One of the things I love most about living in Atlanta is the proximity it is to so many drivable destinations in the South. Last week we made the 5-hour drive from North Atlanta to Jekyll Island. We had never been together as a family and were so excited to experience it together! Aside from the miles of unspoiled beaches, there is an array of family-friendly activities all over the island. Once you come to Jekyll, you never have to leave because everything you need is right there. We visited Jekyll Island the second half of Spring Break week, and while there were a lot of families in town, it never felt crowded, and we never had a long wait anywhere we went. There is also plenty of convenient parking throughout the island. The entire atmosphere of Jekyll Island is warm and laid back. From locals to tourists, everyone we encountered was friendly and helpful.
From all-day bike rentals to a Gatorology 101 class, Jekyll Island is chock full of endless activities year-round. One of our favorite activities was visiting the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, which is the only sea turtle education and rehabilitation facility in the state. We were able to learn about sea turtles and see rehabilitation in action with interactive exhibits and experiences. The kids loved watching the turtles swim in their “hot tubs” which were actually small pools for each one. We ran into some rain on Saturday, so the Sea Turtle Center was perfect for keeping two young children entertained.
Mini Golf, Playgrounds, and Bike Rentals are all conveniently located in the same area. Henry, who will be six this summer, loved mini golf the best. Evelyn (3) couldn’t quite get the hang of it, so she played on the slides and swings while the boys went through the mini-golf course. Also another benefit of having those right next to each other!
There is no shortage of delicious restaurants all over the island. A few we tried were The Wharf, Corsair, McCormicks Grill, Wee Pub Beach, The Jekyll Market, and Red Bug Motors Pizza. No matter where we ate or what we tried, the food everywhere was excellent. From sweet French toast in the morning to juicy barbeque in the evening, Jekyll Island knows how to make a delicious meal.
We were lucky enough to experience two unique properties while on the island. Jekyll Ocean Club and Jekyll Island Club Resort. Both properties are well maintained, and the grounds are beautiful. We stayed in Crane Cottage at the Jekyll Island Club and it was absolutely breathtaking and perfect for families. Crane Cottage is separate from the main clubhouse and was once the winter retreat of Richard T. Crane, founder of Crane Plumbing. The room we were actually in is where brides and their wedding party get ready before walking into the courtyard to get married! Another fun fact about the Jekyll Island Club is that the Federal Reserve was formed there under the guidance of Senator Nelson Aldrich. Jekyll Island Club is a member of Historic Hotels in America and dates back to 1887.
If having full beach days are a must for you, then the Jekyll Ocean Club is where you want to be. Just steps away from the ocean, you won’t have to go far for that out of office life. The on-site restaurant, Corsair, has the most amazing goat cheese hush puppies you will ever eat!
I honestly can’t say enough good things about our little vacation together, and the kids keep talking about how much fun they had. I’ll be highlighting the bike rentals and Gatorology 101 class next week, so stay tuned to hear more about our two favorite activities!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Jekyll Island Authority. The opinions and text are all mine.