If you want a family-friendly beach destination that offers activities just for children, book a weekend on Jekyll Island, Georgia. Jekyll Island has plenty of attractions the kids will love.
Summer Waves Water Park
Summer gets hot and humid on Jekyll Island. Little ones can cool off at the Summer Waves Water Park. Young scallywags can slide down the enclosed Pirate’s Passage tube. Adventure lovers can also twist and turn down The Hurricane and The Tornado before splashing into a catch pool.
Children can also float along the Turtle Creek lazy river or get soaked in the Splash Zone featuring sprinklers and water guns. The whole family can enjoy kid-friendly movies while floating in the wave pool during select evenings.
Jekyll Island Mini Golf
When the kids are waterlogged, they can dry off and play a round of miniature golf. You’ll find two 18-hole courses at the corner of North Beachview Drive and Shell Road. Kids can choose the easy option, or another course for more experienced little golfers.
Paths are lit so you can play until 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Jekyll Island Mini Golf is open until 6 p.m. the rest of the week. After the kids sink their last putt, they can head over to the two playgrounds located next to Jekyll Island Mini Golf.
Choose a family-friendly hotel for your visit to Jekyll Island. Look for a hotel with a pool or a playground. You can easily compare Jekyll Island Hotel amenities on hotelplanner.com. For added convenience choose a hotel near eateries with kids’ menus.
Georgia Sea Turtle Center
Sea turtles can get stranded or injured by boats. Jekyll Island is home to the only working sea turtle hospital in Georgia. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center lets children see firsthand how local staff rescues and rehabilitates turtles and other native wildlife.
Kids can walk through rows of rehabilitation tanks, meet the patients, and see what foods these creatures eat during daily feedings. Older children can take a field Gatorology course and head out on a hike in search of alligators.
4-H Tidelands Nature Center
Nature-loving kids can visit the touch tanks at the 4-H Tidelands Nature Center. Children can get up close to hermit crabs and large sea snails called knobbed whelks. Your little explorers can check out the baby alligators in the reptile area too.
Outside, your family can rent canoes and navigate around Tidewater Pond. Kids can spy fiddler crabs, dolphins, and egrets in their natural habitat.
Bike Along Nature Trails
If your kids love bike riding, plan a day to travel along Jekyll Island’s nature trails. The island has over 20 miles of paths that kids can easily navigate. Don’t worry if you can’t pack your bikes. There are four bike rental shops on the island.
When you visit Jekyll Island, plan some exciting activities that kids will love. Your little ones can explore local marine life, play miniature golf, and spend a hot day splashing around a water park.