Posts Tagged ‘Activities’

St. Simons Scavenger Hunt

Friday, June 15th, 2012

“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.

St. Simons Island Lighthouse

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.

Christ Church - St. Simons Island, Georgia

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.

Maritime Museum on St. Simons Island

A fun adventure with tons of history for adults and children alike can be found at the beautiful Maritime Center. Here you can visit seven galleries full of information about the beaches, marshes and forests. Learn their relationship to factors with the area coast guards and historic military.There is so much to do and a lot to learn when visiting St. Simons Island as part of a family vacation. You can take a trolley ride throughout the area to visit various memorable sites including the lighthouse and museum.
The Hofwyl Broadfield Plantation offers a glimpse into the lives of the planters and slaves some 200 years ago. You can tour the home on this plantation as well as all the old farm equipment still displayed in the barn.

Have fun that’s also educational, with a St. Simons Island Scavenger hunt!

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.

A Legend for One & All Rests on St. Simon’s Island

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

A Legend for One & All Rests on St. Simon’s Island

 

Places of beauty are numerous, but there are very few that when you walk through them, you can actually feelthe history that surrounds you. The scent of the gardens outside, the brilliant sun shining through a stained glass window that has lit the faces of many prominent individuals over the centuries…this the place we will speak about today; an incredible location that has so many tales to tell.

On St. Simon’s Island – the true gem of the Golden Isles located off the Coast of Georgia – sits a mystical place full of ancient tales, history, as well as a few ghosts that perhaps roam the grounds where they were the most happy.

We first mentioned Christ Church to you in an article regarding a tour company. Tours offered by an adventurer named, Cap Fendig, that take visitors all through the majesty of St. Simon’s Island – from plantations to the shopping district. One of the most amazing stops on this tour is Christ Church, and after hearing about it and reading about it, I must tell you that this is one historian who is truly in love.

 

Therefore, I want to spread that love to all of you out there who have a passion for beauty, the past, and even things that go ’bump’ in the night.

This site is a Victorian church dating all the way back to the late 1800’s. The stunning stained glass windows allow visitors to revel in a lost world, but inside the walls there is absolute peace. A spot to close one’s eyes and try to imagine those famous and infamous people who once sat in these pews, and reflect on how far life has come.

One of the most exciting things for the historian or the adventurer is the fact that the church also has beautiful grounds that include a cemetery. There are so many who were laid to rest here – from people who changed the world with their writing, to the founders of the Island – that it becomes a true walk through time.

Being a writer, one of the most amazing souls who rests there is the prestigious author, Eugenia Price, who wrote many novels over her long career about St. Simon’s Island and the surrounding areas. In fact, she was almost obsessed with this particular place, when she came across Christ Church on a visit and learned of all the amazing backstories of the people who created and lived in the historic town. Her research and these true larger-than-life characters became the biggest part of her world, as she moved to St. Simon’s permanently and became a part of the ever-growing history in the Christ Church cemetery.

One site that you can not forget is what the locals deem, the Wesley Oak. This huge, gnarled tree may look like something out of a Tim Burton movie – some mystical place where inside dreams dwell – and it probably does, seeing as that a great deal of history is wrapped up in its many branches. It was beside this tree long ago that the Methodist preachers, John and Charles Wesley, preached in the very early days of this colony of Frederica. Ones with imagination can almost hear their voices offer praise and celebration as they walk along the pristine, secluded path leading to even more statuary that sits across the road from the church.

Being one of the oldest churches in Georgia, Christ Church has that special aura about it. Resting in tall grass that blows ever so gently, it almost seems as if the souls are still speaking to one another during one of their blissful Sundays where they got together to catch up on the life of the town and the latest gossip. Founded on St. Simons Island nearly seventy years after the island was first settled by English colonists, amazingly enough worship has been continuous since 1736.

The people who were  the largest part of the Christ Church – and who also reside in the cemetery – were James Oglethorpe and the first English settlers who arrived in 1736. A few months later, Reverend Charles Wesley, who also served as Secretary for Indian Affairs and Chaplain to General James Oglethorpe, entered his ministry at Frederica, and from 1736 to 1766, the first religious services on the island were conducted by John Wesley, George Whitfield, and other clergy members.  Read More>>>> 

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Serving Aces at The King and Prince

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort may be known for its luxurious accommodations and gorgeous view of the Atlantic Ocean, but the available recreation and activities must not be overlooked. Some of the exciting activities include golfing at the world renowned King and Prince Golf Course, dolphin and sunset boat tours, and romantic horse rides along the beach. But, if you are looking to spend your leisure time playing tennis, then the resort’s Har-Tru tennis courts are where you need to be.

The Har-Tru tennis courts are complimentary for The King and Prince guests and feature a natural St. Simons Island backdrop, mild year-round weather, and a professional athlete on staff to help improve your stroke. Pride Evans is a seasoned tennis professional with over 25 years of teaching and instructional experience. He is a member of the Georgia Professional Tennis Association Hall of Fame and was voted the Georgia Director and Educator of the Year.  Pride offers lessons for private guests, groups, team coaching and getaways, and corporate outings. For more information on spending your day at the Har-Tru tennis courts, please visit our website.