What to Do As a Solo Traveler on St. Simons Island

St. Simon’s Island welcomes you! The sea air, pristine beaches, and marshlands beckon to every traveler to relax, refresh and renew body and spirit. There are times when solitude is just what you’re looking for in a vacation, and you’ll find plenty of that on St. Simon’s Island.

But traveling alone doesn’t have to mean seclusion. There are things to see and do galore in this jewel of the Golden Isles, and no shortage of St. Simon’s Island solo activities for the single traveler to enjoy during their stay!

Make Island Time Your Time

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As soon as you step off the mainland, you’re in another time zone. We call it Island Time! If getting away from it all is what you crave, a trip to St. Simons Island is like leaving the rest of the world behind. Take in the wonder of nature, and feel instantly rejuvenated in utterly peaceful surroundings.

Once you’ve settled in, explore the island vibe even deeper with a trip to Little St. Simons Island, just a short boat ride away. Enjoy the full experience with an overnight stay in a charming cottage or lodge accommodations on Little St. Simons.

Follow trails on foot or by bike to emerge on a secluded, seven-mile-long beach where Spanish moss sways gently in the ocean breeze, and the sounds of wildlife serenade you.

Your Beach to Walk On

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One of the unmissable St. Simons Island solo activities is to stroll along the island shores in the early morning. You can almost feel time standing still and imagine yourself as the only person in the world. With the day ahead to do as you please, explore the beaches on your own schedule.

At low tide, it’s a perfect time to go shelling and find a treasure trove of Sand Dollars, Moon Snails, and Coquina Shells. While you may take these sea souvenirs home with you, be sure to return any living shell creatures to the sea.

Biking, Hiking, Riding, Paddling

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When you want to get active, there are many action-filled St. Simons Island solo activities to do. Rent a bike at Island Bicycle and wheel away on 20 miles of bike trails. Rent a kayak or paddleboard and explore the sandbars and marshes. You may even spot a sea turtle!

A trip to the Golden Isles wouldn’t be complete without a horseback ride on the beach! Find guided horseback tours right on the beach or explore further inland at Frederica Stables.


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Set aside some time to explore the many boutiques and markets St. Simons Island has to offer. Visit the popular Pier Village and Redfern Village shopping districts, where you’ll find hand-crafted jewelry and body care, locally grown flowers, and food products.

Take home one-of-a-kind artwork to remember your trip. Visit Shops at Sea Island shopping center and the adjacent Market Street Shops to discover designer clothing boutiques, bookstores, and many other specialty shops.

Step Into History

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A rich and storied past belongs to St. Simons Island. Many historic sites and museums are enjoyed solo or as part of a tour group if you choose.

Admire the grandeur of painstakingly restored 18th-century homes and churches or the stoicism of historic forts and battle sites. These fascinating excursions into yesteryear are some of the most engaging and educational of St. Simons Island solo activities are not to be missed!

Get Artsy

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Unleash your creative side with a takeaway, paint-your-own-pottery kit, or drop-in pottery painting and art classes (when available) at The Tinted Tide. Browse the work of local artisans at numerous galleries and boutiques on the island, and take home a piece of St Simons Island artistry.

See the Light with a Lighthouse Tour

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St. Simons Lighthouse Museum provides a fascinating glimpse into the seafaring history of the Georgia Coast. While only five Georgia light towers survive today, The St. Simons lighthouse still casts its powerful beam more than 23 miles seaward to guide ships into St. Simons Sound. Take the 128-step climb to the top for an unforgettable view.

Bounty of the Sea

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From its place overlooking the ocean, St. Simons Island naturally offers an incredible and mouth-watering array of seafood choices for your dining pleasure.

While you’ll have no trouble finding a top-notch burger or steak on the island, nothing is more memorable or satisfying than feasting on daily-caught, freshly prepared seafood. Whether you fancy casual take-out or a fine dining experience, you’ll find it all here on St. Simons Island.