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Historic Churches of St. Simons
Explore the rich history of St. Simons on lands where the Wesleys walked, preached, and prayed. Experience the quiet beauty of Wesley Gardens, United Methodist Church, Christ Church Frederica and Cemetery. This 90 minute tour is a special treat for Eugenia Price fans, church groups, naturalists, students, and historians. Rates: Adults: $16.00 Children: (5-12): $8.00 90 minute tour
 
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St Simons Island, Georgia 31522
 
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Historic Downtown Brunswick Tour
Historic Tours Downtown offers walking tours (by appointment only) of the historic downtown waterfront city of Brunswick, Georgia. This ninety minute tour covers roughly 1 mile and covers all major historical sites in the downtown area including an entrance to an historic property. Our guide will take you on a journey back in time and entertain you with stories of the people who call Brunswick home. Rates: $ 18 per person 90 minute tour Tuesday - Saturday 11 am & 2 pm Tours are by appointment only and leave from Jekyll Square in the 1400 block of Newcastle Street
 
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Brunswick GA 31522
 
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Historic Ritz Theatre
Originally, the Grand Opera House, a three-story Victorian building featuring ornate brick and stone work, was built for the legitimate stage. Later, it served as a theatre for vaudeville. In the 1920's, as motion pictures became the rage, the Opera House was converted into a movie palace. To give the building a more modern art deco look, the first story brickwork was covered with carrara glass and an elaborate marquee and cascading signs were added. Thus, the Grand Opera House became the Ritz Theatre. In 1956, the world premiere of "A View From Pompey's Head," filmed primarily at the Oglethorpe Hotel (the grand hotel that used to sit across from the Ritz), was introduced by the film's star, Richard Egan, at the Ritz Theatre. The Ritz Theatre (and single movie houses in general) fell into decline in the 60's and 70's. In 1981, the City of Brunswick purchased the Ritz, and again, the theatre was modernized and substantially altered; however, the Ritz sign was left intact. The extensive reconstruction was due in part to the collapse of the roof over the auditorium. This phase was completed in 1983. In 2008, the Ritz became part of the Fox Theatre Institute (FTI), the only comprehensive theatre preservation organization in the U.S. and the premiere resource for historic theatre restoration and revitalization in Georgia, offering mentoring programs, preservation expertise, operational counseling, and educational opportunitites. In 2010 Golden Isles Arts and Humanities applied for and received a restoration assistance grant, matched by the City of Brunswick, to restore the building's 58 original windows, which were loose and in danger of falling. Under FTI's guidance, local craftsmen James Taylor and Taylor Davis, partnering with the Association for Preservation Technology and the Jekyll Island Restoration Team, restored the windows using the original glass and much of the original wood. FTI and the city then supported the repainting of the building. In 1899, the Grand Opera House was built of unpainted brick, then painted white by the movie company in the 1920's for a more modern feel. Because it would have been damaging to remove decades of paint from the surface, the theatre was painted a brick red when the city restored it in the 1980's. Local contractors Peninsula Painting were hired to refurbish the exterior using the same basic color scheme. When the work was completed in the summer of 2010, new curtains were made for the windows by Brunswick resident Jennifer George. The original Ritz sign was the final exterior element needing restoration. The sign had not been fully operational for years, so FTI once again stepped in to provide assistance. In May 2011, local company Fendig Signs undertook extensive restoration work, including painting, rewiring, and the crafting of new neon letters by Ray Tanner. The beautifully restored sign was returned in the Fall and on November 4, 2011, during Downtown Brunswick's First Friday event, Golden Isles Arts and Humanities held a grand re-lighting celebration. The Ritz Theatre, located within the "Old Town Brunswick" National Register District was built in 1899 to house the Grand Opera House, retail establishments, and the general offices of the Brunswick & Birmingham Railroad. Today, downtown Brunswick's historic theatre and arts center features year-round live performances, films, exhibits, educational programs and more. Programming and management by Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association, coordinating arts council for the City of Brunswick and Glynn County.
Phone: 912-262-6934
Fax: 912-262-1029
 
