Best Beaches on St. Simons 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 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. Simons 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. Simons 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 on the Island.
St. Simons 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 Lighthouse Museum, the many plantation homes dotting the area (highlight: the Hampton Plantation), Christ Church, the Historic Coast Guard Station, and Fort Federica. The area 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. Simons 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, there is 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. Simons 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, there is a food place 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 vacation rental, you can enjoy your own kitchen and save money by not dining out quite so much.
What to Do on St. Simons Island with Kids
St. Simons Island is a super family-oriented destination - the best things to do 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. Simons 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 Simons' 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 on the 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. Simons Island lodging, you'll have plenty to do in your accommodation together - enjoy amenities like a private pool, game console, and outdoor grill!