Ocean breezes, lush greenery, the sound of waves lapping against the shore to lull you to sleep... the lure of the outdoors is especially strong in the Golden Isles. With miles and miles of hiking and biking trails; sweeping beaches with rolling dunes and refreshing surf; restaurants with patios to take advantage of the lovely weather; and some great camping; it's not too hard to get outside here. As if you need another reason to take this outdoor lover's dream trip, it's also totally dog-friendly, so feel free to bring along the whole family!
Located on St. Simons Island, Fort Frederica National Monument is packed with rich history and full of mesmerizing sights. The former fort played a significant role in the Colonial era during a battle between British and Spanish in the early 1700s. The British emerged victorious, ensuring that Britain's colony would remain in the area for decades to come. It was declared a national monument in 1936 under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Be sure to visit in the afternoon, when they frequently have a can't-miss cannon firing ceremony.
An incredibly relaxing and scenic slice of the Golden Isles, Massengale Park is just a stone’s throw away from the beautiful St. Simons Island beach. With dozens of tree-shaded picnic tables, BBQ grills, and a playground for the little ones, it's a great way to spend the entire afternoon with the family. If you're feeling adventurous, you can even rent some bikes to take in all of the lush scenery.
Barbara Jean’s is a family-owned chain that has been sharing Southern flavor with thousands since first opening in 1998. Specializing in "delicious, made-from-scratch homestyle cooking," it has a wide variety of food options... but it's the seafood that's to die for. Whether you're looking to try world famous crab cakes, or just want to take in the restaurant's fun and friendly atmosphere, you won't go wrong with anything.
If you're looking to really get in touch with the Great Outdoors, the Jekyll Island Campground is a can't-miss destination for a fun few days! With over 200 campsites spread across 18 wooded acres, and access to full hookups for your RV, you and your family will have a blast soaking in the Georgia sun. In addition to the spacious camping spots, Jekyll Island campground is also home to several breathtaking species of birds, and has a staff that sets the standard for quality service. Pitch your tent or park your RV and enjoy your stay!
As your time exploring Golden Isles comes to a close, there's no better way to finish your trip for the ages than with a stop at Great Dunes Park. Located at the end of the Ben Fortson Parkway on North Beachview Drive, Great Dunes Park is across the street from a handful of fun activities for everyone. Rent a bike, compete with your family and friends in some mini golf, or sit back and take in the views while enjoying a nice picnic... your options are endless. Plus, you won't find a prettier sunrise on the islands. Also, fun fact, this is where the Georgia Sea Turtle Center releases some of their rehabilitated sea turtles!
Whether you just need your nature fix for the weekend, or want to spend an incredible summer with your family or friends, Golden Isles offers everything you can imagine and more. With the incredible views and dozens of activities to keep you entertained, you'll be glad you explored the natural beauty here.
Nestled on the Georgia coast lies the mainland city of Brunswick and its four beautiful barrier islands: St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island. Pristine stretches of marshland, punctuated by small islands, define the Golden Isles' breathtaking landscape.