St Simons Island
Year round warm weather in the Golden Isles allows visitors to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities such as kayaking, fishing, biking, golfing, or relaxing on East Beach. Visitors can tour the island’s historic sites on a variety of transportation options.
Due to its strategic geography, the Golden Isles’ history has been punctuated by conquest and acquisition during times of political turmoil. Five Flags have claimed this coastal region as their own, as well as countless generations of native tribes, each leaving their indelible mark. Many of the historic landmarks have been lovingly restored and are a great addition to your visit.
The largest barrier island in the Golden Isles, St. Simon's Island lies across the immortalized Marshes of Glynn, made famous by poet Sidney Lanier. Moss-draped oaks line the winding island streets, creating a picture-perfect image worthy of a Faulkner tale. The island’s villages offer a charming and unique selection of shops, plus a variety of restaurants ranging from fine dining to casual outdoor fare. Everyone enjoys the energy and activity at Neptune’s Pier.
St. Simon's Island is dotted with exceptional historic sites and attractions, from the St. Simon's Lighthouse Museum—a working lighthouse built in 1872—to the Bloody Marsh Battle Site, where, in July 1742, British and Scottish soldiers protecting colonial Georgia defeated a larger Spanish force in a battle that helped end Spanish incursions outside Florida. Fort Frederica National Monument, which preserves archaeological remnants of the local British colony and its defense against Spain, and historic Christ Church, Frederica—one of the oldest churches in Georgia, with worship held continuously since 1736—are located on the island’s north end. Toward the southern tip, the Maritime Center, in the restored U.S. Coast Guard Station, provides fascinating glimpses of the area’s natural evolution, while highlighting some of its maritime and military history.