The Captain Morse House

Kayaking St. Marys

Paddle on the St. Marys River, along the marshes and through the harbor.   

Dolphins and Otters are common sights in the St. Marys, as are shrimp boats — and an occasional nuclear submarine at the mouth of the river as it heads out or returns from patrol. The docks on the St. Marys harbor are favorite spots of visiting manatees.

Take a look at the official guide:

There are 3 places in St. Marys that currently rent kayaks:
Google Link to Kayak Rentals

Coming for a Wedding?

Attending a wedding in St. Marys? It’s no surprise.

Every year, the Captain Morse House hosts many guests and wedding parties.  With four bedrooms, it is one of the largest vacation rentals in St. Marys. And since it is centrally located in the historic district, it’s the perfect place for bridal parties and large groups to gather to celebrate. 

It’s a short walk to the St. Marys Waterfront Park and the Orange Hall House Museum, two of the locations popular for nuptials.  

If you are attending a wedding on Cumberland Island, you are in good company! 

John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette made their marriage vows in a tiny, white clapboard First African Baptist Church on Cumberland Island’s north end.

Cumberland Island Visitor Information

Cumberland Island

Winter 2017/18 Cumberland Ferry Times

The ferry service from St. Marys, Georgia to Cumberland Island National Seashore during winter 2017/2018 season is Thursday through Monday in the months of December, January, and February (no service on Tuesdays & Wednesdays).

The ferry leaves St. Marys at 9 am and 11:45 am Thursdays through Mondays, heading to Cumberland Island for the three month winter schedule. The return ferry for day trippers departs Cumberland Island at 4:45 pm. (There’s also a 10:15 am ferry departing the island, typically used by overnight campers).

 The Park Service and ferry concessionaire advise ferry reservation holders to arrive one hour early before departure time, to check in.  According to the NPS website, “All unclaimed ferry reservations will be cancelled 30 minutes prior to departure and those spots will be offered to walk-in visitors.”

Note that since Hurricane Irma, an alternative dock being used requires a bit more time for parking and getting to the dock. 

If you are staying with us at the Captain Morse House, you are centrally located to both the check-in point and the temporary departure dock. 

Bicycles can be transported on ferry for $10 fee (but space is limited), or rent a bike for $16 from ferry company (first come, first serve). 

Ferry tickets cost $28 plus tax per person, plus a $7 park entry fee.