Any time is a good time to be in the Golden Isles, but spring is even a little more wonderful, in my opinion. In the cooler months, our vast marsh grass becomes dormant and turns a rich amber color; some say this is where the name “Golden Isles” comes from. As warmer weather begins to approach, the marsh grass springs back to life and returns to its vibrant green hues. The Golden Isles buzzes with activity and new life during the spring months, making it one of the most ideal times to visit.
Sweeping oak trees dripping with Spanish moss line the streets and form majestic tunnels with their sprawling branches. Colorful azaleas bloom along the sidewalks and bike paths that meander through the islands. Playful birds chirp overhead as they soar through the calm coastal breezes.
The grounds at Christ Church spring to life as flowers and trees bud and blossom in beautiful pastel hues. The picturesque squares and enclaves in Historic Downtown Brunswick are filled with sounds of families enjoying the warmer weather.
Temperatures average around 67 degrees from March through May. Add in low humidity levels and constant ocean breezes, and you’ve hit the jackpot for a spring getaway destination. The days are starting to get longer, which means maximum daylight hours for fun in the Golden Isles.
Both families and couples of all ages are outside enjoying the sunshine and mild temperatures. Biking, kayaking, fishing and boating are all popular activities during the spring season. Spending a day or two reconnecting with nature renews the soul and awakens a sense of adventure. Find beautiful seashells as you stroll along the beach or watch a pod of spirited dolphins playing in the surf.
Discover locally-made items at a number of the shops around the Golden Isles. With outdoor shopping districts located on St. Simons Island and Brunswick, and a new shopping district in the works on Jekyll Island, visitors can shop till they drop, all while enjoying ocean views and warm sunshine.
Dining never disappoints in Georgia’s Golden Isles either. Local waters are teeming with Wild Georgia Shrimp, snapper and trout, just to name a few. In the Golden Isles, the catch of the day is sometimes the catch of the hour. From lowcountry favorites to flavorful barbeque and everything in between, you won’t leave hungry!
Whether you’re coming for the weather, the scenery or the activities, the Golden Isles won’t disappoint this spring! Start planning your trip.
Signature Springtime Events
Wholehearted family fun for all; the Jekyll Island Historic District is home to an Easter celebration amongst its iconic buildings dating back to the 1800s. The morning is filled with Easter egg hunts, visits with the Easter Bunny, free tram tours though the Historic District, and more. The annual Easter Egg Stroll takes place on Saturday, April 4.
Celebrate mother earth at the 2nd annual Green Scene EcoFair with local vendors showcasing eco-friendly products and activities. Learn more about organizations in the Golden Isles that are dedicated to protecting and preserving Georgia’s coast. Fun for the whole family with kids activities, food vendors, educational booths, live presentations and more. Make plans to attend this event on Saturday, April 25.
The 77th annual Blessing of the Fleet is held in Historic Downtown Brunswick on Mother’s Day. As the oldest blessing of the fleet in the country, this time honored tradition celebrates local shrimpers’ boats, and symbolizes wishes for a safe and prosperous fishing season. Activities include live music, food and craft vendors, and more. This two-day event kicks off on Saturday, May 9 and continues with the blessing on Sunday, May 10.
Known as one of the most scenic triathlons on the East Coast, the Turtle Crawl Triathlon and Nest Fest on Jekyll Island is sanctioned by the USA Triathlon. These heart-healthy races along Jekyll’s picturesque shoreline and maritime forests do more than get your heart racing, they also aid endangered sea turtle research and rehabilitation with a portion of each registration going to the Jekyll Island Foundation for the benefit of conservation, preservation and education programs. Participate in the fun and education on Saturday, May 16.