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A.W. Jones Heritage Center
The A.W. Jones Heritage Center officially opened in April 2008. The 10,000 square foot center includes an entrance gallery, wonderful museum shop and a 1,400 square foot event hall which is available for rent. The second floor includes the Society’s administrative offices, a research library and the Society’s vast collection of objects, artifacts and archival materials from hundreds of years of coastal Georgia history. The A.W. Jones Heritage Center offers a large selection of collectibles, keepsakes and gifts for every member of your family. Carefully selected to enhance your museum experience, local artists and writers are featured. There is also a variety of books, replicas, uniquely branded apparel and a wide variety of gift items that will serve to remind you of your visit to the Golden Isles. Admission to the Museum Store is free.
Phone: 912-638-4666
Fax: 912-638-6609
610 Beachview Drive, A.W. Jones Heritage Center,
St Simons Island, Georgia 31522
Alice Richards Botanical Trail
Alice Richards Botanical Trail, located in Frederica Park, is where native plant species have been re-introduced to land that was used for timber farming for many years. The trail features a gazebo, children's area of faerie houses for imaginary play and a labyrinth in the woods for a quiet and contemplative respite. Island garden clubs and other donors partnered with the Land Trust to complete the project.
2201 Lawrence Road, Frederica Park,
St Simons Island, Georgia 31522
Altamaha Waterfowl Management Area
The Altamaha Waterfowl Management Area is one of the best overall sites in Georgia, worth a visit in any season. The birdable areas are broken up into three sections. The first is the series of sometimes-flooded former rice fields on the east side of US Highway 17. Second is the part of the WMA north of the Champney River, on the west side of US 17. This area has several ponds and fields and a forested dike area good for passerine migrants. Both these areas are part of Butler Island. The third is the area south of the Champney, west of US 17, called Champney Island, where there are sometimes-flooded fields and a large impoundment with an observation tower. This area usually has water even when the fields are dry and is always worth checking. Hunting is allowed, and if you are coming in the fall, check with DNR about hunting dates. Key Birds: Mottled Duck, Least Bittern, Glossy Ibis, Black-necked Stilt, Bald Eagle, rails, American Bittern, Painted Bunting, Wood Stork, Northern Harrier, swallows, sparrows, ducks. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful general information. Read more at Altamaha Waterfowl Management Area | Darien Georgia Bird Watching Sites |
Darien , GA 31305
Arthur J. Moore Methodist Museum & Library
Dedicated in 1966, the Arthur J. Moore Methodist Museum has grown since the doors first opened. This modern building holds within it a wide array of treasures that range from the history of St. Simons Island to the Wesley family including the Wesley brothers landing here with General Oglethorpe in 1736. The museum also illustrates the start of the Methodist church and the changes it underwent to get where it is today. The museum has a new interactive kiosk where people of all ages can learn more about the history of the circuit rider and early Methodism in Georgia. There is also a fun game where you can ride along with a circuit rider to share the experience of bringing faith to the frontier. The museum houses a wonderful collection of nativities. Please call the museum to make reservations for a group orientation, lectures, a guided museum tour or a treasure hunt for children. A nine-minute video presents the development of Methodism on St. Simons Island, history of the island and features modern attractions and amenities. On Thursdays, the museum offers a lecture series by retired United Methodist Minister Rev. Dave Hanson. This hour long talk details the harrowing experiences of the Wesleys on St. Simons Island. Please call for details. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and is closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays. Admission $5 with children 5 years and younger free. During the holidays for the Navitity Display no admission fee December 1 - January 31.
