The longest stop on our Georgia Road Trip were three days on St Simons Island, just miles from Brunswick. After our brief stop in Savannah, we headed straight South to Brunswick. There we picked up Dad for the weekend and headed to the beach. Even in January - this is a delightful destination. Beaches, golf, restaurants, and more - there is something for everyone on St Simons Island.
STAY. The King & Prince Beach and Golf Resort
We spent several nights in this resort. The rooms were spacious. We had a three bedroom villa, which I would call a condo. It had plenty of space for the five of us to play, eat, and sleep. The hotel itself has plenty of ammenities. Being a summer resort, visiting in January had several disadvantages however;
1. there is only one heated pool and all of the pools are outside.
2. there was construction going on in the stairwells during our visit. We would have at least expected some notice about this.
In general, however, we enjoyed the hotel. The beach was lovely (read here about how we enjoyed it even in Winter), the heated pool was enjoyed by my kids, and the view can't be beat.
Living space in our condo.
View from our porch.
Main heated pool.
Palm Coast Cafe
We loved this place for breakfast and lunch. Delicious food, good service, and enjoyed sitting outside on the patio.
The Crab Trap
Seafood is kind of a must on an island and this place had good food and great service.
St Simons Sweets
If you are looking for any kind of treat, St Simons Sweets has it. You will literally be a kid in a candy store.
St Simons Lighthouse
The Lighthouse Museum and Maritime Center are included in the price. We only had time for the Lighthouse portion. The Lighthouse campus includes the Heritage Center where you purchase tickets. It also holds the theater and museum store. After a quick intro video which is brief enough for 3 year olds, we headed to the Lightkeeper's Dwelling. It is a two-story Victorian age structure that serves as the museum portion. It has interesting information about the lighthouse and area downstairs and restored model rooms upstairs. My kids were more interested in this portion, especially the children's bedroom. Then we climbed the 129 steps to the top of the lighthouse. It was a bit of a climb, but very doable for the little legs. The amazing panoramic views of the coast and island were worth the climb.
This is right next door to the Lighthouse Museum and Neptune Fun Zone. The Fun Zone splash area is only open in warmer months, but the kids had fun on the playground and then we walked out on the pier. Despite the climb, they still needed to get out some energy after our visit to the Lighthouse Museum and this was a convenient and lovely way to accomplish this task.
Georgia Sea Turtle Center
We loved the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. I'm going to share more about our visit next week, but it should definitely be on your list.
If we went again, I would love to go back in summer. With the beach a few steps from our door that is probably where I would spend most of our time, however there were a few other things that looked like fun that we didn't get to on our trip.
*The Neptune Fun Zone Pool looks like a lot of fun.
*Explore Jekyll Island more. A bike ride and more time at the beach are on the list.
Back at Home:
Swimming and the beach were the highlight of our time on St Simons Island. Here are some fun water and beach activities for home.
*5 Ways to Explore Sandbox
*Mirror Painting with Shades of Blue
*Sink or Float Rings
*Have a Beach Party
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