Of the heavenly woods and glades,
That run to the radiant marginal sand-beach within
The wide sea-marshes of Glynn.
Those words, part of poet Sydney Lanier’s “The Marshes of Glynn,” describe the watery landscape near St. Simons Island, Georgia. The destination, which is the largest barrier island in the Golden Isles, offers a tranquil atmosphere that allows travelers to relax and enjoy its coastal beauty.
Many visitors begin aquatic exploration of the area by taking a sightseeing cruise. Many of these nature-based excursions, which typically last between 90 and 120 minutes, showcase the popular bottlenose dolphins that inhabit the area’s waters.
“There’s no better way to experience the amazing marine wildlife of the Golden Isles than by setting sail on a daytime or sunset dolphin cruise with trusted captains and their knowledgeable staff,” says Scott McQuade of the Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau, who notes that groups can reserve private sailings if needed.
Another unique local option is the Richland Rum Distillery. The famous Georgia rum producer recently opened a distillery in the Golden Isles, and tours and tastings are offered daily. As they roam around the state-of-the-art facility, travelers can learn the steps it takes to turn unrefined cane syrup into the tasty liquor. Each tour concludes with tastings for guests 21 and older.
St. Simons Island Tree Spirits
the St. Simons Island Lighthouse
Top Culinary Options
The Brunswick Rockin’ Stewbilee
St. Simons Island Food & Spirits Festival
Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival
Top photo: Richland Rum Distillery
Photo by Richland Rum