With the warm weather hitting Jekyll Island, there are so many outdoor activities to enjoy. We were lucky enough to experience a little bit of everything, but the two that were our absolute favorites were the Gatorology 101 class and riding bikes around the island.
For those that know me in real life know that I have huge fear of alligators. HUGE. So taking part in a Gatorology 101 class, I had no idea what to expect (Spoiler: I came out alive). We met our guide – one of Jekyll Island’s wildlife researchers – at the observation deck at Horton Pond which is right across from Driftwood Beach. It’s a secluded and peaceful spot, but you should know that about 3-5 alligators are living in that pond at all times, so please be cautious if exploring on your own. My husband and I loved learning about all the conservation work done by the Jekyll Island Authority to Horton Pond over the past few years and the kids had so much fun with the hands-on parts of the class. From an alligator claw to an alligator skull, there was plenty of fun things that kept the kids’ attention. However, our teacher saved the best for last. We got to meet a 4-year-old alligator named Tiny. I have to admit; she was super cute and so calm that I wasn’t afraid of her at all. We got to pet and hold her and seeing an actual alligator that close was incredible. I highly recommend this class to anyone who visits Jekyll Island.
As I mentioned in my previous post, the weather over Spring Break could not have been better. With cool breezes and no humidity, being outdoors was terrific. Another activity which we got to experience altogether was bike riding. The Jekyll Island Bike Barn (located by the Mini Golf and Playgrounds) rents adult and kid-sized bikes, tricycles, tandem bikes, two- and four-person surreys, bike trailers, and dual trikes. Now even though there are plenty of bikes to choose from, we decided on a family bike that could hold all of us comfortably. Henry still needs training wheels on his bike and Evelyn hasn’t learned how to ride solo yet. Our kids obviously weren’t old enough to help pedal, but it wasn’t too hard with just my husband and I doing the work. You’re allowed to take the bikes all over the island (except for the beach) and enjoy them throughout the whole day. With more than 20 miles of paths and trails, Jekyll Island is very bike friendly and a great way to get a scenic tour of the island. It was fun to stop and explore places we wouldn’t necessarily be able to get to easily had we been in our car.
I hope you loved hearing about our trip as much as I loved recapping it for you! If you follow me on Instagram, @chanelvanreenen, you can see more of our trip on the highlights reel in my profile. Be sure to check out Jekyll Island if you’re in need of an amazing family vacation spot! Activities change by season so there are always new and exciting things to experience. You can see them all and plan your trip here!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Jekyll Island Authority. The opinions and text are all mine.