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Cumberland Island National Seashore
113 W St Marys St
St. Marys, GA
(912) 882-4335
Phone Number: 912-882-4336
http://www.nps.gov/cuis

Most day-trippers arrive via the Cumberland queen, a ferry operated by the NPS.  Its earliest arrival to the island is 9:40 a.m. and the last return trip in the evening is 4:30 p.m., which is just enough time for a hike around the  3.5 mile loop with a good measure of low-key relaxation as well.  Bicycle access is limited, and vehicles are largely prohibited, so day trippers are geographically limited to where their feet can  take them in the time between drop off and pickup. .  Allow at least an hour to return to the dock – if you miss the last ferry back to the mainland, you must arrange for a private charter to transport you.

The Cumberland Queen
P.O. Box 1203
St. Marys, GA 31558
(912) 882-4335
(877) 860-6787
http://www.nps.gov/cuis
Adult = $20.00
Child [12 and under] = $14.00
Senior [65 and over] = $18.00


Cumberland island is accessible only by water, and most people arrive via the Cumberland Queen ferry, which departs daily from St Marys. The ferry is a 45 minute scenic venure that sets the mood for the trip. Reservations can be made up to 6 mos in advance, and are recommended during the summer season.


Guided tours on Cumberland Island

Lands and Legacies Tour
Reserve at  912-882-4335 up to 24 hours in advance
Tours occur daily and depart from the Sea Camp Ranger station shortly after the 9:45 a.m. ferry arrives
http://www.nps.gov/cuis/planyourvisit/land-and-legacies-tours.htm
National Park Service staff provide guided, interpretive tours via passenger vans and an open air tram to historic locations around the Seashore. Sites visited include the 106 room Plum Orchard Mansion, the Alberty House, and the First African Baptist Church, which also served as a schoolhouse and community center. The late John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette were married in the tiny, humble church  in 1996.  

Historic Tram Tours
Meets at the flag pole on the waterfront.
Groups of 10 to 100 can reserve a Historic tram tour of Downtown St. Marys. 800-868-8687

Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum.

129 Osborne St.

St Marys GA

912-882-4336, ext. 254.

Wednesday through Sunday 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Engaging displays depicting the island’s history, culture  and ecology.

http://www.nps.gov/cuis/planyourvisit/museum.htm

Not to be confused with the visitor’s center beside the ferry dock, which offers little in interpretive displays, this facility is located one block from the waterfront.  the exhibits portray the archeological beginnings, showcases local history and ecology,  and illustrate the opulent lifestyle of the Carnegies.  “The Forgotten Battle” exhibit includes artifacts from the last battle of the War of 1812, fought at St. Marys’ Point Peter.


Orange Hall House Museum
311 Osborne Street
St Marys GA
912-576-3644.

www.orangehall.org
The “Grand Dame of St. Marys,” Orange Hall is an elegant 1830’s antebellum mansion museum with daily tours. Reportedly the site of paranormal phenomena, Orange Hall has appeared on the Haunted TV network as the setting for a ghost hunter’s reality show. Three different ghosts are said to make regular appearances. One is a young girl, believed to be the daughter of the builder. Another ghost is an elderly man, and the third is a woman dressed in purple, who supposedly appears in photographs taken in front of the building.  A possible fourth spirit occasionally sighted is a soldier who, by his uniform, predates the Civil War.

St Marys Submarine Museum
102 W St Marys St

St Marys GA 31558

912-882-2782
www.stmaryssubmuseum.com

Submarine memorabilia, displays including a  working periscope, portions of  actual submarines, and replicas of torpedoes. St Marys is home to Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, one of only two Trident submarine bases in the world.

 

St Marys Aquatic Center
301 Herb Bauer Road
St Marys GA

912.673.8118

http://www.funatsmac.com/
St Marys Aquatic Center is a 7-acre water park offering varied activities for families.


Howard Gilman Memorial Park on the Waterfront

 A peaceful place for a walk, for sunset-watching, and a great spot to look for rainbows when storms pass in the afternoon. Old-fashioned wooden swings, fountains, playground, arbors, brick walk. Merges with the Tilden Norris Marsh Walk, which traverses a tidal marsh where waterfowl forage.  


St. Marys Submarine Museum
102 St. Marys Street West
St Marys, Ga. 31558-4945
(912) 882-ASUB (2782)
http://stmaryssubmuseum.com/

A wide variety of Submarine artifacts, memorabilia and information are on display, and you can view the beautiful St Marys waterfront through a real periscope.

