Things To Do In Jekyll Island
With so many fun and exciting things to do in Jekyll Island close to our hotel, The Westin Jekyll Island is the perfect location for your stay. From biking, golf, horseback riding, dolphin tours, tennis, parks, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, and many beaches along Jekyll Island, there is something for everyone to enjoy!
Explore the entire island by bike. Bring your own bicycles, or rent bikes next door at Kennedy Outfitters. Rentals are also available for skimboards, bodyboards, paddleboards and kayaks. Whatever method you choose to use to explore the island, you are sure to experience beautiful scenery, historic landmarks, and the natural ecosystem comprised of birds, alligators, turtles and more.
Be sure to pick up a map at our front desk before you head out!
Saddle up and enjoy Jekyll Island by way of horseback. Jekyll Island has teamed with Three Oaks Carriage and Trail Company, to offer guided horseback riding tours of the island. Visit the concierge for more information.
Fun for the whole family, dolphin tours are one of the most popular tours on Jekyll Island. The tours are 90 minutes and take guests up and down, in and out of Island waterways in hope of seeing Flipper up close.
Be up close and personal to historic and unique landmarks when you take a trolly tour through Jekyll Island. Enjoy a fun and educational hands-on experience while enjoying a ride on one of Jekyll Island's trolleys!
Georgia Sea Turtle Center
The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is an advanced hospital but open to the general public, offering an interactive Exhibit Gallery and Rehabilitation Pavilion with a many sea turtle patients regularly on view for guests. Additionally, indoor and outdoor educational programs are available year-round for guests of all ages.
Great Dunes Park
This 20 acre portion of beachfront park features several picnic pavilions, a deck for beach events, play areas, public beach access, biking paths, and bocce ball and volleyball courts.
Famed as a location for the popular Civil War film “Glory,” this portion of Jekyll beach is located near the Jekyll Island Soccer Complex. Along the Glory Boardwalk once walked some of Hollywood’s biggest stars including Denzel Washington.
Located on the north end of Jekyll Island, Driftwood Beach features beautiful driftwood and amazing ocean views. Multiple beach access points along North Beachview Drive provide access to this popular picture spot.
Fishing & Boating
Whether deep at sea, at a dock or on Island shores, Jekyll has plenty of fishing opportunities for ambitious anglers. Jekyll Wharf Marina, Jekyll Harbor Marina, Offshore Charters, Coastal Expeditions Charter Fishing, and Golden Isles Charter Fishing are great fishing options on the island. There are several boating excursion options available on the island including water taxis, nature tours, dinner cruises, fishing charters, and more.
Jekyll Island Beach Village
Located steps from the hotel, Jekyll Island's Beach Village features over 30 local shops, restaurants, and boutiques. From souvenirs, gifts, and unique clothing to groceries and ice cream, the Beach Village provides everything you need for your shopping adventure.
Tidelands Nature Center
Tidelands Nature Center on Jekyll Island offers great outdoor and eco-education opportunities for families and groups of all sizes. From summer programs and hands-on nature exhibits, to canoeing and kayaking field trips, the center and its staff provide a wide range of activities for curious-minded guests and groups.
Enjoy a hauntingly fun Jekyll Island ghost tour for the perfect after dinner evening entertainment and discover the deep and old history of Jekyll Island.
Summer Waves Water Park
With 11 acres of fun and frenzy, there is something for everyone. Take a ride down one of the six exciting slides, cool off in the lazy river, splash in the wave pool, and enjoy the kiddie area for smaller swimmers. Summer Waves Water Park is open May-September.
Golf & Tennis
There are many golf and tennis options on Jekyll Island. The Jekyll Island Tennis Center is a popular tennis facility on the island, offering 13 clay courts to play on and is just a 5 minute drive from The Westin Jekyll Island. There are also three 18-hole golf courses on Jekyll Island including the Jekyll Island Golf Club, as well as the 9-hole Great Dunes. The Jekyll Island Golf Club is a short 4 minute drive from the hotel.
Jekyll Island Tennis Center: Hours: 9am-6pm daily. Address: 400 Captain Wylly Rd, Jekyll Island, GA 31527 Phone: (912) 635-3154
Jekyll Island Golf Club: Hours: 7am-6pm. Address: 322 Captain Wylly Rd, Jekyll Island, GA 31527 Phone: (912) 635-2368