So you’ve booked your summer getaway in one of St. George vacation rentals
and now you need to find out about the island top tourist destinations. Look no further; here's a St. George Island activities guide
St. George Island Visitor’s Center and Lighthouse Museum
A favorite attraction for St. George Island visitors is the Lighthouse Museum. The lighthouse was originally built in 1852 on what is now known as Little St. George Island. Eventually, due to the pounding waves and sand erosion, the lighthouse collapsed into the Gulf of Mexico in October 2005. The lighthouse was rebuilt thanks to the efforts of the St. George Lighthouse Association. Many volunteers helped to clean the mortar from thousands of the original bricks and the original blueprints were obtained from the National Archives in Washington, D.C. The lighthouse was reconstructed on St, George Island and reopened to the public in December 2008. You will enjoy exploring this historic building and climbing the 92 stairs to reach the top of the light.
St. George Island Plantation
The plantation is located at the west end of the island and is home to a number of St. George Island vacation rentals. The luxury gated community has a number of amenities including 12 miles of paved hiking walks and bike paths from which you can enjoy the views of nature and surrounding landscape. You can book a court and find a partner at one of the three tennis courts complete with beautiful scenery and individual clubhouse. You can also make the most of the Planation’s extensive fitness center or swim in the outdoor, in-ground 103,000 gallon swimming pool while soaking up the sun.
Whether you’re in the mood for fresh seafood, a light snack or full home cooked dinner, St. George Island has it all. You can enjoy the best of fresh, local seafood as well as steaks, salads and sandwiches at Harry’s Restaurant, which also has a full service bar and outside dining on the patio. If you’re looking for a sandwich, snack or hot wings, check out B.J.’s Pizza & Subs. While you’re there you can hit the games room and play pool and watch TV, or take your meal back to your vacation rental. The children will enjoy Aunt Ebby’s Ice Cream, which has been serving hotdogs, burgers and ice cream for 14 years.
Take the kids on a special adventure with Journeys of St. George Island. The range of specialized kids trips are run by qualified guides and include snacks and drinks. Kid’s adventures include fishing trips, dolphin encounters, “night critter identification,” and “beginning kayak. There’s always time for family fun at the Apalachicola Nature Center with its educational exhibits, well-stocked aquarium and nature trail boardwalk. Apalachicola Maritime Museum makes for another great family day out. Preserving the maritime history of Apalachicola, the museum is a fun-packed, hands-on learning experience including boat building and restoration, active sailing, and adventure programs.
Snorkeling is a favorite activity in and around Florida and if you’ve booked one of the St. George Island vacation rentals you’ll have the perfect opportunity to explore the underwater world. You have a number of options to choose from including Horse Water Safaris’ four-hour snorkeling trip or exciting the eight-hour combined snorkeling and sea kayaking trip offered by Journeys of St. George Island. If you’re visiting the island between July 1st and September 10th, you can add an extra twist to your snorkeling trip. This period is scallop season and once you get your license from your local tour guide, you will be free to scoop up the scallops form their shallow sea grass beds.
Other fun activities
When you feel like a break from the beach you won’t be short of fun activities to do without going far from your St. George Island vacation rental. If you enjoy shopping, whether you’re looking for beachwear, unusual gifts, classic antiques or sports gear St. George Island offers a range of shopping opportunities. When you’ve shopped till you dropped, take a leisurely stroll through the Apalachicola Historic District, location of more than 900 buildings dating back to the 1830s. The island also hosts a wide range of family-friendly restaurants where you can enjoy the Florida coast’s delicious fresh seafood and shell fish as well as more traditional fare.