Mary Ross Waterfront Park
Sidney Lanier Bridge
Old City Hall
Due to its strategic geography, Brunswick’s history has been punctuated by conquest and acquisition during times of political turmoil. Five Flags have claimed this coastal region as their own, as well as countless generations of native tribes, each leaving their indelible mark. Many of the historic landmarks have been lovingly restored and are a great addition to your visit.
HISTORIC RITZ THEATRE | 1530 Newcastle Street | 912-262-6934
Originally the Grand Opera House, this three story Victorian building featuring ornate brick and stone work, was built for the legitimate state. 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.
OLD CITY HALL | 1229 Newcastle Street | 912-265-4032
Built as City Hall in 1889, this Richardsonian Romanesque structure has become downtown Brunswick’s landmark building. Restored in 2004, the building houses City offices, the Main Street / Downtown Development Authority and is available for private functions.
LOVER'S OAK | Prince & Albany Streets
The Lover's Oak (said to date back to the 12th century) is located at the intersection of Albany and Prince Streets in Historic Downtown Brunswick. According to local legend, Native American braves and their maidens met under the majestic spreading limbs of this enormous oak. As of 2005, the Lover’s Oak was estimated to be 900 years old. The tree’s trunk is about 13 feet in diameter and it branches into ten limbs measuring 12 to 30 inches in diameter.
SIDNEY LANIER BRIDGE | US Hwy 17
As you look south to the foot of Newcastle Street, you will see the Sidney Lanier Bridge, Georgia’s tallest cable-stayed suspension bridge, which provides easy access to the Golden Isles from Interstate 95 (Exit 29). This beautiful structure is 7,780 feet long and 486 feet tall. It contains 95,283 cubic yards of concrete and 14,810,095 pounds of reinforcing steel. The current bridge was built as a replacement to the original lift bridge which was struck by ships twice. It was named for Georgian poet Sidney Lanier who wrote the poem Marshes of Glynn, about the beautiful marshes that surround the area. Each year in February, there is the annual 5k Bridge Run, sponsored by Southeast Georgia Health System, when the south side of the bridge is closed to traffic and people register to run (or walk) the bridge.
MARY ROSS WATERFRONT PARK | Gloucester & Bay Streets
Located on the East River in Historic Downtown Brunswick is Mary Ross Waterfront Park. The park features The Liberty Ship Memorial Plaza, where you can view a scale model of a Liberty Ship, similar to those built in Brunswick’s shipyards during World War II. Other attractions include an outdoor musical playscape, staged pavilion and farmers market. A lovely spot to watch the sun set or to see huge oceangoing ships from around the world and picturesque shrimp boats, Mary Ross Waterfront Park is easy to access Located on Bay Street (U.S. Highway 341) at the end of Gloucester Street. Learn about the park here.
To learn more about Brunswick attractions, visit the Golden Isles CVB website.