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 Eco-Adventures

Naturalists will find an abundance of conservancy efforts and wildlife on Jekyll Island, with most options geared towards experiences the entire family can enjoy. Home to Georgia’s only rehabilitation center for endangered sea turtles, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center offers eco-experiences led by biologists and researchers about sea turtle nesting and monitoring, and the American alligator. Or, you can take to the water for a dolphin cruise, to the 4-H Tidelands Nature Center for kayak tours, coastal ecology programs, and Island nature walks, or try your hand with the paddle board, canoe, and kayak rental options on the island for independent explorers.

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.