Places to See

One of the most popular pastimes for guests is to explore the beautiful grounds of Epworth By The Sea. Nestled along the banks of the historic Frederica River, the St. Simons Island campus of Epworth By The Sea is overflowing with natural beauty as well as man-made structures that provide peace and serenity to all who enter.

  • Lovely Lane Chapel

    Constructed in 1880, Lovely Lane Chapel has been a bastion of hope and faith for more than 140 years. Its magnificent stained-glass windows and modest wooden pews help quiet the mind and inspire the soul. It is one of the most popular wedding venues on St. Simons Island and still hosts regular church services every Sunday from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m.

  • The Rush River Walk

    The paved walkways along the banks of the Frederica River are commonly used for morning walks and sunset strolls. There are few things better than admiring the vast acres of waters and marsh grass that separate St. Simons Island from the mainland.

  • Wright Prayer Tower

    On the riverside, this intimate space features stained glass windows and is ideal for small group devotionals and small weddings. The carillon atop the tower provides comfort to guests with songs and bells throughout the day at the top and bottom of the hour beginning at 7 a.m.

  • Jones Pier & Johnson Pier

    The Jones and Johnson Piers are open to guests for fishing or simply relaxing. Fishing equipment is not available on site; however, guests are welcome to bring their own. A trip to the piers provides a wide view of the historic Frederica River and the legendary Marshes of Glynn.

  • Moore Methodist Museum & Archives

    The Museum, the Ministry of Memory of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, welcomes visitors to explore the history of the Methodist movement and its founder John Wesley. Exhibits feature the development and leaders of Methodism in America, Epworth By The Sea and St. Simons Island history, and much more. The Museum plays the full-length documentary “St. Simons 360: Historical Video Tour” twice daily and presents the “John Wesley on St. Simons” lecture given by Rev. Dave Hanson every Thursday at 2 p.m.

    The Museum houses an extensive library which includes Methodist history, Christianity, Georgia coastal history, and conference journals. It also serves as the repository for the SGA Conference archival records. A Lending Library and Christian Bookstore/Gift Shop are also onsite. Museum hours are Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 pm. Closed Sundays and holidays.

    Call 912-638-4050 to schedule a guided tour. Group tours available. For special event information and more, please visit our website: mooremethodistmuseum.com. Museum admission is free.

  • Walkway of Remembrance

    Located just south of the main lobby and dining hall, the Walkway of Remembrance is a highlight for many visitors. As guests walk over the commemorative bricks and around the fountain, this serene path in the Waters Garden inspires thoughtful reflection. Commemorative bricks have been purchased and installed over the years to memorialize individuals, groups, weddings and events that have been impacted and uplifted by the Epworth experience.


Additional Resources

Community Events Calendar

Our friends at the Golden Isles Convention & Visitors Bureau do an excellent job of compiling a community events calendar. From live music to antique markets and holiday celebrations to art and crafts fairs, there’s always something happening in Georgia’s Golden Isles.

Driftwood Education Center

Driftwood Education Center's mission is to cultivate a personal responsibility and awareness for our aquatic ecosystems through an array of educational programming. Student participants explore the local Coastal Georgia environment through learner-based classes and activities that weave four main themes – intertidal zones, freshwater habitat, terrestrial ecosystems, and stewardship – which promote personal growth and critical thinking. As students live together at Epworth By The Sea for two and a half days, sharing cabin space, meals and exciting adventures, a sense of community develops between them. It is the hope of Driftwood Education Center that participants will become responsible members of their community and continue to have a lasting desire to care for and preserve their aquatic resources.

Dolphin Tours

Available to book for groups staying at Epworth, Dolphin Tours provide beautiful intracoastal sights and a real live "touch 'n' feel" educational experience. Tour boats are fully shaded with restrooms on board and are USCG certified for a maximum of 40 passengers. Contact your Reservation Specialist for booking inquiries.

Epworth Events

Check out our Events Calendar to stay up to date on all of the happenings at Epworth By The Sea. Group Registration can be accesses by utilizing the search feature in Reservations.

