Planning a trip to St. Simons Island? Well, checking out the St. Simons Island Light is an absolute must. Built in 1810 this pre-Civil War lighthouse is just as impressive today as it was back then. The lighthouse, which underwent major renovations in 2010, continues to be a beloved landmark by all who call St. Simons home, and if you’re brave enough to climb the 129 steps to the top you can get a view of the island and the St. Simons Sound from above.
Tickets can be purchased in the museum, but you can freely walk the grounds of the lighthouse if you opt not to climb to the top of the lighthouse. There are also plenty of shops and restaurants in the area surrounding the lighthouse, so you can definitely make a day or afternoon out of your visit to the St. Simons Island Light.
While I liked the idea of climbing the steps up to the top, my better judgment (ie fear of heights) kept my feet firmly planted on the ground. Despite missing out on that particular part of the experience, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing my first lighthouse upclose and look forward to finding other lighthouses on future trips.
Our day around St Simons was filled with cloudy skies and occasional rain showers, but I kind of liked the ‘moody’ views of the St Simons Sound.
If you’re a history buff, then a visit St. Simons Lighthouse Museum inside the keepers house (built in 1872) and the A. W. Jones Heritage Center (which has exhibitions, Society archives, a research library, event hall, museum shop) should also be part of your visit to St. Simons Island Light.