By Sue Rodman
If you’re looking to get away this holiday weekend, but still haven’t made plans and aren’t sure where to go, consider St. Simons Island along the Georgia coast. St. Simons is part of the Golden Isle of Georgia and offers lots of family friendly entertainment, in addition to the beach, that won’t break the bank. Here are five things to do on St. Simon’s Island.
Crab or fish off the St. Simons Island Pier
Crabbing has always been on my son’s to do list when we go to St. Simons. We still haven’t figured out the best time to catch the crabs, but the boys love to lower the net and get excited when they catch anything. There are always serious fishermen around and it’s just fun to walk along the pier and see what everyone else has caught. We’ve spied hammerhead sharks, horseshoe crabs, rays and lots of different fish.
Brand New Swimming Pool
St. Simons has a public swimming pool right next to the Downtown Village and right off the ocean. There is a zero entry for the little ones, a deep end for diving and a water play structure. A snack bar is conveniently located to the pool for lunch or treats.
Right outside the pool is a playground that offers lots of different structures. There is also another smaller playground off the pier. Between the two is a lawn perfect for throwing a football or just relaxing in one of the giant live oaks. Tables under the oaks make it a great spot for a picnic lunch.
One the other side of the swimming pool is a miniature golf course. It’s not the traditional mini golf with the windmill and other obstacles, but a smaller version of the Island’s standard golf courses. If you prefer a course with a windmill obstacle, head to nearby Jekyll Island.
St. Simons Island has miles of bike paths and is a fantastic place to ride around. There are paths that wind around the airport where you can watch planes taking off and landing over your head, or through the village and along the entire length of Frederica Road. At low tide the beach has hard packed sand, so if it isn’t too crowded, you can also ride your bike along the beach and then wind up along the paths that go through the marshes of East Beach.