Lang Charters
St. Marys, Georgia 

912 674 8062, 912 882 4262
http://www.langcharters.com/

Fishing charters, sightseeing and river cruises. (limited to six persons per cruise.)


Up the Creek Expeditions

111 Osborne St

St marys, GA
912-882-0911
877-UP-THE-CREEK
www.upthecreektrips.com
Up The Creek offers a variety of kayak nature tours and specialty trips to a number of scenic waterways in coastal Georgia and Florida’s. Half-day and full-day trips, kayak lessons/instruction equipment, clothing and gifts. Groups welcome.  


Fort Clinch State Park

2601 Atlantic Ave

Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

(904)277-7274

www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch/
Fort Clinch is a brick Civil War era Union fort, designed to block ships from entering the Confederate port. The fort never saw battle. Interpreters in period costume answer questions, and a small museum runs a short movie about living conditions in the fort during the Civil War.
Fort Clinch State Park is a heavily wooded, scenic park situated on the northern tip of Amelia Island, just south of the Georgia state line. The verdant spreading trees form a living archway that shades hiking and biking trails. The beach is wide, clean, and fairly empty. Catch the sunset off of the long fishing pier, and bed down in a campsite under the canopy of moss- garnished trees. There is a snack bar, camp store, and bike rental.  The spacious campsites have full electrical hook-up, a fire pit, a picnic table and are well concealed.   


The Green Elephant Ghost Tours 

406 Osborne St

St Marys, GA 31558

912-576-9111 or 867-863-0342
http://www.stmaryswelcome.com/ghosttours.html
90-minute walking tour through downtown St Marys, with spooky tales about local historical sites. Tours are available Friday and Saturday night at 7PM and 9PM. Adult price is $12.00, Seniors and Children under 12 $8.00.


Amelia Island Museum of History

233 S. Third St

Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

904-261-7378

www.ameliamuseum.org

Permanent exhibits include artifacts from the native Americans who settled this region, as well as the industries, wars and missions that shaped Florida’s history.


On The Water Adventures

Egan's Creek Marina
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
904-206-1762

www.onthewateradventures.com

Private guided nature tours of Amelia and Cumberland Island. Offering two hour, half-day, and full-day trips aboard a 26' center console panga boat. 

Amelia River Cruises and Cumberland Sound Ferry Service
1 South Front Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034-4295
(904) 261-9972
http://www.ameliarivercruises.com/
The Amelia Island River Cruise offers a 2 hour narrated water tour of Cumberland Island which highlights the history and local folklore.  This is a great way to visit Cumberland  Island with young kids in tow. Children enjoy the story telling, and get to see wild horses, wild turkey, waterfowl, and dolphins galore.

Okefenokee Swamp

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
2700 Suwannee Canal Road,
Folkston GA 31537

912-496-7836

http://www.fws.gov/okefenokee

The 400,000 plus acres of marsh, cypress forest, lakes and islands that is Okefenokee swamp  is  but a small portion of the vast swampland that European settlers found when they arrived in South-central Georgia. Located 45 minutes from St. Marys,

The Okenfenokee Swamp Park
From the east
U.S. 1 South
Waycross, GA 31503
912-283-0583
http://www.okeswamp.com/
okefenokee@wildblue.net
9:00 a.m. to 5:30pm

Crooked River State Park

 Crooked River State Park
6222 Charlie Smith Sr. Highway
St. Marys , GA 31558
7 miles north of St. Marys on Ga. Spur 40 or 8 miles east of I-95 exit
Reservations
(800) 864-7275
Park (912) 882-5256
http://gastateparks.org/CrookedRiver
Located on Georgia's Colonial Coast, this park offers cozy facilities in a beautiful setting. Campsites are surrounded by Spanish moss-draped oaks, while most cottages overlook the river. The park has a playground, a boat dock and many trails.

Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

12713 Fort  Caroline Rd

Jacksonville, FL 32225

(904) 641-7155

Http://sercms.nps.gov/timu/index.html

Includes the 600 acre Theodore Roosevelt natural area, with nature trails though grasslands, forest and wetlands. Also includes Fort Caroline and Kingsley Plantation. Rich archeological area - humans have lived here for 6,000 years.






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Cumberland Island, GA


WHAT TO DO

Visiting

Cumberland Island, GA

WHERE TO STAY

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Respect free-roaming horses as wildlife. Keep at least the length of a large bus between you and the horses at all times., And try not to disrupt their behavior with your presence.

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