Explore St. Simons Island, GA on Your Next Vacation

If you’re planning a stay in one of our Jekyll Island rentals, consider taking a day trip over to St. Simons Island, GA! This island is just a short trip away and offers tons to see and do, no matter what you and your family are interested in. From history buffs to nature lovers, everyone will find a new favorite attraction on the shores of St. Simons Island. Read on to discover some of the island’s main sights so you’ll be prepared before you visit!

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The Lighthouse

The St. Simons Island Lighthouse was originally constructed in 1810. It was later destroyed by. Confederate forces during the Civil War in 1861 and was replaced in 1872. It still stands tall today (one of only five surviving light towers in the state) and serves as one of the area’s most popular tourist attractions! 

Guests can climb the 129 steps to get up to the top and see a stunning view of Brunswick on the mainland and nearby Jekyll Island. You can also head into the Lighthouse Museum to check out the exhibits that outline the history of the island and its lighthouse.

Tree Spirits

Never heard of a tree spirit before? That’s okay; this attraction is unique to St. Simons Island. During the 1980s, artist Keith Jennings wanted to make his mark on the island and decided to carve approximately 20 faces into the oak trees. Each of the faces took between two and four days to complete and is totally unique, having been hand-carved by Jennings himself. 

They’re now referred to as the tree spirits of St. Simons Island since they each appear to have their own expressions and personality, and legend has it that the images are meant to immortalize the sailors that passed away at sea. Tree spirits are located all throughout the island, so keep your eyes open!

Hamilton Plantation and Gascoigne Bluff

Those who love history won’t want to miss a trip to Hamilton Plantation. This attraction has two slave cabins that were built before 1833 and still stand today. You can walk through the cabins and explore the rest of the plantation to get a glimpse into what life was like in the antebellum South. 

Plan Your Next Vacation

Once you’ve had your fun for the day, you might find you don’t want to leave! Luckily, Parker-Kaufman has incredible St. Simons Island rentals for those who want to make themselves at home on this stunning section of Georgia shoreline. Contact us today to learn more and to get started planning your trip! 

Near Hamilton Plantation, you’ll also find Gascoigne Bluff, considered the first landing area for ships entering the harbor in the early years of our country. This area is especially important as it provided timbers for the U.S.S. Constitution, better known as “Old Ironsides,” as well as the Brooklyn Bridge! Guests can also enjoy the fishing pier, dock, disc golf course, fitness trail, and other amenities.

Fort Frederica National Monument

Fort Frederica was established in 1736 by James Oglethorpe. The village quickly grew to a population of more than 500 people, but an unfortunate circumstance brought this flourish to a halt. In 1742, British and Spanish forces met here for the Battle of Bloody Marsh, and much of the town was destroyed. Today, guests can enter Fort Frederica National Monument for free to witness the remnants of Frederica and learn more about this vital battle. You can also participate in a ranger-led tour to see more about what life was like back then.