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St. Simons Island and Golden Isles Attractions

Countless Activities and Things to Do in St. Simons Island

St. Simons Island is the largest of the celebrated Golden Isles of Georgia. While recognized primarily as a resort community, this place is truly a year-round destination, with events, attractions and plenty of things to do to thrill visitors of all ages!

We’ve listed some of the more popular activities and attractions here on St. Simons Island below. If you would like additional information, please don’t hesitate to ask one of our friendly staff members.

Attractions and Activities

Fort Frederica National Monument

St. Simons Island Tours

Since 1993, the St. Simons Trolley Company has conducted the original and definitive tour of St. Simons Island.

Lighthouse Trolleys

Ranked #2 by Huffington Post as the best thing to do on St. Simons Island, Lighthouse Trolleys is the only company that can offer up such a diversity of services, tours, and memory moments both by land and sea.   

Christ Church Frederica

6239 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island, GA  (912) 638-8683

Built in 1736 by James Oglethorpe, Christ Church Frederica is one of the oldest churches in the United States, and is the first site of English-speaking, religious services on the island. Steeped in history and a harbor for soldiers during the Civil War, this gorgeous Gothic-style church is surrounded by ancient oaks and a centuries-old cemetery. 

Fort Frederica National Monument

6515 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island, GA  (912) 638-3639

Protected by the National Park Service, this monument represents the remnants of the fort that played an integral part in the British forces’ defeat of the Spanish in 1742, confirming Georgia as a British territory. The site stands on the Atlantic coast, surrounded by more trees today than during its colonial days. 

St. Simons Island Lighthouse and Museum

101 12th Street, St. Simons Island, GA  (912) 638-4666

Originally built in 1810 and later destroyed during the Civil War, the current Saint Simons Island Lighthouse was reconstructed in 1872 by order of the United States Government.  Home to several lighthouse keepers and their families from its beginning until 1950, the lighthouse is still used by the US Coast Guard as a beacon for traveling ships today. Walk the 124 steps to the top of the tower, witness the gorgeous view from the top, tour the beautiful Victorian-era lighthouse keeper's home, shop the museum, and experience living history tours of this national treasure when you visit St. Simons Island.

Neptune Park Fun Zone

550 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island, GA  (912) 279-2836

Opened in 2009 and located next to the St. Simons Island Lighthouse, this sunny park is filled witha  sparkling blue swimming pool, a free state-of-the-art playground and a brand-new mini golf course.

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center

214 Stable Road, Jekyll Island, GA  (912) 635-4444

Learn all about Sea Turtles – their nesting habits, their struggle to reproduce and the need for their protection – through group tours, educational programs, and fun special events at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. An unforgettable experience awaits you and your family here.

Summer Waves Water Park

210 South Riverview Drive, Jekyll Island, GA  (912) 635-2074

Located 30 minutes away from Sea Palms Resort on Jekyll Island, Summer Waves Water Park offers "splashtacular" summer fun for the whole family! Enjoy exhilarating experiences, including frolicking in the Frantic Atlantic Wave Pool, getting gleefully dunked at the Splash Zone, or riding the thrilling, five-story water slide, Pirate's Passage. You can also take it easy as you tube gently down Turtle Creek or relax while your little ones play in the Kiddie Pool.

Little St. Simons Island

Another one of the Golden Isles, this small barrier island is privately owned, and is only accessible by boat. Most of it is covered by salt marsh.

Island Cinemas

44 Cinema Lane,  (912) 634-9100


Putters Club Restaurant

Putters Club Restaurant
Sea Palms Resort
510 N. Windward Road
St. Simons Island GA  31522
(912) 638-3351

Breakfast Menu

Lunch & Dinner Menu


shopping sea palms

North Frederica Walk

Shops at Sea Island

Longview Center

Hanover Square

Redfern Village

True Oaks

Shops at Demere

Retreat Village

Pier Village


Area Events

St. Simons Island festivals

St. Simons Island is host to a variety of events and festivals. For a complete listing of upcoming events, please visit here.

Some upcoming events include:

Brunswick Actors' Theatre presents "Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage"

January 25th to February 23rd, 2014

Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage by Ken Davenport

Year - Round Events and Activities:

First Fridays - The first Friday of every month stroll the streets of Downtown Brunswick. Listen to live music inside and outside, and sample food and drinks. Hours are from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Second Sundays - This popular family-friendly music event takes place on the second Sunday of each month at Gascoigne Bluff on St. Simons Island Island from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Each month, the proceeds from Second Sunday benefit a variety of select local charitable organizations. Hundreds of music fans, families, friends - locals and visitors alike - who converge on the park armed with lawn chairs, blankets and coolers, enjoy listening to the live music. Raffle tickets are sold for door prizes contributed by area businesses. Kids can play in the inflatable bounce house and slides. Don’t miss out on this fun-filled community event!

Beach Information

St. Simons Island features two public beaches. The Massingale Park Beach is the most popular, with a picnic area, bathhouse, and even an on-duty lifeguard from June 1st until Labor Day. Parking and fishing are both free at Massingale, and drinking is allowed. The second beach on St. Simons Island is the Coast Guard Station Beach, which also has a bathhouse and showers, as well as on-duty lifeguards and permitted drinking.

Beach Rules for Glynn County:
• No glass containers.
• No motorized vehicles.
• No littering.
Animals are prohibited on the beach from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Memorial Day through Labor Day from Mallery St. (the pier) to First St./East Beach (Coast Guard Station).Please use the beach trash receptacle or carry your trash off the beach to a dumpster
• If your animal leaves more than prints in the sand, please pick it up and dispose of it in a trash receptacle.

There are many other public accesses to the beach along the roads that parallel the ocean. Just look for signs, but please always remember to respect homeowners’ rights and properties when parking.

Road Scholar

Road Scholar, the not-for-profit leader in educational travel since 1975, offers 5,500 educational tours in all 50 states and 150 countries. Alongside local and renowned experts, experience in-depth and behind-the-scenes learning opportunities, from cultural tours and study cruises to walking, biking and more.

Sea Palms Resort is proud to be a partner with Road Scholar programs. Besides being a host property for Road Scholar programs we support all of their programs. To find out more about Road Scholar programs, please follow this link.

Currently in 2014, we house several Road Scholar programs at Sea Palms Resort which include the programs listed below.  These are 5 night/6 day programs that include academic courses, field trips, and entertainment. The hotel rooms, meals, and activities are all included in the program price. The programs are geared for older adults but not limited to 55 and older (as was formerly the case).  

Program #1384:  Island-Hopping Adventure on Three Barrier Islands: St. Simons, Sapelo, Jekyll

Program #2534 - Intergenerational Adventure on Three Coastal Islands: Sea Turtles, Lighthouses and Shrimp Trawl This is a grandparent/grandchild program.    

Program #2182 - Kayaking Among the Tidal Waters and Nearby Rivers of St. Simons Island  

The above programs can all be found on Road Scholar’s website. 


wedding area at Sea Palms Resort and Conference Center

the perfect spot for weddings on st. simons island