10 Reasons Jekyll Island Campground Is One Of The Best Things To Do

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We are avid family travelers that adore finding the best things to do in Georgia (along with the rest of the Southern U.S.) but we prefer the road less traveled. Jekyll Island Campground is a wonderful idea for family-friendly fun whether you are RVing or tent camping.

Jekyll Island Campground for Family friendly Fun!

Overpriced, touristy vacations certainly exist when parents want to indulge their kids now and then with theme parks and such.  We are no different but most of our family travel time is spent finding those off-the-beaten-path destinations in the South that are less populated and full of natural beauty.

Jekyll Island Campground

Besides the fact that this is the destination of mine and Superman’s Jekyll Island Love Story, we have fallen in love with its historical and mysterious charms. We decided when the kids were small that we wanted to be a camping family after realizing that we’d both enjoyed it as a part of our childhoods. Next thing you know in 2005, we’d bought a pop-up camper and we were off to Jekyll Island Campground for the weekend. Our next camping trip was at Disney’s Camp Wilderness and the rest is history.

We’ve found ourselves gravitating the most to Jekyll Island because of its laid back family-friendly vibes.  Somewhere around eight or nine years ago, about twenty families congregated at the Jekyll Island Campground for Labor Day weekend.  It’s such a blast.  It also proves again that the legend is definitely true.

You haven’t heard about the legend?

Our experience

We arrived for this year’s annual Labor Day trip on Friday afternoon to set up camp. After visiting with friends, we searched out the best seafood restaurant we could find. This year we had low country boil and crab legs on the brain so we headed to See jay’s Waterfront Cafe.

Saturday and Sunday we rode bikes, jogged, worshiped at Jekyll Baptist Church, ate dinner together, and watched some college football. Friday and Saturday night were full of late night golf cart rides and trips to the island’s Dairy Queen (the only fast food restaurant).

Good times, good times.

10 Reasons to visit Jekyll Island Campground

  • Affordable woodsy campsites on 18 acre campground
  • A bird sanctuary within the grounds that the kids adore
  • Meandering bike trails that completely circle the island
  • Transportation of the island can be golf carts, red bug carts, or bicycles
  • Family friendly, Southern hospitality from staff and surrounding camper folk
  • Uncrowded nearby beaches, horseback riding, picnic area, and pier fishing
  • Good clean fun and slow pace atmosphere that is safe for all but especially children on bikes
  • Unspoiled natural habitat island protected by law for only 35 percent commercial development
  • Secluded island that is minutes from I-95, Jacksonville & Savannah/Hilton Head International Airports
  • Beautiful retreat shaded and enveloped with palmettos, maritime forest, and magnificent oaks dripping with Spanish moss

Jekyll Island Campground is perfect destination for families

Jekyll Island Campground campsites

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Jekyll Island Campground Dinners

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Don’t have an RV?

Grab a tent and come on, as they have primitive sites as well.  Just bring your potato salad with ya when you join us for dinner.  My top ten list doesn’t even begin to uncover all the family adventures to be found on Jekyll Island Georgia.  Trust me, I know. We can’t stay away, remember? Make just one visit and you’ll see … you will always return too.

Jekyll Island Campground - great destination for family memories

Contact the Jekyll Island Campground at (912) 635-3021 to start your next family camping adventure.


Published on HuffPost, Okefenokee Living Magazine, and more, Shan is a Family Travel Journalist with a passion for helping women lose the overwhelm of planning family-friendly trips in the south. She shares travel reviews & insider secrets that Women REALLY want to know about Georgia, Florida, & the Carolinas vacations.

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    September 18, 2014 / 1:33 am

    Darlin, you nailed it. Also, I believe those twenty or so families are all “MY FAMILY”. Even the Boatright Gang. I love every one of them and truly am blessed to count them as friends.. Thank you for your insight. Also, better keep a close eye on the “how to guru,” he looks suspicious.

    • Shan
      September 20, 2014 / 3:44 pm

      Thank you! Thanks for being so sweet and posting. Love y’all.

  2. Kelly Joyner
    September 19, 2014 / 4:25 pm

    Jekyll Island is my favorite place to go! We have a pop up and love heading to the Island for some R&R. We take our big boy Lab who loves the beach. He will play fetch in the ocean for hours. Then we head to Seejay’s where he lays under the table on the patio while we eat our dinner. Yep, Jekyll is the place to be!

    • Shan
      September 20, 2014 / 3:43 pm

      Thanks for posting Kelly and yes, Jekyll is always the place to be. I could be there every week and be perfectly happy and would love it to be there permanently. Blessings to you.

  3. Shan
    October 6, 2014 / 9:11 pm

    Thank you so much and welcome.

  4. Shan
    October 6, 2014 / 9:11 pm

    Thank you.

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