4 Ways to Have Fun with Your Family on Jekyll Island this Summer

An island resort paradise, Jekyll Island is the kind of place your family will want to come back to year after year. You’ll get lost in the natural beauty, appreciate the amenities and dive into the many activities that kids of all ages will enjoy. Here are our favorites on Jekyll Island.

With so much to explore on one of Georgia's Golden Isle, make sure to check out these 4 family destinations on your next trip to Jekyll Island.


1. Summer Waves Water Park

 In the South, adults and youngsters alike know there’s only one way to ride out the sweet heat of summer: playing around in some crisp, refreshing water! This colossal 11-acre water park is a must-visit for all families who are vacationing — or staycationing — on this charming island in Georgia. Parents and kiddos looking to cool off can take their pick from nine splash-tastic attractions, which include six exhilarating water slides, a rip-roaring wave pool, a heavenly lazy river, and energy-packed splash zones and kiddie areas. For more information, visit jekyllisland.com.


2. Tortuga Jack's

Ready for a family fiesta? You and your kids will have a sizzling god time at this Baja Mexican restaurant, which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and Jekyll Island’s famous sandy dunes. Just a short walk away from the Jekyll Island Convention Center and Great Dunes Park, Tortuga Jack’s is the perfect pit stop for chilling out, having fun and filling up those hungry bellies. Niños will love chowing down on favorites like quesadillas, cheesy nachos, fish fingers and more. For madre and padre, the tiki bar is fully stocked with muchas margaritas. While the enchiladas, fajitas and burritos are all muy deliciosos, the whole family is sure to get a kick out of the Taco Factory menu: We bet you won’t be able to pick just one winner. For more information, visit tortugajacks.com


3. Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Conveniently located only a mile away from the Summer Waves Water Park, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel has transformed from a posh playground for millionaires in the 1880s to a fun-filled retreat for modern families. You and your kids will love the vast array of affordable family dining options, including a grand Victorian dining room, a Mediterranean-style bistro and a New York-inspired deli. Lively activities like horseback riding, croquet, golf, tennis and more will bring out the kid in you while your own tykes play mini golf, create arts and crafts projects and take excursions to nearby attractions, such as the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. For more information on the hotel and its amenities, visit jekyllclub.com.



4. Jekyll Island Sweets Shoppe

While enjoying a stroll through Jekyll Island’s historic district, stop by this old-fashioned candy and ice cream shop — especially if a sweet tooth runs in your family. Featuring the best handmade candies on the island, chocoholics of any age will go cocoa-loco with the wide selection of fine chocolates, which includes freshly made fudge, peanut butter cups, chocolate turtles, pecan logs, truffles and so much more. Fill up a bag with goodies, grab some hand-dipped ice cream and head outside with your clan to share some sweetness and smiles under the magnificent Georgia trees. For more information, call 912.635.3135.

To read more about visiting Jekyll Island, pick up the June/July issue of South magazine.