Things To Do When it Rains On St. Simons, Jekyll Island & Brunswick
Or It’s Just to Stinkin’ Hot to go outside
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It never fails. You have planned the perfect trip to the Golden Isles and a monsoon sets in, potentially ruining an awesome vacation. Have no fear we have complied a Bucket List of Things to do when it rains in St. Simons Island. Most of these can also be done when that summer heat gets too much to bare. We locals like to think that we can handle the heat, but when it comes down to it, we look for any air conditioned activity to get us out of the heat. The best thing to do is always have a rain plan. Below is our list of Must-Do things on St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island. Most of these are self guided.
The Visitors Center on St. Simons
529 Oceanview Drive, St. Simons (912)638-9014
Start at the Visitor Center – Inside the Visitors Center you can find maps, local works of art, souvenirs, books and all the information you could possibly want about the Golden Isles. Ask them for a copy of The Island Directory-this is a complete business directory for the 3 islands. It has maps, shopping guides, menus and history. The staff is very knowledgeable and super friendly.
While you’re down at the Pier Village, you might as well start the day off with a world-class breakfast. Palmers and Sandcastle are where the locals eat! Click on their name for a menu. More about the best places to eat in another blog!
St Simons Island Lighthouse & Museum
610 Beachview Drive • (912) 634-7090
On October 17, 1804, John Couper, a plantation owner on St. Simons Island, deeded four acres of his land, known as “Couper’s Point,” at the south end of the island for one dollar to the Federal government for the construction of a lighthouse. James Gould of Massachusetts was hired in 1807 by the Treasury Department to build the lighthouse and a one-story frame residence. Original specifications called for the lighthouse to be built of hard brick; however, for economic purposes, most of the material used in the construction was “tabby,” a mixture of oyster shell, lime, sand, and water. The uppermost part (12 feet) was constructed of the “best northward brick.” The 75-foot tower, exclusive of the lantern, was an octagonal pyramid, 25 feet in diameter at the base, tapering to 10 feet in diameter at the top. The tabby foundation was eight feet thick at the base. An iron lantern ten feet high and eight feet in diameter rested on top of the brick and tabby tower, making the lighthouse 85 feet tall. Oil lamps were suspended on iron chains in the lantern. You probably won’t be able to climb the lighthouse because they close it during inclimate weather. But the interactive museum and short movie is all indoors. They also have a great deal of local information, books and souvenirs in the gift shop. Click here to purchase daily tickets.
4201 1st Street • St. Simons Island, GA 31522
The World War II Home Front Museum is located in the Historic Coast Guard Station at East Beach. The new Museum brings to life Coastal Georgia’s extraordinary contributions during World War II. Through immersive exhibits and interactive experiences, visitors will learn about blimps on anti-submarine patrol, radar training to direct fighter pilots, building Liberty ships to supply troops overseas, and much more.Tickets may be purchased in either Museum Store or online. Click here to purchase daily tickets.
call at (912) 580-2530
Take a Cooking Class at Golden Isles Olive Oil
306 Redfern Village, St. Simons Island 912/602.9736
Located in the top of Redfern Village, Golden Isles Olive Oil is certainly a destination in and of it self. But if it’s raining or too hot, why not check out a cooking class or afternoon tea. They provide a unique look into the culinary world of olive oils and vinegars. They sell the highest quality EVOO and Infused Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars. Go by and taste these extraordinary flavors. They have a large selection of wines, cheeses and local offerings. Stop by for lunch or dinner and enjoy a Charcuterie board while listening to some live music. Dine inside or out. They will be glad to ship your purchases home for you www.goldenislesoliveoil.com
Jekyll Island-America’s Jewel
Head on over to Jekyll Island to experience a place like no other. Jekyll Island has a much slower pace and hosts many famous beaches and landmarks. Make plans to spend the better part of a day there-if not your entire trip. Jekyll has some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the state. Visit the Jekyll Island website for all things Jekyll.
Visit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island
214 Stable Rd.
Through sea turtle rehabilitation, research and education programs, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center increases awareness of habitat and wildlife conservation challenges, promote responsibility for ecosystem health and empower individuals to act locally, regionally, and globally to protect the environment. The Center is open to the general public and offers an interactive Exhibit Gallery and Rehabilitation Pavilion with a number of view-able sea turtle patients.The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is a hospital for ill and injured sea turtles. It is the only hospital of its kind in the state of Georgia.
