St. Simons Island Arts & Museums

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St. Simons Lighthouse Museum

St. Simons Island Lighthouse, Keeper’s Dwelling Museum and Maritime Museum at the Historic Coast Guard Station. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday 1:30-5 p.m. Last climb 4:30 p.m. The Maritime Museum closes from 12-1 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Fees to all Museums, Galleries and Exhibits, Lighthouse and Watch tower. $8 for Adults, $4 for Ages 6-11. No admission […]

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Gulf Fritillary Butterflies

Throughout most of the year on St. Simons Island, butterflies can be seen gathering nectar or flying along roadsides and waters’ edges. The fall in particular is a great time to spot butterflies along their migrations. These beautiful creatures come in a spectacular range of colors and the gulf fritillary is no exception, with its bright orange wings and […]

Dolphin Watching

One of the favorite pastimes of St. Simons Island residents and visitors as they walk the beach or cruise the local waterways, is watching dolphins as they play, fish or simply swim on by. Many people don’t realize, however, that they are actually whale watching. Most of us think of whales as large marine mammals, up to 90 […]

Sheepshead: The Fish With Human Teeth

The aquatic ecosystem of Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry is home to a wide variety of animals working in harmony to create the beautiful natural places we enjoy. By Jessie Renew, Outside Hilton Head Among these is the abundant fishery comprised of hundreds of species of animals, all of whom are woven into the food web. Close to the […]

A Guide to a Couple’s Getaway on St. Simons Island

St Simon’s Island is a magical place to getaway on a romantic trip, a relaxing vacation or seaside wedding. With pristine and quiet beaches, world-class and spas, rich history and fantastic dining options, St. Simons is an ideal vacation destination for couples. ~Beaches and Waterways: East Beach is the most popular site for a beach […]

Exploring Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

Until the Civil War, coastal Georgia and South Carolina thrived as the country’s premiere rice growing region. Many of the South’s great rice plantations were destroyed during the Civil War, but a few still stand today. Located between Darien and Brunswick, Georgia, Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation offers a fascinating window into the Lowcountry’s 19th-century rice culture. Situated […]

St. Simons Island named #2 of The South’s Best Islands 2017 by Southern Living

Each year Southern Living releases several lists boasting “The South’s Best,” including everything from accommodations to bookstores, breakfast spots, BBQ joints, beaches and so much more. In their 2017 accolades, St. Simons Island landed the #2 spot in The South’s Best Islands! Who stole first place from the Golden Isles? North Carolina’s barrier islands, the […]

Seniors Travel To Georgia’s Coast

By Jim Becker! Seniors Drawn To St. Simons Island! St. Simons Island was recently named one of the “Most Romantic” places to visit in the country. St. Simons Island, the seat of Glynn County, is the largest of the four barrier islands in Georgia’s Golden Isles. The Island offers senior visitors a variety of outdoor […]

Island Treasures!

The Jekyll Island Authority (JIA) hosts “Island Treasures on Jekyll Island,” a unique treasure hunting experience on Georgia’s most popular public beach. The treasures are hand-crafted glass floats, called Island Treasures. The glass floats have been sought after by Jekyll Island guests since 2002. Each is unique and stamped with the year to be a […]

History of the St. Simons Lighthouse

The First Lighthouse (1810) On October 17, 1804, John Couper, a plantation owner on St. Simons Island, deeded four acres of his land, known as “Couper’s Point,” at the south end of the island for one dollar to the Federal government for the construction of a lighthouse. James Gould of Massachusetts was hired in 1807 […]

Vidalia Onion History

Here is the story of how the original sweet onion was developed in America beginning in the 1930’s until today: What is now a deeply-entrenched summer tradition started out as a fluke. During the tough days of the Great Depression, farmers had high hopes of a new cash crop. These hard-working men had grown everything […]

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