Located just an hour north of Jacksonville, Jekyll Island is one of Georgia’s famed “golden isles.” Every year the residents of Jekyll Island, Georgia host their annual Easter Egg Stroll. Billed as an event for kids, Jekyll Island’s Easter Egg Stroll actually offers fun for the entire family.
The Easter Egg Stroll takes place in Jekyll Island’s famed historic district. Signs direct you to the information booth where children can get an Easter-themed bag if they forgot their Easter basket. Next children are directed to two areas to hunt eggs depending on their age. Toddlers three and under have a small area fenced in with portable white picket fencing so they do not have to compete with the older kids. Children ages 4-10 can search throughout the festival area for plastic Easter eggs that magically appear and reappear. Even if an area seems picked clean in only a matter of moments new eggs reappear offering a seemingly endless supply of Easter egg hunting fun.
Once a child has collected ten of the colorful plastic Easter eggs they then take them to a booth where they can exchange them for a goody bag filled with toys and candy. Their hand is also stamped so the workers can know which kids have already gotten their goody bags to prevent kids from double dipping.
There is also a crafting table where children can color an Easter picture and decorate their own foam Easter egg. A face painting booth is also available where kids can have their faces painted with a variety of designs.
Many children got their face painted immediately before having their photo taken with the Easter Bunny. The Easter Bunny sits on his Easter throne on the porch of one of the many gorgeous old mansions in Jekyll’s historic district. There is even a female Easter Bunny who comes out to give the male Easter Bunny a break from all the lap-sitting, photo-taking fun.
Finally, kids and adults can take a carriage ride in a wagon or Cinderella pumpkin carriage pulled by a pastel-colored horse. That’s right, the horses that pull the carriages are dyed either pastel pink or blue to the delight of children and adults alike. The narrated ride takes through a short tour of Jekyll Island’s famed historic district where you will learn all about America’s Guilded Age millionaires like the Morgans, DuPonts, Vanderbilts and others who once utilized Jekyll Island as a private getaway from the harsh Winters of the North.
On this tour you will learn how Jekyll Island was one of three locations that participated in the first transcontinental telephone call. You will also learn how the Federal Reserve came into existence after a meeting on this island and how one of the country’s first condominiums was built here.
Overall Jekyll Island’s Easter Egg Stroll is great fun for children and the perfect way for adults to see one of this country’s great resort areas. And there is no better time to see Jekyll Island than Springtime!