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Saint Simons Island

Enveloped by expansive beaches, moss-draped oaks, and salt marshes, Saint Simons Island, part of the Golden Isles chain near Brunswick, is a nearly 18 square mile island, once dominated by rice and cotton plantations. Today, it’s a recreation wonderland with superb championship golf courses, miles of bicycle paths, great fishing, historic sites, and excellent restaurants.

If you love golf, you’ll love Saint Simons Island, which is home to the 18-hole King and Prince Golf Course and 27-hole Sea Palms Golf & Tennis Resort. Nearby are 234 more holes of golf at popular spots like the 63-hole Jekyll Island Golf Club and 36-hole Sea Island Golf Club.

Anglers have lots of opportunities to fish in the... more

Enveloped by expansive beaches, moss-draped oaks, and salt marshes, Saint Simons Island, part of the Golden Isles chain near Brunswick, is a nearly 18 square mile island, once dominated by rice and cotton plantations. Today, it’s a recreation wonderland with superb championship golf courses, miles of bicycle paths, great fishing, historic sites, and excellent restaurants.

If you love golf, you’ll love Saint Simons Island, which is home to the 18-hole King and Prince Golf Course and 27-hole Sea Palms Golf & Tennis Resort. Nearby are 234 more holes of golf at popular spots like the 63-hole Jekyll Island Golf Club and 36-hole Sea Island Golf Club.

Anglers have lots of opportunities to fish in the rivers, tidal creeks, sounds and the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll find charters and guides at the Golden Isles Marina, and you can also fish off the St. Simons Island Pier and surf cast on stretches of beach on the island’s north end.

For such a compact island, Saint Simons is brimming with historic sites. Don’t miss the Saint Simons Lighthouse, where you can climb the 129 steps for a magnificent view of the island; the Fort Frederica National Monument, which has remnants of the British fort built in the 1700s; and the Bloody Marsh Battle Site, where the Spanish defeated the British in 1742.

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Christ Church
Christ Church
Owner description: The Christ Church, Frederica has docents available Tuesday through Sunday from 2pm to 5pm. The churchyard is open to the public from sunrise to sunset Tuesday through Sunday. The... more Owner description: The Christ Church, Frederica has docents available Tuesday through Sunday from 2pm to 5pm. The churchyard is open to the public from sunrise to sunset Tuesday through Sunday. The church and the grounds are closed to the public on Monday's for maintenance. Bus tours and group tours are available, please call or email the office to set up a group tour. From time to time, the church and churchyard are closed to accommodate funerals and weddings. less
Attraction type: Sacred & Religious Sites
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St. Simons Island
St. Simons Island
Attraction type: Islands
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Fort Frederica National Monument
Fort Frederica National Monument
This beautiful park was the site of one of the first British colonies.
Attraction type: Historic Sites; Monuments & Statues
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St. Simons Trolley Island Tours
St. Simons Trolley Island Tours
Owner description: Since 1993, the St. Simons Trolley Company has conducted the original and definitive tour of St. Simons Island. Exuding Southern charm, Bunny, a genuine Southern Belle and direct... more Owner description: Since 1993, the St. Simons Trolley Company has conducted the original and definitive tour of St. Simons Island. Exuding Southern charm, Bunny, a genuine Southern Belle and direct descendant of Pocohontas, provides a hilariously funny, yet well informed narrative of life in the Old South. Kevin the King adds his own twist to the stories of southern heritage and is actually funnier than Bunny. With either one, you're guaranteed a professional and highly interesting tour. Tour beautiful St. Simons Island on the oldest and most acclaimed tour on the island. This is the original historical trolley tour, operating for 23 years in nostalgic, vintage 1930's wooden trolleys. The drive-by tour includes 36 points of interest including the highlight of the tour, a WALKING TOUR OF CHRIST CHURCH CHURCHYARD at historic Christ Church (except Mondays). Other sites include the Lighthouse, one of only three working lighthouses in Georgia; Bloody Marsh, site of the famous 1742 battle where the fate of the Southern Colonies was decided; Fort Frederica, the colonial town and fort settled by General James Edward Oglethorpe; and Retreat Plantation, where relics from the slavery era still exist. We speak SOUTHERN! The St. Simons Trolley tour is one of the most acclaimed in the South. To enjoy the island in true southern fashion, join us on the St. Simons Trolley. You will truly enjoy the entertaining and informative narrative of 400 years of island history and folklore as you ride along in the newly refurbished, original, vintage Green Trolley. We also point out the best places to eat, shop, and play. It's the perfect way to see and experience island life, while getting a good overview of the entire island. less
Attraction type: Tramways; Bus Tours
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St. Simons Lighthouse Museum
St. Simons Lighthouse Museum
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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NANCY
NANCY
Price: $30 - $50
Cuisines: American, Soups
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Georgia Sea Grill
Georgia Sea Grill
Price:
Cuisines: American, Seafood, International
Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Sal's Neighborhood Pizzeria
Sal's Neighborhood Pizzeria
Price: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Southern Soul Barbeque
Southern Soul Barbeque
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
Good for: Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Palmer's Village Cafe
Palmer's Village Cafe
Price: $10 - $20
Cuisines: American, Cafe
Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Jekyll Island
2.0 of 5
Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Jekyll Island
$89 - $156
Ranked #6 of 9 Hotels in Jekyll Island
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Villas by the Sea Resort & Conference Center
3.0 of 5
Villas by the Sea Resort & Conference Center
$114 - $209
Ranked #7 of 9 Hotels in Jekyll Island
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Comfort Suites Brunswick
2.5 of 5
Comfort Suites Brunswick
$93 - $141
Ranked #9 of 36 Hotels in Brunswick
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Home2 Suites by Hilton St. Simons Island
2.5 of 5
Home2 Suites by Hilton St. Simons Island
$136 - $248
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Ocean Lodge
4.0 of 5
Ocean Lodge
$182 - $405
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Village Inn and Pub
3.0 of 5
Village Inn and Pub
$172 - $198
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

The Sea Gate Inn
4.0 of 5
The Sea Gate Inn
$158 - $327
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The Grey Owl Inn
4.0 of 5
The Grey Owl Inn
$210 - $341
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Additional nearby recommended accommodations:

The Cloister at Sea Island
5.0 of 5
The Cloister at Sea Island
$388 - $798
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sea Island
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.