Temperate weather, quiet beaches and year-round activities make winter one of the best seasons to visit the Golden Isles. December and January may be the coolest months on the Georgia coast, but with an annual average temperature of 68° F, you can still leave your winter coats at home. The Golden Isles has something for everyone this winter whether you prefer to spend time at the theater or on the greens. Here’s a list of some of the top things to do in the Golden Isles this winter!
Search for One-Of-A-Kind Island Treasures
Take part in a real-life treasure hunt on Jekyll Island. Every day throughout January and February, visitors and locals can search for hidden floats and exchange them for handmade glass orbs. Different artists from across the U.S. create these unique glass ornaments every year. Island Treasures was inspired by the glass floats that fishermen once attached to their nets. When these glass floats washed ashore, they became rare collectibles for lucky beachgoers. Along with Island Treasures, there are many other winter events in the Golden Isles. You won't want to miss the annual Cold-Stunned Plunge on Jekyll Island, a fundraising event for the Sea Turtles where everyone runs into the chilly Atlantic on the Georgia coast!
Take a Day Trip to Little St. Simons Island
Have you ever wanted to visit a private island? In the Golden Isles, you can! Little St. Simons Island is a private, all-inclusive island just a ferry ride away from St. Simons Island. Sign up for a Day Trip to experience pristine beaches, abundant wildlife and spectacular views. By going in the winter, you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of the island while enjoying the mild temperatures and unique seasonal wildlife.
Spot Migratory Species Along the Colonial Coast Birding Trail
While birding is a year-round activity in the Golden Isles, the winter migration patterns bring new species to look out for. The Golden Isles is home to five sites from the Colonial Coast Birding Trail where hundreds of species have been spotted. Begin your adventure near the Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation just north of Brunswick and meander toward Jekyll Sound. Make sure to take advantage of the breathtaking historic sites and beaches along your path, such as the Marshes of Glynn Overlook Park, Earth Day Nature Trail, and Gould’s Inlet.
See a Show at the Historic Ritz Theatre
Experience the Golden Isles’ arts and culture scene at the Historic Ritz Theatre in Old Town Brunswick. The theater dates back to 1899 and once housed the Grand Opera House along with other historic establishments. This winter season, check out events at the Ritz Theatre including art exhibits and movie screenings. *Please be aware event schedules and availability may vary due to COVID-19.
Camp at Jekyll Island Campground
In the Golden Isles, camping in winter is a pleasant activity and a great way to enjoy nature. The Jekyll Island Campground is centrally located and close to many attractions including the iconic Driftwood Beach, Clam Creek Picnic Area, Horton House and the fishing pier. The site features many amenities such as on-site laundry and bike rentals to explore the area. During the winter, the only tricky part is getting a reservation – make sure to book your site in advance!
Sea Island Creativity Conference
When you are surrounded by exquisite natural beauty, inspiration begins to flow. Since 2014, Sea Island’s annual Creativity Conference has drawn innovators and visionaries of all types to the Golden Isles. Held January 14-15, 2022, and open to resort guests, this 2-day event empowers the creative with keynote speakers, invigorating Q&A sessions and intimate networking functions. Whether you are a recent computer science graduate or a 30-year veteran of creative direction, everyone can benefit from fresh business perspectives and a thoughtful exchange of ideas. *Please be aware event schedules and availability may change due to COVID-19.
Golf in the Golden Isles
With multiple championship golf courses to choose from, the Golden Isles is a golfing destination. Despite the winter season, you can still play a round of golf at any of the Golden Isles’ breathtaking Scottish-links style courses. Reserve your tee time at the King and Prince Golf Course, located on the quieter north end of St. Simons Island. Golfers will enjoy playing this 18-hole, 72-par course surrounded by ancient oaks, marshes and lakes. Or, if you’re looking for a private course, Sea Island boasts bucket-list-worthy courses for its guests and members to play.