6 Family Activities on Jekyll Island

Sunset over Jekyll Island
Sunset over Jekyll Island Sara Kendall

Jekyll Island is a fabulous choice for a family getaway with a ton of fun things to do while visiting this unique island off the Georgia coast. Here are six family-pleasing activities bound to pique an interest in every member of your family.

Explore Driftwood Beach

Driftwood Beach
Driftwood Beach Sara Kendall

Beach erosion has created a somewhat surreal landscape on Driftwood Beach. Trees completely toppled, exposing what was once their extensive root system and others leafless and leaning. The brutal force of nature has caused these trees to be beached for years. This unique beach is eerie, but beautiful at the same time. It’s a place where photographs don’t do it justice – you must see this in person! Driftwood Beach is the most fascinating beach my family has ever experienced and making it our Number One thing to do while on Jekyll Island. According to the Jekyll Island Authority, people come to Jekyll Island just to see this incredible beach!

Experience the Georgia Sea Turtle Center

Georgia Sea Turtle Center
Georgia Sea Turtle Center Sara Kendall

This center makes learning about sea turtles fun for the whole family. Kids can go on our their very own sea turtle journey by visiting five story stations, learning a fun turtle fact, having their form stamped, then moving on to the next station. You can watch turtle feedings, observe them being cared for in the Treatment Room by professional care givers, and stop by the many interactive exhibits throughout the center. Step outside to find the Sea Turtle Hospital Rehabilitation Pavilion where your family can view rehab tanks where the injured turtles are recovering.

Go Bike Riding

Biking Riding on Jekyll Island
Biking Riding on Jekyll Island Sara Kendall

The Jekyll Island Trail System features 25 miles of paved trails that lead you to beaches, through forests, and to the Historic District. If you don’t bring your own, you can rent bikes at many hotels and independent shops. Free bike maps are available at the Jekyll Island Welcome Center.

Learn at Jekyll Island Museum

Jekyll Island Museum
Jekyll Island Museum Sara Kendall

On a rainy day or if your crew has gotten a bit too much sun, head over to the free admission Jekyll Island Museum. Housed in the original stable, which is over 100 years, you can learn about the beginnings of this island by walking through the exhibits and watching a 10-minute movie. The American tycoons of the Industrial Age – the Morgans, Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, and many more – built for themselves a winter retreat here. It served many of the rich and famous prior to the island being sold to the State of Georgia.

Discover the Historic District

Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Jekyll Island Club Hotel Sara Kendall

On 240-arces with 34 historic structures, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel is the centerpiece of the historic district. Visitors can stroll or ride bikes among the historic grounds to experience this sprawling resort. It should come as no surprise it’s on the National Register of Historic Places. You can stay here while on Jekyll Island or dine at one of their restaurants.

Take a Swing at Miniature Golf

Miniature Golf on Jekyll Island
Miniature golf on Jekyll Island Sara Kendall

A beach trip isn’t complete without a round or two of miniature golf! There is only one course on Jekyll Island and you’ll find it beside Great Dunes Park. It features one course for beginners and one for advanced players. You’ll find a fabulous playground is right beside the mini-golf along with park benches, restrooms, and a pizza joint.

For other family activities, check out Summer Waves Water Park, go on a dolphin tour, or charter a fishing boat.

Sara Kendall has traveled halfway across the globe with her kids and lived to tell about it. Stay tuned to hear about family destinations around Charlotte and beyond. Check out more of Sara’s travel at her website or email her at