Free Things to Do in St Simons Island

With so much to see and do in St. Simons Island, it can be hard to decide where to go and what to do in your time there. From historical landmarks, family-friendly attractions, to pure fun entertainment the options are endless. There are plenty of things to occupy your time on St. Simons Island, however, the Golden Isles or 4 barrier islands off the coast of Georgia also have many things to do. If you are searching for a few unique things to do to make you feel like a true local in Saint Simons Island, we’ve got you covered. Most importantly, everything we will mention is completely free. So, here is our list of free things to do in St. Simons Island.

Christ Church

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The Christ Church is an Episcopal church that started its mission in 1736. The grounds and their faith is historic, built upon the foundations laid by their ancestors on the island and the host of saints who has come before them. They combine the ancient way of Christ’s followers with the modern needs and experiences of today’s people. It is not only a historical landmark, but it also has one of the most beautiful gardens on the island. The services are open to the general public and everyone is welcome

Address: 6329 Frederica Rd. St. Simons Island, GA 31522

Fort Frederica National Monument

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Enjoy a guided tour by a costumed park ranger as you see and learn about the monument. You will see a movie about the history of the fort as well as their work with the local elementary schools. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the water and Spanish moss that covers the live oaks surrounding the area. If you are someone who prefers exploring on your own, no worries you can also take a self-guided tour so you can set your own pace.

Address:  6515 Frederica Rd, St Simons, GA 31522

Tree Spirits

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In the 1980s a local artist started carving tree spirits into live oaks around town. These tree spirits still remain intact today. In fact, they have started to add more around the island. You can take a nice walk around the city to find them all or you can even do a scavenger hunt to see who can find them all first. You can locate a map of the city as well as a scavenger hunt clue book at the welcome center. Be careful as you are searching for the spirits, as some are on private property.

Driftwood Beach

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Located on the north side of Jekyll Island, Driftwood Beach is the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy some serene family time. It is the perfect place for family photos, engagement photos, or just the classic candid photo of the whole family. The beach extends for the Clam Creek Picnic Area to the Villas By The Sea Resort. Observe the wildlife over the bridge where you will also find two access points along North Beachview Drive. Not only is it one of the only beaches full driftwoods on the sand, but it is also a great place to go for birding, biking, or even hiking year-round.

address: South Of North Loop Trail On N. Beachview Drive Jekyll Island, GA 31527

Cannon’s Point Preserve

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Enjoy a 600-acre park of the maritime forest. The park features wild native species and six miles of marsh upland interface. It is linked to the Altamaha River delta which is one of the most biologically rich systems and considered by the Nature Conservancy as a coastal area of the highest priority. There are many programs that have stated here and there are many more to come. Including outdoor activities like kayaking and much more.

Address:  Golden Isles CVB 529 Beachview Drive St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522

Massengale Park 

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Enjoy a shaded picnic area and playground, located along Ocean Blvd on St. Simons ISland and a beach access point to East Beach. This park is the perfect place for a family gathering or family reunion as it offers public restrooms, outdoor showers, a playground, and 4 grills. There are a ton of fun things you can do while at the park from playing on the beach to relaxing and enjoying time with your family.

Address:  1350 Ocean Blvd. St. Simons Island, GA 31522

No matter what you decide to do on St. Simons Island you will have a great time. From visiting historic sites to horseback riding and trolley tours there is plenty to do on St. Simons Island.  If you were interested in taking a day trip you can also check out other surrounding areas like Brunswick, Sea Island, and Savannah. The Georgia coast is full of great surprises. We hope to see you soon on the island.