Plan Your Visit


Plan Your Visit



5 Excursions and Destinations That Are Just a Boat Ride Away

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1. Guided Island Tours

Ossabaw and Wassaw Islands are serene and uncrowded havens in the months before summer. Head out for an adventure of your choosing through the waterways, whether looking for dolphins or casting a line to see what fish are biting. The islands are easily accessible on your own, but there’s a lot more to be offered with a Ford guided tour. Departing from The Ford’s Deepwater Marina with one of our experts from the Outdoor Pursuits Program as your captain, it’s sure to be a river ride you won’t soon forget.

2. Wassaw Beach Excursions

Embark on a delightful journey through Ossabaw Sound, where the river converges with the sea. Traverse Wassaw Island on foot, immersing yourself in the wonders of the maritime forest and its untouched splendor, reaching the unspoiled expanse of Wassaw Beach. Accessible only by boat, the secluded shoreline practically invites you for leisurely strolls. Joined by an insightful naturalist, adventurers partake in a Beach Ecology Walk to uncover seashells washed ashore while learning about fascinating creatures such as the loggerhead sea turtle and keeping an eye out for dolphins. Enjoy a lunch at The Ford Market, a well-earned part of the trip.

Photo: Fish Tales

3. Fish Tales, Fort McAllister Marina

On the banks of the Ogeechee River, Fish Tales is a favorite restaurant among The Ford’s members. Serving up a rotating selection of fresh fish, delectable fried seafood baskets and their regionally famous hushpuppies, it’s fun for the whole family — especially when there’s an event, ranging from boat parades to live music. Go ahead and take the scenic route to lunch or dinner with a Fish Tales Boat Trip Excursion. Be sure to stop by Fort McAllister State Park as well, perfect for everything from birding and hiking to picnics and fort tours.

4. Sunbury Crab Company, Sunbury Marina

Dock at the marina on the Sunbury Channel for Sunbury Crab Company‘s panoramic views, laid back atmosphere and freshly steamed blue crabs caught each day. From daily fresh fish specials and locally sourced oysters to a full-service bar, this is a surefire favorite of The Ford’s boaters. Burn off any calories of your delicious meal by visiting the historic sites within walking distance.

5. St. Catherine’s Island

Venture out to explore the beauty of St. Catherine’s Island, a national historic landmark with more than 14,000 acres of private nature preserve. The island is home to so many different species of animals, offering an invaluable spot for conservation projects. Some have even nicknamed the region “Noah’s Ark,” as it’s a place to build up the number of rare or endangered species. Keep in mind, visitors are only able to visit through outreach programs and grant tours.

Interested in experiencing life on the water at The Ford? Schedule your Discovery Visit today and experience our private haven’s one-of–a-kind Lowcountry living.


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