Jekyll Island, sometimes referred to as the “best kept secret” in the Southeast, offers its own unique and unspoiled natural beauty in this barrier island setting. When you arrive you’ll find that the hustle and stress of everyday life seem to drift away through the moss-draped live oaks and swaying pines. Jekyll Island offers something for everyone, whether you’re coming for business or pleasure.
Located just six miles off the Georgia coast, midway between Savannah, GA and Jacksonville, FL and just minutes off Interstate 95.
The St. Simons Trolley Tour
Since 1993, the St. Simons Trolley Company has conducted the original and definitive tour of St. Simons Island. Exuding Southern charm, Bunny, a genuine Southern Belle and direct descendant of Pocohontas, provides a hilariously funny, yet well informed narrative of life in the Old South. Kevin the King adds his own twist to the stories of southern heritage and is actually funnier than Bunny. With either one, you’re guaranteed a professional and highly interesting tour.
Buddy Sullivan: Lecture and Book Signing
BUDDY SULLIVAN PRESENTS HIS NEW BOOK “A GEORGIA TIDEWATER COMPANION: ESSAYS , PAPERS AND SOME PERSONALOBSERVATIONS ON 30 YEARS OF COASTAL GEORGIA RESEARCH.
Private Shrimpin/Sightseeing Charter
Welcome aboard the LADY JANE, a US Coast Guard certified passenger, steel shrimping vessel, recently retired after years of loyal service to the shrimping industry and painstakingly refurbished for your cruising pleasure. Take a few hours out of your day with up to 49 of your closest friends to explore the pristine waters and vast salt marshlands of the Golden Isles while the Lady Jane nets large catches of Georgia shrimp and local fish or just taking in the beautiful sights of our magnificent coastline.
Jekyll Island Dolphin Tour
Join our fully narrated 90 minute dolphin/sightseeing tour from the Jekyll Wharf as we travel the scenic waterways of beautiful Jekyll Island to observe the magnificent bottlenose dolphins feeding, playing, or simply cruising about in their natural habitat while you learn about their social behavior, feeding habits, and much more.
Landmark Historic District: In 1886, a group of America’s wealthiest families purchased Jekyll Island and developed it into a private resort. For 55 years, families such as the Rockefellers, Morgans, and Vanderbilts enjoyed the beauty and seclusion of Jekyll Island as their own private island. Today, everyone can tour these beautiful cottages and learn more on the history of the island.
Bring your Clubs: Today, Jekyll Island is Georgia’s largest public golf resort with three 18-holes courses and one 9-hole oceanside course. (See our Golf Vacation Package in the Packages section).
Coastal Georgia Golf Course Links:
Serve it up: Prefer tennis? The Jekyll Island Tennis Center offers 13 clay courts set among beautiful landscaping.
Go with the flow: Please click here for Summer Waves schedule
Lots of family fun: 15 miles of paved bike and jogging trails, miniature golf, kayaking, windsurfing, horseback riding, deep-sea fishing, dolphin cruises, sightseeing tours, miles of beachcombing, shell collecting, bird & turtle watching with turtle walks.
Festivals and Special Events: Our Shrimp & Grits Festival in September each year is just one of the events that bring thousands of visitors to the island for a weekend of music, food, and fun. Other events include 4th of July Celebration and Holiday Island
The Jekyll Island Soccer Complex: Since its opening in 1998, it has hosted a variety of exhibition and championship matches for junior and adult scholastic and club teams.
Venturing out into Georgia’s Colonial Coast: With its central location, Jekyll Island offers the perfect location to visit several points of interest within an hours drive: Savannah, GA, Fort King George, Sapelo Island, Hofwyl Broadfield Plantation, St. Simons Island, Cumberland Island National Seashore, and Okefenokee Swamp Park.
Tidelands Nature Center: (located next to Summer Waves Water Park). Stop by and visit a young sea turtle, acorn snake, fish, and other species native to Georgia’s coast! Canoe rentals and kayak tours. Sign up for nature walks to the beach and marsh. Group programs available. Summer day camps. Tidelands is a University of Georgia 4-H program (Tidelands Nature Center).
Emerald Princess Casino Boat Cruise: Enjoy a trip on board this luxurious new gambling boat, cruising daily from the Jekyll Island Causeway along the Atlantic Ocean. Our two gaming decks have it all! 220 slots, 12 Blackjack Tables, 2 Emerald Princess Stud Poker tables, 6 Texas Hold’ Em tables, 2 Roulette wheels, and a Craps table!
Dining is offered on the Bistro Deck, while ocean views and sea breezes fill the ship’s open-air Observation Deck. Stem to stern and top to bottom, the Emerald Princess, the Jewel of the Golden Isles, is the premier Casino experience! Must be 18 years of age or better and present government-issued photo ID to cruise aboard the Emerald Princess Casino. Visit the web site for individual and/or group prices. Free tickets available for guests of the Days Inn and Suites.
Restaurants: A variety of restaurants and cafes are nestled in along the Island’s marina, wharf, Intercoastal Waterway and Ocean. (Days Inn does not have a restaurant). Please visit the web site for a list of Jekyll Island’s dining recommendations.