Few places on earth are more inviting. From our sprawling beaches to our historic ruins, Jekyll Island is a beautiful blend of serenity and discovery.
Situated within the chain of the Golden Isles, we’re just a few miles from St. Simons Island, Sea Island and Brunswick. As a State Park, Jekyll Island is a coastal haven where nature and humans peacefully co-exist. From the moment you see our turtle crossing signs, you’ll know you’ve arrived somewhere special. A canopy of live oaks will draw you in. Stories of lavish lawn parties will pique your curiosity. Driftwood skeletons will forever be etched in your memory. Whether it’s through an ancient maritime forest or along our newly updated oceanfront promenade, every path leads to a unique experience you’ll only find here.
Jekyll Island has a legacy of entertaining its guests. With ten miles of sun-drenched beaches (all of them different), four award-winning golf courses, and Georgia’s only rehabilitation center for endangered sea turtles, there’s something for every kind of explorer. Take a tour through the maritime forest. Watch the dolphins play while on a guided kayak excursion. Take a bike ride through the Historic District. From the early settlers to the millionaires to travelers from around the world, Jekyll Island has fascinated everyone who’s ever crossed its barrier shores. We invite you to join in the experience.
4-H Tidelands Nature Center
Tidelands offers kayak tours, coastal ecology programs, Island nature walks, and summer and school group programs as well as an exhibit gallery featuring live coastal species, including sea turtles, fish, invertebrates, horseshoe crabs, snakes, alligators, and more.
The beaches on Jekyll Island are unlike those of any other coastal destination. With 10 miles of grand, unspoiled shoreline and a variety of amenities, you’ll find the perfect place to relax and refresh the senses. Best known for their natural bounty, each of Jekyll Island’s beaches is completely different than the other. From bird watching on St. Andrews to photo ops on Driftwood Beach, these sun-drenched sanctuaries offer a truly invigorating experience. For information about the public beach access points available on Jekyll Island, click HERE.
Bicycling has long been a favorite activity on Jekyll Island. With more than 22 miles of picturesque paths and trails, biking offers a scenic way to see all of the island’s hallmark points of interest. Paths wind around sand dunes, beaches, and historic sites, while our ancient oaks offer ample shade.
Jekyll Island boasts some of the most diverse and plentiful bird watching in the country. The island is an important site along the Atlantic Migratory Flyway. From Painted Buntings to Piping Plovers, Jekyll Island is a haven for birds and bird lovers.
Fishing & Boating
Whether deep at sea, at a dock, or on the shore, Jekyll has plenty of fishing opportunities for all types of anglers.
Georgia Sea Turtle Center
Georgia’s only sea turtle education and rehabilitation facility. The Center offers the public a chance to learn about sea turtles and see rehabilitation in action with a host of interactive exhibits and experiences. Year-round indoor and outdoor programs are also available for guests of all ages.
- National Historic Landmark District – The Jekyll Island Club National Historic Landmark is one of the largest ongoing restoration projects in the southeastern United States, attracting curious guests from around the world. Click HERE for more information.
- Horton House – The Horton House is one of the oldest tabby buildings in Georgia, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Wanderer Memory Trail – The Wanderer Memory Trail is a new educational experience on Jekyll Island that tells the story of America’s last known slave ship, the Wanderer. The trail is located along the banks of the Jekyll River where the ship illegally came ashore 160 years ago with more than 500 enslaved Africans. Made up of individual exhibits, the trail walks visitors through the story of Umwalla, a young African boy brought to America on the ship. Visitors of all ages will follow Umwalla’s journey from capture through freedom told through interactive exhibits along the trail.
- Faith Chapel – Constructed in 1904 for the members of the Jekyll Island Club, Faith Chapel has welcomed visitors for more than a hundred years.
- Points of Interest – The Jekyll Island Authority is the steward of the cultural resources on Jekyll Island. Historic sites, objects, landscapes, and structures are all chapters of Jekyll Island’s story and provide a record of past human activity. Many cultural resources that are valuable to understanding the island’s past can be found in unexpected locations. Click HERE for more information.
Kayaking & Paddleboarding
There’s no better way to explore the waters around Jekyll Island than from a kayak or paddleboard.
Mosaic, Jekyll Island Museum
n-depth and interactive exhibits draw you in, while stunning visuals and audio tell the tale of this magical island. Constructed completely within the existing footprint of the historic stables building, the design highlights the building’s construction with high lofted ceilings and open space.
Travel back more than four centuries ago to the discovery of this coastal haven when Native Americans inhabited Jekyll Island.
Get behind the wheel of a classic Studebaker as if it were the mid-1900s and you’re an early visitor of the newly-established state park.
Find yourself among the treasures of some of the world’s wealthiest families and choose your attire from a virtual wardrobe.
Located throughout the island, our picnic areas provide the perfect spot for a quick lunch. For information about the various picnic areas available on Jekyll Island, click HERE.
Two playgrounds are located adjacent to Mini Golf. Both playgrounds are fenced on three sides, covered in soft mulch, and offer play for kids ages five and under or six and up. The play structures are made of safe, modern plastic, include climbing and swinging features, and allow for safe play for kids of all ages. Park benches, restrooms, and refreshments are available on-site.
Our seven-mile island is rich with conservation, history, and wildlife. Choose one of our many tour options to see and learn more about this special place. For information about the various tours available on Jekyll Island, click HERE.
Jekyll Island State Park charges an $8 entry fee per vehicle.