Explore the Gateway to the Golden Isles
As soon as you arrive in the Golden Isles off I -95, you're greeted with genuine and heartfelt hospitality, especially in Brunswick, our Gateway to the Golden Isles. If you're traveling to the Golden Isles by car, Brunswick is actually the first town you'll visit. With so many places to stay and things to do in Brunswick, we highly recommend making this historic mainland city your home base during your visit to the Golden Isles of Georgia.
From Brunswick, you can island hop and have your toes in the sand within 20 minutes. Both St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island are easy drives from Brunswick, and both islands have several beaches for you to visit! Head out on day trips to St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island, and even Little St. Simons Island to explore the area's natural beauty, historic attractions, and more, whether on your own or on a guided tour.
Places to Stay in Brunswick
Brunswick's easy access and close proximity right off of Interstate 95 and U.S. Highway 341 mean you'll be able to get off the road and begin relaxing practically as soon as you exit the highway. Here, you'll find dozens of nationally-recognized name brand hotels known for their comfortable rooms, consistent geniality, and prized amenities. And if you're looking for a quaint and more local experience, opt for a cozy bed and breakfast in the heart of Brunswick's historic district.
Things to Do in Brunswick
When you aren't relaxing in your hotel room or exploring our islands on a day trip, be sure to get out and discover Brunswick's hidden gems. If you're staying at a Brunswick hotel near Interstate 95, you'll be close to the Altama Wildlife Management Area. This 4,000 acre property is home to incredible native wildlife, untouched maritime forests, and waterways perfect for fishing. Head out for a morning hike through the trails and pack a picnic to enjoy an alfresco lunch at the property's pavilion. Learn more about the Altama Wildlife Management Area.
Enjoying time outdoors is easy in Brunswick. Both Sidney Lanier Park and Marshes of Glynn Overlook Park provide ample opportunities for visitors to see and experience the many waterways found around the Golden Isles. Bring your own rod and reel, or stop in at a local bait and tackle shop to pick up everything you need. Let your kiddos run and play at the fields and playgrounds found at Mary Ross Waterfront Park, Howard Coffin Park, and Selden Park.
History buffs will especially love exploring Historic Downtown Brunswick. Originally founded in 1771, Brunswick is one of the oldest cities in the state of Georgia. Streets and squares in Historic Downtown Brunswick still bear their original names dating back to the 18th century, and you'll find incredible architecture from the Victorian, Gothic Revival and Queen Anne periods. Browse the rotating art galleries and live performances at the Ritz Theatre, built in 1898, and stroll down Newcastle Street to see the clock tower at Old City Hall, built in 1889.
Top Brunswick Experiences
Where to Eat in Brunswick
With a town perfectly situated right on the water, you can rest assured knowing plenty of fresh, local seafood is the highlight of many menus in Brunswick. When looking for restaurants in Brunswick, you'll find just about everything, from unique, locally owned restaurants to tried-and-true chain favorites. Near Interstate 95, stop in to Mr. Shuck's Seafood for a true taste of the Golden Isles with its menu of locally caught seafood, from famous Wild Georgia Shrimp to crabs, oysters, snapper, tilapia, flounder and more.
In Historic Downtown Brunswick, pick up a cup of coffee and a freshly-baked pastry from The Village Oven before heading out to explore the town. Quiches, croissants, and cinnamon rolls are just a few of their well-known specialties. Tipsy McSway's is another beloved local restaurant in Historic Downtown Brunswick. Whether you're looking for lunch, dinner, or late night live music, you'll soon understand why locals can't stay away from Tipsy McSway's.
Also in Downtown Brunswick, you'll find Indigo Coastal Shanty, a local hidden gem with a creative menu of island-inspired dishes like the Fisherman's Bowl, a sauté of local shrimp & catch of the day in flavorful broth w/ fennel & tomatoes over couscous with a crumble of feta cheese. The charming outdoor patio was built around a massive live oak tree providing ample shade and a picturesque setting.
And if you aren't quite ready to get back on the road, make a stop into Silver Bluff Brewing Company for an ice-cold beer brewed right here in Brunswick! Kids and pups alike can enjoy time outside of the car in Silver Bluff's beer garden, which also regularly hosts live music and food trucks. Purchase a six-pack of your favorite brew to take back home with you!