Welcome to Historic Brunswick
Rich in history, Brunswick was named for Braunschweig, Germany, the ancestral home of King George III. "General James Oglethorpe laid out the City of Brunswick in 1771 in the same strong grid pattern as its better-known Sister City, Savannah. Settlers arrived and remained because of the attraction of the Port. George Washington proclaimed Brunswick as one of the five original ports of entry for the Colonies in 1789. The city is sited on a deep natural harbor and has remained a thriving seaport for over 200 years. Brunswick’s English heritage is reflected in the names of many streets and squares – Prince, Newcastle, Hanover, London, Norwich, Gloucester.
Southern hospitality and year round mild weather combine to make Brunswick a delight to visit and explore during any season. Brunsick’s bustling waterfront is home to private and commercial vessels from all over the world, a marina, The Liberty Ship Memorial Plaza, shrimp boats, and cruise and casino ships. Mary Ross Waterfront Park and the adjacent Brunswick Landing Marina play host to a variety of festivals and events throughout the year. Mary Ross Park is also a favorite docking site for passenger cruise lines. The park and marina, the antique and specialty shops, galleries and restaurants and the beautiful and extensive historic residential neighborhoods are all located within the Old Town Brunswick National Register Historic District.
The Downtown area features Victorian commercial buildings and offers visitors and residents alike a unique experience - with limitless shopping, dining and cultural activities. Explore streets of quaint shops, restaurants, art galleries and antique dealers.
Among its numerous assets, Brunswick is the second largest concentration of documented historic structures in Georgia. Homes in Old Town reflect a variety of styles dating from 1819, including Queen Anne, Jacobean, Eastlake, Mansard, Gothic and Italianate architecture. The Brunswick Landmarks Foundation works to educate the public and protect and enhance the special historic character and charm of Old Town.
Glynn County Courthouse: Courtesy of the Georgia Department of Economic Development
The nearby islands of St. Simons, Jekyll and Sea Island lure visitors with the promise of beaches, resorts, and historic sites—it has long been known as the “Gateway to the Golden Isles”. Our marshes along the east coast offer stunning views and are unique and beautiful in many ways."
Cultural and historic festivals, performances and special events are scheduled throughout the year. We invite you to come and enjoy the Southern charm and hospitality that make Brunswick a tourist’s delight! While you’re here – why not enjoy a bowl of our famous Brunswick stew.
Brunswick Dock: Courtesy of the Georgia Department of Economic Development
For more visitor information, you can visit the Brunswick and the Golden Isles CVB website or the Virtual Visitor Guide .
You can discover more about some of Brunswick's main historic and cultural attractions in the advertisements at the bottom of this page.