St. Simons Island Lighthouse is located near the entrance to St. Simons Sound, stands 104 feet tall, and uses a third order fresnel lens. On lease from the U.S. Coast Guard to the Coastal Georgia Historical Society, the lighthouse is fully operational as a museum and navigational tool.

 
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Parks and Outdoors Review of St. Simons Island Lighthouse

Away Travel Expert: Mike Sigalas
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  • This lighthouse is the second built on the site where Fort St. Simons originally stood. It was built to anchor the southern half of the island for the British as they fended off attacks from the Spanish to the south. In 1742, the Spanish captured the fort and its survivors fled to Fort Frederica on the island's north end.
  • The lighthouse closes at 4:45 daily, so the last person is allowed to head up the tower at 4:30.p.m. You'll want to get here earlier than that, however. While it is possible to jog up and down the little tower in just fifteen minutes, you'll want to allow a minimum of 45 minutes to take in the light and the museum at a reasonable pace.
  • Several Sunday evenings each summer are set aside for picnic concerts on the lawn beneath the light, facing the ocean. The acts for the "A Little Light Music" series vary from Celtic to Beach and Rock.

Address:
101 12th St.
St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522
Parking: Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: Adults $6, children (6-12) $3


Visitor Information


Telephone Number: 912-638-4666
Fax: 912-638-6609
Email: ssi1872@bellsouth.net
Price Information: Adults $6, children (6-12) $3
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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