Phone: 912-638-4050
100 Arthur Moore Drive
St Simons Island, Georgia 31522
Avenue of the Oaks
From 1760 until the outbreak of the War Between the States, cotton and rice plantations flourished in this area. The Sea Island cotton grown here became famous the world over for its outstanding quality. Retreat Plantation was one of the most prosperous plantations and was located on the southern tip of St. Simons Island. Anna Page King, who inherited the land in 1826, planted the famous Avenue of the Oaks. It is said that Anna grew such an abundance of flowers at Retreat Plantation that sailors nearing St. Simon's Island could smell the flowers' fragrance before they saw the Island shores. Once the entrance to Retreat Plantation, the Avenue of the Oaks is now the grand entrance to the Sea Island Golf Club. Follow the drive around the magnificent double row of 160 year old live oak trees which create the Avenue of the Oaks.
100 Retreat Avenue, Entrance to The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club
St Simons Island, Georgia 31522
Beach Activities
The beaches of the Golden Isles are special to both residents and visitors from around the world. As shrimp boats work on the horizon, small craft (catamarans, windsurf boards, and kayaks) play closer to shore. Fishermen cast into the surf for whiting, amberjack, cobia and catfish. Dolphins feed along the rippled currents and sea birds tiptoe through the surf. The beaches of the Golden Isles are constantly changing. Dramatic tidal swings of seven to nine feet (7–9 ft), as opposed to one to three feet (1–3 ft) elsewhere on the East Coast, are caused by the islands’ position within the South Atlantic Bight, the large inward curve along the coast from North Carolina to South Florida. Our barrier islands naturally harbor a “sand-sharing” system whereby water and wind exchange sand between the beach and the offshore sandbars and spits. At high tide, the line between sea and sand is crisply drawn; low tide creates sand bars and tidal pools that invite exploration. Look closely, and you may find hermit crabs, horseshoe crabs, or sand dollars. Our coastlines are fun to explore but please leave our natural surroundings and wildlife as you found them. Whether you enjoy the serenity of a solo walk on the beach at sunrise, the romance of a simple picnic, or the excitement of kiting or windsurfing, the Golden Isles’ beaches await your arrival. Sun bathe, go for a run or build a sandcastle. No matter what activity you choose, we know you will enjoy our beaches.
Discover the charm and history of the Golden Isles via bicycle. Miles of bike paths encircle and cross Jekyll Island and St. Simons Island providing easy and safe access to many historic sites, restaurants, beaches, and shops without the use of a car. Bike paths connect many of the islands’ most popular sites along the St. Simons Island Trail System and Jekyll Island Trail System. You can even explore our many hard-packed beaches by bike to catch a glimpse of coastal wildlife and nature. Leave your vehicle at your accommodations or one of the many parking areas and enjoy the slower-paced option of biking. You will find multiple bike rental companies available for your convenience throughout the Golden Isles (see the listings below).
St Simons Island, Georgia 31522
Bird Ramble
These rambles are a brief introduction to Jekyll's natural areas. Perfect for beginning birders and families. Loaner binoculars available upon request. Rates: Bird Ramble- $20 per person 90 minute tour Wednesday and Friday mornings: 9:00am - 10:30am An advanced, three hour bird ramble is available every Thursday morning from 8:00am -11:00am. The price is $30 per person.
Phone: 912-634-1322
21 Pier Road
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
The Golden Isles comprise a vast network of rivers, marshes and barrier islands that provide habitats for hundreds of species of birds. More than 300 species of birds (75 percent of the total species of birds seen in Georgia) have been spotted along the Coastal Birding Trail, of which locations in the Golden Isles are a part. The Colonial Coast Birding Trail extends along the Georgia coast, from Savannah at the northern end of the trail to St. Mary’s at the southern end, and westward to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. The trail includes 18 sites, five of which are located in the Golden Isles. These sites are designated by special signs that identify them as part of the Coastal Birding Trail. The area’s importance as a birding destination has been underscored by the Georgia Audubon Society, which has designated two important birding areas in the Golden Isles: Little St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island. The birds you see will depend on when and where you visit. Some birds can be seen year round while others are migratory and can be seen only during migration periods, generally in the spring and fall. Your visit to Georgia’s Golden Isles is sure to be rewarded with sightings of interesting and unusual birds from birds of prey to shorebirds, wading birds, waterfowl and gulls. Consequently, each visit offers the chance to experience a new wildlife adventure.
