Rainy Day Activities In the Golden Isles

Most days spent on St. Simons Island and the surrounding Golden Isles are sunny and warm but every now and again storms pass through. For vacationers, a rainy day trapped inside with kids excited for a beach day can be a scary thought so we’ve put together a list of recommendations for you and your family to try next time your beach day gets cancelled by the rain!

Rainy Day Activities in the Golden Isles

  1. Georgia Sea Turtle Center With admission tickets less than $10 the Sea Turtle Center is a great way to spend an afternoon. You will learn about the life of a sea turtle from conception to adulthood. You will get to watch them feed, maybe even see a medical procedure performed through the spectating window to the surgery room, and you will learn about how we can change our daily habits to better protect them.
  2. St Simons Island Movie Theatre The Island Cinemas is centrally located on St Simons and Rainy Day Activitiesoffers family friendly and affordable fun. With morning, afternoon, and evening movie times they have got you covered at any time on a rainy day.
  3. light house museum Another family friendly and affordable activity option is the Lighthouse Museum. Climb to the top of the lighthouse and take in breathtaking views overlooking the ocean or opt for the drier choice and meander through the Keeper’s Dwellings which houses the Museum exhibits.
  4. Hofwyl-Broadfield plantation Take a guided or self guided tour of this early 1800’s rice plantation. You will see heirlooms from the family as well as learn the history of plantation. Ghost Tours are also available at the plantation.

 

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Summer Activities In The Golden Isles

Summer Activities In The Golden Isles

The year is half way over, it is hard to believe but in the Golden Isles there is never a lack of fun family friends things to do! Third quarter has so many great summer activities but we’ve highlight three must-do items along with a breakfast, lunch, and dinner spot we recommend you try! You won’t be sorry you did.

Movie under the oakFeatured July Activity
Enjoy a summer outdoor movie with the family courtesy of the St. Simons Land Trust. Bring a picnic, chairs or blanket and get ready to watch the Disney classic, Swiss Family Robinson at the Old Stables Corner.

 

 

little_light_musicFeatured August Activity
Held on the oceanfront lawns of the St. Simons Lighthouse, A Little Light Music is a unique experience where concert-goers are encouraged to bring picnics, lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy performances on select Sunday evenings through August.
Southern Grown Sea IslandFeatured September Activity
Top culinary and spirits personalities, renowned bands, and a range of intriguing instructional sessions combine to create a remarkable multi-day program that showcases the best of the South in the Southern Grown Festival.

 

 

Palm Coast St Simons IslandBreakfast at Palm Coast
Coffeehouse-cafe with a tropical vibe, full bar, free Wi-Fi & tranquil outdoor seating area.

 

 

 

Gnats Landing St Simons IslandLunch at Gnat’s Landing
Seafood platters & sandwiches served in a laid-back, island-themed locale with live music & a bar.

 

 

 

 

Crabdaddys St Simons IslandDinner at Crabdaddy’s
Local catches are blackened, grilled & fried in this down-to-earth seafood & steak restaurant.

Fourth of July on St Simons Island

 

Vacationing on St Simons Island this Fourth of July? Good News! There are plenty of family friendly celebrations.

  1. Conveniently located at the Pier Village on St Simons Island, the Annual Sunshine Festival is a family favorite. A tradition for over 60 years and still going strong. Enjoy the arts and crafts show, the 5k race or 1 mile fun run. Afterwards take a break to relax and watch theFourth of July on SSI fireworks shine over ocean. Starting this Saturday, the fun lasts through the Fourth of July!
  2. Just across the causeway, Mary Ross Waterfront Park in the heart of Historic Downtown Brunswick hosts the Brunswick’s Old Fashion Fourth of July Celebration. Enjoy fun for the whole family with food, games, and fireworks. Fireworks will sparkle over the waters of the East River and Oglethorpe Bay starting around 9pm and last about 30 mins.
  3. If you are headed over the Sidney Lanier Bridge for Fourth of July celebrations be sure to check out the Jekyll Island Independence Day Celebrations. Starting the day off at 9am with a prideful patriotic parade through the Historic District. Whether you are a visitor or a local, participate in the fun by decorating your bikes, golf carts, strollers, or pets. From 12:00 – 6:00pm there will be bounce houses, water slides, sidewalk sales, and live music. Once the sun goes down see beautiful fireworks soaring through the air with views of St Simons in the background.
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Events and Activities This Week in Coastal Georgia

There are always fun, family friendly, and exciting things to do on the coastal St. Simons Island but during spring time is always packed with so many activities its hard to choose which ones to do! Here is a few of our favorites happening this week!Art Exhibit St Simons Island

Coastalescapes Exhibition

Now through May 1, 2017

Glynn Visual Arts
106 Island Drive
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

 

Cocktails For Our Coast

Wednesday, March 15th to Sunday, April 30th, 2017

One Hundred Miles is proud to partner with 19 local restaurants across our coast to highlight the significance of coastal Georgia’s natural ecosystems.

