I partnered with Holiday Inn Resort, Jekyll Island on this sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are of my own.
We recently had the opportunity to stay at The Holiday Inn Resort Jekyll Island and we had a wonderful time! Jekyll Island is only about a 5.5 hour drive from Atlanta, so it was the perfect amount of time to be in a car with a 4 year old and a 11 month old baby (if you know what I mean!)
I ‘m officially a Mom when I say this, but the best part of our Jekyll Island experience was our HUGE room! We were given a family suite and this was our first time having a suite (we are used to just having a single room) since traveling with kids, and having the extra space made such a huge difference in our trip experience! We were able to set up Sydney’s pack and play with her Slumberpod in one room and then we were able to hang out in bed and watch tv in the other room. I never realized how less stressful and enjoyable having a suite like this would make the trip!
I loved how right outside your door there was a seaside walking trail (which I hope to utilize with bikes next time we visit!) and on the other side of that are gorgeous ocean views and white sand beaches to play and relax!. When you travel with little kids, it really makes a difference when the beach is right outside your door! The Holiday Inn Resort Jekyll Island also offers an outdoor pool, kiddie pool, hot tub, fitness center, playground, fire pit, nightly entertainment, business center, on-site meeting space and laundry. All Oceanfront suites come with baths, refreshing décor, refrigerators, a guest laundry and kitchenettes. The hotel also offers bike rentals in case you want to utilize the island’s network of walking trails to travel around to restaurants and other parts of the island without ever having to get behind the wheel of a car. I can’t wait to do this when the kids are older and we can all ride our bikes together!
Where To Eat
One of the unique things about the Holiday Inn Resort Jekyll Island is that it is right on the beach. Our room and balcony overlooked the ocean and the views were outstanding. The Holiday Inn is also a dog-friendly hotel, so there were a lot of guests there who brought their furry friends on vacation with them! (Bennett was in heaven..he LOVES dogs). The Beach House is the hotel’s restaurant on the property and we pretty much just ate there most of our stay. It was nice to not have to leave the property! The Anchor Bar and Grill, located next to the pool also serves light bites and drinks during the day as well. Our favorite thing to do while we were staying at the hotel was to visit Northshore Coffee and Cocktails (located on the third floor of the lobby) and grab an iced latte and go for a walk on the beach every morning.
I had not been to Jekyll Island since I was a little girl and I was so amazed by how beautiful and remote they still keep the island! I decided to go for a run on the beach one morning and must have run about a mile and a half out and there was just nothing but a beautiful, remote beach the entire way. I found some sand dollars on my run and really couldn’t believe how beautiful and preserved they keep the island.
What To Do While You’re There
Jekyll Island is home to the 4-H Tidelands Nature Center, Georgia Sea Turtle Center, Jekyll Island Museum, an 11-acre water park and miniature golf, as well as companies giving private dolphin tours, fishing trips and trolley tours. We mainly wanted to just play on the beach, but decided to visit two of the new attractions; Summer Waves Water Park and The Georgia Sea Turtle Center.
Summer Waves Water Park
While we were visiting Jekyll Island, the temperatures were extremely hot. We even had a few days with heat advisories, so I thought going to the water park would be a great way to stay cool for a few hours. Since we had a baby and a four year old with us, we thought we might be limited on what we could do, but they had a HUGE kiddie area, a splash pad, wave pool, lazy river and even a tube slide that we were able to go on!
The Georgia Sea Turtle Center
The Georgia Sea Turtle Center (which is located near the Jekyll Island Club, if you’re familiar with the island) is Georgia’s only sea turtle education and rehabilitation facility. The Center offers the public a chance to learn about sea turtles and see rehabilitation in action with a host of interactive exhibits and experiences. Bennett is obsessed with animals right now and was so excited to see the turtles!
There are several other activities on the island, but since we had Sydney with us, we were kind of limited in what we could do. I definitely want to bring the kids back when they get older so we can go biking, check out the museum and maybe even do some fishing and boating. To see what other activities are available on the island, check the Jekyll Island Authority website for a whole list of what to do there!
Our experience at the Holiday Inn Resort Jekyll Island was nothing short of amazing and I can’t wait to go back! Between our spacious family suite and the beach right outside our door, the trip was perfect for parents traveling with littles! I hope to try to get back to the island at least once a year, because it is so beautiful there and only a short drive from the city.