Jekyll Island is a barrier island on Georgia's coast – midway between Jacksonville, Florida, and Savannah, Georgia. With 10 miles of sandy beaches, four golf courses, a 250-acre Historic Landmark District and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, it has been a family-favorite state park destination for 75 years.
The State of Georgia owns the isle and development is limited to just 1,675 of its more than 5,000 acres, meaning the natural beauty of verdant trees, tall sand dunes and family memories will be preserved for generations to come. Explore the history of the barrier island's ecosystem at Mosaic, Jekyll Island Museum.
Book a stay at the Jekyll Island Club Resort, grab an iced latte from The Pantry and walk around the historic cottages - Indian Mound, Mistletoe, Goodyear and Moss, to name a few - that were built in the late 1800s. Or swing for the green on one of Jekyll Island Golf Club's 63 holes.
A trip to the area wouldn't be complete without a beach day. Bring your most colorful towel, buckets and spades, and plenty of sunscreen. Check out the beautiful driftwood monuments at Driftwood Beach, or plan a picnic under the sun at Great Dunes Beach Park - pick up sandwiches at Boardwalk Deli inside the Jekyll Market.
Because the island is only 7 miles long, it's perfect for renting a bike and cycling along the many trails on the islet's interior. You'll pass under moss-covered oak trees, past historical homes and by shorebirds sunning themselves. Or don your swimsuit and giggle all the way down colorful water slides at Summer Waves Water Park.
After a long day filled with activities, dine at one of the island's many eateries like Driftwood Bistro, Zachry's Riverhouse, Red Bug Motors Pizza and The Wharf. Post-dinner froyo is a must from Fuse, or have a sweet cocktail at Wee Pub.