Summer has officially arrived, the schools are out, and families are gearing up for their vacations. And one pastime that cries out “summer vacation” is heading to the beach. Here are the top things to do in the summer on St. Simons Island.

When people think about South Georgia, the first thing that comes to mind might not be beaches. But the Peach State actually has 100 miles of gorgeous Atlantic coastline, and as the locals have known for decades, South Georgia’s beaches, with their protected wildlife and barrier islands, are among a vacationer’s best kept secrets.

And one of the most popular spots along Georgia’s beautiful coast is St. Simons Island.

Residents of South Georgia have known for a long time that St. Simons is a special place, one that’s ideal for a relaxing vacation. It’s a place where you can get around by bicycle, walk along the oceanfront or enjoy the family restaurants and quaint shops in the Pier Village area.

It’s also a place where you’re not going to feel overrun by other tourists, which has helped make it a beloved vacation spot in the summer for families or couples, a peaceful and tranquil setting with a rich amount of history to explore.

St. Simons Island also has Southern charm to spare. The locals are friendly and easy going here, and this is not a place where anyone is in a hurry. The island is a great refuge for those escaping the hustle and bustle and traffic congestion of the big city.

Now the question is: Are you ready to discover what the locals have considered a tropical paradise for decades?

Why is St. Simons Island Great for Summer Vacations?

Did you know that St. Simons Island was been named one of the “Most Romantic” places in the country to visit?

And with good reason.

The largest of the four barrier islands in Georgia’s Golden Isles, the list of summer fun activities here is longer than some might expect. If you’re an outdoors enthusiastic, it can include:

  • Spectacular beaches
  • Golfing
  • Charter fishing boats
  • Biking and hiking trails
  • Nature preserves

Plenty of great family-owned restaurants that offer the best in fresh seafood dishes and old-fashioned southern cooking.

With the pleasant and mild weather that the coast is known for, the Golden Isles continue to attract those seeking year-round outdoor activities. The subtropical climate provides winter temperatures in the 60s and average summer weather in the 80s and 90s. And there’s plenty of sunshine to enjoy here.

That’s why so many come here to explore the beaches, golf courses, tennis courts and public parks. There’s a real laid-back feel when you arrive at the Pier Village, the main downtown shopping area, and opt to stroll out onto the pier overlooking the ocean. It’s a popular gathering spot for people who enjoy fishing, relaxing in a lawn chair, or watching the ships sail by.

Located on the south end of the Island, Pier Village is the downtown social hub filled with antique shops, great restaurants, and locals moving around on golf carts.

You can also stroll over to Neptune Park, an oceanfront park with picnic tables nicely shaded under oak trees, a children’s playground, and a miniature golf course. There’s also a bandstand where events are held, and the historic St. Simons Lighthouse and Museum, a favorite for those who enjoy learning more about the island’s rich heritage.

In fact, a popular pastime for vacationers is getting some take out food in the Pier Village or bringing a picnic lunch and eating outdoors, relaxing under those live oaks and taking in the fresh sea air.

As you’re eating in the park, you can glance out and watch the ocean that surrounds you. Neptune Park is the ideal location for a family barbecue.

Neptune Park is also the site of St. Simons Island’s spectacular annual 4th of July Celebration, which starts with the annual St. Simons Island Sunshine Festival. The day includes fireworks, an arts & crafts show, a 5K and 1-mile fun run, and has been attracting families for decades.

The truth is, once you’re at St. Simons Island, you’re always going to want to be outdoors.

What Kind of Outdoor Activities is the Island Known For?

things to do in the summer on st. simons island

St. Simons Island is great for shopping and dining, but it’s also the perfect location to enjoy the nature beauty of the surroundings. The island offers stunning options for outdoor enthusiasts.

It helps that the 18 square miles of land here provide a landscape — moss-draped oaks, pockets of marsh, and a thriving habitat for birds and other wildlife — that still looks virtually the same as it did back in 1733 when Georgia was first settled.

Not surprisingly, people love coming here to hit the beach and explore the coast.

Families love bringing their kids to East Beach with its miles of dunes, rocks and wildlife. It’s a place where you may notice giant sea turtles swimming up beside you in the ocean, and plenty of horseshoe crabs all around.

Visitors love coming here to walk along the beach, but they also enjoy cruising the local waterways.

Exploring the waters at St. Simons Island is easy. The Kids Fishing Billy Bee Charters is a great family adventure on a charter fishing boat called the Billy Bee, that takes families sightseeing on the waters.

Island Lure Charters is another ship that leaves out of St. Simons and specializes in summer shark trips. They offer a special kids trip package that’s educational as well.

Another option is SouthEast Adventure Outfitters, which provides kayak and boat tours from two hours to multi-days, and explores the Golden Isles of St. Simons, the Marshes of Glynn, and the Altamaha and Satilla Rivers.

The shallow waters around St. Simons Islands have made it an exquisite fisherman’s paradise, and the unspoiled beauty of St. Simons make it a particularly relaxing atmosphere for this sport.

Not everyone comes here to fish. Some enjoy nature walks or watching dolphins and whales.

Dolphins are commonly seen in the surrounding waters. One of the most common to be seen in the area is the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin. A very popular pastime here is to enjoy a dolphin cruise around the Golden Isles to see these fascinating creatures in their natural habitat. The local dolphins have been known to be quite playful as well.


St. Simons Island is a truly the ideal place for a summer vacation. You can come here to shop at the antique stores, enjoying amazing seafood at the local restaurants, and stroll along the beach collecting shells.

This is an island that moves at a quiet pace, where no one is in a hurry, and where the island’s stunning nature preserves will make you feel like you left civilization far behind.

This unbeatable combination keeps attracting people, not only to visit but also to settle down on St. Simons Island. If you’re also considering becoming a permanent resident of St. Simons Island, contact Palmetto Building Group today.

We have new, move-in ready single-family homes, cottages, condominiums and townhouses available. In many instances, we offer homes with fabulous views of the marshes close by. We also have homes close to the Pier Village, or right near the beach.

Whatever it is that draws you to life on St. Simons Island, we have a home to match your concept of the ideal setting.

Contact Palmetto Building Group today at 912-266-8401 or email us at to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you, but most of all, we’re thrilled to know you’re looking for a new home on one of the most spectacularly beautiful and historic parts of South Georgia.