Kids can be our toughest critics. If anyone is willing to tell you something isn’t fun, it’s going to be them. Shoot, sometimes they’ll say they aren’t having fun even when we know darned well they are. Here are several ideas to make sure the next time you pack the family up and head to St. Simons, you have the best trip ever!
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~ Build a Sandcastle ~
Or sand angel. Or dig a hole to China. Maybe your little one wants to see how many buckets of water they can run and dump in the sand. Doesn’t matter really what the game is; just bring a bucket, a shovel, and some sunscreen and they’ll be set for hours! If you don’t have room to bring buckets and a shovel in your carry-on, we sell them in our resort shop. If you have room to pack lots of beach toys, check out our list of beach must-haves for kids!
~ Explore the Island’s Bike Paths ~
A paved network of winding bike paths is a great way to get to most anywhere on St. Simons Island and the Live Oak tree canopy makes plenty of shade as you and the fam trek around like locals. Bike rentals are available at Ocean Motion Surf Shop (just around the corner from The King and Prince Resort). Call 912-638-5225 for more information. (Note: The tides on St. Simons Island make for hard sand that allows for biking on the beach. Definitely something unique you can enjoy here and not other beach destinations.)
~ Take a Swing on the Greens~
Depending on age, they may not be quite ready for a full round of 18 but we find our sidekicks are pretty darn content hitting range balls + cruising the golf course with Dad.
~ Tree Spirit Scavenger Hunt ~
Remember that bike adventure we just talked about? This is a TERRIFIC activity to couple with it! All you need is the map and your camera since you know you’re going to want proof of every Tree Spirit discovered. Tip, start in the Village area at The Golden Isles welcome center (529 Beachview Drive) so you can pick up a map.
~ Become a Junior Ranger at Fort Frederica ~
Throughout the year, Fort Frederica offers special events and programs for kids such as the award-winning Junior Ranger program. Also offered is a historical archaeology day-camp during the summer. History is cool + kids have a blast here. Besides, nothing will make you appreciate the size of your home quite like seeing the size of living quarters with a shared fireplace!
~ Swings + Sundaes ~
It’s important to pause while on vacation to make sure you soak it all in. We recommend grabbing a frontrow seat to the Ocean and ordering a Shipwreck Sundae from ECHO. [At $5, this activity can fit into almost any budget AND you can pretend it’s for the kiddos!]
~ Explore the Open Water ~
Every family is a little different but St. Simons Island has options for everyone! From Dolphin Tours with Cap to shrimping aboard The Lady Jane to classy cruises on the String of Pearls to fishing charters with Liquid Assets, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the Golden Isles from the water. Interested in seeing more options? All of our Water Activities can be found here.
~ Climb the Lighthouse ~
It’s not everyday you can see, climb, and explore a Lighthouse or the Keeper’s Dwellings. Make sure to notice what’s below you as you make your way around at the top. Bonus: You can use your birds eye view of the entire Village including the Neptune Park Fun Zone, miniature golf, and the fishing pier to plan your very next Island adventure!
~ KP Kid Perks ~
Staying at The King and Prince Resort? You and the kiddos will have access to our main pool area which has 2 kiddie pools + a sand pit in addition to our main heated pool. During the Summer, you + the fam can enjoy full pool service from the Sea Shack (think frozen drinks, kid’s menus + more) plus a variety of kids activities throughout the day by the pool deck.
Still want more? If you’re curious to see ALL of the activities our Island has to offer? Click here for our most comprehensive list broken down by category.