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Review of Saint Simons Colonial Island Trolley Tours

Saint Simons Colonial Island Trolley Tours
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Serving Glynn County since 2011, take a fun historic tour on "William of Orange" the only air conditioned and wheelchair accessible trolley on the island that is locally owned and operated. Visit more of the island and hear more of the history in a 90 minute tour. We go everywhere the other tours go and also into areas the other tours don't take you to share more of the history of the island. Boarding times are 10am and 12pm daily (10am boarding only on Sundays). Open 7 days a week. We board in Pier Village at the end of Mallery St by the blue Sunbrellas right next to the Pier on the very south end of the island.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator
North Carolina
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62 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Ten Stars!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2013

Captain Rod is so personable and informative. We called first to ensure wheelchair accessibility since we couldn't see an example of that on the website and that was a factor in us choosing this tour. The William of Orange has an elevator lift that raises the wheelchair and occupant right into the bus. Special wheelchair tie-downs lock the wheelchair into place once loaded onto the bus. We were waiting when "William" pulled into the pickup spot and Captain Rod greeted us like old friends. He stood with us and shared extra tidbits of island info while the 1/2 hour loading time passed. If you want to take the 12 o'clock tour and you suddenly realize it's 12:15pm, no worries...there is a 1/2 hour loading time after the tour start time. So the trolley doesn't actually depart until 12:30pm.

This outfit has been operating for less than one year (as of Dec 2013), but there is nothing "newbie" about them. Rod is very well informed and makes the history of the island come alive. I can't wait to go back to some of the spots he pointed out to us and explore on our own.

As a matter of interest, when I first called Captain Rod, I also asked whether they accepted credit cards. They do. You will incur a very small credit card fee on one of your party's tickets ($3 as of Dec 2013). In other words, a party of four would have a credit card charge of $83 rather than $80 if paid in cash. Well worth the convenience though we were able to access our bank on-island and get cash for no ATM charge.

Thank you Captain Rod for providing an activity that was friendly for all members of our family.

Visited December 2013
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Chester, Virginia
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20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Awesome Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2013

My husband and I took this tour and loved it. Very entertaining and well worth the money. We learned so much about the island. Captain Rod was great. Add this to your list of things to do when visiting the island.

Visited November 2013
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2 Thank Pat O
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Kennesaw
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Enjoyed this tour very much-worth every penny”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2013

I had seen this tour on Tripadvisor and saw the excellent reviews so I mentioned it to my travelling companions, at first they were a little taken aback by the price, but I assured them that the reviews on tripadvisor were very good and that is was an historical tour as well as a sightseeing tour. So they said ok they would try it. My entire party was very happy we did, they really enjoyed it. After the tour, we felt like we knew more about St Simon's island than anybody else. Capt Rod the tour guy was excellent, he was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable that we couldn't help but learn something from him. Because of this tour, we now want to return to St Simon's Island and explore all the sights he took us too on our own. If you go to St. Simons be sure to take this tour.

Visited November 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great tour - time well spent!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2013

If you want a comprehensive, historical, impressionable tour of Saint Simons, this is definitely the tour to take! Captain Rod's enthusiasm and knowledge of the island was incredible. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to have a deep appreciation of the history and natural beauty of Saint Simons.

Visited October 2013
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Kansas City
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62 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great Tour with lots of historical information and great tour guide”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013

Rod was very informative and entertaining. We had a great time and learned a lot about St. Simons and its history. If you want to learn about St. Simons, this is the tour to take!

Visited November 2013
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