LIVE THE LIFE OF THE HISTORIC RICH & FAMOUS
Jekyll Island, Georgia
Once considered a winter retreat for the wealthy, today, the 7.5 mile-long Jekyll Island has something for everyone. Explore the 240-acre National Historic Landmark District, which has 34 historic structures, and get a taste of what the island was like when Victorian-era millionaires vacationed there: hop on a horse-drawn carriage tour, visit the bookstore, or play a game of croquet on the Jekyll Island Club Resort lawn. Nature is important here, too; in fact, the state of Georgia requires that 65% of it stays undeveloped. Because of that, there are 10 miles of unspoiled beaches, salt marshes, magnolia trees, mossy forests, free-roaming wild deer & turkey, and Driftwood Beach, where gnarled trees — a product of the eroding seashore — make for an otherworldly beachscape. Take a trip to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, the state’s only rescue and rehabilitation facility, and learn everything you could (and maybe didn’t) want to know about the reptiles. In July (when turtles are “nesting”), the center hosts free nightly turtle walks; August’s egg-hatching season brings hatchling walks at dawn. Turtles aren’t the only reason to get outside: The island has 20-plus miles of bike trails, guided kayak tours, nature walks, hands-on marine science adventures, live coastal animal exhibits, and more.
The island’s entertainment really comes alive in summer; visit Village Green for the Beach Village Music Series, where an eclectic mix of acts perform on the first Saturday of every month. On July 4, don’t miss the island-wide Independence Day Parade through the Historic District, where residents and visitors alike decorate their bikes, golf carts, strollers, pets, and even themselves, all in the name of patriotic fun.