On the tip of the peninsula next to the
Turtle and East rivers, Brunswick is known as the gateway to the
Intracoastal Waterway. This small, south Georgian city is just a
short drive north of the Florida border on the Atlantic Ocean coast. While many
use 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. It
offers 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 century but experienced most of its growth during the mid-20th century. Throughout World War II the city boomed as a pivotal port and one of the nation’s largest shipbuilding 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 local delicacies.
Find cozy restaurants and bars filled with friendly locals in the Old Town. Sit down for a bowl of Brunswick stew, a tomato-based dish that contains beans, corn, okra and vegetables. Traditionally the dish contained rabbit or squirrel, but today you’ll find chicken and pork at most establishments. Dine in one of Brunswick’s popular seafood restaurants to see why the city was once dubbed the “Shrimp Capital of the World.” Explore the Old Town to discover the ornate architecture of the Old Brunswick City Hall or take in a performance at the Ritz Theatre.
Get around the city by renting a car from one of the major rental franchises found in the city center or by catching the local bus lines which serve the city. Brunswick has its own airport with daily flights from Atlanta, but most choose to drive from Jacksonville or Savannah, both less than two hours away.