Recreation in St. Marys
- For adventurers of all ages from three to ninety-three, there’s plenty of fun to be had in St. Marys. From historic mansions to aquatic parks, golfing to kayaking, art galleries and museums, swamp tours and island retreats—St. Marys beckons, “Come out and Play.
- Howard Gilman Memorial Park
on the Waterfront
This is the ideal spot from which to watch the shrimp boats come in, take a stroll along the waterfront, have a picnic, or witness a stunning sunset.
- Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
“Land of the Trembling Earth”
The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is just 45 minutes from Historic St. Marys. It is a rare experience for every member of the family. Naturally beautiful, the swamp (nearly a half-million acres), carries you back into the world’s prehistory. Interpretative exhibits, lectures, wildlife shows, boat tours on original Indian Waterways, wilderness walkways, Pioneer Island, native animals in their own habitat, all combine to weave a spell of pioneer American life. You will witness where primitive man ruled the wilds, where Indians hunted and fished, and where early settlers sought peace and communed with nature. You can see how nature still controls the environment and how nature’s balance assures the perpetuation of the flora and fauna, and the swamp itself.
- Crooked River State Park
Located four miles from Historic St. Marys on the south bank of the Crooked River, this park offers fine facilities in a beautiful coastal setting. Full RV hook-ups and tent camping. There is saltwater fishing and boating, two comfort stations and pioneer camping site, and a 1.5-mile nature trail for hiking. You will want to visit the nearby ruins of the famous tabby “McIntosh Sugar Works” mill built around 1825. The mill was later used as a starch factory during the Civil War.
- Colonial Coast Birding Trail
Enjoy a kaleidoscope of birds and glimpse the fascinating history of the Georgia Coast by following this 18-site trail that runs from Savannah to Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. More than 300 species of birds have been spotted along the way.
- The Jumping Place Skydiving
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- Diver's Den Georgia
Diver’s Den Georgia is a factory authorized, full service dealer for all of diving’s top brands, including Scubapro, AquaLung, Pinnacle, Halcyon and Dive Rite. Fully equipped repair department. Get certified in our convenient, four-evening/one-weekend courses — or just give it a try with a one-evening Discover Scuba experience. We also offer Advanced, Specialty, Leadership and Technical Diver training.
- Camden Bicycle Center
On land, the finest way to discover the delights of the area is on two wheels. Did you know that just 3 hours of biking a week can reduce your risk of heart disease by 50%? Serving all of southeast Georgia and northeast Florida, Camden Bicycle Center is a full service bike shop that offers an amazing selection of name brand bikes for all ages plus a wide range of accessories, gear, and professional repair services.
- Oak Grove Cemetery
Go back into history as you gaze at the engravings on Oak Grove Cemetery's oldest tombstones. Soldiers from every major war are buried there as wel as many ill-fated Acadians who fled to the South seeking refuge from the oppressive English.
- Trident Lakes
Now open to the public, the Trident Lakes Golf Club is located on Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base just a few minutes from Downtown St. Marys. Arthur Hills’ renown for designing environmentally-sensitive courses that are certified by Audubon International is showcased throughout the 18-hole layout. Wide open vistas banked by pine islands, young oaks and swaying cattails make this challenging course a pleasure to play.
- Laurel Island Links
Just a quick drive from St. Marys’ Waterfront, this Davis Love III-designed course plays against a backdrop of salt marshes, natural wetlands and centuries-old live oaks. The Love trademark of creating a course that quietly interacts with nature is evident throughout the course’s entire 125-acre setting. This trophy course is as challenging as it is beautiful and players at all levels enjoy the thrill of victory when it is played well.
- Osprey Cove
Though it is no longer a public course, Osprey Cove continues to earn accolades for being one of America’s top golf courses. This prestigious Mark McCumber course is just minutes from Downtown St. Marys, and can be experienced by special arrangements with Osprey Cove’s developer, The Landmar Group. Call 888-871-9555 for details on how to sample the golf course and the Osprey Cove lifestyle.
- St. Marys Family Aquatic Center
Celebrate the summer months at this 7-acre mega-fun park! Adults can relax in a tube as they float around the park in the endless river, or get fit with a refreshing swim in the lap pool. For kids’ thrills (four feet and over) there’s a 2-story slide full of exhilarating twists and turns. The big attraction for the little ones is the playpool where play pals find dozens of ways to squirt, spray and splatter.
- Woodbine Opry
Just 30 minutes away, this old-timey music fest happens every Friday and Saturday night. A great way to experience real Americana. An open mike jam session with some of the best musicians in the Deep South and old-fashioned food and cake walk.