Top 5 St Simons Family Activities

Family Guide to the Golden Isles, Georgia

Not only does the island have spectacular beaches, but also a deep history, authentic southern food and lots for a family to do. Top 5 St Simons family activities.St Simons Island is a beach town, one of the Golden Isles, located on the Atlantic Coast of Georgia just north of Florida. Not only does the island have spectacular beaches, but also a deep history, authentic southern food and lots for a family to do. Here are our top 5 St Simons family activities.

Beach & Pool:

The beach Club at St Simons is an idea home base for families with a beautiful pool and access to the beach just over the boardwalk.
The Beach Club at St Simons is an idea home base for families with a beautiful pool and access to the beach just over the boardwalk.

We stayed at the St Simons Beach Club located about a mile from town right on the beach with a beautiful pool. Both the pool and the beach were footsteps from the condo. It took us a couple of days for the kids to want to leave the beach and pool to explore other areas of the Golden Isles. They loved just running in the waves, hunting for seashells, building in the sand and splashing in the pools or hot tubs. I really enjoyed my morning beach runs and sunset seashell hunts. St Simons Island is an excellent place to just relax. Make sure to also visit the beach in the evening. Take a walk. The sunsets are spectacular. It is also a good time to see the Sand Pipers. And, if you go out after dark maybe, just maybe, you will be lucky enough to spot a ghost crab. We were!

The St Simons Island beach offers families so much fun and relaxation!
The St Simons Island beach offers families so much fun and relaxation!

Visit the St Simons Island Pier:

A fisherman carefully reels in a baby Stingray so that he can release him back in to the ocean at the St Simons Island pier
A fisherman carefully reels in a baby stingray so that he can release him back in to the ocean at the St Simons Island Pier.

The quaint downtown area and pier of St Simons Island really has something for everyone. From delicious seafood restaurants, parks, a pier for fishing or sunset viewing, a historical lighthouse, park, miniature golf course and water park, you could spend hours there. Our first day on the island we made our way to the pier where our preschooler was captivated by the people fishing. The kid who never sits still stood as still as a statue for several minutes watching a fisherman carefully reel in a baby stingray on the rocks where he could proceed to release it back into the ocean. After dinner, we often made a regular stop at one of the parks and strolled down the pier.

Climb the St Simons Island Lighthouse:

A climb up the St Simons Island Lighthouse and visit to the museum was a highlight for our kids.
A climb up the St Simons Island Lighthouse and visit to the museum was a highlight for our kids.

As we began to bike back to the condo after a morning hunting island spirits, the kids requested that we stop and visit the St Simons lighthouse. We watched a short film on the history of the lighthouse and then excitedly climbed the steps up to the top of the lighthouse to take in an amazing view of the island. A brief visit to the museum in the keepers house on the way out was fun. The second level is set up with the Victorian furniture illustrating how the keeper and his family lived. Well worth the visit!

Explore the island via bikes:

Finding Island Tree Spirits on St Simons Island
Finding Island Tree Spirits on St Simons Island

We took tandem bikes out exploring a couple of times. While there are limited bike paths, the slow pace of the island is conducive to bike riding. Our first outing was for an ice cream treat down the road. Then the following day we spent the morning searching for the island tree spirits.

True to the mission of our blog, we found what we believe is the best park on St Simons Island, Mallory Park.
True to the mission of our blog, we found what we believe is the best park on St Simons Island, Mallory Park.

We took along a picnic lunch and stopped at Mallory Park for lunch. The kids were so excited to unexpectedly discover the three-story slides at Mallory Park. Also, keep your eye out for hand painted rocks hidden around the island! We were lucky enough to find one by one of the island tree spirits.

Visit Jekyll Island:

Jekyll Island is about a half hour drive from St Simons Island. We had been told to explore the island via bike. But we went on a morning when we were all tired and got a late start so decided to explore via car and it was perfect. We started at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. It is a fairly small attraction and we didn’t get to see as many turtles as we were expecting but we learned a lot about the challenges facing sea turtles and brought home a few souvenirs including a book that we have read every night since. We proceeded next to Driftwood Beach. It was fun to take a walk there on a very different beach. It was very serene. And, you could see the St Simons Island lighthouse across the water. We then drove through the historic district. The kids wouldn’t have made it through a tour but we would have loved to have seen the old mansions up close. The Victorian Jekyll Island Resort looked like a really fun place to have experienced the island up close. Next time!

A day trip over to Jekyll Island is a must-do family activity while visiting the Golden Isles.
A day trip over to Jekyll Island is a must-do family activity while visiting the Golden Isles.

Next time we visit we may try out a boat or kayak excursions but there’s not much we would change about our visit to St. Simons Island. We had the most fabulous time! See how our favorite St Simons family activities stack up to others.

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17 Replies to “Top 5 St Simons Family Activities”

  1. I am from the western part of North America. I have been to Florida, but never to Georgia. It never crossed my mind. But, what a beautiful place. My kids are older, but they would have loved visiting a place like that when they were younger. It looks very family friendly and untouched, two important qualities for me.

    1. I know. So many people we’ve talked to about it have never heard of it. And, you are right–family friendly and some what untouched. They do a great job of protecting the area, I think. Though I bet the beaches during the summer are busy.

  2. Jekyll and St. Simons Islands!!! Some of my favorites! My family has been to both on a couple occasions both on pass throughs to Florida as well as for a week vacation. Such beautiful scenery and the history is some of my favorite! Lighthouses and forts have become somewhat of a hobby for us when we visit these coastal treasures.

  3. Georgia is a state I have not explored much with the exception of Savannah, and I’ve always been curious as to the beach life there. I would imagine it’s very similar to South Carolina. It probably doesn’t get nearly as crowded as Florida which is a major bonus! #farawayfiles

  4. Georgia has so much! I have only been to Savannah and Atlanta, but based on this post, I need to go back and explore more. Looks absolutely beautiful! Thanks for coming to Fly Away Friday! Hope to see you this week!

    1. The Golden Isles are my favorites! I’ve heard great things about Savannah too. Looking forward to Fly Away Friday.

      1. My husband brought up the idea of visiting Savannah while we were on St Simons but we could barely tear the kids from the beach so I am sure couldn’t have dragged them to another city. Maybe next time!

  5. I love the idea of exploring the island by bike! We’ve become full on bike commuters living in Copenhagen and I love the sustainable option when traveling! That lighthouse is so southern – reminds me of the ones in South Carolina from my childhood! Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles, welcome to the community!

    1. That is so great that you can commute via bike. Our neighborhood is great for bikes. Unfortunately I live a little too far away from work. But always prefer to get on a bike over a car when possible. And, so glad to have found #FarawayFlies!

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