8 Best Things To Do in Jekyll Island

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The Jekyll Island is one of those places where the world’s wealthiest like to vacation!  Located off the coast of the U.S. state of Georgia, this island is home to the Jekyll Island Club. Opened in 1888, this club is an exceptionally exclusive private club that only caters to the global elite. 

Jekyll Island is one of the Sea Islands and is directly accessible by road. Situated just 90 minutes from downtown Savannah, there are many things to do at the Jekyll Island! Let’s have a look..

If you plan on stopping by at Savannah before heading to the Jekyll Island, check out this Savannah Trip Planner

1. Visit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center

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The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is a rehabilitation, research, and education facility located on Jekyll Island. This center provides a state-of-the-art care centre to take care of the oh-so-challenged sea turtles. Through their daily education programs and gallery exhibits, you can learn more about the lives of sea turtles and other marine animals. This place also has a lovely gift shop where you can buy souvenirs to take back home. 

2. Enjoy the sun and splash at the Summer Waves Waterpark

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Located on the Jekyll Island, Georgia, the Summer Waves is a popular water park. Comprising of eight major water attractions like Frantic Atlantic Wave Pool, Splash Zone, Pirate's Passage, Turtle Creek, Hurricane, Tornado, Sharktooth Cove, Thunder, Lightning, and Flash Flood, this is a popular family-friendly attraction. Best known for its cool, fresh and refreshing waters, fun surroundings, and great views of the Jekyll River, Summer Waves Waterpark is an excellent way to beat the heat! 

3. Tour the historic Horton House

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Horton House, also called the Horton-duBignon House, Brewery Ruins, duBignon Cemetery is a historic site located on the Jekyll Island. This tabby house was originally built in 1743 by Major William Horton and has been meticulously preserved for over 100 years now. One of the top attractions on Jekyll Island, do not give this place a miss. 

4. Spend time at the Jekyll Island Museum

The Jekyll Island Museum is situated inside the historic Club Stables and offers the visitors a chance to come and explore the natural history and archeology exhibit indigenous to the region as well as a glimpse into the history of Jekyll Island. The completely renovated Jekyll Island Museum is yet to open and will feature many more artifacts and exhibits. 

5. Enjoy all things twisted at the Driftwood Beach

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As one of the top-rated beaches on the Jekyll Island, Driftwood Beach has something for everyone. Consistently voted as one of America's “Ten Most Romantic Beaches,” this beach on Jekyll Island's north is home to numerous driftwood trees. Many gnarly pine and oak trees in their twisted forms dominate the beach landscape. Enjoy more than ten miles of unspoiled nature, this beach is truly a sight to behold. 

6. Catch some views at the St. Simons Island Lighthouse and then head to the nearby museum

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Situated just 20 miles north of the Jekyll Island, the St. Simons Island Lighthouse Museum is yet another beautiful attraction on the Sea Islands. Situated on the southern tip of St. Simons Island, come here to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. The 104-foot tower was built in 1872 to replace the earlier built lighthouse by James Gould of Massachusetts. An important part of America’s history, today this tower houses the Lighthouse Museum with interactive exhibits, some rare and unseen artifacts, plus period rooms.  

7. Try your hand at a round of golf at the Jekyll Island Golf Club

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The Jekyll Island Golf Club is one place where history, serenity, and challenging golf courses come together. As one of America's premier golf destinations since 1898, the Jekyll Island Golf Club is not to be missed. Acclaimed designers like Donald Ross, Walter Travis and Joe Lee, plus a score of world-renowned players have played at this golf course. With four breathtaking courses and 63 holes in total, this is Georgia’s largest public golf resort. 

8. Set up a picnic at the St. Andrews Picnic Area & Beach

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Situated at the end of South Beachview Drive on Jekyll Island, the St. Andrews Picnic Area is for the nature lovers. This park overlooks the Jekyll Sound and also provides beach access, making this one of the most popular attractions on Jekyll Island. This beach is especially known for birding, shelling and frequent dolphin sightings. Back in the park, the visitors can also enjoy many park amenities like picnic areas, grills, a walking path, a wildlife viewing platform, and restrooms. 

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  • I have reservations at the Jekyll Island Resort and now I am trying to make reservations for the December 14th Winter Land Historical community Light Tour. Can you help me? Thank you, Jo

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    • Hi, Jo! Will you please mail us your trip details including the number of people on hi@triphobo.com? We will send you the tour details as soon as we receive your mail. 

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