Jekyll Island Things to Do

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    Fore! Golf Jekyll Island

    by charlenemixa Written Jun 9, 2014

    We played one of Jekyll’s four golf courses. Golf has been a part of Jekyll Island since the early years of the Jekyll Island Club. Pine Lakes is the newest and longest course on the Island. The day we play it is cart path only, but we are off early as a twosome, allowing us time to enjoy the course. Meandering through ocean forests and quiet hammocks, the course is very enjoyable. It provides enough challenge but is not overly demanding for the average golfer.

    Golfer's will enjoy choices of four courses or even better they will delight in a golfer's weekend or getaway. Good courses! A golf destination!

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    Rent a Bicycle to see the Island

    by charlenemixa Written Jun 9, 2014

    We highly recommend renting a bicycle while on the Island. We rented bikes at the Jekyll Island Club on one of our visits and had a terrific time riding around the Island. The terrain is a basically flat making for an easy ride. There are great sights to see and good bikeways that wind through moss covered trees, along the inland water with great views of the lowlands and on the beaches. The beaches are fun to bike. We liked stopping at Horton House and roaming the ruins of this old Homestead. Plus on bikes it is easy to stop and check out any thing you desire.

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    Hop Aboard Jekyll's Historic Tram Tour!

    by charlenemixa Written Jun 9, 2014

    "A Must Do!"
    We took the 3:00 PM Historic Tram Tour. Our driver and guide, Phyllis, explains this is 240-acre riverfront compound and is one of the largest ongoing restoration projects in the southeastern United States. The Jekyll Island Club with their grand clubhouse and “cottages” membership represented over one-sixth of the world’s wealth. The Rockefellers, Morgans, Pulitzers, Vanderbilts, Cranes and Goulds were all members of this exclusive club. Serving only as a winter retreat, the “cottages” were to be simple without the extravagance in architecture or décor of their other homes. The “cottages” were 5,000 to 9,000 square feet, a small house for these wealthy families. We tour three homes, walking through the rooms with their period décor reflective of the family. The ladies sitting rooms were light and airy, while the men’s parlors were dark and rich. The architects, to keep with the theme of “cottage”, used various techniques such as painting the floors to look like parquet instead having actual parquet. No kitchens are in these “cottages” as meals were eaten at the Jekyll Island Club or the Club would cater for functions at the cottages.

    Our final stop is Faith Chapel, the second interdenominational chapel built by the Jekyll Island Club. This small, Gothic style chapel features two superb stained glass windows. At the chapel’s east end, behind the altar, is the beautiful stained glass window – Adoration of the Christ Child- created by Maitland Armstrong and his daughter, Helen. Made of several layers of glass, giving the illusion of depth, it is one of the most outstanding pieces of stained glass in the nation. The window at the west end – David Sets Singers Unto the Lord – is as a signed example of the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany.

    Moss Cottage Mistletoe Cottage Faith Chapel
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    Georia Sea Turtle Museum- Learn all about Turtles!

    by charlenemixa Written Jun 9, 2014

    Learn about Turtles. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Georgia Sea Turtle Museum. It is most impressive and adults and children will enjoy exploring the interactive exhibits on the sea turtle. The exhibits encompass the turtle's biology, conservation, rehabilitation and the sea turtle’s fascinating journey from egg to adulthood. At the viewing window of the treatment area and rehabilitation area, we watch as injured and ill turtles receive veterinary care.

    A definite must do for families! Children will delight in the many exhibits and activities about the Sea Turtle.

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    Beautiful Colonial Houses

    by Madasabull Written Jan 18, 2014

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    The first thing you notice about Jekyll Island, after the bridge and the island itself, is the houses. These stunning houses of old, are now hotels and guest houses mostly.

    The weather was poor while we were there, but this didn't dampen spirits, or our wanting to check out these beautiful properties. A must see.

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    Faith Chapel

    by basstbn Written Mar 10, 2012

    Built in 1904, a non-denominational chapel for the use of the Morgans, Astors, Rockefellers and other Jekyll Island Club members. We mistimed our walking tour of the Historic District, or we could have viewed the interior of the chapel during its regularly scheduled visitor hours (from 2-4 daily). Most notable feature of the chapel is the pair of stain glass windows, one by Louis Comfort Tiffany.

