7+ Great Things To Do on Jekyll Island for Spring Break

Georgia’s groundhog told us himself: Spring is coming soon! Time to start planning for Spring Break!

With miles of pristine beaches, coastal forests and marshland to explore via foot, bike, boat or even trolley, and everything from golf and tennis to a museum and historic sites, Jekyll Island makes for a perfect Spring Break trip for kids and parents. 

Here are some of our top picks for things to do on Jekyll Island during Spring Break!

7+ Great Things To Do on Jekyll Island for Spring Break
Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island

1. Experience Sea Turtle Season

May marks the official beginning of sea turtle nesting season, the time of year when mother turtles return to Jekyll Island to lay their eggs, which will not hatch for another two to three months.

Because of Jekyll’s resilient conservation efforts, the island has seen steady increases in nesting numbers since the 90’s, leading to a record-breaking year in 2022, a trend that continued into 2023.

Visitors can learn more about Jekyll’s sea turtles at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, the state’s only sea turtle rehabilitation and education nonprofit. Take a behind-the-scenes tour and meet current patients, or simply embark on a long beach walk to see the nests firsthand.  My kids love visiting here, and we know you will too.

2. Meet a Gator

Gatorology excursions are back! From April until October, Jekyll’s own park rangers are ready to take visitors on a guided walk at Horton Pond, a natural habitat for the American Alligator. Visitors will learn about the gators’ history, biology and conservation efforts currently underway on the island.

This hands-on experience is perfect for families, adults and anyone hoping to learn more about the incredible wildlife to be found on Jekyll Island.  

Even if you don’t take the class, make sure to visit Horton Pond — its overlook is an awesome place to safely see alligators.

3. Take a Trolley Tour

Did you know that Jekyll Island was once a seasonal retreat for turn-of-the-century elite, like the Rockefellers, the Morgans and the Pulitzers? Their exclusive Club still remains as Jekyll Island Club Resort, now surrounded by the scenic and walkable Jekyll Island Historic District.

Visitors can take an open-air trolley tour through the Historic District to learn about the island’s famous residents and see the breathtaking homes where they once escaped for the summers. Tours are family-friendly and depart daily from Jekyll Island’s Mosaic Museum.  

Speaking of the museum, your trolley ticket includes admission to the Museum, and it’s truly one of our family’s favorite places to visit. There are interactive stations for the kids, and lots of interesting and unique things to see and do. We highly recommend a visit year any time of year.

4. Wave to Dolphins

What’s a beach trip without a boat cruise? Jekyll Island is home to one of the world’s largest populations of bottleneck dolphins, plus thriving marine wildlife such as manatees, sea turtles, herons and much more. Visitors can opt for a group or private tour, perfect for a family reunion, birthday party, or even a wedding! 

Tours are offered year-round, but spring is perhaps the perfect way to soak up the sun on the water.  

5. Hit the Beach

Of course, a visit to Jekyll is not complete without a visit to the beach! Visit Driftwood Beach at low tide (and close to sunset if you can) for spectacular views and perfect lighting for family pictures.

Park at one of the awesome beach access points — like Corsair Beach Park, Oceanview Beach Park, or Great Dunes Beach Park — for easy access, bathrooms, picnic tables, and rinse-off showers.

Visit St. Andrews Beach for a more low-key beach visit. The beach park features a two-story wildlife viewing platform and the Wanderer Memory Trail. We love shell hunting here.

South Dunes Beach Park and Glory Beach are two spots where you’ll find plenty of beach! These are also less crowded, and make for a great place to spread out.

6. Bike the Island

With more than 24 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 ancient oaks offer ample shade. Spring is the perfect time of year for this activity.

Biking is out absolute must-do activity every time we visit Jekyll. Rent bikes from the Jekyll Island Bike Barn, Beachside Bike Rentals, or Jekyll Wheels and get exploring. We find something new during every visit!

7. Golf & Tennis

Looking for some great outdoor fun? Jekyll Island is home to some of the greatest golf courses around. You’ll find four breathtaking courses here, and plenty of gorgeous scenery along the way.

If you’re not ready for the big leagues, you and the family can try one of two of the courses at Jekyll Island Mini Golf. Not only will you be able to enjoy a fun game of putt-putt, but there’s an awesome playground for kids, Red Bug Pizza onsite, and bike rentals can be made here.

If tennis is more your style, the Jekyll Island Tennis Center is a public tennis facility featuring 13 Har-tru clay courts. Reservations are required.

8. Stay Somewhere Awesome

Now that you know all of the awesome activities awaiting you, where are you going to stay? We’ve got some great choices for you.

  • The seaside Jekyll Ocean Club Resort is the sister to the Historic Jekyll Island Club but has a very different, much more modern feel. All the rooms are suites facing the ocean, and the hotel is two blocks from the Jekyll Island Beach Village with shops, restaurants and entertainment. My favorite part of this hotel? The cozy screened porch off the pool. Guests at Jekyll Island Club and Jekyll Ocean Club can enjoy the amenities at the other hotel.
  • The Holiday Inn Jekyll Island is a very family (and pet) friendly hotel located roughly at the center of the island, right along the beach and bike paths. It’s also convenient to pretty much anything you’d like to do, but we just stayed on property, swam in the pool, walked on the beach (at night was amazing), and enjoyed our awesome oceanfront deck. The guest suites are great here.
  • Courtyard by Marriott is facing the beach and has an awesome outdoor pool. A boardwalk leads you right from the hotel to the beach.
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Jekyll Island features an outdoor pool and a free shuttle to area attractions. It’s located right on the beach, and is close to the Beach Village area with restaurants and shops.

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7+ Great Things To Do on Jekyll Island for Spring Break