Jekyll Island Things to Do

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    Georgia Sea Turtle Center

    by rexvaughan Written Mar 1, 2010

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    Jekyll has had a sea turtle monitoring program since 1972 but this center, which is dedicated to marine turtle rehabilitation, research and education, opened only in 2007. I never realized how many sea turtles are stranded by injury or illness along the Atlantic beaches, but here many get treatment which, if successful, allows them to be returned to the sea. There are a number of displays with information about the turtles and how to be ecologically friendly to them (like not tossing stuff into the ocean), but probably the most interesting thing here is the rehabilitation center where you can see the turtles which are being treated and become more personally connected. In the main center there is even a public window into the treatment room where you can view the vets treating the turtles if it is happening that day. The center also runs numerous educational programs and a summer turtle camp.

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    jekyll island wharf

    by doug48 Updated Feb 14, 2010

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    jekyll island wharf

    the jekyll island wharf was where the members of the jekyll island club moored their yachts. j.p. morgan's yacht was so long that he had to anchor it in the bay and take small boats ashore. today the wharf has a restaurant and an oyster bar.

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    faith chapel

    by doug48 Updated Jul 31, 2007

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    faith chapel

    located on old plantation road next to the jekyll island club is faith chapel. this chapel served the religious needs of the members of the jekyll island club. this chapel has beautiful tiffany stained glass windows.

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    crane cottage

    by doug48 Written Jul 29, 2007

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    crane cottage

    the crane cottage was built for richard crane in 1917. this 8000 square foot italian renaissance style home is the largest "cottage" in the club complex. richard crane was the founder of the r.t. crane & brothers plumming supply company. today the crane company is a multi-billion dollar international business.

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    jekyll island club

    by doug48 Updated Jul 29, 2007

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    jekyll island club

    located in the heart of the historic district is the jekyll island club. the jekyll island club was designed by chicago architect charles alexander and was completed in 1888. the original club house was built in the queen anne style and hosted some of the most wealthy and influencial people of the era. the first transcontinetal phone call was made here by AT&T president theodore vail in 1915. the foundations of the federal reserve system were formulated by wealthy bankers and politicians at the jekyll island club. today the jekyll island club is a hotel open to the public. see my hotel/accommodation page for more information.

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    Historical District

    by Staciajc Updated May 24, 2007

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    If you want to spend the cash on a guided tour - it's up to you. I prefer to walk the streets in a self-guided tour and stroll from shop to shop. The tour-books you can get for free at the welcome center will tell you all you need to know about each location.

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    Jekyll Island Clubhouse

    by grandmaR Updated May 24, 2007

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    The 'Clubhouse' of the old time millionaires is visible from the ICW (photo 2). It is now a luxury hotel. Thirty-three of the original buildings still stand.

    I have not been on any tours of the island, but it sounds as if that is the thing to do here.

    The tours start every hour from 10 am to 3 pm at the National Historic District Welcome Center every day except Christmas and New Year's Day. This is a problem for us when we are traveling by boat, because we normally arrive after three and leave before 10.

    Inside the welcome center, there is an 8-minute video presentation on Jekyll Island's history (photo 4). The narrated tram tour lasts about 90 minutes and takes you around the village, stopping at least 4 of the restored cottages. (photo 3)

    The tour is $10 for adults, and $6 for children 6-18. You can also do a self-guided walking tour of the 240 acre village and/or wander around the village on foot visiting the small shops and houses not on the guided tour.

    The Goodyear cottage has monthly exhibits by local artists may be viewed from 10 am to 4 pm daily (photo 5). Entrance to this cottage is free. Separate tours of the Moss cottage are sometimes offered for $3 per person

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    Birding

    by grandmaR Updated May 24, 2007

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    Jekyll Island has three sites on the Colonial Coast Birding Trail. More than 300 species of birds (75 percent of the total species of birds seen in Georgia) have been seen along the birding trail.

    The three sites in Georgia are the Causeway (two different sites), the North End Beach and the South End Beach. Free for the Causeway, although if you go to the island beaches you will have to pay the $3 parking fee. Available 24 hours/day.

