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BrunswickUnited States of America

Just a stone’s throwfrom the Intracoastal Waterway, this port city is known for its seafood and wasonce dubbed the Shrimp Capital of the World.

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.

Where to stay in Brunswick

They say the 1872 lighthouse on St. Simons Island is haunted by the ghost of lightkeeper Frederick Osborne, who was killed in a duel with the assistant keeper John Stephens in 1880. Either Stephens made advances on Osborn's wife, or Osborn made "inappropriate remarks" to Stephens' wife. Sounds like those keepers had too much time on their hands. Osborn was acquitted, but Stephens apparently got his revenge.

Saint Simons Heights

4.5/5Wonderful!(17 area reviews)

While Saint Simons Heights isn't home to many top sights, Demere Park and Saint Simons Island Pier are some notable places to visit nearby.

Saint Simons Heights
The Avenue of Oaks. Planted in 1826 to provide an entrance to what was than a prosperous cotton plantation known as Retreat Plantation they now line the entrance road to a private community and golf course.

King City

Though King City might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Saint Simons Island Pier and Driftwood Beach.

King City

Top Hotels in Brunswick

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hampton Inn & Suites Jekyll Island
Hampton Inn & Suites Jekyll Island
3 out of 5
200 S Beachview Dr, Jekyll Island, GA
The price is $127 per night

Located in Jekyll Island, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk, 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Summer Waves Water Park, and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Jekyll Island State ...

4.3/5Excellent! (935 reviews)

"We love Jekyll so much. The Hampton inn was a beautiful property with a nice size room that was perfect for our stay. However we did have some cleanliness issues. We walked into our sealed room to find a dirty wash cloth on the floor. That evening my daughter was getting ready to get in bed and turned ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

Hampton Inn & Suites Jekyll Island
The Westin Jekyll Island
The Westin Jekyll Island
4 out of 5
110 Ocean Way, Jekyll Island, GA
The price is $170 per night

Located in Jekyll Island, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Great Dunes Park and Jekyll Island State Park. Jekyll Harbor ...

4.4/5Excellent! (579 reviews)

"Great location. Very friendly staff. We were there for three nights. Very clean property."…"

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2020

The Westin Jekyll Island
Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Jekyll Island
Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Jekyll Island
2 out of 5
60 S Beachview Drive, I-95 Exit 29 to US-17, Jekyll Island, GA
The price is $100 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Jekyll Island hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Summer Waves Water Park and Jekyll Island State Park. Jekyll Harbor Marina and Great ...

4.3/5Excellent! (962 reviews)

"I liked it's proximity to the beach and to the restaurants and shops. I like the easy accessibility to bike paths. The staff was very friendly and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Jekyll Island

Popular places to visit in Brunswick

Driftwood Beach
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Driftwood Beach

4.5/5(335 reviews)

Experience the otherworldly landscapes of this sandy beach and wander between the skeletons of gnarled trees and sun-bleached branches.

Jekyll Island State Park
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Jekyll Island State Park

4.5/5(278 reviews)

Explore Jekyll Island State Park, a favorite green space in Jekyll Island, and also enjoy the area's biking trails. Stroll along the seaside in this family-friendly area, or seek out the golf courses.

Saint Simons Island Pier
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Saint Simons Island Pier

4.5/5(338 reviews)

Drop a fishing line, spot seabirds or stroll to the end of this picturesque pier and dangle your feet from the edge as you look out over St. Simons Sound.

Cumberland Island Ferry
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Cumberland Island Ferry

4.5/5(110 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in St. Marys with a trip to Cumberland Island Ferry. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in this romantic area.

Jekyll Island Golf Club
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Jekyll Island Golf Club

4.5/5(80 reviews)

Play a round of golf at Jekyll Island Golf Club and enjoy other activities in Jekyll Island such as biking. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in this family-friendly area.

St. Simons Lighthouse Museum
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St. Simons Lighthouse Museum

4.5/5(200 reviews)

Look out across the Atlantic panorama from the restored lighthouse keeper’s quarters and learn about the Golden Isles’ maritime history at the museum.

Top things to do in Brunswick

Adventurous Electric Skateboard Guided Tour
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Adventurous Electric Skateboard Guided Tour

$45
Per adult
Electric Longboard Rental
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Electric Longboard Rental

$30
Per adult
Rc
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Rc

$410
Per adult
Private Transfer from Saint Simons Island to Orlando-Sanford (SFB) Airport
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Private Transfer from Saint Simons Island to Orlando-Sanford (SFB) Airport

$652
Per adult
Private Transfer from Saint Simons Island to Port Canaveral
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Private Transfer from Saint Simons Island to Port Canaveral

$772
Per adult
Private Transfer from Saint Simons Island to Orlando (MCO) Airport
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Private Transfer from Saint Simons Island to Orlando (MCO) Airport

$804
Per adult

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