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!
$5 (Ages 6 - 12)
The Maritime Museum shuts Monday to Saturday between 12pm - 1pm.
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.
Healthy Eating It never hurts to take some healthy snacks and water with you. You will want to spend some time here to really take it in, so we don't want those little kids flagging!
The lightohuse can be found at 610 Beachview Drive. The museum is at 4201 1st Street.
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!
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!
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.
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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
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