Jekyll Island Things to Do

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    Faith Church

    by BruceDunning Written Jun 8, 2011

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    Front of the chapel

    This church was erected as a monument to those wealthy families that came, and needed to go to church. It was built in 1904, and two stained glass windows are the works of Louis Tiffany, and only one of five pieces to exist like this.
    Entry is free and it opens at 2PM, and closes at 4 or 5PM.

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    Jeykll Island Club Hotel

    by BruceDunning Written Jun 8, 2011

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    Hotel in the landscape

    This hotel was completed in 1888, and initially was used for the 53 club members and family. Over the next 40 years most of the families built their own homes, and the hotel was used for guests. Club membership to begin with was $600 a share of stock and annual dues of $300-400. The Dubignon family started to crop the island in 1792, and had control even after the Civil War. There is 2400 acres, and it sold to the club members for $125,000. The club hotel was built for $45,000. The island and homes got electricity in 1904.
    A hotel tour at 2PM daily is $10 for 3/4 hour. My opinion is it is not worth the money, but we asked.

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    Tour Jekyll Homes

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 8, 2011

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    There is a great tour of about 1 1/2 hours to tour 2 to 3 homes inside and describe the history of the island and the wealth that came here to hunt in the winter and enjoy peaceful life. I believe it is one of the best tours we have experienced in US for quite some time, and the detail is well worth the listening to it all. They enjoyed the environs for 56 years, and then the heirs had less interest in coming down here for visits. The homes were built over 1888-1928, and then the Depression slowed up visits here, and wealth waned. Ironically after some years that disinterest led to decline a many homes, and others delinquent in taxes, and the club in debt. After threats by the Governor to pay the taxes or lose the island, it was taken over by the state.
    Tours are daily and cost $16 for adults. The home region is 240 acres, and includes 33 structures and the Jekyll Club hotel.
    You can drive down Riverview Dr and not pay for the vehicle tour, but cannot get inside homes.

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    Kayaking the Coast

    by soundsgoodtome Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    first kayak experience

    When we came to Jekyll Island, we wanted a good way to explore the natural areas of this beautiful place. We found the perfect way to do this is by kayak. My sister had kayaked before, but my mom and I had not. We had an experienced guide show us how to get around in the kayaks well, and then he took us out around the salt marshes, giving us a lesson on the local ecology while allowing us to explore where we wanted. It was a great experience and we have since went kayaking in other places we've traveled to. I recommend kayaking for anyone who doesn't mind getting a little sun and getting wet to see the natural side of Jekyll Island.

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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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