Each restaurant has created their own coastal-inspired cocktail: ‘The Spartini!’ For every Spartini purchased, $1 is donated to support OHM’s work to protect Georgia’s 100-mile coast. Stop by each restaurant between 3/15 and 4/30 and drink their limited-edition Spartini.

Participating restaurants include: Brunswick, St. Simons, and Jekyll: Basil Thai and Sushi, Beach House Restaurant, Blackwater Grill, Coastal Kitchen, Del Sur, The Driftwood Bistro, ECHO, Georgia Sea Grill, The Half Shell, Halyards, Jekyll Island Club Hotel, The Rooftop at Ocean Lodge, Tipsy McSway’s, and Tramici Neighborhood Italian

Golden Isles Food Truck Festival

Sunday, April 30th, 2017 – 10:00am to 8:00pm

Support the Golden Isles food truck movement on April 30th in Gascoigne Bluff Park! Bring the family and enjoy up to 30 different food trucks, live music, craft vendors, Corn Hole, and kids activities. 100% of the proceeds are donated to charity.

 

 

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Tree Spirits on St. Simons Island

Tree Spirits on St. Simons Island

If you’ve vacationed on St. Simons Island, then you’ve most likely seen a tree spirit. These works of art carved into oaks trees spanning across the island are magnificently unique! Artist Keith Jennings wanted a way to remember the lives of those lost at sea aboard ships made from St. Simons Island oak. He fell into this creative outlet when per Jennings “I had a little too much time on my hands and not enough money”. He credits his work to the trees though, they inspire him and carving these beautiful oak trees allows the tree’s spirit to shine through.Tree Spirit On St. Simons Island

There are about 20 tree spirits on St. Simons Island only 7 of which are located on public property. There rest were carved into trees that belong on private residence. Enjoy strolling the island on foot or bike and make sure to keep your eyes peeled for these wonderful works of art! Listed below are the addresses to the Tree Spirits that are on public property.

  1. Golden Isles Welcome Center
  2. Mallery Park- Baseball Field 529 Beach View Dr. St. Simons 422 Park Avenue Main parking lot- West side of building Large tree in Parking lot entrance to Park
  3. Mallery Park- Basketball Court
  4. Magnolia Manor Retirement Home 515 Park Avenue 120 Heritage Dr. Right behind the Basketball Goal- East 1st right and then 1st tree on the right
  5. Red Fern Village
  6. Anderson Fine Art Gallery and Delaney’s 310 Redfern Village 3305 Frederica Rd Across the street from Gnats Landing- look up The large tree directly in of Art Gallery
  7. Gascoigne Bluff Park 1000 Arthur J Moore Drive Along the dirt rd. closest to the River by the picnic area.
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What’s Happening In The Golden Isles This Quarter

What’s Happening In The Golden Isles

Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast or prefer porch sitting with a good book, St. Simons has the perfect activities for you. We are happy to keep you up to date each quarter with all of the exciting events happening in the Golden Isles! Book your next stay now with Hodnett Cooper; so you can see all that St. Simons has to offer!

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Wings Over the Golden Isles
Air ShowMarch 24th-26th, 2017
Enjoy the thrill of watching airplanes race across the sky with friends and family at the inaugural 2017 Wings Over Golden Isles air show.

64th Annual Christ Church
Tour of Homes
March 18th, 2017
The Annual Tour of Homes is presented by the Episcopal Church Women and all proceeds of the Tour are dedicated to mission and outreach.

Shell-e-brate
Spring Festival
April 6th & 7th, 2017
A festival to highlight the influence and relationship of tidal changes along Georgia’s coastal habitats and how we can make decisions to protect our natural resources.