St Simons Island, Georgia 31522
Bloody Marsh Battle Site
At the Bloody Marsh Battle Site on July 7th, 1742, an outnumbered force of British troops ambushed and defeated Spanish troops, halting a planned attack on Fort Frederica. Markers and information panels at this outdoor observation site explain the battle, which once and for all ended Spain's claims to the Georgia territory. The Bloody Marsh Unit is located on St. Simons Island, off of Demere Road. It is open 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, 7 days a week, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Years Day. This site is managed by the National Park Service as part of Fort Frederica National Monument.
Phone: 912-638-3639
1810 Demere Road
St Simons Island, Georgia 31522
With the Golden Isles’ ideal location on the coast of Georgia, it’s no surprise that it offers a wealth of boating options—charter fishing, sailing, kayaking—with access to the Atlantic Ocean, Intracoastal Waterway, tidal creaks and beautiful rivers. Services for boaters are offered locally at many fine marinas providing impressive expertise in a range of maritime services from simple dockage and fueling to complex repair. Public boat ramps and water access are available throughout the Golden Isles. Please Note: Beaches on Georgia's coast fall into the Boating Safety Zone law, which requires a distance of 1,000 feet between any power craft and the shore. Please note that personal watercraft are considered power craft and may not be beach launched or landed. If you plan to launch your own personal watercraft from a marina, call first to verify that the facility allows personal watercraft on ramps. All power craft must be launched from approved ramp areas. Coastal waters offer a unique challenge to boaters, as dramatic changes in channel depth can result from a variety of conditions including weather, tidal status, season, wind direction and the influence of area marshlands. It is essential that approaching craft hail their marina destination on VHF Channel 16 for detailed, timely and vessel-appropriate directions in addition to using current marine charts.
St Simons Island, Georgia 31522
The Bowlarena The Bowlarena is a beautiful 24 lanes center that has been family owned and operated since 1960. With state of the art technology and a professional, attentive staff, The Bowlarena delivers the best bowling experience around. Pricing & Hours of Operation: Monday 9:00am - 11:00pm Tuesday - Thursday Noon - 11:00pm Friday - Saturday Noon - 1:00am Sunday Noon - 9:00pm
Phone: 912-267-7529
3883 Altama Avenue
Brunswick GA 31520
Looking for a fun indoor activity during your visit to Georgia’s Golden Isles? Test your bowling skills against family and/or friends at one of two bowling centers. Both centers offer snacks and refreshments along with other games to play if you need a break between frames. You can even plan your next family outing, birthday party, meeting or other special events at one of the listed centers below.
Brunswick GA 31525
Camping is the ideal activity to become closer to wildlife and the beautiful natural surroundings throughout Georgia’s coast. Outdoor enthusiasts looking for a little more adventure can reserve a multi-day guided kayak excursion and camp at designated sites along Georgia’s coast with one of the local outfitters listed below. Whether you decide to camp on Jekyll Island or in the surrounding Brunswick area, camping is a fun and affordable way to enjoy Georgia’s Golden Isles. Choose from the list of campgrounds below to be conveniently located a short drive away from our many our town centers, restaurants, and shops.
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
Carriage Tours of Jekyll Island
Relax and enjoy a leisurely carriage tour in the beautiful Historic District of Jekyll Island. See the cottages of Rockefeller, Macy and Goodyear, as well as the Faith Chapel and many more. Rates: $15.00 Adults $7.00 Children 12 and under (infants free) 45 minute tour Open Tuesday through Sunday Private Evening Tours are available (Reservations Suggested). Romantic carriage rides are approximately thirty-five minutes. They depart from the river side of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel in the center of the Historic District.
Jekyll Island, GA 31527