Address:
1530 Newcastle St., Corner of F Street
Brunswick GA 31520
 
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Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
This beautiful plantation represents the history and culture of Georgia’s rice coast. In the early 1800s, William Brailsford of Charleston carved a rice plantation from marshes along the Altamaha River. The plantation and its inhabitants were part of the genteel low country society that developed during the antebellum period. While many factors made rice cultivation increasingly difficult in the years after the Civil War, the family continued to grow rice until 1913. The enterprising siblings of the fifth generation at Hofwyl-Broadfield resolved to start a dairy rather than sell their family home. The efforts of Gratz, Miriam and Ophelia Dent led to the preservation of their family legacy. Ophelia was the last heir to the rich traditions of her ancestors, and she left the plantation to the State of Georgia in 1973. A museum features silver from the family collection and a model of Hofwyl-Broadfield during its heyday. A brief film on the plantation’s history is shown before visitors walk a short trail to the antebellum home. A guided tour allows visitors to see the home as Ophelia kept it - with family heirlooms, 18th and 19th century furniture and Cantonese china. A stop on the Colonial Coast Birding Trail, this is an excellent spot to look for herons, egrets, ibis and painted buntings. This nature trail leads back to the Visitors Center along the edge of the marsh where rice once flourished. The plantation is open Thursday-Saturday / 9:00am - 5:00pm and the last main house tour is at 4:00pm. (Gate locked at closing) Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Admission is $3.50-$6.00 (plus tax) and Group rates are available with advance notice.
Phone: 912-264-7333
 
Address:
5556 U.S. Hwy 17 N.
Brunswick GA 31525
 
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Horseback Riding
Saddle up and experience the Golden Isles on horseback! Guided tours make their way through maritime forests, near the salt marshes and along the beach. Rides leave from Clam Creek Road on the north end of Jekyll Island. For a more leisurely tour, explore Jekyll Island’s past on a beautiful horse-drawn carriage ride through the Historic District. On Sea Island, as a guest of one of the Sea Island Resort properties, you can also enjoy horseback riding lessons, rides on the beach or a wooded trail ride with Sea Island Stables.
 
 
 
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Horton House Historic Site
Major William Horton was granted Jekyll Island by the Trustees of the colony of Georgia in 1738, and he constructed this home in 1743. The Horton House is one of the oldest standing tabby structure exteriors in the state. Horton was one of General James Oglethorpe’s top military aids and was in charge of troops garrisoned at Fort Frederica on nearby St. Simon’s Island. Horton farmed the island, producing crops to aid with supplying Ft. Frederica. This included hops and barley to produce Georgia’s first beer. Eventually, Horton added a warehouse to the site, of which remains still exist. His brewery, whose remains lie just down the road, supplied ale to troops and settlers at Fort Frederica on St. Simons Island. Today, the tabby ruins of Georgia’s first brewery have mostly fallen into DuBignon Creek. The site also includes the cemetery of the DuBignon Family, which owned Jekyll from 1790-1886 and occupied the house as their home from 1790 until sometime in the mid-1800s. There you can see the grave of John Eugene DuBignon, who sold Jekyll Island to the Jekyll Island Club in the late 1800’s. The Horton House is one of the oldest buildings in Georgia, and the site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Preservation work on the site was made possible by a Save America’s Treasures grant from the National Park Service, and received an Excellence in Preservation award from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.
 
Address:
N. Riverview Drive
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
 
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Howard Coffin Park
Howard Coffin Park is the largest park in Brunswick, Georgia and was named after one of the founders of Hudson Motor Company, Howard Earle Coffin. A millionaire by age 30, Coffin purchased extensive real estate in Georgia, such as nearby Sapelo Island and Sea Island, turning it into a resort in the Golden Isles. Coffin and his wife are buried at Christ Church on the northern end of St. Simons Island. Howard Coffin Park is located on the corner of U.S. Hwy. 17 and Gloucester Street in Brunswick. This park offers a local community center, aquatic center, plenty of green space, four tennis courts, four baseball/softball diamonds, two soccer/football fields, a half-mile walking track, children’s playgrounds, picnic areas, and a dog park. Restrooms are located at the local community center and aquatic center when open. Harold E. Jennings Wellness Park is located within Howard Coffin Park along U.S. Hwy 17, behind the community center. This smaller park actually contains the half-mile walking track along with 15 fitness stations with instructional signs. This is called the Parcourse FitCircuit which is a series of 15 exercise events occurring at eight separate stations located along the half-mile jogging/walking path. Simply follow the path to each station and perform the exercises specified until you reach the finish sign at the end. The name “Parcourse” implies, there is a recommended “par” or number of repetitions suggested on each sign for each of three different fitness levels. As you select your fitness level, please remember that the Par merely represents recommended goals based on your own physical condition. Work out at your own risk and remember to stay hydrated. Bring your own water and snacks. Blue Streak Dog Park is also located within Howard Coffin Park on the northern most point along U.S. Hwy. 17. This is a great place to let your dog run to burn off some energy or to play with other dogs that frequent the area. Dog bags are provided at this location for owners to clean up after their dog. As usual, be sure to follow all dog park rules when using this public park. For both the Harold E. Jennings Wellness Park and Blue Streak Dog Park, you can access parking along U.S. Hwy. 17 in addition to driving into the main Howard Coffin Park parking lot. Simply pull over and park at any of the designated grass parking areas along U.S. Hwy. 17.
 
