The "Keep it Sweet" sweets shop is an adorable shop worth visiting. Like any tourist-friendly beach town, Saint Simon's has a shop for just about everything. Check out the Village, Redfern Village, the Shops at Sea Island, and the Preferred Outlets at Darien if you've got some money to spend. For unique, local finds, stop by Moondance Vintage Clothing, the GoGo jewelry store, and the Eclectic Store.
Best Restaurants in St Simon's Island
You might expect seafood to be Saint Simon's forte, but one of the most popular restaurants is Southern Soul Barbecue. Other favorite dining spots include Palmer's Village Cafe, Halyards, Fancy Q Sushi, Sand Castle Cafe and Grill, and Sal's Neighborhood Pizzeria. So, from crab cakes to pizza slices, St Simon's Island has something for every appetite. With such a great selection of restaurants on hand, it's easy to find something great to do (read: eat) on a rainy day. Also, keep in mind that with a St Simon's Island vacation rental, you can enjoy your own kitchen and save money by not dining out quite so much.
What to Do on St Simon's Island with Kids
St Simon's Island is a super family-oriented destination - the best things to do in St Simon's Island are all kid-friendly. Since the town is so calm, you won't have to worry about your trip getting too chaotic or dangerous, for that matter. Low tides at the beaches, and loads of lifeguards on hand, means your little ones can swim safely. As well, attractions like the St Simon's Island Lighthouse Museum may not be as exciting as Disney World, but they're definitely intriguing enough for kids, and will educate them in the process (always a good thing). Neptune Park might be Saint Simon's most kid-friendly attraction, though - offering up picnic tables, mini golf, live entertainment, and a fishing pier (crabbing is also popular). Just about any outdoor activity in St Simon's Island, though, is group-friendly - rent some bikes and go sightseeing together, take a surfing lesson, or go on a fishing trip!
With the advantage of a spacious, yet budget-friendly St Simon's Island lodging, you'll have plenty to do in your accommodation together - enjoy amenities like a private pool, game console, and outdoor grill!