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!
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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
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!
4. Take a Dip in Your Private Pool at Sandy Bottoms
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.
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