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Great Dunes Park

Beach access, picnic pavilions, local festivals and a scenic network of bike trails make this waterfront park on Jekyll Island a family favorite.

Spend an unforgettable day at Great Dunes Park, the gorgeous beachside parkland on Jekyll Island’s eastern coast. With its waterfront views, excellent facilities and great location, the park is fully equipped for a wonderful day out. Grab a table at the beachside pavilion and enjoy a picnic with the family or follow some of the meandering bike trails that wind along this beautiful stretch of coast.

Spend some time exploring the park’s fantastic surroundings. Wander along Jekyll Island’s sandy beach and see if you can spot turtle prints in the sand. If the weather is warm, splash and play in the ocean waters. Stretch out on the sand and listen to the dune grasses rustling in the breeze. If you’re lucky, you might see staff from the Georgia Sea Turtle Center releasing a rehabilitated turtle back into the wild.

Pack a picnic and choose from a range of picturesque spots to set up. Grill your meal at the Great Dunes Park picnic pavilions or pick a spot on the covered beach deck. Alternatively, spread out a picnic blanket on the grassy lawn that stretches along the shore behind the beach. If you feel like dining indoors, select from restaurants and bars located on either side of the park. Whichever you choose, the views will be magnificent. While waiting for the meal, the kids can play on the playground located behind the park. Challenge your friends to a round of mini-golf.

If you feel like going on an adventure, rent a bicycle or a Segway from the facilities behind the park. Jekyll Island’s trail network incorporates about 20 miles (30 kilometers) of bike trails. Cruise along broad waterfront promenades and see the island at your own pace.

Great Dunes Park is located on Jekyll Island’s eastern coast, directly behind the main beach. Find easy beach access and plenty of parking alongside the park. The site has public restrooms, picnic areas and grills. Visit the park for free any time of day.


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The Westin Jekyll Island $174
The Westin Jekyll Island

The Westin Jekyll Island

110 Ocean Way, Jekyll Island, GA
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Jekyll Island, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Great Dunes Park and Jekyll Island State Park. Jekyll Harbor Marina and Summer Waves Water Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Jekyll Island $100
    Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Jekyll Island

    Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Jekyll Island

    60 S Beachview Drive, I-95 Exit 29 to US-17, Jekyll Island, GA
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nestled on the beach, this Jekyll Island hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Summer Waves Water Park and Jekyll Island State Park. Jekyll Harbor Marina and Great Dunes Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      Jekyll Island Club Resort $169
      Jekyll Island Club Resort

      Jekyll Island Club Resort

      371 Riverview Dr, Jekyll Island, GA
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the beach, this historic resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Georgia Sea Turtle Center and Jekyll Island State Park. Jekyll Harbor Marina and Jekyll Island Golf Club are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Home2 Suites by Hilton Jekyll Island $139
        Home2 Suites by Hilton Jekyll Island

        Home2 Suites by Hilton Jekyll Island

        101 OCEAN WAY, Jekyll Island, GA
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Great Dunes Park and Jekyll Island State Park. Jekyll Harbor Marina and Summer Waves Water Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Hampton Inn & Suites Jekyll Island $110
          Hampton Inn & Suites Jekyll Island

          Hampton Inn & Suites Jekyll Island

          200 S Beachview Dr, Jekyll Island, GA
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Jekyll Island, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk, 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Summer Waves Water Park, and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Jekyll Island State Park. Jekyll Harbor Marina and Great Dunes Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Seafarer Inn & Suites, Ascend Hotel Collection $129
            Seafarer Inn & Suites, Ascend Hotel Collection

            Seafarer Inn & Suites, Ascend Hotel Collection

            700 N Beachview Dr, Jekyll Island, GA
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Jekyll Island, this beach hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Jekyll Island Golf Club and within 3 mi (5 km) of Jekyll Island State Park and Driftwood Beach. Great Dunes Park and Georgia Sea Turtle Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Holiday Inn Resort Jekyll Island $105
              Holiday Inn Resort Jekyll Island

              Holiday Inn Resort Jekyll Island

              701 North Beachview Drive, Jekyll Island, GA
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Nestled on the beach, this Jekyll Island hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Jekyll Island Golf Club, Jekyll Island State Park, and Driftwood Beach. Jekyll Harbor Marina and Great Dunes Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Jekyll Ocean Club $280
                Jekyll Ocean Club

                Jekyll Ocean Club

                80 Ocean Way, Jekyll Island, GA
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Jekyll Island, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Great Dunes Park and Jekyll Island State Park. Jekyll Harbor Marina and Summer Waves Water Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).