Address:
1430 Lanier Blvd
Brunswick GA 31525
 
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Island Cinemas 7
Island Cinemas 7 is owned by Georgia Theatre Company and is headquartered on St. Simons Island. This theatre prides itself on providing state of the art motion picture facilities to all of our patrons, featuring stadium seating and the best sound systems available.
Phone: 912-634-9100
 
Address:
44 Cinema Lane
St Simons Island, Georgia 31523
 
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Island Dive Center
For more than 30 years, certified scuba divers have enjoyed the splendor of the local underwater world. Situated off the coast of Georgia are many artificial reefs (shipwrecks) to explore. For those of you who are not certified divers, Island Dive Center will teach you to dive so that you can enjoy the beauty of our coastline beneath the surface. In 1978 Judy Wright was certified as a YMCA Scuba Instructor and in 1980 as a PADI Scuba Instructor. After teaching for numerous years, she opened Island Dive Center on St Simons. Routine operations of the 5 Star PADI Dive Center include snorkeling and scuba lessons, sales and service of primarily Scubapro equipment, sale inflatable kayaks, paint ball and scuba cylinder air fills, local dive charters, escorted excursions to Florida, Bahamas, West Indies, Caribbean and beyond. The PADI Travel Network affords the dive center the opportunity to book individual and groups for travels around in the world. Snorkeling lessons are offered in the pool. Local snorkeling excursions are limited to freshwater lakes. In 2011 Island Dive Center opened a gift shop. Did you know that you can begin your SCUBA class on-line. All you need to do is google "padi," click the "on-line learning" tab and register for your class. Be sure to enter zip code 31522 or your favorite dive center #749. Plan a trip to the Golden Isles in order to complete your pool training and certification dives. How awesome is that!
Phone: 912-638-6590
Fax: 912-638-4956
 
Address:
101 Marina Drive
St Simons Island, Georgia 31522
 
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Jekyll Island Beach
Jekyll Island beach is made up of many numbered access points and smaller beaches including: Driftwood Beach, Glory Beach, and St. Andrews Beach. Each smaller beach has its own unique personality to enjoy. Driftwood Beach on the island’s north end was recognized as one of America’s Most Romantic Beaches by AOL Travelocity. From the beautiful sand dunes to the miles of uncrowded and unspoiled beaches, Jekyll Island offers the area’s most unique beach experience. As a barrier island, Jekyll Island's ten miles of unspoiled beaches are perfect for sunbathing or swimming, for leisurely walks or invigorating jogs. Perhaps best known for their natural bounty, Jekyll Island’s beaches offer shell collecting for guests, young and old. Many live creatures abound as well, including hermit crabs and sand dollars. Though it is tempting to collect these interesting creatures, you can help preserve the Island's shoreline environment by leaving them as you find them and by limiting your "catch" of shells. You can learn all about the creatures you see on the beaches of Jekyll Island at Tideland's Nature Center's exhibit area. The south end beaches from Glory Beach to St. Andrews Picnic Area near Jekyll Point are protected due to their value to migratory and endangered shorebirds. When visiting these remote beach areas please be aware of your entry point by noting the beach access number. Please also keep in mind that all beaches within the Golden Isles are greatly affected by the tides and you may not be able to access some beaches at high tide. Please review a local tide chart before planning your trip to the beach.
 
Address:
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
 
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Jekyll Island Miniature Golf
Miniature golf is a great game for all ages and skill levels. We offer two different courses. One for beginners and another more challenging course. In addition, our miniature course is located on the corner of Shell Road and Beachview Drive, right next to the Red Bug and bike rentals. Rates Per Game: $6.08 3-Game Ticket: $15.00 10-game pass: $45.00 Children under 4: FREE
Phone: 912-635-2648
 
Address:
North Beachview Drive
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
 