    Types of birds on the Causeway are shorebirds, wading birds, birds of prey, waterfowl (especially in the winter)

    Specific birds at the causeway sites: Osprey, bald eagle, clapper rail, northern harrier, roseate spoonbill, red knot, black-necked stilt, white ibis, wood stork

    Shorebirds are best seen at low tide from mid-summer through spring. Look for nesting ospreys in spring and summer. Listen for clapper rails and marsh wrens in the salt marshes. Watch for northern harriers flying low over the marsh in winter. Look for roseate spoonbills in summer.

    Unfortunately, I did not have time to go birding here, and all the photos were taken at other locations.

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    Self Guided Tour of the Jekyll Club

    by Staciajc Written May 22, 2007

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    DO NOT STAY @ THE CLUB HOTEL! But go on a self-guided tour of the hotel. There are a few shops and a coffee shop with awesome desserts! It's worth every penny for their cheesecake!

    The club's historical value is priceless.

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    Eco-Beaches

    by grandmaR Updated May 9, 2007

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    Barrier island beaches from the ICW
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    We did not get to look at the ocean side beaches of Jekyll Island until we drove north in 2007 because when we go offshore, we are too far away to even see land at this point. Jekyll Island is one of Georgia's major resort areas. It has a 10 mile beach for surf fishing and swimming, and the islands sand dunes form a natural buffer from the ocean.

    Shell collecting is a popular Island pastime for guests young and old. The bounty depends on the tides, wind, water currents and time of year. Its not unusual to find buckets of specimens ranging from polished "olives" to knobbed whelks. You may even find live creatures like hermit crabs and sand dollars. Though its tempting to collect these interesting creatures, you can help preserve our shoreline by leaving them as you find them

    If you want other activities, there is are golf courses (Three 18-hole courses and a historic 9-hole course), tennis courts, minature golf, soccer, a water park, camp sites, sea kayaking, canoeing and a bike path.

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  • Don't eat at Zachry's Seafood Restaurant!

    by MrsMichael Written Jul 13, 2006

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    If you wish to blow $100, then try Latitude 31 instead. Zachry's is a HUGE waste of money and time. The food is below average, small portions, blah in flavor. The service is pathetic! It's the most convenient food place on the island - with the worst food and service!!!!

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    Jekyll Island Historic District

    by Tom_Fields Updated Feb 17, 2006

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    Jekyll Island's "Millionaires' Village" was for years the playground of the rich and famous--the Rockefellers, Goodyears, Pulitzers, and other leaders of American industry. During World War II, they were evacuated for safety; it was feared that German submarines with commandos could seize some of them as hostages. They never returned. Instead, they sold their property to create the Jekyll Island Historic District.

    Both walking and trolley tours are available. Contact the websites or phone number below for more information.

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    Activities on Jekyll Island

    by Tom_Fields Updated Feb 17, 2006

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    The Jekyll Island Club, now the Radisson
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    Over a century ago, this was where many of America's movers and shakers lived. Wealthy families built palatial summer "cottages" here; many are now open to the public. Once called "Millionaires' Village," it is now known as the Jekyll Island Historic District. Take one of the guided tours. You will learn a great deal about the so-called 'robber barons'.

    The Jekyll Island Club is now a Radisson Resort Hotel. Obviously beyond my budget, it is an impressive Victorian-era building, comparable to the Coronado Hotel in San Diego.

    The island also has some fine beaches, woodlands, and a splendid golf course. You can also book a narrated boat tour from the dock.

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    Jekyll IslandClub

    by vhasouth Updated Aug 24, 2005

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    Jekyll Island Club

    Jekyll Island is full of historical sites. One of the most impressive was the yacht club.

    "The richest, the most exclusive and most inaccessible club in the world."

    This proclamation, by Munsey's Magazine in 1904, summed up the renowned status of the Jekyll Island Club. Founded in 1886, it was the winter retreat for some of America's most elite families. Club rolls included such names as Morgan, Astor, Rockefeller, Vanderbilt and Pulitzer. Here, on this small barrier island off Georgia's beautiful coast, they shaped a private world of grand cottage residences around a Queen Anne-style clubhouse.

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    Driftwood Beach

    by vhasouth Written Jun 5, 2005

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    The most unusual beach I've seen. This beach is filled with HUGE trees that supposedly washed up during Hurricane Hugo. You can literally sit under a live oak (in the shade) and watch your kids playing among the driftwood in the surf.

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