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!
Now through May 1, 2017
Glynn Visual Arts
106 Island Drive
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
Cocktails For Our Coast
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
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.
Wedding Season on St. Simons Island is in full swing! Come to think of it though, Love fills the salty air year round here. St. Simons is a popular wedding destination for brides but it can be a scary task planning a wedding in a town unfamiliar to you. Let us help with the stress and break down our favorite wedding venues on the island.
Epworth By The Sea is by far one of the most popular wedding venues on St. Simons. With breathtaking Atlantic Ocean views and history dating back to the 1800’s all your guests will fall in love with this charming venue. The Lovely Lane Chapel boasts of magnificent stained glass windows and has so much charm and natural beauty very little decorating is required. The gardens make for a great place for a quiet stroll before you say “I do” or for beautiful photography for you and your new spouse! You can’t go wrong with Epworth By the Sea.
Christ Church Frederica is one of the oldest churches in Georgia dating back to 1736. Founded just 70 years after the island was first settled by the English colonist. Aside from the rich history the beautiful lush green grass and the mossy oak trees draped around the church make it a picturesque setting for a couple to commit their love for one another. Christ Church does have rules and regulations for those seeking to get married here so be sure to review the information provided on their website before setting your heart on the beautiful and historic location.
St. Simons Casino Building is waterfront and right in the heart of St. Simons Island just steps away from the Pier Village. A popular wedding spot because of the outdoor atmosphere but also referred to as the “best deal in town” because the waterfront park and building can be rented for a nominal fee. We’ve included the rate sheet so you can see for yourself! Located right next to the Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals office make sure to stop by and talk to us about vacation rentals for your event!
Golden Isles April Events
Art in the park
Saturday 1st to Sunday 2nd, April 2017
Join over 70 talented artists & skilled crafts people from around the region display an impressive & eclectic collection of handmade artwork; at the 24th annual Art in the Park Fine Art & Craft festival. Attendees will enjoy a wide variety of 2-dimensional art, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, photography, textiles, wood, metal & glass. Enjoy beauty products, botanical & gourmet treats all made at home. There will be a wide variety of food vendors serving freshly prepared food. Music, kid’s craft activities & a bicycle treasure hunt, known as “Pedal for Treasure” make this a fun, family friendly event. This festival is held in the beautiful live oak covered Postell Park in the heart of the Pier.
Taste of Glynn 2017
Sunday, April 2nd, 2017 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Come and enjoy the 17th annual Taste of Glynn! Held at the historic King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort, talented chefs and caterers from the Golden Isles will showcase their amazing talents. Take part in the Silent Auction for your chance to win a coveted assortment of finds from vacations to jewelry, original works of art to gourmet delicacies.
A Taste of Glynn is more than a treasured local tradition. While the food is sublime and the oceanfront setting is legendary, perhaps the most unforgettable offering of the evening is hope. The event is the primary fundraiser for the Glynn Community Crisis Center, which serves victims of domestic violence. While you enjoy the finest food in the region in the company of family and friends, you also help provide vital programs and shelter for those who are building a new life free from abuse and fear.
Thursday 6th to Friday 7th, April 2017
Two day festival of local and regional organizations, collaborative projects & activities to highlight the influence and relationship of tidal changes along Georgia’s coastal habitats and how community members can make environmentally friendly decisions that aid in protecting our natural resources, both inland and near the coast.
April 6 & 7 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day. Activities included with General Admission to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center – $7 adults (age 13 & up), $5 children (age 4-12), children under 3 are free.
Saturday, April 8th, 2017 – 10:00am to 2:00pm
Enjoy live music as you visit local artists, shop for Southern products, fresh baked goods, and produce.
Young Eagles Flight
April 8th, 2017
Join the Golden Isles Speedway for a night filled with exciting races! See Late Model, Emond, Enduro, NeSmith SS, Super Street, and 440s. Grandstands open at 5pm, event starts at 6pm. Pit entry is $30 and general admission is $10. Kids 12 and under are free.
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.
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.
- Golden Isles Welcome Center
- 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
- Mallery Park- Basketball Court
- 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
- Red Fern Village
- 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
- Gascoigne Bluff Park 1000 Arthur J Moore Drive Along the dirt rd. closest to the River by the picnic area.
4 Day Trips Near St. Simons Island that can’t be missed!
Jekyll Island, only about 20 miles away from St. Simons Island but seems like worlds away because you have to cross over the Sidney Lanier Bridge which separates St. Simons and Jekyll Island. Jekyll Island is well known for their rich aristocratic history as well as for the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, and many other neat places.
Brunswick, if you are looking to browse through a quaint downtown area or maybe you like more commercialized shopping, Brunswick is the place to go. The quiet downtown area is small but packed with antique stores, city markets, and festivals as well as great theaters. Also in Brunswick there is big box stores like Target and Old Navy as well as many chain restaurants to choose from. Also about 20 minutes away from the island makes Brunswick the perfect afternoon trip.
Cumberland Island is a little ways from St. Simons at about an hour away, but it is totally worth it! Once you get to Cumber Island National Seashore you will board the ferry that well take you across the bay to the secluded Cumberland Island. Known for its wildlife it boasts many different species like wild horses, turkeys, alligators, armadillos, and many coastal birds. There are also palmetto forests and beautiful live oak.
Sapelo Island which is a stone’s throw away from St. Simons, however it is only accessible by ferry that departs from Darien, Ga. This barrier island is rich with history and with beauty. Once you make it to the island you are free to meander through the various historic points or you can take in the miles of pristine coastline!
St. Simons Island has so much to offer that we know it may be hard to find the time and desire to slip away for the afternoon. If you do find time to explore outside of the island these options, we be sure not to disappoint!