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Jekyll Island Museum
The Jekyll Island Museum is your Gateway to the Gilded Era. Throughout its history, Jekyll Island is a place where people have imagined an alternative. People have come here to be different, and they still do. From Native Americans, to English colonists, to French privateers, to the members of the Jekyll Island Club - people have imagined Jekyll Island as a place where dreams can be built. The Island's present day prominence as a beloved vacation destination was prefaced by an era of unrivaled status and prestige. Beginning in 1886 and continuing for over four gilded decades, the Island was the exclusive domain of the renowned Jekyll Island Club - the winter retreat for some of America's most elite families. We invite you to explore this rich, varied history at the Jekyll Island Museum and its Historic Sites - the Jekyll Island Club National Historic Landmark District, the Horton House and the Wanderer Memorial. The Jekyll Island Club was founded in 1886 as a winter retreat for America’s wealthiest families. Among its members were such powerful men as J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer, William Rockefeller and William K. Vanderbilt. In its heyday, the Club was referred to as the “richest, the most exclusive, and most inaccessible club in the world.” The site is now one of the largest ongoing restoration projects in the southeastern United States. Using an historic building for your special occasions offers a unique backdrop that cannot be matched. The atmosphere of the Historic District ensures a memorable experience for guests. Whether it is for a simple meeting, an office retreat, a wedding reception, or a reunion, there are a variety of facilities available for you and your guests to enjoy. We are here and available to answer any questions you may have in the process. Exhibitions feature objects and photographs from our extensive collections and introduce you to the rich heritage of Jekyll Island, whose social and architectural legacy is reflected in the Jekyll Island Club National Historic Landmark District - a 240-acre, riverfront compound and one of the largest, ongoing restoration projects in the southeastern United States. The museum is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and admission is FREE.
Phone: 912-635-4036
Fax: 912-635-4420
 
Address:
100 Stable Rd.
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
 
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Jekyll Island National Historic District
t first, it was the farm and home of John Eugene duBignon. But, with the help of his brother-in-law Newton Finney, it became what Munsey’s Magazine called "the richest, most inaccessible club in the world" – the Jekyll Island Club. Club members included men such as J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer, William K. Vanderbilt, and Marshall Field, to name only a few. Members prized the island for its "sense of splendid isolation," as well as its beautiful landscape and moderate climate. At a time when the idea of a modern seaside resort was still a novelty, members experienced levels of luxury and service that were remarkable, even by today’s standards. Members and their guests enjoyed hunting, horseback riding, skeet shooting, golf, tennis, biking, croquet, lawn bowling, picnics, and carriage rides. Several members built "cottages" which were simple in comparison to structures in their urban areas or Newport, Rhode Island. Though designed simply and somewhat eclectically, they certainly met the comfort levels that the members were accustomed to. In 1972, the Jekyll Island Club was designated as historic by being placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Jekyll Island Club House is now the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, a Historic Hotels of America member. Additional recognition was gained in 1979 when the National Park Service awarded Landmark status, creating the Jekyll Island Club National Historic Landmark District. By placing the 240-acre site and 33 historic structures into the National Historic Landmark program, the importance of Jekyll Island’s place in American History was recognized. Today, the Jekyll Island National Historic Landmark District is a one of the largest, ongoing restoration projects in the southeastern United States. The work to preserve the site has resulted in numerous awards and recognitions including Jekyll Island named to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 12 Distinctive Destinations and receiving the 2008 Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s Marguerite William Award for Preservation. The Jekyll Island Museum is your port of entry to the extraordinary stories of the Jekyll Island National Historic District and the entirety of Jekyll Island’s rich history. At the Jekyll Island Museum you can embark on a journey of discovery, through exhibits, tours and programs that are adventures into a bygone era.
 
Address:
Riverview Drive
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
 
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Jekyll Island Summer Waves
Splish, splash and slide your way into summer with Summer Waves! The coast’s favorite water park welcomes your family to cool off and cool down on our nine wet and wild rides. With 11 acres of fun and frenzy, there is something for everyone. Take a ride down one of our six exciting slides, cool off in our lazy river, splash in our wave pool, and enjoy the kiddie area for smaller swimmers. Whether with a family, a few friends or a large group, Summer Waves is the place to beat the Georgia heat!
Phone: 912.635.2074
 
Address:
210 South Riverview Drive
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
 
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Jekyll Island Trail System
Jekyll Island features about 25 miles of paved trails that allow for exploration of a broad range of scenery, from beaches to forests to Jekyll Island's own Historic Landmark District and campgrounds. Free bike path maps are available at the Jekyll Island Welcome Center and at the bike barn on Shell Road. Jekyll Island Bike Rentals are available adjacent to the island's miniature golf course and on location at many of island's hotels.
 
Address:
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
 

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