St. Simons Island, Georgia, is a beautiful place that is situated roughly 60 minutes away from my home. Thus, I have been there on multiple occasions to partake of the area’s attractions. Based on those experiences, I’d like to offer up a few day trip itinerary ideas for seniors. Here they are:
Trolley Tours, Shopping and Ghosts
One activity that I think senior groups may enjoy is the St. Simons Island Trolley Tour. In my experience, it is an awesome, leisurely way to get a feel for the island’s layout and heritage. The 11 am tour typically starts at the St. Simons Pier Village and runs for approximately 90 minutes.
For the early birds and die-hard bargain hunters, assorted shops are also located in the area. Among the notable are Moondance Vintage Clothing and St. Simons Sweets.
One of my favorite spots located along the tour itself is the St. Simons Island Lighthouse. It features charming museum exhibits and stellar views. As such, I’d whole-heartedly suggest bringing a digital camera with a high-powered, zoom lens along. A pair of birding binoculars and advance reservations are likely to prove beneficial too.
Depending on the time of year, I’d also suggest combining it with a ghost or history tour. Sometimes they start at Neptune Park. Other times, they start at the pier. Both locations are in close proximity to the trolley stop. Hours and prices will vary based on the tour desired.
Golf and Swimming
Speaking of Neptune Park, your group may also enjoy visiting the Fun Zone. It is traditionally open year-round and features a lot of attractions. Some of the top draws include multiple, man-made swimming areas and a miniature golf course. The only downside to visiting the “zone” is that it can get really crowded during the summer months.
For those that prefer regular golf and ocean swimming, I’d suggest visiting the King and Prince. It’s also located on the island and offers a suitable place to eat. In addition, you can access the East Beach nearby.
For those that decide to go that route, the place to look for is Massengale Park. It has a pretty, shaded picnic area that is appropriate for small groups. There are also outdoor showers and restroom facilities on site where you can wash the sand off after enjoying the ocean.
Bikes and Boats
Lastly, there are also places on the island where you can rent bicycles or arrange for a boating excursion. However, they tend to be very popular activities. As such, reservations should be made well in advance. Businesses to consider utilizing in that regard are Monkeywrench Bicycles and Southeast Adventure Outfitters. In my opinion, both of them provide good service.
Source: Personal Experience
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