Jekyll Island is only one of many Georgia State Parks and attractions on the Georgia Coast, and makes the perfect jumping-off spot for pursuing additional family adventures.
Most of these destinations are only a short 30 minute to 1 hour drive away. A few require a bit more driving time. All are worth a trip, and can be done in a day (well, a long day, for some).
Take a gander at these fantastic outlying destinations -
Want even more seclusion and privacy than Jekyll Island can provide? Take a trip to Cumberland Island National Seashore via the St. Mary's ferry. The only way to get to it is by boat, and if it's seclusion you're after, Cumberland has it in abundance.
For a more sophisticated destination, try Jekyll's sister island, St. Simon's. Lots of great restaurants, golf courses and specialty shops to salivate over, and some history, too.
While on St. Simons, take a side trip and explore the natural beauty of Little St. Simons Island, also accessible only by boat.
Visit one of the most beautiful Georgia state Parks - Sapelo Island. See a real working lighthouse, still used for navigation.
Historic Brunswick is the gateway to Jekyll Island. Is it true that Brunswick Stew originated here? Maybe, maybe not...
Fighting Scottish Highlanders founded Darien, one of the most colorful historic towns in Georgia, in 1736.
St. Marys may be known as the jumping-off port city for day trips to Cumberland Island, but there's a lot more to do, see and experience than that. Come for Cumberland; stay for shopping, dining, adventures, history...the list is endless.
Jacksonville, Florida is only an hour or so away and worth a visit - but watch out for Florida Gators (the two-legged, football-playing kind, that is. They've been known to hang out around those parts, until chased away by fur-rocious Bulldogs...)
Beautiful Savannah is about 80 miles north of Jekyll Island - kind of a stretch for a day trip, but worth an over-nighter if you have the time.
Georgia was founded by Oglethorpe as one of the original 13 colonies. As such, it had to be defended. You'll find many historic forts along the Georgia coast that are worth a visit.
Fort Morris - "Come and Take It!"
Fort McAllister - attacked 7 times in the Civil War.
Fort King George - the oldest remaining English fort on Georgia's coast.
More day trips to fire your imagination!
Chehaw Wild Animal Park - Albany, Georgia
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
Crooked River State Park
Andersonville National Historic Site
Little Okmulgee State Park
Family vacations are for experiencing new things, so don't hesitate to throw the kids in the back seat and take off for a day of exciting exploration and adventure at one of these fine Georgia state parks, historic sites, or historic cities.
But once you've satisfied the wandering itch, head on back to your home away from home - Jekyll Island. She'll welcome you back with a smile!