Things to Do

While enjoying your stay at Open Gates B & B, there are many activities to do in the area. We are happy to arrange any activities listed on this page, or suggest other options. We’re conveniently located near Sapelo Island (one of Georgia’s most distinctive barrier islands), historic Fort King George, the oldest European fort in Georgia, and Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, a restored 19th century rice plantation. Open Gates is also very accessible to many wildlife viewing areas including the Altamaha Wildlife Management Area, Okefenokee Swamp and Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge.

We’ve provided a short, illustrative list of activities, but the possibilities are endless. Please feel free to call and chat about other options for exploring our unique coastal environment.

  • Take a self-guided walking tour of historic Darien and explore local antique shops and boutiques.
  • Visit historic Savannah, just one hour from the B & B.
  • Enjoy Wild Georgia Shrimp and other local delights at Skipper’s Fish Camp on the Darien Waterfront.
  • Go nature watching at Harris Neck Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy a bird watching “ramble with local ornithologists.
  • Visit Fort King George Historic Site, the Ashantilly Center, and Butler Island or Howfyl Broadfield Plantation.
  • Watch the shrimp boats return with their catch.
  • Take the ferry to Sapelo Island, a beautiful barrier island facing the Atlantic Ocean. While you’re there, take a private tour to see the Sapelo lighthouse and learn about the Gullah community.
  • Take a pontoon boat tour on the Altamaha River.
  • Take a guided paddle (kayak or canoe) through pristine marshes and historic rice fields.
  • Explore miles of waterways around Darien and the Golden Isles.
  • Go on turtle walks (spring or summer) or play on the beaches of Jekyll Island or St. Simon’s Island, less than 30 minutes from Darien.
  • Go on a sunset horseback ride or enjoy the wonderful waterpark on Jekyll Island (seasonal).