Best of St. Simons, Sapelo, Jekyll: An Island-Hopping Adventure

Discover Georgia’s Atlantic Coast islands from different perspectives as you explore a historic fort and grand homes while also learning about island ecology and Gullah Geechee culture.
Rating (4.88)
Program No. 1384RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

In the late 1800s, the beautiful beaches and lush landscapes of Jekyll Island became a private playground for the elite. Today, relics of the Rockefellers, Morgans, Vanderbilts and Pulitzers still stand on this island-turned-state-park, and provide a fascinating window to the past. Explore the barrier island with an expert to gain insight into this world of wealth as well as the Gullah Geechee and their history in the region. On this educational adventure to three of Georgia’s barrier islands, explore historic homes, preserved forts, driftwood beaches and Gullah Geechee landmarks as you gain a well-rounded perspective of this region’s unique history.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one mile, including beach and marsh walks; ferry ride to Sapelo. School bus or park van for field trips on Sapelo.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore the famed Jekyll Island Club hotel and learn how the island was made into a winter retreat for families including the Rockefellers and Pulitzers.
  • Venture to St. Simons’ battlegrounds, evocative churches and a lighthouse, and then board the Lady Jane shrimp vessel for a hands-on opportunity to study the catch of the day from a drag net.
  • Enjoy a ferry ride to Sapelo Island and join a local expert to learn the unique history of this remote island and the local Gullah Geechee history.

General Notes

If you would prefer a lesser priced program at a retreat destination, please explore program 23720, Epworth by the Sea: St. Simons and Jekyll Islands.
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Fred Collins
Fred Collins has lived full time on St. Simons Island since 1971 and has been leading cycling rides on the island for a half-dozen years. With his family roots an hour away in Baxley, Ga., where his family lineage goes back to the Revolutionary War and Civil Wars eras, Fred is passionate about sharing his knowledge of the history of the area. He made his living in the banking and finance industry.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Lyn Warr, Group Leader
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