A popular tourist destination, the island has beaches frequented by vacationers. Guided tours of the Landmark Historic District are available. Bike trails, walks along the beaches and sandbars, and Summer Waves, a water park, are among the active attractions. The historic district features numerous impressive and ambitious buildings from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The island is also full of wildlife, consisting of many different mammals, reptiles, and birds living and breeding in the island’s inland marshes.
St Marys is the gateway to Cumberland Island, Georgia’s largest and southernmost barrier island. Here pristine maritime forests, undeveloped beaches and wide marshes whisper the stories of both man and nature. Natives, missionaries, enslaved African Americans and Wealthy Industrialists all walked here. Cumberland Island is also home to over 9,800 acres of Congressionally designated Wilderness.
Ask any accomplished angler and they will tell you that Georgia State Parks offer some of the best fly fishing, bass fishing and trout fishing in the country. Did you know one of the largest bass ever caught in the world was caught right here in Georgia? Many bass fishermen equate “The Bass Capital of the World” with our own Lake Walter F. George. In fact, the size and variety of fish are rivaled only by the varieties of unspoiled environments. From reservoirs, warm water streams and rivers, to lakes of all sizes and saltwater fishing, the abundant waters found in Georgia State Parks truly are an angler’s paradise.
St. Simons & Downtown Brunswick
The mainland entry point to the Golden Isles, Brunswick directly overlooks the saltwater marshes and the Atlantic ocean. Historic Downtown Brunswick was originally laid out by General James Oglethorpe over 240 years ago, and features magnificent Victorian architecture and colonial buildings preserved and restored with pride. You’ll find the Old Town has plenty to offer visitors and locals alike, with lively shops, galleries, restaurants, and theaters that provide a truly unique experience day or night. Don’t miss the infamous Ritz Theatre, built in 1899, and the Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, which dates to the early 1800s.
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