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For many, a Florida vacation is one of the fondest memories from childhood. It’s the memories you make while spending quality time with your family, playing games with your siblings and cousins on the beach, or ending a vacation day enjoying sweet treats at the local ice cream shop. The memories you make on the Forgotten Coast are never actually forgotten, especially when you spend your time doing the best St. George Island kid activities. From discovering a thing of the past with a visit to a historic 1833 lighthouse to fishing on Apalachicola Bay, our charming barrier island destination is abundant with family-friendly activities that your kids will remember forever! 

For more island adventures, make sure to unlock your complimentary Vacation Guide! You’ll get exclusive access to local insight on the best things to do on the Gulf Coast, like places to eat, play, shop, and explore during your stay. 

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St. George Kid Activities That Create the Best Family Vacation Memories 

1. Make a Splash at the Beach 

Build sandcastles with the little ones on the beach. You can bring the whole family, including the furry members, to our pet-friendly beaches. Just make sure your dog stays leashed. 

Our island is home to one of the top uncrowded beaches in the U.S., with 22 miles of pretty shells, fantastic fishing, and crystal-clear Gulf waters! 

Beach Gear & How You Can Get It for Free! 

Your outdoor adventures start with renting the best equipment. Head to a local gift shop for all the beach supplies you could possibly need, like golf carts, bikes, kayaks, surfboards, paddleboards, fishing poles, and more.  

Here are some places to rent beach gear on St. George Island: 
Jolly Roger Beach Shop 
Journeys of St. George Island 
Island Outfitters 

Our local gift shops are convenient, but there’s also a way to rent FREE beach gear! Enjoy your family vacation with us at Resort Vacation Properties and choose one of our vacation rentals with beach gear to rent some awesome equipment for your beach days, like stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, lounge chairs, bicycles – you name it! 

2. Discover Unforgettable History at a Historic Lighthouse 

The kids will be in awe with a trip to one of two historic lighthouses in Franklin County. Bring out the history buff in the group and visit Cape St. George Lighthouse in East Point, FL. Climb to the top for the ultimate view of St. George Island and then check out the museum and gift shop for a souvenir! 

The next stop on your day of exploring history is Crooked River Lighthouse in Carrabelle. This 1895 guiding light helped ships, fishermen, and oystermen get through the dangerous pass between Dog Island and St. George Island. 

One of the coolest activities to do at both towering structures is attend the Full Moon Climb. Kids and adults alike will be starstruck by the pretty view of SGI, the Gulf of Mexico, and Apalachicola Bay under the full moon and starry sky! 

3. Discover Florida Wildlife at St. George Island State Park 

You should definitely add the Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park to your family vacation itinerary because it’s one of our favorite SGI attractions. Not only can you enjoy adventures like kayaking, boating, hiking, fishing, and swimming on the beach, but you can also get glimpses of Florida’s most fascinating wildlife. 

Bird watching on our island is always a great fascinating time because you’ll see such a diverse variety of feathery friends. Check out the bayside of the park, and you might see woodpeckers and bald eagles. 

If you visit during your summer vacation, you’ll likely spot shorebirds and maybe even sea turtles and dolphins! 

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4. Take a Dip in Your Private Pool at Sandy Bottoms interior of vacation rental

Some of the most fun St. George Island kid activities happen from the comfort of your Resort Vacation Properties vacation rental. With amenities like private pools, free WiFi, boat docks, fishing piers, and free beach gear, the best bonding moments and fun memories never stop! 

Book Sandy Bottoms for your next family vacay. This 7-bed dream home can accommodate you and all your family as it accommodates 21 people. You’re sure to enjoy the convenience of this family-friendly rental as it not only has a 1st tier Gulf view, but also has a gorgeous private pool with boardwalk beach access just steps away from the house. 

Check our availability, and reserve it now for the FL vacay of your dreams! 

 

It’s hard to beat the fishing on St. George Island. Its location as a barrier island four miles off the mainland gives fishermen the unique opportunity to fish Apalachicola Bay and the Gulf of Mexico in the same day, if they so choose. And each has its advantages—the Bay is home to more than 100 species of fish, while the Gulf gives opportunity for surfing and offshore fishing along the white sand beaches.

