St. Simons Island and Golden Isles Attractions
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!
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Summer Waves Water Park
210 South Riverview Drive, Jekyll Island, GA
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.
Neptune Park Fun Zone
550 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island, GA
Opened in 2009 and located next to the St. Simons Island Lighthouse, this sunny park is filled with a sparkling blue swimming pool, a free state-of-the-art playground and a brand-new mini golf course.
Christ Church Frederica
6239 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island, GA
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.
Neptune Park Fun Zone
101 12th Street, St. Simons Island, GA
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.
Fort Frederica National Monument
6515 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island, GA
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.
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.
St. Simons Island Tours
Since 1993, the St. Simons Trolley Company has conducted the original and definitive tour of St. Simons Island.
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.
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.
Island Time Charters
Island Time Charters offers year round fishing charters perfect for the beginner and advanced angler. Kids are always welcome! Choose from a four hour inshore trip, six hour nearshore trip or an eight hour offshore trip. Your personalized trip will include gas, bait, tackle, water, and snacks. Captain Blackshear will also clean and package your fish to take home and enjoy!
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.
Georgia Sea Turtle Center
214 Stable Road, Jekyll Island, GA
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.