Saint Simons Island Things to Do

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    King & Prince Golf Course - Great Course

    by charlenemixa Written Jun 11, 2014

    Enjoyed this well maintained golf course. Recently renovated when we played it. Warm friendly staff, beautiful course through the oaks and several holes over the marsh to add extra challenge.

    It’s golf at the newly restored and renamed King and Prince Golf Course, Home of the Hampton Club. The course is in excellent condition with challenges for golfers of any level. The front nine is along tree-line fairways with water on some holes. The back nine adds spectacular marsh-framed island holes that are both scenic and unique. No. 14 a Par-5 has challenges of marsh to carry and water protecting part of the sloping green. The S-shaped fairway requires paying close attention to the hole-layout. After golf we have a very good lunch at the Clubhouse and are ready for sightseeing.

    We played the course many years ago and thoroughly enjoyed playing it again.

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    Beach relaxing is the thing to do

    by BruceDunning Updated Jul 4, 2011

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    Besides some other events on the island, most people come to the beach to get into the sand. The beaches are not as crowded as other places and Brunswick is close by for other activities. Find a home to rent, or a condo. It is what most people do. The current is slow and peaceful and the water clean

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    Maps of the area-Layout

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 8, 2011

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    Layout of the island and lighthouse
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    I always find that maps for initial searching of things to see/do on VT are helpful, so a person can get the "layout" of the terrain and know where to look for items described. So here is one and a description of what is on the island from the St. Simons CAuseway, called F. J. Torras bridge coming off of Hwy 17.

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    Shopping at boutique stores

    by BruceDunning Written Jun 7, 2011

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    There are a few places that have old time setting of row shops as compared to the new retail strip centers on the island. We went to the Mallery St. shops and enjoyed a stroll along there to the water's edge. It is at the south end of the island, just of Kings Way. Signs are good to direct you there

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    Cloister on Sea Island

    by BruceDunning Written Jun 7, 2011

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    NOTE-access is only available to members and guests, and need confirmation at the guard gate. We have a former brother in law who has a home for the last 30 years, and his sons have three homes. No we were not invited to stay in any.

    The Cloister was built in 1928 for discerning guests who came south to enjoy the winter months, and could afford the steep room rates. The feel of that early 1900's era is still preserved, and the design by architect Addison Mizner is reknowned.

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    Sea Island

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 7, 2011

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    This is by far the exclusive island on the southeastern coast. Average home prices are $2 million, and there are about 350 total homes besides the Cloister complex that has motel room rates of $500-1,500 a nite. Not for the moderate majority. It is a nice place to drive through and see the homes, while visiting the Cloister, and maybe taking in a lunch, but access to beaches and marsh is not available.

    NOTE-access is only available to members and guests, and need confirmation at the guard gate. We have a former brother in law who has a home for the last 30 years, and his sons have three homes. No we were not invited to stay in any.

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    Maritme Museum & Coast Guard Station

    by BruceDunning Written Jun 7, 2011

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    We wanted to access this museum since it was described as having a lot of interesting pieces of Coast Guard history in there, and the importance of seafaring days. This was a coast Guard Station before and after WWII. Seven galleries depict to history and has exhibits of old times. Unfortunately it was closed, even though indicates on literature and sign out front it was to be open. Suggestion is call to make sure the trip is worth it. It is to be open Mon-Sat 10-5, and Sunday 1:30-5 -NOT. Admission fee is $5

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    Fort Federica and village

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 7, 2011

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    This is a great exhibition at the north end of the island. It features a nice a small exhibit inside the visitor center, and a short film. The fort remnants have been preserved from the construction of 1742. There is a very nice layout with plaques describing who lived in what house, and parts of the old fort and gate entrances. A great deal of archaeological digging was performed to identify the families living here, and find the sites in the village grid maps. Gen James Oglethorpe was founded and laid out in 1736. The descriptions of the trades performed by each resident was intently informative, and depicts what jobs need to be done each day in order to survive and thrive as a community. There were around 500 residents relocated here to eek out a new life, using trades learned back in Europe. They were granted one of 84 lots to build a house, ,and 50 acres of land to grow crops. Many of the houses foundations have been excavated to show the layouts. The whole town was surrounded by a moat 10 feet deep, that covered one square mile. There were usually 250-300 soldiers in the fort, and there was a lot of trading with Indians located in the area. By around 1760, the town was mostly vacated because the soldiers had left in 1749, and there was little trade to keep townspeople with money to live.
    The visitor center is open 8:30-5 daily, and NPS entry fee is $3 each, or get a parks pass.

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    St. Simons Lighthouse/Museum

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 7, 2011

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    This is a very well preserved lighthouse that was the second built on the site in 1872. It is 104 feet high, and there are 129 steps to the top for the great views of St. Simons. Next to it was the lighthouse keeper's home. The first lighthouse built in 1804 was 75 feet high and there also was a keeper's home next to it. It was destroyed in 1862, so Union soldiers would not occupy it during the Civil War. Today's keeper's home for the lighthouse has a small, but interesting history pictoral. The lighthouse was used until 1960, when it was turned over to Dept of Interior, and in 2004, the state of Georgia got the site.

