The Jekyll Island State Park is located in one of the barrier islands in the state of Georgia. It is on the southeastern coast of the state and is situated between Savannah, Georgia, and Jacksonville, Florida.
Formerly called the Jekyll Island Club, the island used to be a place of retreat for a group of millionaires until the state of Georgia purchased it from its owners in 1946. While the state park authority allowed and maintained several developments, such as a tennis center, an oceanfront soccer complex and a 55,000-square foot convention center, the park's development is limited to just 35 percent in order to preserve the island's ecosystem. The state park focuses its tourism drive into nature-friendly attractions, such as biking and running trails, campgrounds, segway tours and boat ramps. The island is also home to Georgia Sea Turtle Center and the Summer Waves Waterpark.