2020 Lighthouse Trolleys Land & Sea Tours Summer Outlook
Updated: May 9
As COVID-19 temporarily closed the world and tourism will slowly be coming back to the Golden Isles of Coastal Georgia in time for summer 2020.
What are we looking forward to this summer?
The first day of summer is June 20th, and we are looking forward to being your Golden Isles host for historic landmark sightseeing, storytelling, ghost adventures, fishing charters, and shark fishing. Whether you are a local or entertaining out of town guests to being a visitor on St. Simons or Jekyll Island, we hope to offer lifetime adventures that create lifelong memories. We may still be social distancing, wearing masks, and running small tours, but that will not change our hospitality toward our guests that go on adventures with us.
St. Simons Island
St. Simons Island has a long history, including the Mocama tribe of Native Americans and the settlement of Fort Frederica setup by James Oglethorpe, by the British, between 1736 and 1748 to protect the southern border from the Spanish. Then there was the plantation era with fourteen, including one famous for Anna's Avenue of Oaks, which is seen on our St. Simons Trolley Tour. Of course, there is Christ Church, the one-room historic Harrington School when possible, and the stories to the history of the St. Simons Lighthouse.
In the evenings, the spirits of St. Simons may be caught out of the corner of your eye. While on a ghost tour, you will hear about the ghosts that are known to haunt the island. Bring your family and friends. Yes, this tour is child friendly like all our tours. Perhaps you will see Mary the Wanderer or perhaps Frederick Osborne while on our journey through the evening and hear other stories of the legendary ghosts of St. Simons.
Our boat captains are ready to get back out on the water to be your guide on a leisurely tour with a chance to spot bottlenose dolphins, shorebirds, and other wildlife that inhabit the marshes and waterways surrounding St. Simons. The Golden Ray may still be there throughout the summer as it is cut into pieces and removed from St. Simons Sound after capsizing on September 8, 2019. If you are lucky, aside from spotting the dolphin, you might get to see an array of birds resting on Bird Island that was developed by the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Environmental Laboratory. You will hear the story of how the marshlands of Georgia became protected, among other historical narratives of the island itself that include the United States Navy and World War II. Perhaps you want something more adventurous? What about taking a small group or your family on an inshore fishing charter this summer or even go shark fishing with one of our boat captains. Our boats are sun-covered, and they are coast guard certified. March through Thanksgiving is the best time to fish in coastal Georgia. Trout, Redfish, Flounder, and Whiting are the target fish on an inshore charter. The shark fishing charter ventures out to the oceanside of St. Simons & Jekyll Island, fishing around the sandbar system and trolling behind local shrimp boats. The shark fishing trip is perfect for teenagers and up. Another great idea is taking your wedding party, bachelor or bachelorette, or private group out on a boat for a party.
All boat tours depart from Morningstar Marianas off the St. Simons FJ Torras Causeway.
Jekyll Island is terrific for all ages, locals to visitors alike. Like St. Simons Island, there are beaches; however, the island itself is less developed and more natural as well as a state park. Spend the day lying on the beach, having a picnic at St. Andrews Picnic area, or at South Dunes. Fish off the North End's Fishing Pier or ride bikes around the 14.5 miles of paved paths or play a round of golf on one of the three 18-hole or the historic 9-hole golf courses. Do not forget the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, Tidelands Nature Center, and Summer Waves. If you are looking for other options, Lighthouse Trolleys Land & Sea Tours offer a tour that will help to orientate you to the historical sites and stories of the rich history from the Native Americans, plantation ear to the Gilded Age, and recent history. If you prefer to take a tour after dining on Jekyll, the ghost tour is haunting fun. Hear the stories of the famed Jekyll Island Club, Horton House, and the du Bignon graveyard.
All our tours welcome you with southern hospitality with knowledgeable guides and boat captains. Guests can bring food and beverages aboard; alcohol can only be consumed by those of legal age, 21+. Our trolley tours are dog friendly. We encourage you to bring cameras, sunblock, and a towel to sit on if you want a little extra cushion. Are you ready for a summer adventure? Call us at (912) 638-3333 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your tour today.
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