The Golden Isles consists of Jekyll Island, St. Simons Island, Brunswick, Sea Island, and Little St. Simons Island, which are located between Savannah Georgia and Jacksonville Florida. Although they’re primarily known for their beaches, there is no shortage of things to do in the Golden Isles. The ideal year-round weather and the panoramic views make this the perfect area to explore Georgia nature. Locally-owned shopping boutiques, first-class dining experiences, unique attractions and historical tours of the islands and mainland provide one-of-a-kind experiences that will make the Golden Isles unforgettable.

The historic streets are lined with giant palm trees and huge beautiful 200-year-old oak trees that are hung with Spanish moss. Coming to the Golden Isles is a wonderful place to slow down and appreciate the small things in life; it’s like coming to the quintessential charming southern town where everyone is nice and greets you with a smile. While it’s a slower pace that doesn’t mean that we don’t know how to have fun! Here are some things to do in the Golden Isles.

Things To Do in the Golden Isles

Unfortunately, summer is swiftly coming to an end which means that you need to pack in as many adventures as you can before life gets crazy again. Before you know it, the holidays are here and all of your focus in on costumes, huge meals, beating the manic shopping crowds, and the proper way to wrap a gift. So let’s close out your summer in style by exploring the Golden Isles.

Camping in St. Simons Island

In St. Simons and the Golden Isles, getting back to nature is easy as it offers a variety of campgrounds and RV park facilities in the area. The area offers everything from tent and RV camping to glamping with wi-fi and cable, the Golden Isles is the perfect place to get outside and sleep under the stars in a beautiful seaside setting. 

Whatever is your preference the Golden Isles has a site that’ll match your needs. So before the weather gets too cool get up close and personal with the natural beauty of Georgia’s coast. 

Golfing in Coastal Georgia

Golfing in Coastal Georgia

Did you know that there are more than 189 holes of golf available in the Golden Isles? The area offers gorgeous year-round weather and a variety of golf courses, from novice to expert, which is perfect for golfers. 

These are widely acclaimed golf courses that are frequented by some of golf’s greats, so don’t be surprised if you’re rubbing elbows with the 2009 U.S. Open winner Lucas Glover or Harris English, Brian Harman, and Matt Kuchar, just to name a few. 

Horseback Riding

horseback riding in the golden isles

You can also take a guided horseback tour through forests, salt marshes, or even along the vast coastline. Brunswick and St. Simons Island both boast stables and riding academies that can help you take your horse down the old town road. If you don’t want to tempt fate by getting on the back of a ginormous mammal you can relax and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through Jekyll Island’s historic district.

Check Out the Tree Spirits

Did you know that if you look closely at certain oak trees across St. Simons Island it’s possible to find one staring back at you? That’s right, there are tree spirits all across the island and spending a day with your family and friends searching for them is one of the local residents’ favorite things to do. 

The faces are all hand-carved and each one has a distinct personality and look. If you want to make your trek a bit shorter you can use a St. Simons Island tree spirits map provided by the Golden Isles to guide you. 

Become One With Nature

The Golden Isles has more than 50 miles of paved trails that wind through St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island which are perfect for hikers and cyclists. Or if you want to go down an unbeaten path there are plenty of hard-packed sand coastlines and nature trails. 

Additionally, you can explore Little St. Simons Island, which is only accessible by boat, for some guided nature tours on the undeveloped island along a 7-mile-long beach. You can spend your day fishing, collecting shells, bicycling, bird watching, and more. 

St. Simons Island Lighthouse

The St. Simons Island Lighthouse is a staple in the community. Built in 1810, the original lighthouse was destroyed by Confederate forces in 1861 to prevent the beacon’s use by Federal troops during the Civil War. 

However, it was rebuilt in 1872 and the lighthouse continues to be one of only five surviving light towers in Georgia. Visitors can climb the 129 steps to the top of the lighthouse to get a bird’s eye view of St. Simons Island, Brunswick, and Jekyll Island. 

Don’t Just Experience the Golden Isles; Live There

The Golden Isles is the ideal place for a summer getaway. The island’s stunning nature preserves will make you feel like you left civilization far behind. If you’re also considering becoming a resident of the Golden Isles, especially St. Simons Island and Brunswick, contact Palmetto Building Group today. We have new, move-in ready single-family homes, cottages, condominiums and townhouses available.

Contact Palmetto Building Group today at 912-266-8401 or email us at to learn more.