Touring Saint Simons Island, GA

 

We spent the say touring St Simons Island, GA. It is a must stop if you are driving 95 through Georgia. It sits 30 miles north of the Florida boarder. Only about 5 miles off the freeway and down a 2-mile causeway, this slow paced historic island is a great stop!

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The Village is more of the historic downtown area with eclectic shops, great food and a beautiful pier. There are two great parks for the kids and to top it off the dolphins love to play near the pier! The island looks like ancient times with the Spanish moss. Take note, the moss is beautiful in the trees but once it falls on the ground, it becomes infested with chiggers, DO NOT WALK IN IT!

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We spent a full Saturday riding our bikes around St Simmons Island and checking out all the sites. We parked the Adventure Van at the beginning of the causeway and road the bike path to the island. The fog was dense and visibility was only about a mile or less.

Biking to St Simons Island
Biking to St Simons Island
Biking to St Simons Island
Biking to St Simons Island
Biking to St Simons Island
Biking to St Simons Island

Our first stop on the island was SSI SUPS. The owner has extensive knowledge of SUPs, the island and originally comes from California where SUPs are huge. The walls are full of beautiful photography and the counter was packed with local jewelry.

SSI SUP
SSI SUP

Stop number two was at the Monkeywrench Bike Shop. A great shop which mainly featured rental bikes and beach cruisers, but the mechanics were a wealth of knowledge.  This shop has grown extensively in the past few years.  They had a Surly Pugsley on the showroom floor just begging for someone to purchase it and start knocking out some serious miles on the beach.

Moneywrench Bicycles
Monkeywrench Bicycles
Moneywrench Bicycles
Monkeywrench Bicycles
Moneywrench Bicycles
Monkeywrench Bicycles

We took a right out of the parking lot and headed down the bike path alongside the road, passing the golf course, beautiful homes and small shopping centers.  We biked to Fort Frederica, which was 5 miles from SSI SUP. A nice ride although the path was pretty bumpy and at times only wide enough for one bike.

Fort Frederica, Saint Simons Island, GA
Fort Frederica, Saint Simons Island, GA
Fort Frederica, Saint Simons Island, GA
Fort Frederica, Saint Simons Island, GA

Fort Frederica, Saint Simons Island, GA

We turned around at Fort Frederica and took the paths back. We stopped at The Growler Factory, because who can pass up the opportunity to sample craft beers. For $5 you can buy a growler and for another $5 you have it filled (depending on size and style of beer). There are over 40 kinds of craft brews to choose from.

Growler Factory, St Simons Island, GA
Growler Factory, St Simons Island, GA

After The Growler Factory we had lunch at Southern Soul BBQ, which sits at the corner of a busy roundabout in an old gas station. Sounds eclectic right, because it is! There is very limited seating inside, but long picnic tables outside that you can share with 10 of your new BFFs. A huge smoker sits on the outskirts smoking the days BBQ.  The menu consists of a variety of options, along with many beers on tap.   There is a reason this place has been featured on the Food Network channel; it’s GOOD!

Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA

 

St Simons Island is a great weekend get-away with lots of things for the family to do.  The views are great, plenty of places to bike.  Maybe rent a SUP from SSI SUPs and spend some time out in the water.  St Simons Island is an awesome place to relax via an active vacation.

 

Have you ever eaten at Southern Soul BBQ? When was your last stop at St. Simons Island?

Fort Frederica, St Simons Island, GA

Recently we took a short trip to St Simons Island, GA explored Fort Frederica. According to the historical marker, Fort Frederica was founded in 1736 under the General James Edwards Oglethorpe. It was the strongest fortification built by Great Britain on American soil.

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The little lady and I explored the Fort for about 2 hours. When we got there we were already teetering on a late nap so we spent the $3 admission (16 and under are free and your ticket is good for 7 days).

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I had packed my big camera but completely forgot to bring it inside until we were a good ways in. I also brought the umbrella stroller. This was one of those weird decisions…do you let her run and leave the stroller, do you push her in the stroller part of the way or do you bring the Kelty Kid Carrier and let her just hang out. It’s always a coin toss for me. The umbrella stroller won and I pushed her for a little while then unleashed her to burn off some energy.

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The Fort is laid out like the town used to be with road markers and streets but the only reminiscence of buildings were a few foundations willed with seashells.

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We walked the outskirts of the town and took a right on Street St., which was a wide patch of grass cut shorter then the rest.

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We walked to the end and sat for a brief picnic near the waters edge.  Then took a trail that lead into the woods away from the water. We took our time looking at leafs, picking up pine needles, and gazing at rocks. At one point a still-attached tree root was the most interesting thing we had seen all day!

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By the time we had spent a little over an hour and a half at the fort our little girl was pooped. I loaded her into the umbrella stroller and handed her a sippy cup. It was all she could do to keep her eyes open until we got to the van.

 Fort Frederica

Fort Frederica was a great outing for an active toddler. We could have spent the better portion of the day there just running and exploring. If we had been in town longer we would have gone back many time on our 7-day ticket.

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For a toddler this was a great place to run. For a grade school child it was have been a good learning experience. The visitor centers offers a movie, a kids corner with period clothing to try on, and many historical markers.  The Fort itself had a lot more to offer then the area that we explored.

 

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Island Treasures on Jekyll Island, GA

During the months of January and February Jekyll Island, GA hosts “Island Treasures on Jekyll Island” the ultimate hide-and-seek.  Volunteers hide one of a kind, handcrafted, glass floats called Island Treasures. Each float is hand stamped with the year of the treasure hunt and has a one of a kind unique design.

 

In the 1900s, fishermen used floats to secure to their fishing nets. Sometimes the floats would break loose and end up on shore for a lucky beachgoer to discover. Collecting floats became a hobby of beachcombers in the 1950s when floats were commercialized by Styrofoam and plastic.

 

Jekyll Island has been recreating this hobby since 2002. Volunteers hide the floats on the island for guest to discover. The floats are hidden all over the island, not just the beach, to make it more interesting.

 

Jekyll Island Treasure
Jekyll Island Treasure

Floats are handcrafted works of art by artists all over the country. The glassblowing technique has been used to make these floats for around 2000 years.

 

When a lucky treasure hunter finds a float, they can register it at the visitor center where they will receive certificate of authenticity and a bio of the artist.

 

If a treasure hunter can’t make it out to Jekyll Island, they can join in on the fun at www.Jekyllisland.com There is a float placed on the website in thumbnail picture. Find it, click on the thumbnail and enter your contact information to win! A winner is randomly selected each week. The winner will get their float sent to their doorstep!

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