Find more things to do on goldenisles.com

Things to Do in the Area

As a premier vacation destination in the Southeast United States, St. Simons Island, Georgia has a wealth of family activities for guests of Epworth By The Sea to discover. While the list below is not comprehensive, it does include some additional sites to visit and fun things to do on St. Simons that can help guests make the most of their stay at Epworth.

  • Gascoigne Bluff

    Just beyond Epworth By The Sea’s southern entrance is Gascoigne Bluff, which is as historically significant as it is beautiful. As the first possible landing area for a ship entering the harbor, Gascoigne Bluff has served as the site of a Native American campground, headquarters for a military invasion, a vast Sea Island cotton plantation, plus a lumber mill and a shipping point for timber. Today, Gascoigne Bluff features 24 acres of greenspace. Highlighted by countless live oaks draped in Spanish moss, the park includes a public fishing pier, a floating dock, a picnic pavilion, two grills, a disc golf course, a fitness trail and restroom facilities. The park is free, open year-round and is the site of numerous community events.

  • St. Simons Lighthouse

    As one of the most notable man-made structures on the island, the St. Simons Lighthouse is a can’t-miss stop on any trip to the Golden Isles. The St. Simons Lighthouse and Keeper’s Dwelling were built in 1868-1872, replacing an earlier light station destroyed during the American Civil War. The tapering brick tower still serves as an Active Aid to Navigation and houses the original third order Fresnel lens. The Lighthouse and Museum are managed by the Coastal Georgia Historical Society, which also runs the A.W. Jones Heritage Center and the WWII Homefront Museum.
    Learn more about the lighthouse

  • Tabby Cabins

    Adjacent to Epworth’s southern entrance stand two tabby cabins that were built in the early 1800s to house slave families of Hamilton Plantation. On the National Registry of Historic Places since 1988, the historically restored dwellings and gardens are preserved and managed by the Cassina Garden Club . They are open to the public from 10 a.m.-noon on the first and third Saturday for the months of February through May and every Wednesday from June through mid-August.

  • St. Simons Bike Trails

    Affordable rental bikes are available for guests to tour the grounds and St. Simons Island, which features over 30 miles of bike trails. Stop by the main lobby to secure your rental and pick up a map. Learn more

  • St. Simons Public Beaches

    Enjoy the surf and sun along miles of St. Simons’ public beaches. Run, walk, shell, bike, splash or simply soak up some rays. Get out and have some fun in the sun. Learn more

  • Fort Frederica National Monument

    History buffs will delight in this often-forgotten colonial settlement, which both John and Charles Wesley visited while in Georgia. Walk the grounds and imagine a thriving colonial fort and town, which supported around 1,000 people in the 1740s. Learn more

Additional Resources

Community Events Calendar

Our friends at the Golden Isles Convention & Visitors Bureau do an excellent job of compiling a community events calendar. From live music to antique markets and holiday celebrations to art and crafts fairs, there’s always something happening in Georgia’s Golden Isles.

Driftwood Education Center

Driftwood Education Center's mission is to cultivate a personal responsibility and awareness for our aquatic ecosystems through an array of educational programming. Student participants explore the local Coastal Georgia environment through learner-based classes and activities that weave four main themes – intertidal zones, freshwater habitat, terrestrial ecosystems, and stewardship – which promote personal growth and critical thinking. As students live together at Epworth By The Sea for two and a half days, sharing cabin space, meals and exciting adventures, a sense of community develops between them. It is the hope of Driftwood Education Center that participants will become responsible members of their community and continue to have a lasting desire to care for and preserve their aquatic resources.

Dolphin Tours

Available to book for groups staying at Epworth, Dolphin Tours provide beautiful intracoastal sights and a real live "touch 'n' feel" educational experience. Tour boats are fully shaded with restrooms on board and are USCG certified for a maximum of 40 passengers. Contact your Reservation Specialist for booking inquiries.

Epworth Events

Check out our Events Calendar to stay up to date on all of the happenings at Epworth By The Sea. Group Registration can be accesses by utilizing the search feature in Reservations.

Find more things to do on goldenisles.com
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