    Adjacent is a visitor center and gift shop, which is open 10-5 Monday-Saturday, and 1:30-5 Sunday. The lighthouse entry fee is $5

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  • Golf Cart tour around the St Simons Island

    by ambassador2 Updated Jul 16, 2010

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    While planning our vacation to St Simons Island, in coastal Georgia, we found information on the internet about golf cart rentals on the island and after looking at other activity costs for family fun that would just last a couple hours; we decided to reserve a cart for a day. It was a no brainer because we saved a bundle on our entire family fun. So much so, that we rented another one for a couple more days! The company we found was High Tide Carts. They were very friendly and accommodating. They have great looking carts and they ride much faster than on a golf course. We saw them on the roads everywhere we went.
    We cruised around the island going to the beach, seeing the sites, going to dinner, shopping and generally enjoying all the beautifully live oak canopied streets on the island everywhere.
    I would highly recommend this mode of island transportation. It was the highlight of our family trip.
    PS: It's a real good idea to reserve before you get there because this is a very popular thing to do.

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    Saint Simon's Lighthouse

    by grandmaR Updated Dec 10, 2009

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    This second (1872) lighthouse is a round brick tower painted white which was designed by Charles Cluskey and erected near the original 1810 station. Cluskey was a very prominent architect who assisted in the renovation of the U.S. Capitol. The stagnant water in the area caused a severe malaria outbreak in 1871, which claimed the lives of many of the builders, including Cluskey, who never saw the completion of his tower. It is an active lighthouse with the original 3rd order Fresnel lens - the light is at 104 ft with a continuous white light with a more intense flash every 60 seconds. In addition to the Keeper's house, there is a brick oil house (1890) and a Victorian gazebo on the grounds. Photos 2 through 5 show the gazebo in front of the lighthouse.

    This lighthouse replaced a 75 ft early federal octagonal lighthouse built which was destroyed during the Civil War. In 1972, the lighthouse and keeper's house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The tower was restored in 1989-91 and again in 1997-98. On 26 May 2004, ownership of the lighthouse was transferred to the Coastal Georgia Historical Society under NHLPA. St. Simons Lighthouse has total accessibility. Although I didn't climb it, because I wasn't able to do the 129 cast-iron steps of the tower, I understand that at the top there is an exquisite view of the shoreline and horizon. The tower is open for climbing every day except the major holidays.

    Hours of Operation
    Monday thru Saturday 10a.m. - 5p.m.
    Sunday 1:30p.m. - 5p.m.

    The Lighthouse closes at 4:45p.m. every day. The last climb to the top of the tower is at 4:30p.m. Please allow 30-45 minutes for a complete tour of the Museum and Lighthouse.

    Admissions
    St. Simons Island Lighthouse Museum
    $6.00 Adult (over 12 years of age)
    $3.00 Children (6-12 years of age
    Five and Under Free

    There are ghost stories about the lighthouse - from Lighthouse Ratings

    In March 1880, the lighthouse received its most notorious story and legend. John Stevens, an assistant keeper at the lighthouse, got into an argument with the head keeper, Frederick Osborne. The outcome was that Stevens killed Osborne.

    A primary legend states that Stevens' growing affection for Osborne's wife started the argument, as all three lived in the same residence.

    A second legend says the murder resulting from an argument that stemmed from Osborne's criticism of Stevens' efforts cleaning the lighthouse lens.

    With either story, as tempers flared gunshots went off. Stevens was arrested for killing Osborne. He was acquitted for the crime quite quickly, as some say he was aided by an oncoming storm in which a light keeper was very much needed.

    To this day legend has it that Frederick Osborne's footsteps can be heard climbing the tower at night to check on his lens. Several light keepers' wives have heard these footsteps over the years.

    St. Simons Island has become synonymous with author Eugenia Price. In her works, Price features a historic trilogy of literature about St. Simons Island (The Lighthouse, New Moon Rising and The Beloved Invader), which all emphasize the beauty and history of this southern island. Price's first book, The Lighthouse, is said to be based on St. Simons' first lighthouse keeper, James Gould.

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    cassina garden club houses

    by doug48 Updated Oct 22, 2008

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    slave house

    pictured is one of two slave quarters on the site of the james hamilton plantation. located on gascoigne bluff. the hamiltion plantation was developed in 1793. in 1931 these houses were given to the cassina garden club. these tabby houses are listed on the national register of historic places. an interesting site to visit to see a relic of georgia's pre civil war past.

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    maritime museum

    by doug48 Updated Oct 22, 2008

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    old coast guard station

    the st. simons maritime museum is located in the historic 1937 coast guard station on the east (ocean) side of the island. the museum is open mon-sat 10am-5pm and 1:30pm to 5pm sundays. this small museum has exhibits on georgia coastal history.

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    st. simons lighthouse

    by doug48 Written Oct 22, 2008

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    st. simons lighthouse

    pictured is the st. simons lighthouse and museum. the first st. simons lighthouse was built in 1815. over the years there were several lighthouses on this site. the lighthouse you see today was built in 1872 after the previous lighthouse was destroyed during the civil war. at the base of the lighthouse is the museum of coastal history. for a fee you can visit the museum and walk up to the top of the lighthouse.

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    wesley garden

    by doug48 Written Oct 22, 2008

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    wesley garden

    located across the street from christ church is the wesley garden. the focal point of the garden is a large celtic cross. the best time to visit wesley garden is in late march or early april when the azaleas are in full bloom.

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