Golden Isles is a port city and 4 islands. You will experience a truly exhilarating experience of sea, sun and fun. Discover the astonishing beauty, glorious weather and radiance that make these special places so indisputably golden. Click on names for pictures and info.
Golden Isles City and Ports
Brunswick Georgia is a quaint port city named for the ancestral home of King George II, grantor of Georgia's original land charter. Brunswick is proclaimed as a Shrimp Capital of the world and home of world-famous Brunswick Stew.
Jekyll Island is located southernmost of the Golden Isles. It is home to a splendidly restored historic district and ten miles of golden-sand beaches.
Little St. Simons Island is only reached by boat. This secluded coastal retreat offers gracious accommodations for just thirty guests. Its 10,000 acres of maritime forests and tidal creeks, and miles of shell-strewn beaches remain untouched offering a rich, natural environment for a host of outdoor recreational activities and relaxation.
St. Simons Island captivates visitors with remarkable beauty and fascinating history. Lovely beaches and historic remnants of bygone eras, including Ft. Frederica and the sites of antebellum plantations that dot the Island.
Altamaha Regional Park of Glynn County has 43 campsites and full hook-up sites, boat rentals, ice, bait, tackle, swimming area, picnic facilities, boat ramp, fishing, fishing and hunting licenses, camp store, bath houses, playground, rustic surroundings, pets allowed on leash. Public marina; onsite grocery store; marine supplies; tackle; bait; gas available; showers/restrooms; laundry facilities. Full hookup and tent sites available. Phone: 912-264-2342 - Address:1605 Altamaha Park Road, Brunswick, Georgia 31525
Blythe Island Regional Park features 40 campsites, a public marina; ice, bait and gas. Phone: 912-261-3805 or toll free 800-343-7855 Address: 6616 Blythe Island Hwy., Brunswick, GA
Brunswick Historic Old Town National Register District- Based on General James Oglethorpe's grid pattern, Old Town Brunswick's streets and squares are lined with homes noted for their turn-of-the-century architecture and eclectic mix of styles. It can be easily enjoyed on foot.
Old Town Brunswick is the largest small town urban National Register Historic District in Georgia. Following the American Revolution, Brunswick (named for Braunsweig, Germany, ancestral home of King George III) did not change the names of its streets and parks, which honor English royalty and geography: Prince, Hanover, and Halifax, for example.
Phone: 912-265-4032 - Located at: Newcastle Street to Martin Luther King Blvd. between First Avenue and H Street, Brunswick, Georgia 31520
Brunswick Shrimp Docks - See working shrimp boats at the docks in Mary Ross Waterfront Park in historic downtown Brunswick. Phone: 912-265-0620 or toll free 800-933-2627 - Address: Mary Ross Waterfront Park - Bay St., Brunswick, Georgia 31520
Georgia’s Coastal Ark is a 30 foot mobile classroom and the only one of it’s kind in the state, uses the power of state-of-the-art technology to educate and expose the citizens of Georgia to environmental issues which impact our coastal resources.
Earth Day Nature Trail is a self-guided trail winds across salt marshes, tidal ponds and coastal hammock high ground. Features include wooden boardwalks across wading bird habitat, osprey/eagle nesting platform, wildlife observation decks and observation tower. No admission charge. Open during daylight hours. Phone: 912-264-7218 - Address: One Conservation Way, Brunswick, Georgia 31520 - Directions: I-95 S to Exit 29; Hwy 17 N to Conservation Way, on N end of Sidney Lanier Bridge. Park at Georgia DNR.
First Presbyterian Church - In 1997, the First Presbyterian Church of Brunswick celebrated the 130th anniversary of the church’s organization. The Church was organized on February 17, 1867, with 15 members. Two of the charter members were black. The first building was dedicated on December 18, 1873. Phone: 912-265-3400 - Prayer Line 912-261-1547 - Address: 1105 Union Street, Brunswick Georgia 31520
Historic Old City Hall- Historic landmark structure with detailed scale model of Brunswick's Oglethrope Hotel, vintage police uniforms, and images and artifacts of the city. Amenities: Parking, Public Restrooms, Accessibility for mobility-impaired and party facilities. Open Mon-Fri 8 am to 5 pm. Free admission.Phone: 912-265-4032 - Address: 1229 Newcastle Street, Brunswick Georgia
Historic Ritz Theatre - Built in 1899, it serves as a cultural venue for the community with live performances and an art gallery. The theatre is managed by Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association, the coordinating arts council for Glynn County and the City of Brunswick - Phone: 912-262-6934 - Address: 1530 Newcastle Street, Brunswick, Georgia 31520 - Directions: I-95 Exit 36A; Rte 341 to downtown Brunswick.
