Jekyll Island, Georgia. Photo by @l.rob90

Jekyll Island, Georgia. Photo by @l.rob90

6 Georgia Beaches for Family Fun

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

Driftwood Beach, 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.

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

St. Simons Island

St. Simons Island (and nearby Tybee) are filled with family entertainment options. Climb the lighthouse, learn how to paddleboard or surf, and much more.

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

Cumberland Island

With no cars and few homes on this secluded beach, Cumberland Island is the perfect escape. Hike to the ruins, search for sea shells and catch a glimpse of the wild horses. Families with older kiddos can stay at the luxurious and historic Greyfield Inn. The only other option includes camping on the beach or riding the ferry back to St. Marys for the evening. Either choice is wonderful.

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

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. Camping sites are available here for a full weekend of beachtime fun.

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

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. 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. We visited with the grandparents and had a great time. 

Escape to the Georgia Coast

Published: February 2021
Written by: Lesli Peterson