 

Easter Brunch
King & Prince Resort
April 16th, 2017
Enjoy Easter Sunday Brunch with an array of delicious breakfast options, salad bar, seafood, soup, entrees, side items, and bottomless Mimosas or Bloody Marys.

Golden Isles Live!
Presents: The Diamonds
May 5th, 2017
Come see the Diamonds live in concert at the Glynn Academy Auditorium. This classic rock ‘n’ roll group has 16 Billboard hits including “The Stroll, and “Little Darlin”.

Turtle Crawl Weekend
Jekyll Island
May 12th-14th, 2017
The 14th annual Turtle Crawl weekend will consist of four races, outdoor games, live music, food trucks, and much more. All with the picturesque background of ocean waves and marshland.

 

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4 Must Do Winter Activities On St. Simons Island

4 Must Do Winter Activities On St. Simons Island

  1. Shrimping on the Lady Jane

Experience firsthand what it is like to be aboard an authentic shrimp boat. This popular attraction may be hard to get a reservation on during the summer months but during the winter you won’t have a problem. After boarding the Lady Jane, the vessel makes her way into the marsh. After lowering the nets and trawling the nets are brought up the bounty of sea life is laid out before you as a marine biologist enlightens you on the findings.

  1. Bike Riding

With miles of winding bike paths you can cover most of the island without setting foot in the road. You will Couple standing on a sand dune with bicyclesenjoy a ride along the marsh as well next to huge oaks covered in Spanish moss. Bike trails run all the way to Mallory Pier and past the airport making it fun and easy to have a nice lunch out before heading back to your oceanfront condo.

  1. Walking on the beach

During the summer the beach is filled with beach lovers lounging, playing in the water, throwing a football, or maybe playing bocce. However, in the winter months you will have room to roam! With mild temperatures year round you may even be able to enjoy a walk on the beach in shorts. Dogs are welcome too, so be sure to bring your furry children along with you for your relaxing walk on the sandy beaches of St. Simons.

  1. Historical Attractions

In the summer you might opt for a day at the water park, pool, or beach over checking out all the wonderful history St. Simons has to offer. The winter however is the perfect chance to get out and explore the rich history the island offers. Visit Fort Frederica and learn about and how it guarded the coast from the Spanish occupied St. Augustine. Or maybe see what life was like at an authentic rice plantation at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation.

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Things to Do This Weekend on St. Simons Island

Fall is in full swing here on St. Simons Island, with the summer months behind us we are excited about all the events we have coming up. There is always so much going on in the Golden Isles from concerts to art exhibits, to festivals… there is something for everyone. This weekend there are many events happening, we hope that you will come out and enjoy some of the fun things going on! Here is a guide to whats happening this weekend in the Golden Isles.

disabGeorgia Artists with DisAbilities Exhibit in the Ritz Theatre Gallery

Now through November 23rd, 2016     

The Georgia Artists with DisAbilities Exhibit features 49 entries that include paintings, photographs, clay pottery, textiles and other mediums. Local artist Risa Rambo of St Simons Island received an Honorable Mention and her “Smocked Dress” will be on display.

 

art-100Glynn Visual Arts Presents “100 Art Works Celebrating 100 Years”

Now through November 21st, 2016

Glynn Visual Arts (GVA) is proud to present a new art exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary/centennial of our National Parks Service.  GVA has partnered with Fort Frederica and will be presenting over 100 works by local artists celebrating the beauty, history and uniqueness of our own National Park, Fort Frederica. The exhibition will include art work in various mediums including painting, pottery, photography and more.

edwardsChristmas Open House

November 4th to 5th, 2016

Visit Edwards on St. Simons this weekend to see their expanded showroom for the Christmas Open House November 4th and 5th! Open 9am-5pm they will have Christams Decorations galore and more! Some of the items will include the following:Wreaths, garlands & swags,Ribbons, candles, cards & treats Heirloom quality ornaments, Orchids, plants & gifts, Plus home accents & decor

downtown brunswickFirst Friday in Historic Downtown Brunswick

November 4th, 2016

Visit the shops, galleries, and restaurants of Historic Downtown Brunswick. Enjoy live music from local musicians, art openings, and food and beverage samples from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.