Holfwyl-Broadfield Plantation - Between Darien and Brunswick lies Hofwyl-Broadfield, where the evolution of a rice plantation comes to life. Tours and holiday events provide a glimpse into the culture of Georgia's rice coast in the 1800s. Closed Mondays. Admission fee. Phone: 912-264-7333 - Located On US Hwy 17, Brunswick, Georgia 31520
Lanier Oak Tree - Under this tree during the 1870s, GA poet Sidney Lanier stood and, viewing the landscape, was inspired to write "The Marshes of Glynn," considered to be his finest poetry. Phone: 912-265-0620 or toll free 800-933-2627 - Located on US 17, Brunswick, GA 31520
Liberty Ship Memorial - View a scale model of a Liberty Ship, similar to those built in Brunswick's shipyards during World War II, in Mary L. Ross Waterfront Park. Phone: 912-265-0620 or toll free 800-933-2627- Located on Bay Street at Gloucester Street, Brunswick, Georgia 31520
Lover's Oak - According to local legend, Native American braves and their maidens would meet under the majestic spreading limbs of this enormous oak. The 900-year-old tree is located at the intersection of Albany and Prince Streets in Old Town Brunswick. Phone: 912-265-0620 or toll free 800-933-2627 Located at Prince Street and Albany Street, Brunswick, Georgia 31520
Marshes of Glynn Overlook Park - This is a fine vantage point for viewing some of the vast and beautiful marshlands and river networks that flank Brunswick and much of coastal GA. Phone: 912-265-0620 or toll free 800-933-2627 - Located on US Hwy 17, Brunswick GA 31520
Old City Hall is an inspiring 100-year-olf example of civic architecture. Features a detailed scale model of Brunswick's Oglethrope Hotel, vintage police uniforms, and images and artifacts of the city. Phone: 912-267-5500 - Address: 601 Gloucester Street, Brunswick, Georgia 31520
Old Glynn County Courthouse - Erected in 1907, this impressive building, widely known for its exceptional beauty, is surrounded by moss-hung live oaks and trees of foreign origin including tung and Chinese pistachio. The new Glynn County Courthouse is located immediately north of the structure. Phone: 912-265-0620 or toll free 800-933-2627 - Located on Union and G St., Brunswick, Georgia 31520
Paulks Pasture WMA is 16,800 acres. Hunting, Fishing, Hiking, Field Trail Access, Bird Watching Phone: 912-262-3173 - Located on Hwy 341 W. & GA 32, Brunswick, Georgia 31520 Directions: Exit 36-B off I-95, follow Hwy 341 approximately 10 miles - Located 8 miles north of Brunswick - Paulks Pasture WMA Map
Sansavilla WMA - Hunting, Boat Ramp, Canoe Access, Fishing, Field Trail Access, Hiking, and Bird Watching - Phone: 912-262-3173 - Located on Hwy 341 West, Brunswick, Georgia 31520 Directions: Exit 36-B off I-95, follow Highway 341 West for approximately 15 miles. Located 20 miles northwest of Brunswick - Sansavilla WMA Map
Selden Park is a 35-acre public park with swimming, tennis and other activities, developed on the site of the Selden Normal & Industrial Institute, which pioneered in the intermediate education of African-Americans in the coastal area. Phone: 912-265-0620 or toll free 800-933-2627 - Located at Fourth and Bay Street, Brunswick, Georgia 31520 - Directions: I-95 to Exit 36A; Rte 341 to Fourth Street
Sidney Lanier Bridge is Georgia's tallest cable-stayed bridge, at 7,780 feet long and 486 feet tall. The bridge contains 95,283 cubic yards of concrete and 14,810,095 pounds of reinforcing steel. It provides easy access to Brunswick & The Golden Isles from I-95 Exit 29. Phone: 912-265-0620 or toll free 800-933-2627 - Located on US Hwy 17, Brunswick GA 31520
Clam Creek Picnic Area - A scenic drive through moss-draped oaks and along the wide marshlands bounding Clam Creek leads to this popular picnicking spot that includes a large, covered fishing pier. Located on Clam Creek Road, Jekyll Island, Georgia 31527