Visit the Jekyll Island Club & Historic District on Jekyll Island
Maybe not the best place to be when it’s raining, but it’s certainly worth a drive through the majestic oaks to see the “cottages” once owned by America’s royalty. Many of these homes are open to the public, but some are either under reconstruction or closed. In 1886, Jekyll Island was purchased to become an exclusive winter retreat, known as the Jekyll Island Club. It soon became recognized as “the richest, most inaccessible club in the world.” Club members included such notable figures as J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer, William K. Vanderbilt, and Marshall Field. Members prized the island for its “sense of splendid isolation,” beautiful landscape, and moderate climate. Jekyll Island, with its cottage colony and clubhouse, was viewed as a little paradise, where members and guests pursued “a life of elegant leisure.” Here, they enjoyed a variety of outdoor pursuits, such as hunting, horseback riding, skeet shooting, golf, tennis, biking, croquet, lawn bowling, picnics, and carriage rides. Today, the former Club grounds comprise a 240-acre site with 34 historic structures. The Jekyll Island Club National Historic Landmark District is one of the largest ongoing restoration projects in the southeastern United States, attracting curious guests from around the world. Amid lush grounds at the riverʼs edge, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel is the centerpiece of Jekyll Islandʼs celebrated Historic District. The Hotel is the Islandʼs only Four-Star resort and is a National Historic Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Hotel is also a member of Historic Hotels of America. Be sure to go inside the Jekyll Island Club and look around. They have shops, a world class restaurant and even a sandwich shop.
100 Stable Road, Jekyll Island
Jekyll Island’s newest attraction is the Mosaic Jekyll Island Museum. Located at 100 Stable Road across from the Historic District. Mosaic is an interactive museum that chronicles life on Jekyll Island all the way back to before the Europeans called this island home. See how Native Americans lived on the island and what the day to day routine looked like. See examples of what slaves endured on their months long voyage to America. Then see how the Rich and Famous lived and played while calling the Golden Isles home for the winter. Weather permitting, you can get a guided tram tour which includes admission to the Gallery and 2 of the cottages and Faith Chapel. Trams leave at 11am, 1 pm & 3 pm daily. Tickets for the tour and/or museum can be purchased in the gift shop, which we might add is fantastic. Here they have books galore, island souvenirs, clothes and a few snacks to take on your tram tour. For more information go to the website www.jekyllisland.com/history/museum/
Take a Tour of Richland Rum in Downtown Brunswick
1406 Newcastle Street, Brunswick, GA
Get a first-hand experience of the creation of Richland Single Estate Old Georgia Rum.Richland Distilling Company began in 1999 on the farm at Richland Estate where sugarcane is still grown in order to make Richland Rum. Twenty years later, with two distilleries in Richland & Brunswick, GA, and multiple award winning rum expressions, Richland Rum is setting the standard for top quality rum making around the world. By the way, this rum is not just for rum lovers, but even more so for bourbon and whiskey drinkers, it’s the true, authentic sipping drinkl Each tour includes a tasting for guests of 21 years and older. Retail store and gift shop on site. Book your tour here. Tours last either 15 mins or 45 mins. If you are a Rum lover, this ones for you!
Visit The Pinball Palace
3303 Hopkins Ave, Brunswick, GA
Whether you are visiting the Golden Isles or live here, one of our best family fun places to visit when it’s raining or when you’ve just had too much glorious sunshine and humidity is the Pinball Palace. It is conveniently located just off the end of the FJ Torras Causeway. Recently, the Pinball Palace was voted the second best location in the United States to play pinball. Family owned and operated, the Pinball Palace offers over one hundred arcade and pinball games to play, as well as a room designated for younger kids where they can bounce and slide on several large inflatable bounce house (don’t forget to wear or bring socks). Don’t worry, quarters are not needed, you pay an admission fee per person for the amount of time you would like to stay and that fee covers all play. So, if the rain has put a damper on your day, or if you would simply like to get out of the hot sun, please visit the Pinball Palace for a ‘flipping’ good time! Visit their website here.
Experience the Virtual Reality Zone at The Golden Isles Strike Zone
380 Millennium Blvd, Brunswick, Georgia (912)265-6600www.tgistrikezone.com
The Strike Zone is the area’s only Family Friendly Bowling Alley, Arcade and VR Room. There’s something for everyone. The VR Zone is the newest attraction featuring 6 virtual reality pods, plus two new racing seats for the game Project Cars.
Coming very soon, The Filling Station Snack Bar. Great finger foods featuring Pizza, Chicken Tenders, Burgers and Dogs, and a Small assortment of snack items.During the summer “Kids Bowl Free” Download the app here for coupons and enjoy 2 games of bowling for kids under 12. Whether bowling, playing in the arcade or trying your hand at a Virtual Escape Room, weather is never a factor at The Golden Isles Strike Zone.
We hope you have enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to hearing what your favorite thing to do while visiting the Golden Isles. Legend has it that once you get our sand on your feet you are certain to return. So visit our website theislanddirectory.com for a list of The Best of The Golden Isles. We have compiled a directory of the best places to to eat, shop, stay and play in the Golden Isles. See you next time!