Back to Nature

From sea birds to dolphins, turtles, and alligators, Jekyll offers a wealth of wildlife. You’ll likely encounter plenty of them as you explore the island, but you can also visit Jekyll’s Turtle  or Nature Centers.

On the Beach

Nature Ghost Crab

As you walk along the beach, there’s a chance to come across a ghost crab or dolphin. You’re certain, however, to see pelicans, sea gulls, terns, sandpipers, and many other sea birds. The marsh behind Driftwood Beach is a good place to glimpse feeding herons, egrets, ibises, and sometimes even roseate spoonbills. Deer abound on the island, and you’ll probably notice some on our street or even in our yard. If you visit Horton Pond, across Beachview from Driftwood Bistro, you’ll definitely find turtles. And you might spot an alligator sunning itself on the dock.

Head south from St. Andrews Beach and follow the coastline to come across large groups of sea birds.

Turtle Center

Nature Turtle Center

The Jekyll Island Turtle Center is a rehabilitation facility for injured sea turtles. Their exhibits teach you about turtles and their challenges, and if you time it right, you might catch them feeding the turtles in the recovery tanks. Summer visitors – consider turtle camp for your children.

Nature Center

Tidelands Nature Center

The University of Georgia runs Tidelands Nature Center. Explore the live exhibits, and if you have a hankering for some exercise, rent a canoe, kayak, or aquabike. Tidelands also offers a Discovery Day Camp for the kids during the summer.