Faith Chapel is a 1904 wooden chapel that was built for quests of the famed Jekyll Island Club. It houses a rare stained-glass window signed by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Open: Daily at 2-4 pm - subject to availability. Free admission.Amenities: Parking, Public Restrooms, Accessibility for mobility-impaired and party facilities. Phone: 912-635-4036 – Address: 181 Old Plantation Rd., Jekyll Island Georgia 31527
Georgia Sea Turtle Center is where you will explore exhibits on sea turtle conservation, rehabilitation, and their amazing journey from egg to adulthood. School field trips, public programs, and special events will highlight Georgia’s unique coastal ecosystem and the mysterious world of these ancient reptiles. Sea Turtle Walks - Help preserve these endangered species. Enjoy a guided Sea Turtle walk down the beach. Help discover turtle tracks & nesting Loggerheads. Also help with marking nests to prevent being disturbed or distroyed. You may even watch the hatchlings start their new journey into the sea of life! It's an unmatchable experience of a lifetime, literally. Phone: 912-635-2284 or toll free at 877-4-JEKYLL - Located on Jekyll Island
Horton House Ruins/ Horton’s Brewery Site - This house, dating from 1742, is one of the oldest standing tabby structures in the state and includes the ruins of Georgia’s first brewery. Tabby is a building material native to coastal Georgia, having crushed oyster shells as its principal ingredient. Located nearby is the old DuBignon family cemetery. . Open: Daily. Free to view. Amenities: Parking and Accessibility for mobility-impaired Phone: 912-635-3636, 877-4-JEKYLL - Address: N. Riverview Dr., Jekyll Island Georgia 31527
Island History Center - View a video presentation on Jekyll Island's history, see displays of artifacts from the Jekyll Island Club era, and obtain tickets for tours of the National Historic Landmark District, featuring the winter homes of Victorian-era millionaires. Thirty-three original 19th- and early 20th-century buildings remain, with several mansion-sized cottages available for touring. Numerous service buildings have been converted to specialty shops or restaurants. Phone: 912-635-2762- Located on Stable Road, Jekyll Island, Georgia 31527
Jekyll Island Museum, Visitor Center and National Historic Landmark District - Exhibits detail the island’s history from native inhabitants to the present. Guided tours available. Open: Daily 9a.m.-5p.m.. Free tours. Tours also available of the National Historic Landmark District. Amenities: Parking, Public Restrooms, Accessibility for mobility-impaired Phone: 912-635-4036 and toll free at 877-4JEKYLL - Address: 100 Stable Dr, Jekyll Island Georgia 31527
Tidelands 4-H Nature Center- This center provides visitors with a glimpse of the vast ecology of Jekyll Island. Their exhibits include loggerhead sea turtles, fish, alligators, and other native terrestrial and marine creatures. Phone: 912-635-5032 - Address: 100 Riverview Drive, Jekyll Island Georgia 31527
Arthur J. Moore Methodist Museum, Library and Archive - Find letters of John Wesley and Francis Asbury, as well as Wesley’s rare-book collection. Open: Call for hgours and fees. Groups by reservation. Amenities: Parking, Public Restrooms and Accessibility for mobility-impaired. Phone: 912-638-4050 - Address: 100 Arthur J Moore Dr, St. Simons Island GA 31522
Bloody Marsh Battle Site - Here, on July 7, 1742, an outnumber force of British troops ambushed and defeated Spanish troops, halting an attack aimed at Fort Frederica. The battle proved to be the turning point in the Spanish invasion of Georgia. Open 8 am to 4 pm daily. Located on Demere Road, St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522
Christ Church, Frederica and St. Ignatius Chapel - In 1736, John and Charles Wesley held services under the oak trees at the location of the present church, erected in 1883 by Anson Phelps Dodge Jr. as a memorial to his first wife. Amenities: Parking, Public Restrooms, Accessibility for mobility-impaired and party facilities. Open daily 2 to 5 pm, except on Tuesdays and Christmas Day. Free admission. Phone: 912-638-4050 - Address: 6329 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island Georgia 31522
