A child runs on the beach while the sun sets over the ocean behind him.

Jekyll Island, Georgia. Photo by @l.rob90

6 Best Beaches for Family Fun in Georgia

Sometimes a change of scenery is what your family needs to reset, recharge and reconnect, and Georgia's beaches are the perfect places for families to find the spaces to do just that. From the wildly natural coast to Georgia's many lakes, waterside fun can take many forms.

Explore the ever-changing landscape of Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island, relax on the sand while the kids play in the water at Robin Lake Beach at Callaway Resort & Gardens, and teach the little ones how to fish at Lake Rabun in the North Georgia mountains. Besides spending time on the sand, don't miss the things to do nearby, like climbing the stairs to the top of the St. Simons Lighthouse, exploring Dungeness Ruins on Cumberland Island, and shopping and dining in towns like Acworth and Clayton.

For tons of family fun, head to these Georgia beaches, some of which are not where you would expect!

Boy walking on Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island, Georgia. Photo by @Jekyll_Island
Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island, Georgia. Photo by @Jekyll_Island

1. Step into another world on Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island

Just north of Cumberland Island and directly across St. Simons Sound from St. Simons Lighthouse, the lonely spot known as Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island will give you a whole new perspective on beach vistas. The erosion of the island's northern point has resulted in dozens of downed trees left to bleach and dry along the sand. It's a stunning sight and a favorite of photographers.

Enjoy the whole Jekyll Island experience by visiting the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and touring the historic district, where fabulous island "cottages" were once part of the Jekyll Island Club, a private retreat for the wealthy. Rent bikes and explore the island's 20 miles of paths, and get out on the water and take a dolphin tour as the sun sets over the coast.

Learn more in the Guide to Jekyll Island.

Child jumping on beach on St. Simons Island, Georgia. Photo by @bowtiesandbloomphotography
St. Simons Island, Georgia. Photo by @bowtiesandbloomphotography

2. Create new family traditions on St. Simons Island

St. Simons Island (and nearby Tybee) are filled with family entertainment options. Stay at the beachside King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, which has villas and beach houses perfect for families. Or, rent a home or condo on the island and relax at your own pace.

Stroll through the island's beloved Pier Village to take in sweeping views of the St. Simons Sound, lighthouse, and dozens of locally owned restaurants and shops. Uncover St. Simons' storied past while visiting iconic and picturesque historical landmarks tucked away throughout the island. Climb the lighthouse, learn how to paddleboard or surf, and much more.

Learn more in the Guide to St. Simons Island.

Dungeness Ruins on Cumberland Island, Georgia. Photo by @september.dawn
Dungeness Ruins on Cumberland Island, Georgia. Photo by @september.dawn

3. Explore remote and wild Cumberland Island

With no cars and few homes on this secluded beach, Cumberland Island is the perfect escape. Hike to the ruins, search for seashells and catch a glimpse of the wild horses.

Families with older kiddos can stay at the luxurious and historic Greyfield Inn. Other options include camping or riding the ferry back to St. Marys for the evening. Either choice is wonderful.

Get more travel tips in How to Plan Your Best Camping Trip to Cumberland Island.

A man and woman paddleboarding on Georgia's Acworth Beach
Paddleboarding on Georgia's Acworth Beach

4. Play near town at Acworth Beach at Cauble Park

Acworth Beach at Cauble Park is a public lake beach with a roped-off area for swimming. It sits on the north shore of Lake Acworth and also houses restrooms, a playground and picnic tables. Swimming runs Memorial Day through Labor Day, but there is no lifeguard on duty.

Stay in a yurt or cabin nearby at Red Top Mountain State Park, and head into town in Acworth for great food and shopping. The budding scientists in the family will love a visit to nearby Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville to explore the exhibits and learn about the stars at the planetarium.

Lake Rabun Beach in Lakemont, Georgia. Photo by @thegeorgianhiker
Lake Rabun Beach in Lakemont, Georgia. Photo by @thegeorgianhiker

5. Escape to the mountains at Lake Rabun Beach Recreation Area

Lake Rabun's swim area includes a roped-off section for swimmers, restrooms and picnic tables. If you need a break from swimming, try the Beach Trail hike or dipping your pole to catch bass, trout and more. For more outdoor fun, don't miss the chance to see Minnehaha Falls, just a short drive away.

Camping sites are available here for a full weekend of beach time fun, or stay on the lake at Lake Rabun Hotel & Restaurant and enjoy farm-to-table meals. Venture over to Clayton to go shopping for outdoor gear at Wander North Georgia, and grab a wood-fired brick oven pizza from Fortify Pi.

Learn more in the Guide to Clayton.

Tubing on Robin Lake at Callaway Resort & Gardens
Tubing on Robin Lake at Callaway Resort & Gardens

6. Splash at Robin Lake Beach at Callaway Resort & Gardens

Robin Lake Beach is the world's largest man-made, white sand beach! Besides swimming and lounging, there is a playground, giant chess set, miniature golf, table tennis and shuffleboard at the 1-mile-long beach. All of this is included with entry into Callaway Resort & Gardens.

For an additional fee, try Aqua Island, paddle boats, the rock climbing wall, a bounce house and more. Rent a private cabana, and spend the afternoon relaxing on the shore. We visited with the grandparents and had a great time.

Published: February 2023
Written by: Lesli Peterson
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