Jekyll Island Rainy Day Activities

Jekyll Island, with its beautiful beaches and lush landscapes, is a paradise for outdoor activities. But what happens when the rain clouds roll in? There are plenty of exciting indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy on Jekyll Island when the weather isn’t cooperating. Here’s our guide to fun things to do on Jekyll Island when it rains!

Jekyll Island Historic District

Jekyll Island Trolley Tours

Explore the island’s rich history and heritage by taking a guided tour of the Jekyll Island Historic District. Learn about the island’s past as a retreat for the wealthy elite and discover fascinating stories about its architecture and inhabitants. The Landmark Trolley Tour takes visitors around the historic district in covered vehicles and includes entrance into some of the buildings, making this a great way to enjoy the island’s historic district while staying dry.

Mosaic Jekyll Island Museum

Dive deeper into the island’s history at the Mosaic Jekyll Island Museum, where interactive exhibits and artifacts bring the past to life. Housed in the old stables building, the museum’s exhibits cover the island’s past from pre-colonization to its transformation into a retreat for wealthy 19th century industrialists. This is the perfect rainy day activity for history buffs and curious minds of all ages. Stop by the gift shop for unique souvenirs and keepsakes to commemorate your visit.

Tidelands Nature Center

Nature lovers will appreciate learning more about the coastal ecosystem at the Tidelands Nature Center. The center features educational exhibits that showcase the unique flora and fauna of coastal Georgia, highlighting the importance of salt marshes as nurseries for fish and crustaceans, and exploring barrier island wildlife. There are also guided kayak tours available to explore the salt marshes of Jekyll Island, where you could see shorebirds, crabs and dolphins on your journey.

Georgia Sea Turtle Center

Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island

Spend a rainy day learning about marine conservation and rehabilitation at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island. The center offers a variety of educational programs, demonstrations and exhibits to educate visitors about marine conservation and the challenges faced by sea turtles. Visitors can meet the resident sea turtles, learn about their stories of survival and take a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility to learn more about the care and rehabilitation of these magnificent creatures. There’s also a fun gift shop for those looking to take a souvenir home!

Nature Tours

If you are unbothered by a little rain, grab your raincoat and head out on one of the nature tours offered on Jekyll Island. The guided Ranger Walks will take you on a walk along historic trails, pointing out native vegetation and conservation projects on the way to view an active bald eagle’s nest. Park rangers also offer a hands-on learning experience about American Alligators at Horton Pond, where you can learn about these fascinating reptiles and ongoing conservation efforts on Jekyll Island. 

Dolphin Watching Tour

Dolphin watching tours on Jekyll Island provide an immersive and educational experience led by knowledgeable guides aboard comfortable covered boats. These tours offer the opportunity to see bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat, as well as a chance to spot other marine wildlife and seabirds. Even on a rainy day, dolphin watching tours on Jekyll Island provide a thrilling and responsible way to connect with nature.


Spa Cabana on Jekyll Island

Escape the rain by exploring the shops and boutiques at Beach Village, where you can find plenty of treasures to take home as souvenirs or gifts. Or book a spa day to pamper yourself with a relaxing massage or facial at Spa Cabana. If you want to take a break to enjoy your natural surroundings, head to Great Dunes Beach Park, where the covered pavilions are a great place to enjoy the sounds of the water and the fresh sea breeze.


From elegant fine dining establishments to casual eateries, Jekyll Island’s dining options provide an escape from the rain while enjoying a delicious meal. You can enjoy the ambient rain sounds while dining on the waterfront at The Wharf, relax under the covered patio at Tortuga Jack’s or enjoy expertly prepared steaks and seafood at The Reserve. Whether you’re craving fresh seafood or cozy comfort food, the island’s dining scene has something for everyone. 


When it rains on Jekyll Island, staying in a vacation rental provides the perfect sanctuary for spending time with family and friends on a rainy day. During inclement weather, you can enjoy spacious accommodations with fully equipped kitchens, cozy living areas, and private outdoor spaces to relax and listen to the sound of raindrops falling outside. Play a game, read a book, or have a movie marathon! Don’t let rainy days dampen your spirits – book a vacation rental on Jekyll Island today and experience all that this amazing destination has to offer!