Epworth by the Sea - Centuries of history unfold... Through displays of the Wesleys in Georgia, the Battle of Bloody Marsh, the Colonial and plantation era, the lumber mill and truck-farming days. Treasures on display: Handwritten letters of John Wesley and Francis Asbury, Bishop Moore's rare oriental porcelain collection, Howard Chandler Christy painting of Christ, figurines, communion sets, historic photographs. Phone: 912-638-8688 - Address: 100 Arthur J. Moore Drive, St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522
Fort Frederica National Monument - Built by General Ogelthorpe in 1736, three years after the founding of Savannah, Fort Frederica ia a National Monument. Gate open at 8 am to 5 pm, museum 9 am to 5 pm. Closed Christmas Day. Historic film shown every half-hour year 'round. Informative talks. Park Ranger-led tours and soldier/colonial life programs in summer. Admission Cost per person on foot, bike, or bus. Phone: 912-638-3639 - Located on Frederica Road, St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522
Gascoigne Bluff - Overlooking the Frederica River, this area was a favorite Native American campground, and during Colonial days, the landing at the bluff became Georgia's first naval base and bears the name of the man, Gascoigne, who first surveyed the Georgia coast for England. Amenities: Parking, Public Restrooms, Accessibility for mobility-impaired. Phone: 912-265-0620 and toll free 800-933-2627 - Address: Arthur J. Moore Drive, St. Simons Island Georgia 31522
Massengale Park- Massengale Park offers several miles of fine public beach off Ocean Blvd. to the north and south of the U.S. Coast Guard Station. St. Simons Island. Massengale is a popular and busy public park, where the smells of grilled hamburgers and hot-dogs mix with the happy shouts of playing children. Phone: 912-265-0620 - toll free 800-933-2627 Address: Ocean Blvd., St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522
Mildred Huie Plantation Museum was built in 1929. This museum showcases the work of the legendary impressionist painter Mildred Nix Huie. Open: Fri-Sun 1-5 pm. Free admission. Amenities: Parking, Public Restrooms and Accessibility for mobility-impaired. Phone: 912-638-3057 or 800-336-9469 Address: 1819 Frederica Rd., St. Simons Island Georgia 31522
Neptune Park- Neptune Park, located between the village and lighthouse, is St. Simons's most popular park, where visitors can picnic, take a trolley tour of the island, fish off the pier, stroll on the pathway or relax on a bench. Phone: 912-265-0620 - toll free 800-933-2627 Address: St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522
St. Simons Island Lighthouse Museum - The architectural simplicity of the restored 1872 lighthouse keeper's cottage complements the towering 104-foot lighthouse. The oldest brick structure in Glynn County, the dwelling is now the museum and gift shop of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society. Museum and lighthouse are open Monday-Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 1:30 to 5 pm. Admission Cost. Phone: 912-638-4666 - Located on Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522 - Directions: From Brunswick, cross F. J. Torras Causeway. Go right on Kings Way to Ocean Blvd. At Mallery St, continue to 12th St. Turn right and proceed to lighthouse and museum.
Local Boat Ramps
Blythe Island Regional Park - Public marina with campsitesice, bait and gas. Phone: 912-261-3805 or toll free 800-343-7855 Address: 6616 Blythe Island Hwy., Brunswick, Georgia 31525
Jekyll Island Boat Ramp - South Riverview Drive, Jekyll Island, Georgia 31527
MacKay River Boat Ramp - MacKay River Bridge, St. Simons Island Causeway, St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522
South Brunswick River Boat Ramp - S Brunswick River Bridge, Hwy 303, Brunswick, GA 31520
Turtle River Boat Ramp - Turtle River Bridge, Hwy 303, Brunswick, Georgia 31520
Village Creek (Harrington) Boat Ramp - Harrington Drive, St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522