St. Simons Island
The largest barrier island in the Golden Isles, St. Simons Island lies across the immortalized Marshes of Glynn, made famous by poet Sidney Lanier. Moss-draped oaks line the winding island streets, creating a picture-perfect image worthy of a Faulkner tale.
The island’s villages offer a charming and unique selection of shops, breathtaking beaches, fascinating museums, and challenging golf courses. St. Simons Island also hosts unforgettable events and is home to a variety of arenas for outdoor adventure, with plenty of things to do like kayaking, fishing, biking, and tours.
You'll also find exceptional restaurants throughout the island that will give you a true taste of St. Simons. A variety of accommodations—from friendly inns to luxurious resorts—round out the island’s warm welcome, giving it the claims to fame that have attracted vacationers and groups for generations.
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St. Simons Island History
St. Simons Island is dotted with exceptional historic sites and attractions, from the St. Simons Lighthouse Museum—a working lighthouse built in 1872—to the Bloody Marsh Battle Site, where, in July 1742, British and Scottish soldiers protecting colonial Georgia defeated a larger Spanish force in a battle that helped end Spanish incursions outside Florida.
On the island's north end, Cannon's Point Preserve is not to be missed. This visitor favorite contains shell rings and middens dating back to 2500 BCE. Fort Frederica National Monument, which preserves archeological remnants of the local British colony and its defense against Spain, and historic Christ Church, Frederica—one of the oldest churches in Georgia, with worship held continuously since 1736—are also located on the island’s north end. History buff or not, you won't want to miss Christ Church's picturesque and somewhat haunting grounds.
Learn more about St. Simons Island's rich history.
Where to Eat in St. Simons Island
St. Simons Island offers a variety of dining options from fine dining to casual outdoor fare. Some of our favorite things to eat on the island? Fresh oysters, handmade pizza, award-winning barbecue, and locally-caught seafood—just to name a few. Stop by Barbara Jean's for signature crab cakes, grab a glass of vino at Georgia Sea Grill's wine bar, or bring the kids to enjoy some live music and casual fare at Gnat's Landing.
No matter what type of food you are looking for, St. Simons Island has a restaurant for it! Find your favorite restaurant on St. Simons Island.
Dog-Friendly Beaches and Parks
Bring your four-legged friends along on your trip to St. Simons Island. The area is home to a variety of pet-friendly activities. Fido will love to play frisbee at Frederica Park's dog park or jump in the gentle waves at East Beach. Other outdoor attractions, like Gould's Inlet, are also dog-friendly.