It’s coming up fast: Memorial Day Weekend, and with it, the official start of the summer vacation season. And if you’re looking for the best Memorial Day Weekend getaway or some great ideas on what to do over Memorial Day Weekend, it’s time to start thinking about everything that St. Simons Island has to offer.

Let’s start with the basics: if you live in a big, crowded and congested city, chances are you’re ready for a break from the traffic, urban noise, long lines at the stores, and so on. If you want to find a quieter, more relaxed, slower paced getaway, someplace where nature still reigns supreme, here’s a great tip for Memorial Day Weekend: check out St. Simons Island, which you’re very likely to fall in love with.

Not only is this island in South Georgia spectacularly beautiful, but St. Simons is also hosting an appealing calendar of events over Memorial Day Weekend and throughout the summer months, so your options include an island getaway offering a peaceful and laid-back environment – and plenty of family fun to take advantage of as well.

What Does St. Simons Island Have to Offer?

The largest of the Golden Isles along Georgia’s southern Atlantic coast, St. Simons Island is 18 square miles of stunningly, exquisitely preserved land, a place offering a spectacular view of the ocean, and also home to a list of restaurants that specialize in the finest that southern cooking has to offer.

Accessible by car through the F.J. Torras Causeway, once you’ve crossed over that bridge, you truly have left the pressures of the big city behind you. If you head down to the Pier Village, located on the island’s south end, you’ll find a pier where the view of the ocean is breathtaking.

You could spend hours watching boats sail by and seagulls swooping down, eagerly hunting for their next meal. The pier is a particularly popular spot for people who enjoy fishing, but it’s also ideal for bringing along a lawn chair so you can just relax and watch the waves roll in.

St. Simons’ Pier Village is also the island’s downtown – a popular spot for shopping along the unique mix of shops – including antique stores – and dining options.

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Restaurants on Pier Village

Pier Village is where you’ll find the island’s historic St. Simons Lighthouse and Museum, as well as a playground and an oak shaded picnic area in Neptune Park overlooking the ocean.

Can you imagine a more appealing place to watch the sun setting at night, while enjoying an ice cream cone from one of the village shops?

In fact, St. Simons Pier Village is one of the most popular places on the annual 4th of July celebration, when thousands gather in Neptune Park to watch the amazing fireworks show at the pier.

That’s just one of the reasons why St. Simons Island has become such a popular vacation spot in the summer.


What Activities Go On There in the Summer?

“Summertime,” noted the lyrics to the old George Gershwin song, “and the living is easy.” That’s definitely true on St. Simons Island, where residents and visitors alike are more likely to be spotted riding a bike along the island’s nature trails or getting around on a rented golf cart than in a car. Nobody seems to be in a rush once they arrive on St. Simons Island.

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do while you’re here. If you’re into relaxing on the beach or seeking the ultimate peace and solitude during a walk along the ocean, you’re going to find that St. Simons Island is just what you’re looking for.

But you’ve got the opportunity to stay active as well, because there’s a roster of activities awaiting the entire family. The island is a popular spot for hosting everything from farmer’s markets to art and antique shows, wine tastings, tours and Music in the Park concerts. It’s not easy to run out of things to do here.

Memorial Day Weekend is the kickoff for the popular St. Simons Island Antique Show, featuring treasures from bygone eras and appearances by antique dealers from all over the southeast. Whatever it is you’re looking for – collectibles, jewelry, furniture or glassware, for example – you can search for it under the oaks on the revitalized Postell Park in the Pier Village area.

This event runs May 26-27, then will be back from June 23-24. Admission and parking are free.

Then on May 29, the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort is hosting dinner – as the moon begins to show. Moonrise Dining is held at ECHO, St. Simons’ only oceanfront restaurant, where guests can enjoy drinks and dinner specials while watching the moon rise over the ocean. It’s going to leave you with a rich appreciation of just how amazing dining by the ocean can be.

Then throughout the month of June, there’s the annual Georgia Sea Islands Heritage Festival, an event sponsored by the St. Simons African American Heritage Coalition. It’s an annual celebration of traditional African American music, crafts and food that reflects the rich history and traditions of Coastal Georgia culture. This is also a great way to see the Georgia Sea Island Singers perform.

Later in the month, how about going back to camp?

From June 22-24, Epworth By the Sea will be the scene of a Grown-Up Summer Camp, from 4 p.m. Friday to noon on Sunday, where guests can explore numerous outdoor activities on St. Simons Island, while also sharing stories around the campfire with professional storyteller and Camp Counselor Andy Offutt Irwin.

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Course will be site from June 26-28 of a Junior Golf Program for ages 8-15, instructed by Robert Long, a PGA Professional.

What Else Can I Do on The Island?

For a lot of the island’s visitors, summer is best spent exploring the natural beauty all around them. See it up close by renting a paddle boat and checking out the Marshes of Glynn — wetlands that are ideal for exploring coastal Georgia. This is a particularly appealing activity for lovers of wildlife, since chances are you’ll spot dolphins, sea turtles, and plenty of exotic birds along the way.

There are also guided tours where you can explore St. Simons’ historic sites and natural outdoor attractions, while learning more about the island’s heritage and natural ecosystems.

With the spectacular beauty of the Atlantic Ocean all around Georgia’ barrier islands, it’s hard not to fall in love with your surroundings on St. Simons Island.


It’s time to get ready for summer, and Memorial Day Weekend is the official kickoff for the season. If you need great Memorial Day Weekend vacation ideas, then it’s a good time to start planning your St. Simons Island vacation – whether it’s the holiday weekend or in the coming summer months.

One reason why people keep coming here is that St. Simons Island is a truly unique mix of the modern and the historic, where the beauty of the great outdoors and the conveniences we come to expect in today’s world co-exist happily.

That winning combination not only brings visitors here, but often convinces visitors that living on St. Simons Island sounds ideal. If you’re also considering becoming a permanent resident of St. Simons Island, and are now interested in real estate on 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 us 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.