What to do and see in St. Marys, United States: The Best Places and Tips

March 23, 2018 Nobuko Falco

St. Marys is a city in Camden County, Georgia, United States. The city is the gateway to Cumberland Island National Seashore, the largest of the Georgia Coast's barrier islands. The National Seashore's visitor center and boat access are both located at the St. Marys waterfront. The city is also home to the annual St. Marys Rock Shrimp Festival, the St. Marys Submarine Museum, and Crooked River State Park. Its territory is immediately bordered by Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, which is the home port for several Ohio-class submarines. The population of St. Marys was 17,121 as of the 2010 Census.
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1. Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum

Osbourne Street, Downtown St Marys, St. Marys, GA 31558 +1 912-882-4336
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5 based on 98 reviews

Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum

Reviewed By Mog3 - Ellenwood, Georgia

Located in the ranger station, this small series of displays , along with interactive exhibits tells a succinct story of how we interact with the environment of this area. Local history and and herstory are also told . I good start to an excellent adventure on Cumberland Island.

2. Crooked River State Park

3092 Spur 40, St. Mary's, St. Marys, GA 31558 +1 912-882-5256
Excellent
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4.5 based on 229 reviews

Crooked River State Park

This park provides good fishing, a Native American festival in August and a pleasant setting for hikers and campers.

Reviewed By Jeff M - St. Marys, Georgia

Truly a quaint park with nice facilities for picnicking, hiking and learning about nature.
Staff is super friendly. And the feature my wife and I enjoyed most was the cute 18 hole miniature golf course.
A turtle family was living under the 2nd hole and came out to forage while we were there on several occasions.

3. St. Marys Submarine Museum

102 W Saint Marys St, St. Marys, GA 31558-4945 +1 912-882-2782
Excellent
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4 based on 158 reviews

St. Marys Submarine Museum

Reviewed By Al B - Venice, Florida

A compact musem featuring memorabila from submarines of the past. Well worth the entrance price and an hour's time.

4. St. Marys Welcome Center

400 Osborne St, St. Marys, GA 31558-8417 +1 800-868-8687
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4.5 based on 79 reviews

St. Marys Welcome Center

Official source for hotel and attraction information in St. Marys, Georgia. St. Marys is the Gateway to Cumberland Island. Open 7 days a week. Center is a service of the St. Marys Convention & Visitors Bureau whose mission is to promote St. Marys as a desirable tourist destination, increase economic impact and foster a quality visitor experience to benefit the city.

Reviewed By IslandGirlTraveler - Hershey, Pennsylvania

The ladies here were so helpful. We were give. Free state driving maps and information on good local homemade cooking restaurants. There was also a Peach World stand in there advertising and giving out samples. We later stopped there. Very helpful and nice!!

5. St. Marys Howard Gilman Memorial Waterfront Park

100 W Saint Marys St, St. Marys, GA 31558-4945 +1 912-510-4041
Excellent
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5 based on 37 reviews

St. Marys Howard Gilman Memorial Waterfront Park

Reviewed By Coley52 - Florida

Life is so much fun enjoying a windy bluebird spring day on the waterfront of St. Mary's in a bench swing. Thank you, Mr. Howard Gilman. Your legacy continues.

6. Georgia Visitor Information Center - St. Marys

100 Saint Marys Rd, St. Marys, GA 31558-4319 +1 912-729-3253
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4.5 based on 53 reviews

Georgia Visitor Information Center - St. Marys

Official source for information on everything there is to do and see around Georgia. Open 7 days a week.

Reviewed By michelewave04 - Narragansett, Rhode Island

We received a paper local map of just the downtown area. We are not familiar with the area so I asked for a map of the area beyond downtown. I had to pay over $3.00
for that map which is what the Chamber of Commerce charges for it! This was a first!
Wow! Welcome to St. Mary's! Our hometown in Rhode Island is a tourist destination. And the Chamber of Commerce supplies all sorts of maps of the town, the area and the state with no charge. I am sure visitors must appreciate the absence of a fee for a map. I have been to many places and have never been charged for a local map! After all, the Chamber more than likely usually wants visitors to find their way to as many businesses as possible!

7. McIntosh Sugarworks - Tabby Ruins

3600 Charlie Smith Sr. Highway, Georgia Spur 40, St. Marys, GA
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4 based on 18 reviews

McIntosh Sugarworks - Tabby Ruins

Reviewed By solofl1er - Alpharetta, Georgia

Very beautiful spot. Great if you love history or architecture. It'd be nice if they put up an engraving or something to show what it looked like originally. The historical marker I'm sure is accurate... but what is cattle horizontal whatever it was?? LOL

8. St. Mary's Aquatic Center

301 Herb Bauer Dr, St. Marys, GA 31558-9163 +1 912-673-8118
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

St. Mary's Aquatic Center

Reviewed By hopesicle - Florida

This water park is extremely affordable, and ideal for those with babies and young children. There are plenty of shallow areas where kids can play but adults can still keep cool, concessions were not expensive at all compared to other places. (Example: paid $7 for a hot dog, soft pretzel and 2 bottled drinks)
Parking was easy, staff was courteous and though it could use more shaded areas, it's a nice little place to spend an afternoon.

9. Washington Pump and Oak

Osborne Street & Conyers Street, St. Marys, GA 31558 +1 912-882-4000
Excellent
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3.5 based on 7 reviews

Washington Pump and Oak

Reviewed By tencatdaddy - Athens, Georgia

We forget how absolutely revered George Washington was to the point that at his death ceremonial "burials" were held in many towns across the country. The fact that oak trees were planted (unfortunately none remain--except for one stump) in his memory highlight the love of his countrymen for their "father".
It is also interesting history in this day & age of turning on a tap and expecting water to flow you realize that in a town such as St Marys you had to go to one of the public wells & pump water for your household use.
An enjoyable little history lesson while wandering through St. M.

10. Grover Island

marsh island near boat ramp of Crooked River State Park, St. Marys, GA 31558
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5 based on 1 reviews

Grover Island

Scenic island off the coast of Georgia noted for excellent kayaking and other outdoor activities.

Reviewed By Diane L - St. Marys, Georgia

Grover Island is really a marshland (not an island) in the mouth of the Crooked River near the Crooked River State Park boat ramp. It is extremely popular for fishing. Fishermen regularly gig for flounder on the edges on spring and summer evenings. The sea grasses change colors with the seasons and it's a beautiful marsh view.

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