On the tip of the peninsula next to theTurtle and East rivers, Brunswick is known as the gateway to theIntracoastal Waterway. This small, south Georgian city is just ashort drive north of the Florida border on the Atlantic Ocean coast. While manyuse the city as a launching pad to explore the nearby Saint Simons and Jekyll islands,the city itself has a prospering cultural community and a historic old town. Itoffers a refreshing perspective on traditional Southern cuisine.
Visit the docks today to see the economic heart of the region. Brunswick was founded in the 18th centurybut experienced most of its growth during the mid-20th century. ThroughoutWorld War II the city boomed as a pivotal port and one of the nation’s largestshipbuilding yards, contributing to the war effort. While used mostly by cargo ships, the thriving fishing industry in the area today contributes to some of the localdelicacies.
Find cozy restaurants and bars filled withfriendly locals in the Old Town. Sit down for a bowl of Brunswick stew, atomato-based dish that contains beans, corn, okra and vegetables. Traditionallythe dish contained rabbit or squirrel, but today you’ll find chicken and porkat most establishments. Dine in one of Brunswick’s popular seafood restaurantsto see why the city was once dubbed the “Shrimp Capital of the World.” Explorethe Old Town to discover the ornate architecture of the Old Brunswick City Hallor take in a performance at the Ritz Theatre.
Get around the city by renting a car fromone of the major rental franchises found in the city center or by catching thelocal bus lines which serve the city. Brunswick has its own airport with dailyflights from Atlanta, but most choose to drive from Jacksonville or Savannah,both less than two hours away.