171 Palisade Drive
Brunswick, GA 31523
Phone: (912) 554-0455
Fax: (912) 554-8999
Located on the Jekyll River by the Historic District across the street from the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, the marina pier has two restaurants with indoor and outdoor dining, restrooms and a gift shop. Waterway boat tours are available from here to view dolphins along the Intracoastal and the luxury "cottages" built during the Golden Era. There is no admission charge. For those who like to fish, they can do so from the end of the pier. Otherwise, this is a lovely place to take a stroll, relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Once visitors pay the USD5 fee to cross over to the island, all parking areas are free. -Natasha Lawrence
Located next to Great Dunes Park at the beach is this fun miniature golf park with two challenging 18-hole courses. From beginner to experienced, players of all ages will enjoy the sport. Each game is USD6.50, three games are USD15 and 10 games are USD45. Children under age four are free. The golf courses are lit for evening play. Parking is also free in the lot across the street.
A rehabilitation hospital for turtles, this center offers educational opportunities for children and adults. With audio tours, a hands-on museum, exhibit gallery, a large viewing area huge viewing area where rescued and sick turtles are treated, visitors will learn about their habitats and the conservation efforts of the center. Visitors are also allowed to go behind the scenes and get up close to the turtles. There is a gift shop with books, souvenirs and other turtle related items. The center also offers field trips and summer camps. Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Discounted admission for military, students and teachers with ID. -Natasha Lawrence
Open in 1983 as part of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, this center offers hands-on marine programs to anyone who is interested in conservation. Activities include kayak marsh tours on Rixen Lake, 1 1/2-hour guided nature walks and educational opportunities. It has a touch-tank, interactive displays and exhibits with sea turtles, fish, snakes, crabs, alligators and other area critters. Workshops and programs include salt water fishing clinic, beach ecology, Summer seining, coastal explorers and even "Astronomy Nights." Annual events are Nest Fest and the Inspired by Nature art sale with works by local artists. Program fees vary; check website for more info. -Natasha Lawrence
A 45-minute boat ride from historic St. Marys aboard the Cumberland Queen will take you to the Gilded Age of the wealthy Carnegie family and 59-room Dungeness, their 1880s winter retreat. Forty square miles of beaches, salt marshes, bike trails, a camp ground, a maritime forest, historic buildings and about 150 feral horses draw thousands of visitors each year. Maintained by the National Park Service, guided tours of the grounds are included with the admission fee. The Sea Camp Ranger Station offers a children's program on ecology, wildlife and island history. Bring a picnic lunch, water and a camera.
Whether you're an avid camper or just want to get away from the Internet and television for a few days into the Great Outdoors on a barrier island, Cumberland Island is the place set up a tent. A Sea Camp ranger will assign campsites upon arrival and after orientation. Nestled among live oaks and thick vegetation, they are spaced well apart to ensure privacy and quiet. Besides the free roaming wild horses, there are raccoons, armadillos, wild turkeys, lizards and snakes but they are all part of the "return to nature" experience of camping. Each site has a grill, fire ring, food cage and picnic table. There are restrooms and cold showers, bike rentals and a park ranger cabin. Reservations for summer should be made six months in advance. Transportation to the camp at the second dock is by ferry from St. Marys. Camping is limited to seven days. There are camping fees of USD4 per person per night. Don't underestimate the raccoons; they know how to open anything. - Natasha Lawrence
Laurel Island Links is a David Love III design located just thirty minutes north of downtown Jacksonville, in Georgia. Built along the banks of the Crooked River, this challenging layout with its natural beauty and detailed maintenance is a truly wonderful golfing experience. The large, undulating greens and wide receptive fairways combined with four sets of tees, make Laurel Island both challenging and enjoyable to every caliber of golfer. In addition to the course you will also find a beautiful clubhouse, a well stocked pro shop, a huge putting green, a driving range and a friendly, courteous staff. You can call and book your tee time at +1 888 480 7277.