Once we drive onto Jekyll Island, we have the hardest time leaving. But if you get the itch to explore off island, there are some great day trips to consider.
Sidney Lanier Bridge
Named for the poet Sidney Lanier, it is Georgia’s tallest cable-stayed suspension bridge. Lanier wrote Marshes of Glynn, a poem about the beautiful marshes that surround the area. Walk the bridge. View it from the Jekyll Island Pier. Or perhaps simply drive across in your car. The views from the bridge are spectacular.
The Royal Province of Georgia founded Historic Brunswick, Georgia in 1771, and in 1789 George Washington recognized the city as one of the original five ports of entry for the colonies. At the Ritz Brunswick, you can attend a performance presented by the Golden Isles Arts and Humanities. The Brunswick City Hall is also worth viewing. A walking tour of the city will bring you by both these structure, as well as other historic buildings.
St. Simon’s Lighthouse
St. Simon’s Island is the next island north of Jekyll. You can easily identify their lighthouse from much of the east facing beach on Jekyll. The best views are from Driftwood Beach. Get to St. Simon’s by driving off of Jekyll and across the Sidney Lanier bridge. Follow the road north, and you will soon see signs directing you to the road over to St. Simon’s.
The National Park Service runs Cumberland Island. Walk south from St. Andrews Beach on Jekyll until you reach the southern tip by the shipwreck, and you can see Little Cumberland. Catch a ferry from St. Mary’s to visit the island. You can reach the ferry by taking I-95 south to exit 1 and following GA-40 east to the ferry at 113 St. Marys Street. Check the schedule or buy tickets online. Or perhaps you would like to view Cumberland via a dolphin-watching boat tour from Jekyll.
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Home
Great home and grounds, just thirty minutes north of Jekyll. You can follow US-17 all the way to the plantation or take I-95 north to exit 42 and head east on GA 99. The Georgia Park Service, which runs the site, offers frequent tours, and you can have an enjoyable hike just walking the grounds.