 

 

warThe Literary Guild presents A War

November 4th, 2016

The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island Film series presents A War. Denmark, 2015, directed by Tobias Lindholm. Commander Claus M. Pedersen and his men are stationed in an Afghan province, while back in Denmark Claus’ wife Maria is trying to hold everyday life together with a husband at war and three children missing their father. During a routine mission, the soldiers are caught in heavy crossfire and in order to save his men, Claus makes a decision that has grave consequences for him—and his family back home.In Danish with English subtitles
110 minutes; Rated R.

They are free and open to all, although a $3.00 donation is suggested to offset film and theatre rental fees.

concertAlina Kiryayeva, concert pianist and chamber musician

November 4th, 2016

Golden Isles Live! Presents Alina Kiryayeva live in convert at the Glynn Academy Auditorium.

Cost is $35 for adults, $10 for children or students

 

bruns-stewAnnual Brunswick Rockin’ Stewbilee

November 5th, 2016

 Get ready for the annual Brunswick Rockin’ Stewbilee at Mary Ross Waterfront Park. Each year, cooking teams from near and far compete to see who has the best stew, competing for the Peoples’ Choice and Judges’ Award. The daylong event begins with the 5k Road Race followed by the Pet Supplies Plus Pooch Parade, Live Entertainment, The Kid’s Junior Stewbee Central Fun Zone, Classic and Antique Car Show, Arts & Crafts displays and of course, sampling of the Best Brunswick Stew in the nation. Advanced tickets are $3 for kids under 6 years, $6 for adults or $4 and $9 on the day of the event.

 

 

 

antique-showSt. Simons Island Antique Show

November 5th to 6th, 2016

Antique dealers from all over the southeast, featuring a vast array of fine and fun merchandise, including furniture, collectibles, primitives, jewelry, silver, glassware, etc.

 

 

St. Simons Island

Community Day

November 5th, 2016

On Saturday, November 5 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., the Society will host its 2nd annual Community Day event. The museum will be open free of charge and offer tours, educational crafts, and activities for children and families.

 

 

beerRhythm & Brews Fest

November 5th, 2016

Enjoy live music from local bands throughout the day, tastings from dozens of craft beers, and a barbecue cookout at the Holiday Inn Resort on Jekyll Island. The event is free to attend and tickets are available for tasting and barbecue.

 

victory-galaACS Victory Board 47th Annual Victory Gala

November 5th, 2016

Gala is Victory Boards’ primary fundraising effort annually, traditionally a black-tie event, which includes dinner, dancing and live and silent auctions.

Event will be held at the Gruber Aviation Hanger at the McKinnon St. Simons Airport.

riverNovember Rhythm on the River

November 6th, 2016

Come on out to the Rhythm on the River event from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Mary Ross Waterfront Park: Bay & Gloucester Streets. Bring the kids, chairs or blanket, a picnic and your favorite beverage.
Admission: FREE!

Georgia Sea Grill Fall Wine Dinnerga-sea-grill

November 6th, 2016

Join us at the piano bar Sunday, November 6th for an intimate wine pairing dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Executive Chef Tim Lensch and Wine Director Brian Henderson have crafted the ultimate blend of cuisine and wine in this special 4-course dinner with pairings. To reserve your seat for this delicious dining experience, call 912-638-1197 or email events@georgiaseagrill.com. Tickets are $65 per person, gratuity included.

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Georgia/Florida Rivalry Weekend

This time next weekend Georgia/Florida festivities will be underway! Here are a few things to help you plan your weekend.

Georgia/Florida WeekendStash Your Trash will be taking place Friday 10/28 at 7:30 am. Before heading to the BIG GAME, please join us in the 9th annual Georgia/Florida Community Beach Sweep. The bags and gloves will be provided, along with bug spray and sunscreen… we just need Y-O-U!

 

 

Georgia/Florida WeekendFriday 10/28 there will be ALL DAY trolley rides starting at 9am. Stay safe and avoid parking trouble with an ALL-DAY $10 Trolley Ride Wristband to Frat Beach @ East Beach, SSI. Lighthouse Trolleys will run continuously from Sea Palms Resort to Coast Guard Station, East Beach, St. Simons Island, GA.

 

 

Georgia/Florida WeekendThe BIG game starts at 3:30 next Saturday on the SEC Network. You can watch locally at many restaurants and bars. OR you can also catch a ride to the stadium in Jacksonville with Light House Trolleys leaving at 9am from Sea Palms, $75 pp and BYOB.

 

 

Be safe and have fun!