“What is there to do in the area?” you ask. So much that I do not know where to begin. So I’ll start with a really long sentence; boat rides and casino cruises, national monuments and historical lighthouses, unique gift shops and antique stores, art galleries and museums, golf and fishing, really cool 4-person bike rentals and Summer Waves Water park, trolley tours and a dirt track speedway, helicopter and shrimp boat rides, skeet shooting and horseback riding on the beach and much, much more.
The village area of St. Simons Island is the center of activity and is the perfect blend of Americana and southern charm. Once you go, you’ll understand. At one end is a park with baseball fields, tennis courts, basketball court and the wildest trees for a vacation photo. Numerous shops and restaurants lead you to the waterfront, where a children’s playground and fishing pier are always great fun! Dolphins can be seen swimming here, if you haven’t seen them yet from the swings at the resort. I have two boys, ages 8 ½ and 7 and they just love this park. The historic Lighthouse is here, as well as the new swimming pool and miniature golf course (both scheduled to open before Memorial Day). Relax under the shade of giant oak trees (more photo ops) and enjoy the people-watching; everyone always seems happy here, if you live here or just visiting. The Jazz in the Park series are also scheduled here, as well as Art Shows and Antique Shows.
Adjacent to the Resort is another great children’s playground in Massengale Park, where sprawling oak trees shade the play area. Fort Frederica also offers adult and children’s activities, including an archeological digging for the future Indiana Jones’. My boys loved it! For history-lovers, the island and surrounding area offer numerous historical sites, plantations and other forts.
For the adventurous families and adults, the island offers some really fun things to do. The Lady Jane shrimp boat goes out in the Golden Isles waters and drops the nets for shrimp and lots of other cool sea creatures. The crew will boil the shrimp on board, for the freshest, most delicious shrimp. More great photo ops here. The captain and crew are very entertaining and this is a memory you will cherish for some time.
Another unique activity for everyone to try is a Dragonfly Helicopter ride over the island and anywhere else you want to go. Your adrenaline will be sky high as you soar like a bird and take in the beauty of the islands. Take the camera and the video for this ride of a lifetime!
For the race fans, a night at the Golden Isles Speedway is a lot of fun! I have always enjoyed all kinds of sports, but never got into racing, until we went to the fastest dirt track in the southeast. Our first time we brought the boys and they loved the races, but we had just as much fun talking to the drivers and checking out their race cars. I have since been back with a few guys and we also had a great time. Try their barbecue with a cold beer!
For nature lovers, Southeast Adventure Outfitters offers tours to explore the beauty of the island by kayak. They have tours for every skill set and it’s an incredible way to explore the area marshes, go shelling on a remote beach and see birds, dolphins and the abundant wildlife of our area.
I hope you have enjoyed reading it and learning about our resort and St. Simons Island, Georgia. Visit this blog for future information of the Resort and activities in our area.