If you’re looking for a great family escape this summer, consider St. Simon’s Island along the Georgia coast. St. Simon’s is part of the Golden Isle of Georgia and offers lots of family friendly entertainment, in addition to the beach, that won’t break the bank. Here are five things to do near the St. Simon’s Island Village.
1. Crab or fish off the St. Simon’s Island Pier
Crabbing has always been on my son’s to do list when we go to St. Simon’s. We still haven’t figured out the best time to catch the crabs, but the boys love to lower the net and get excited when they catch anything.
There are always serious fishermen around and it’s just fun to walk along the pier and see what everyone else has caught. We’ve spied hammerhead sharks, horseshoe crabs, rays and lots of different fish.
2. Get your playground on
Right outside the pool is a new playground that offers lots of different structures. There is also a large lawn perfect for throwing a football or just relaxing in one of the giant live oaks. Tables under the oaks make it a great spot for a picnic lunch.
St. Simon’s has a brand new public swimming pool right next to the Downtown Village and right off the ocean. There is a zero entry for the little ones, a deep end for diving and a water play structure. A snack bar is conveniently located to the pool for treats or lunch.
4. Play some mini-golf
On the other side of the swimming pool is a brand new miniature golf course. It’s not the traditional mini golf with the windmill and other obstacles, but more of a smaller version of the Island’s standard golf courses. If you prefer a course with a windmill obstacle, head to nearby Jekyll Island.
5. Ride bikes
St. Simon’s Island has miles of bike paths and is a fantastic place to ride around. There are paths that wind around the airport where you can watch planes taking off and landing over your head, through the village and along the entire length of Frederica Road.
At low tide the beach has hard packed sand, so if it isn’t too crowded, you can also ride your bike along the beach and then wind up along the paths that go through the marshes of East Beach.
Sue Rodman is the publisher of Field Trips with Sue, an award-winning blog about things to do in Atlanta with kids.