St. Simons Island
Intergenerational on Three Islands: Sea Turtles, Lighthouses & Shrimp Trawl
Haul in great adventure as you and your grandchild sail on a shrimp boat, visit cultural centers, help rehabilitate injured sea turtles and hear ghost tales on a lantern-lit night walk!
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Program No. 2534RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Discover three islands — St. Simons, Jekyll, Sapelo — off Georgia’s Atlantic coast. Explore Fort Frederica and climb to the top of a lighthouse on St. Simons. With a scientist, hop aboard a shrimp boat to seine and examine ocean critters. A field trip to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll is a special highlight. Learn how they help stranded and injured turtles — creatures that haven’t changed since the dinosaurs. Then ferry over to a village on Sapelo where the Gullah people preserve an African heritage from before the Civil War. Learn about animals and plants in tidal marshes and along ocean beaches, day and night. There’s even time for a ghost walk by lantern. Swimming, too! No boredom. Each day is filled with discovery and fun.
Activity Level
Walking up to two miles a day.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Uncover the history of island treasures such as Fort Frederica and Christ Church, and climb to the top of St. Simons Lighthouse.
  • Learn about the shrimping industry while hauling in the “Catch of the Day” aboard a shrimp vessel. Then sample the shrimp you catch!
  • Meet the staff at the state-of-the-art Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island and visit the turtle hospital.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 9-12.
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Fred Collins
Fred Collins has lived full time on St. Simons Island since 1971 and has been leading cycling rides on the island for a half-dozen years. With his family roots an hour away in Baxley, Ga., where his family lineage goes back to the Revolutionary War and Civil Wars eras, Fred is passionate about sharing his knowledge of the history of the area. He made his living in the banking and finance industry.
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