St Simons Island Lighthouse St Simons Island
Where is it at?
St Simons Island Lighthouse
610 Beachview Drive
St Simons Island
Tel: 912 638 4666
P From U.S. Highway 17 in Brunswick, take the F.J. Torras Causeway to St. Simons Island. After the bridge over the Frederica River, turn right on King's Way. Stay on King's Way past the blinking light at Sea Island Causeway, and past the traffic signal at Frederica Road. The airport will be on your left at this intersection. At the next traffic signal, turn right onto Mallery Street. Go one block to Beachview Drive and turn left. Drive one-fourth mile to 12th St. and turn right into the parking lot. You're there!
Where are we going today?
Kids - have you ever been in a real life working lighthouse?! Now is your chance, just take your family day out to St. Simon's Island Lighthouse on the coast of Georgia!
The first lighthouse was built all the way back in 1810 - that's a pretty long time ago! Now, you can experience this traditional and historic working lighthouse for yourself. During your family day out, you can explore the maritime, lifeguarding and local seafaring history at the lighthouse itself, as well as other attractions from the Keeper's Dwelling Museum to the Maritime Museum.
It is a whopping 104 feet tall and it's amazing beam can be cast out 23 miles out to sea - how impressive! It also happens to STILL be aiding ships that are coming past the Georgia coast.
The tour is a great way to immerse yourself in the history of the lighthouse. Are you ready to climb up 129 circular steps up to the top of the amazing St. Simons Island Lighthouse? Let's go! There are only five lighthouses in Georgia, so you don't have many chances to do this!
As well as those amazing views from the top, you can explore the original 1872 Keeper's Dwelling, which once served as the home to the lighthouse keepers, but is now a two-story museum. It's here you will be able to look around all the exhibits and artifacts which will tell you ALL about the story of the lighthouse!
You tour ALSO gives you a look at the Maritime Center which holds the historic Coast Guard Station, which is just minutes away.
So ships ahoy, it’s time to get on those lighthouse keepers caps and let’s get lost in history!
How much does it cost?
- Children$5 (Ages 6 - 12)
- Free Under: 5 years.
When can we go?
Monday through Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday 1:30pm to 5pm. Last climb 4:30pm.
All year round, but closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day
An amazing experience for kids, so of course tour groups are welcome! The Lighthouse School Tour is 90 minutes, and all grades $3 per person. History is waiting! .
Any Top Tips?
It's worth noting that during bad weather and heavy rain, the lighthouse town and Maritime Center Watch Tower may be closed to those wanting to climb up it. .
Doing our bit
The museum is looking to preserve the history of this amazing attraction whilst still ensuring it can remain a working lighthouse. History is important, and it's an important part of the Georgia past! .
Need a little extra help?
There are 129 steps up the lighthouse, so you have to have mobility. Give them a call to discuss accessibility to other areas of the museums. .
The Maritime Museum shuts Monday to Saturday between 12pm - 1pm. .
What people are saying?
by Cheri Paradise
This was our 2nd time touring the lighthouse. The first time being 12 years ago and much has changed. First of all the docent that gave the tickets was a man who didn't even look up from his newspaper/reading material to greet us as we came in the door. He never said "Good Morning" or welcomed us in anyway. Then he was very haughty to an older lady who asked him about a senior citizen discount, telling her that they didn't offer such. I remember the gift store 12 years ago as having more lighthouse themed gift items and better price points. Whomever...Read More
by Lori Heston
Enjoyable - I love photographing the lighthouse
by Terry Spillers
nice but not a lot for kids to do more of an old timers thing
by Marty Teems
by A Google User
Wonderful piece of island history!
by Cheri Paradise
This was our 2nd time touring the lighthouse. The first time being 12 years ago and much has changed. First of all the docent that gave the tickets was a man who didn't even look up from his newspaper/reading material to greet us as we came in the door. He never said "Good Morning" or welcomed us in anyway. Then he was very haughty to an older lady who asked him about a senior citizen discount, telling her that they didn't offer such. I remember the gift store 12 years ago as having more lighthouse themed gift items and better price points. Whomever is buying for the store know has chosen to place knock off Tory Burch bags, scarves, clothing, very expensive jewelry, scrimshaw boxes, very high end items in the store. Many have nothing to do with a lighthouse and there is no small affordable mementos to bring back for family or friends. The keepers quarters have been updated. The bottom part is a history part and the upstairs is the actual quarters. The first floor was a self guided tour and sort of boring. The living quarters were nicely done and the climb to the light house was fun. But all in all it isn't worth $12.00 per person for adults for a self guided tour and a climb to the top of a lighthouse. Young children will not find it very enjoyable except for the climb and then you are quite nervous at having them on the platform at the top of the lighthouse. The Georgia Sea Turtle museum is much much more interesting and more interactive. Better/more helpful docents and a much better gift store. I give the light house 2 stars but would have given 3 if the gift store person had been friendly.