St. Simons in June: What to Expect

While St. Simons Island is beautiful year-round, this Georgia barrier island really shows off during the summer months. Saint Simons Island is the largest of the Golden Isles, a string of islands off Coastal Georgia that include Sea Island, Jekyll Island, Brunswick, and St. Simons Island. It is known for its long stretch of beaches, beautiful natural scenery, and charming small-town feel.

June is the perfect time to book your Lighthouse Vacation rental and enjoy all that St. Simons has to offer. Between sunny beach days, family-friendly outdoor activities, and lounging under the live oaks, you won’t run out of things to do on your June trip to the Georgia coast. We’ve put together everything you need to know to have the ultimate summer St. Simons Island getaway.

Getting to St. Simons Island

St. Simons Island is conveniently located one hour north of Jacksonville, Florida and one hour south of Savannah, Georgia. The closest city to the barrier island is Brunswick, a quick 15 minutes from St. Simons.

Once in St. Simons Island, visitors can explore the island by car, bike, or foot. The island contains more than 20 miles of paved bike path, making this an easy and fun way to get from one activity to the next. For those using vehicles, free parking lots are available at each of the public beach access points. There are also plenty of walking opportunities, including Pier Village, where you can enjoy the beach, restaurants, and shops all in the same area.

June Weather on St. Simons Island

June offers the epitome of perfect beach weather: not too hot and not too cold. The average temperatures range from the high 80s during the day to the low 70s at night. Expect plenty of sunshine on these long, warm days.

By June, the ocean water has warmed up, making it the perfect time to take advantage of all of the island’s water activities.

June Activities in St. Simons Island

Enjoy St. Simons Island Beaches

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If you’re visiting St. Simons Island in June, chances are you picture lots of beach days on your trip. Lucky for you, the island is home to a long stretch of beautiful beaches.

East Beach is the most popular beach on the island. Known for its tall dunes, hard-packed sand, and natural scenery, East Beach is the perfect spot for the whole family to enjoy a beach day. The beach has three main access points:

  • Historic Coast Guard Station: 4100 First St. Simons Island, GA
  • Massengale Park: 1350 Ocean Blvd.St. Simons Island, GA
  • Gould’s Inlet: Fifteenth Street, Bruce Drive, St. Simons Island, GA

East Beach is perfect for shelling, bird-watching, water activities, or a relaxing day lounging in the sun. Check out Barry’s Beach Service to rent umbrellas, chairs, paddleboards, kayaks, and more.

Visit the St. Simons Island Lighthouse Museum

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The St. Simons Island Lighthouse Museum is a coastal historic site located in Pier Village.

The lighthouse is one of five remaining lighthouses in Georgia and is still used as an active navigation aid for ships arriving on St. Simons Island. At the top of the island, you can experience panoramic views of the coast, including surrounding barrier islands.

The St. Simons Lighthouse Museum pays homage to the lighthouse’s history. Take a tour through the museum and explore the rare artifacts and educational exhibits honoring the history of Coastal Georgia.

Admission at the time of publication is $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 6 to 12. The museum is open daily.

Play a Round of Golf

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People come from all over to play at one of the many golf courses on St. Simons Island. Whether you’re looking to play under mature live oaks or along beachside dunes, St. Simons offers unique and stunning courses that fit all experience levels.

Favorite local courses include The King and Prince Golf Course and Sea Palms Golf Club. Home to the RSM Classic each year, Sea Island Golf Club is another popular nearby course. This golf resort course requires you to be a member to play. And if you’re looking for some putt-putt fun that the whole family can enjoy, be sure to check out Neptune Park’s Fun Zone, featuring an 18-hole miniature golf course.

Bike to Local Historic Sites

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June is the perfect time to take advantage of St. Simons Island’s bike paths, highlighting the many local historic sites along the way.

Start at Christ Church, the famous church where the Wesley brothers first preached before returning to England to start the Methodist denomination. Built in 1820, Christ Church remains a vibrant part of the local community and a historic site on weekdays.

Right next to Christ Church is Fort Frederica National Monument, established in 1736 by James Oglethorpe to protect the southern boundary of Georgia. This famous historic site is open daily, and admission is free.

Pro Tip: If you prefer not to bike, check out St. Simons Island Trolley Tours, which take you through many parts of the island, including both of these historic sites.

Explore Cannon’s Point Preserve

Cannon’s Point Preserve is a 608-acre green space at the Northern tip of St. Simons Island that is open to the public. The preservation is home to six miles of marshland, a mature maritime forest, and a host of native wildlife. Here, you’ll have the chance to see birds, fish, oysters, and more.

Cannon’s Point Preserve connects to the Lower Altamaha River, one of the most biologically rich systems in the world. Spend a day at Cannon’s Point Preserve, and you’ll get a sense of the unique natural landscape that makes up St. Simons Island. Enjoy hiking or biking throughout the local trails, or spend the day kayaking or canoeing on the water.

Go Searching for Tree Spirits

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Everywhere you turn, St. Simons Island is covered in ancient live oaks. But look closely, and you might discover something pretty unique about these hundred-year-old oak trees.

During the 1980s, Keith Jennings, a skilled craftsman, carved intricate faces in the trunk of live oaks all around St. Simons Island. Named “Tree Spirits,” these carvings represent sailors lost at sea. While some of the live oaks are on private property, many are scattered around public parts of the island. There are 20 or so Tree Spirits just waiting to be discovered by you. Go on a scavenger hunt and see how many you can find!

June 2024 Events on St. Simons Island

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Georgia Sea Island Festival

  • Date: June
  • Location: TBD

A tradition for over 30 years, the Georgia Sea Islands Festival celebrates African-American arts, music, and food with an emphasis on Coastal Georgia culture. This two-day event attracts visitors from around the world.

Crafts in the Village

  • Dates: Mid June
  • Location: 530 Beachview Dr., St. Simons Island, GA

Located in Postell Park in Pier Village, Crafts in the Village is a vendor market featuring local art, homemade goods, pottery, furniture, jewelry, and more. The event takes place on select weekends throughout the summer. With over 70 artists participating, it’s a great time to stock up on local souvenirs.

Enjoy Your June Getaway to St. Simons Island

June is the perfect time to explore all that St. Simons Island has to offer. Of course, it’s the best weather for enjoying a day of water sports or relaxing at the beach.

But beyond the beach, visitors can enjoy a host of other adventures, from golfing to exploring nature preserves to touring historic sites. No matter what your ideal vacation entails, staying at Lighthouse Vacations rentals gives you everything you need for an unforgettable getaway.