“Atlanta Moms” blog founder Alicia Hagan has a fun and unique idea to explore St. Simons… make it a scavenger hunt! Read this and more of Alicia’s stories at www.atlantamoms.com
Make a Trip to St. Simons Island Fun and Educational with a Scavenger Hunt!
by Alicia on JUNE 8, 2012
Since my recent trip to The King and Prince Resort on St. Simons Island I have been very interested in the history of St. Simons Island. St. Simons Island is a fun and historical destination that your whole family will enjoy. This special destination graces the corner of Georgia’s coast and was called “San Simone” by 16th century Spanish explorers.
With it carries many historical sites and monuments such as the beautiful St. Simons Island Lighthouse which dates back to 1804. Unfortunately, the original lighthouse was destroyed by the Confederate Army in 1862. A new lighthouse was then erected twenty five feet from the original site in 1872 and is a welcome sight for visitors who want to climb the 129 stairs to the top to get a spectacular view of the whole island.
Other interesting landmarks include the Christ Church which was first erected back in 1820 although history states that religious services were being held on that site prior to 1776. The first structure was partially destroyed by the Union Army between the states and the current church was rebuilt in 1884. You can enjoy the current Christ Church with its beautiful and glorious stained glass windows. The grounds of the church is set in a natural wooded surroundings with a cemetery that includes graves from settlers of years ago.
Have fun that’s also educational, with a St. Simons Island Scavenger hunt!
A great activity would be a fun scavenger hunt at which time you can locate major points of interest such as the lighthouse, museum, the church and the famous Gascoigne Bluff. The Gascoigne Bluff is a Native American campground. During Colonial Days, this area became Georgia’s first naval base.
During your St. Simons Island scavenger hunt you and your kids can have fun by making notes of each point of interest visited, gathering memorabilia and taking photos to reflect on all you have learned. Compare your findings with those who joined in this activity to see who got the most information and varying types of historic collectibles.
Other great activities families can enjoy while at this beautiful picturesque vacation destination:
- Swimming or walking along the endless beaches with undisturbed nature and miles of unspoiled, perfect coastlines.
- Your family can go bicycling along the coast as well as canoeing, kayaking and many other water sports that are great for adults and kids.
The beauty of St. Simons Island is breathtaking. There aren’t too many vacation destinations where your family can enjoy so many activities for fun and have a historic venture, all in one.