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    Crane "Cottage"

    by basstbn Written Mar 10, 2012

    Another example of the extravagant riches on display in Jekyll Island's Historic District, this Italian Renaissance mansion was merely a get-away cottage for the Crane family of plumbing fixture fame. It is perhaps for that reason the "cottage" has 17 bathrooms, most unusual for a vacation cabin built in the early 1900s. It is now an annex of the adjacent Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Its gardens and courtyards serve as wedding and/or reception sites for the social elite.

    Courtyard Formal Garden
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    "Glory" Beach

    by basstbn Written Feb 17, 2012

    A long boardwalk through a variety of wild, natural dunes allows visitors to view the beach on which the closing battle scene was filmed for the movie, "Glory." The 1989 film, starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, and Morgan Freeman dramatically recounts the true story of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first formal unit of the US Army to be made up entirely of African Americans, in a full-out nighttime attack on Confederate-held Fort Wagner.

    Our visit was in mid-February, an unusually cold, damp and windy day on Jekyll Island, which is obvious in the photos shown.

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    Horton House Historic Site

    by basstbn Written Feb 17, 2012

    Major William Horton, second in command to British General James Oglethorpe, built this two-story "tabby* house" in 1740, and it served as the center of a plantation for 140 years.

    The web site listed below provides an excellent history of the home, but contains errors in the listing of ingredients used in the making of tabby.

    Across the road from the house is the cemetery of the DuBignon Family, which owned Jekyll Island from 1790-1886.

    * Tabby: building material commonly used along the southeastern coast prior to the mid 1800s. Tabby consists of equal parts lime, water, sand, oyster shells, and ash which serves as the hardening agent. It is poured into molds, dried, then covered with stucco. In the Horton House, and other tabby structures, the oyster shells are easily visible when the stucco falls off or is removed.

    DuBignon Family Cemetery
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    Driftwood Beach

    by basstbn Updated Feb 16, 2012

    For the "photographer me" - the best part of a visit to Jekyll Island.

    At the northern tip of the island is a long stretch of beach that is strewn with driftwood and downed oak trees in most interesting shapes and textures, as you see from the attached set of photos. The day of our visit was quite cool and foggy, not pleasant for walking, but one that adds atmosphere to photos of this type of subject matter.

    I might mention that there were a number of jellyfish washed onto shore by tide which should not be touched, as I was reminded by a naturalist with whom I had an interesting chat.

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    Georgia State Sea Turtle Refuge Center

    by BruceDunning Written Jun 8, 2011

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    This is the place where injured turtles come to get repaired. A number of people come here to see them and watch the various states of bringing them back to health to go back out to nature. It closes at 2PM on Sat & Sundays. Admission is $6

    Symbol pad on the ground Front of the building
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    Driftwood Beach

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 8, 2011

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    The the north end of the island is a stretch of beach that has driftwood form eroded beach area where there once was large oak and other indigenous trees. They now lie in death like a sad epic tale of evolution the earth works. This driftwood spans about 2+ miles from what we noted

    Large trees-but she is small in stature Another tree felled Beach wood for long way The trunk wa 5 feet high and 15 feet circumfirence
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    Shop in the retail stores in old servants homes

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 8, 2011

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    There area about 6 preserved servant homes that now are occupied for shopping. Some of the shops have goodies to eat, and others trinkets to take home, or valuable gifts; like jewelery. These homes are from early 1900's, and still in good condition, even though they were renovated extensively.

    View of the homes Homes for shopping
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    Jekyll Museum & Visitor Center

    by BruceDunning Written Jun 8, 2011

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    They have a nice 15 minute film of the island history and also a unique museum that has a lot of artifacts and mural pictures of old times. The museum tour takes maybe 1/2 hour or so to see. It is located on Stable Road, and also where you get tickets for the homes tours.

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    Trolley Rides

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 8, 2011

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    This is one way for people to see the homes and get a ride. It costs $28 for this mode of transport, and may be for the less able tourists. They ride/drive you around the island, and apparently can get on and off for stops.

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