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Birthday Fun at Jekyll Island

June 13, 2016

My son’s birthday was June 5th. Every year we normally stay home have him a couple of friends over and call it a day. This year I decided to get out of town and travel right in our own backyard. We decided to visit Jekyll Island near Savannah, GA.  I have heard of Jekyll Island before but I had never been so I thought..why not take a birthday trip down there to see what they had to offer.

Let’s talk arrival……

The trip only took about 4 hours to drive (that’s after stopping twice for potty breaks…) When we arrived we had to pay to get on the island. This was kind of a surprise I had no idea you had to pay. It wasn’t much, only $6.00. My advice is….if you are coming to the island…stay. You have a 24hr pass if you need to leave, without paying again. If you leave after that 24hr and need to get back on you will have to pay. We stayed on the island so we only paid $6.00 once.

When we got to the hotel they had valet service. That’s kind of nice to have that come with your stay that way you won’t have to worry about parking nor bringing your bags up to your room. We felt….rich. Trust me we aren’t and they didn’t make us feel any different than anyone else on the island. Big thanks to the staff for leaving some cookies out for my son…(I told them it was his birthday and it was a very nice surprise)

Let’s run down some points

  • You will have to pay to get on the island
  • Valet Service is included
  • The name of the Hotel is The Jekyll Island Club Hotel 
  • The Hotel is historic but they updated it very nicely

After we settled in we went in search of something to eat.

  • The food was good but on the expensive side. We dined at The Courtyard at the Crane
  • I had the Crab Dip my husband had the Shrimp and Grits (he didn’t like it at all but my dish was good)
  • The scenery is beautiful if you go…dine outside

We had a wonderful evening walking the grounds and seeing the beautiful hotel

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The next morning it was breakfast time. We ordered breakfast in our room….wrong move. Our breakfast came to a total of $78…I have never in my life paid that much for breakfast. That cost did include the charge for them to bring breakfast up to your room but still…SHAT. It was worth the money though ….this is the perfect breakfast to get in bed if you are on a weekend retreat with your boo or if you are alone.

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We relaxed in our room because it rained all morning. After the showers went over we decided to go and check out some turtles. Did you know that a lot of the turtles don’t make it. It’s like 1 out of 10…I had no idea. I felt so bad for the Sea Turtles. We loved the exhibit on the island and got to see some turtles up close and personal. This is a wonderful learning attraction for kids.

  • You do have to pay to see the attraction and go to the turtle hospital and see some of the history. I think in total we paid 15 bucks for the 4 of us. Not bad and well worth it
  • They had a mini game you could play that we enjoyed
  • You got to see how they care for injured turtles and we got a great look inside the turtle hospital

Next we went exploring.

  • You can putt putt golf
  • Go on the beach
  • Shop (that’s coming soon)
  • Golf
  • Ride bikes
  • Horse Back riding
  • Fishing (my hubs enjoyed that)
  • Eat (there are many different places to eat on the island that will fit every budget)

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Overall we had a relaxing time. Our phone worked in some spots but of course T-Mobile wasn’t working the entire time. There are several other hotels and rental homes too so there is something to fit every budget. The best part about the trip…the quietness. The hotel we stayed at was so quiet you could hear a pin drop….literally. That was a big plus in my book. Not only was the staff wonderful but the atmosphere reminded me of home (Charleston, SC). Make sure you take your bathing suit to check out the beach area.

I received a complimentary stayon Jekyll Island  in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own. 

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Birthday Fun at Jekyll Island

  • Reply
    Theresa Sutton
    June 14, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday to your son! It looks like you guys had a fabulous time!

    And no, I didn’t know that about sea turtles, but no I feel bad too…

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    June 14, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    First, I want all the food. That hotel looks so relaxing and cozy and I love simple events like mini golf. This looks like the perfect quick getaway and I love that it is not a long drive from our town. Long drives with toddlers are hard!

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    June 14, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    Looks like so much fun! Hope you had a happy birthday. We recently visited Maryland and spent that much on breakfast but at least it was a buffet.

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    Gwendolyn Mulholland
    June 15, 2016 at 3:15 am

    This looks like an awesome place to visit for a birthday or just a family get away. It is nice that the hotel has valet parking after you have traveled it is one less thing to worry about. It looks very beautiful and has a lot to offer everyone.

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    Censie Sawyer
    June 15, 2016 at 4:29 am

    Looks like a great place to visit with the family. I love that you had breakfast in your room. what a treat!! I have never heard of this area so I am going to add this to our vacation wish list.

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    Alaina Bullock
    June 15, 2016 at 4:53 am

    Oh wow! I haven’t been to Jeckyl Island since I was a teen! It looks just a fun and beautiful as I remember! I don’t remember having to pay, but that’s most likely because I was with friends and their parents, lol. It looks like you all had a great time. Now I want to go back, and stay for a few nights!

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    Dina Demarest
    June 15, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    It looks like you had a beautiful day! I’d pay $6 to visit that island. I’m adding that to my summer bucket list. Thanks for the idea.

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    Kristy @ Mommy Hates Cooking
    June 15, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Jekyll Island looks like a great place to visit with family. Such beautiful views and so much to do. Visiting sea turtles up close and personal would be so neat for the kids to see and experience. The turtle hospital would be fun for my animal loving daughter.

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    Heather Stone Brodbeck
    June 16, 2016 at 6:18 am

    I have stayed there with my family as well. I can see why you choose there and why you all had so much fun. We loved it there too. My family growing up almost moved us to Savannah, Ga but sadly we stayed in Florida LOL. All the staff at that resort are so friendly and the rooms are beautiful. And you have a beautiful family!


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    Aileen Adalid
    June 16, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    That’s an awesome way to spend a birthday! Belated happy birthday to your wonderful son <3 This place looks absolutely stunning.

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    August 14, 2016 at 6:28 am

    I love Jekyll Island. Went there for the first time this summer. The whole family enjoyed it! Great place to go off the beaten path.

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    August 28, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    I’ve always wanted to visit Jekyll Island. I can tell that it is totally my vibe! Maybe we’ll take a detour on our next road trip up North… Lovely post!

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    August 29, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    A lot of these tourist attraction are doing this no re-entry which makes you have to pay if you ever leave outside the venue.

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    August 30, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Now this is a cool place to spend a birthday! It’s so unique and looks like a nice island to relax and get away from it all.

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    August 31, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    I’ve never heard of Jekyll Island but it looks great for a weekend getaway! Though costly that breakfast looked great! What airport is close by?

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      September 1, 2017 at 1:55 am

      http://savannahairport.com/ Savannah is the closest but you can always fly into atlanta and catch something down there also

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    August 31, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Goodness gracious that breakfast price was steep!! But it does look delicious, though! It looks like you guys really enjoyed yourselves and I love that they have attractions/eateries that fit different budgets. Now I want to go to Jekyll Island (for the kids, of course lol). It looks like the perfect family getaway and from your post I see that it has something that each of our family members would love. Thanks for sharing such a great review, Kita!

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    September 1, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Lucky, lucky girl! This looks like she had a great time! I never heard of this place so thank you for sharing this post.

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