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 Old Fashioned Fun

If you're in the mood for some old-fashioned family fun, kids and parents will both rejoice at the island's mini-golf, walk-up pizza window, and playground—all of which is shaded underneath the outstretched arms of live oaks draped in moss, and across the street from the Great Dunes Beach, where you'll find shaded pavilions, restrooms, and picnic areas. There are also beach horseback riding tours, a trolley, and a horse-drawn tour of the historic district, where you can check out the "cottages" and the Jekyll Island Beach Club of former members of the original, private club that first owned the island. And with miles of bike trails, there's no better way to explore the island than on two wheels.

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.