Beach vacations with babes in tow score bonus points when they offer up a little something more than sand. And with miles of wide, flat beaches, bike trails through Spanish-moss covered live oaks, and wildlife interactions at world-class facilities, Jekyll Island is a family vacation jackpot only four-and-a-half hours from Atlanta. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know to plan your next beach breakaway.

Jekyll Island History

Jekyll Island is one of Georgia's barrier islands, located about 4 and a half hours from Atlanta and south of St. Simon's Island. Once a privately owned island by industrial era millionaires who used it as a sporting club, it is now one of Georgia's most untouched barrier islands—thanks to a stipulation that it should remain no more than 30% developed when it was sold to the State of Georgia in 1947 and established as a State Park.

All photos courtesy of the author. 

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—Shelley Massey

 

*Lodging for this trip was paid for by Holiday Inn Resorts, but all opinions expressed here belong to the writer.