This love of fishing spans the Forgotten Coast region, and locals are proud to include children in our favorite sport. After all, fishing offers children a variety of life lessons, from patience and decision-making to the concept of the circle of life. Many charters, which make fishing hassle-free by including the required licenses, rods, reels, bait and tackle, welcome children. Some are even for children only!

A great way to celebrate the young angler in your life can be found just across the Bay in Eastpoint. The 17th Annual Fisherman’s Choice Youth Fishing Tournament will be held on June 10th, bringing together 200 children ages 16 and under to fish for both fresh and saltwater species. Entry is free and includes a free t-shirt. After the tournament, everyone is invited to attend a cookout at Fisherman’s Choice, the title sponsor and Eastpoint’s premier hunting and fishing supply store.

 

Latest DiscountsEven though the official first day of Autumn has come and gone, on St. George Island we know it’s still warm enough to be summertime. But the moments are slipping away to experience St. George’s scenic summer moments. Here are four can’t-miss ways to spend your last seconds of summer:

Beach It Up, Baby

With the salty waters of the Gulf of Mexico still as warm as 77 degrees and coastal air temps as high as 83 degrees, the beach is still fair game during our elongated summer. Check out Lighthouse Park at the center of the island.  With its pristine vistas and puffy white clouds hanging out over the St. George Lighthouse, it is the undeniable focal point of the area. For a more natural sandy excursion, experience the nine undeveloped miles of seagrass-speckled Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park.  Both parks feature lovely, well-kept facilities and covered picnic areas perfect for a warm-weather picnic. And keep your eyes peeled for playful dolphins and other marine life bounding out of the beautiful blue waters!

Behold the Birds

Birding has long been a favorite pastime on the island. While avian activities are year ‘round, early October is a one of two peak migratory seasons for a variety of species. The beach surf teems with nimble little terns diving into the waves to gather food during this time of year.  This allows for quite the show whether you’re seeking them out or simply stumbling upon their impressive precision. With more than 300 species of native and migratory birds, St. George Island State Park offers a host of bird-watching hotbeds for you to experience firsthand.

Cycling the Coast

With salty gusts of sea air and low- to mid-80s almost-autumnal warmth, cyclists can ride along the forgotten coast in beachy comfort. The island is home to 17 miles of paved bike paths as well as plenty of off-road opportunities to explore the sights from your bike. In addition, the island’s 1,000 or so residents live their lives on “island time!”  This means there’s a much safer feel to sharing the road on St. George than in busier beach regions.

Outdoor Adventures Courtesy of Journeys

The fine folks at Journeys offer the Forgotten Coast’s regional secrets from the locals who know them the very best. Whether it’s bay side or off-shore fishing charters, guided tours aboard boats and kayaks, each excursion comes with experienced captains ready to show you what makes St. George so gorgeous. The Journeys team is full of knowledge—even exposing those who join them the prime sloughs and sweet spots that can all but guarantee a big catch.

As for the kiddos, Journeys is proud to provide four unparalleled island adventures to the most curious of young beach-goers. Complete with snacks and drinks, these kid-friendly excursions include:

  1. The Dolphin Encounter that allows youngsters to watch the magic movements of the sleekest mammals in the sea.
  2. The Creature Feature where kids can check out beach critters via various net-casting techniques.
  3. The Fishing Adventure that teaches baiting, hooking, and releasing techniques with exposure to various local fish.
  4. The Critter Swamp Walk where nets and buckets are provided to allow interested explorers to collect minnows, crabs, and shrimp in the impeccable estuary.

Resort Vacation Properties of St. George Island Florida makes it their mission to champion their community by sharing the old fishermen tales, the area’s mysterious history, the hidden beauty spots along the Forgotten Coast, and highlighting the wonders of this incredible beach island enclave.  St. George Island is a short 80 miles east of Panama City, along the sparkling Gulf Coast of Florida.  We hope you’ll check out our rental properties should your travels ever bring you our way.