Patrons of all ages embark on hours of outdoor adventure on winding go-kart tracks and imaginative mini-golf courses at Fun Zone Amusement & Sports Park. Wristband-wearing folk hop behind the wheel of a go-kart and whip around three speed-inducing raceways. The short, oval-shaped Kiddy Karts track is designed for racers under 4 feet tall with at least three years of life experience, and licensed drivers can chauffeur younger passengers around full-size tracks, hugging sharp turns and kissing bugs that whiz by on the Road Course and Figure 8.
Pirate's Island Adventure Golf keeps mini-golfers guessing as they traverse two 18-hole courses impeded by all manner of pirate-themed obstacles. The courses provide an ideal venue for all members of the family to sink testy putts, then retrieve dimpled orbs from the cup and behold them like a scurvy-plagued buccaneer admiring a citrus fruit. Demonstrate a steady hand by sinking a putt while being stared down by a skeletal swashbuckler, or study the patterns of water dispersal while playing one of the holes that run alongside refreshing waterfalls. Children with high verisimilitude standards will appreciate the well-wrought pirate-ship wreckage and treasure chests that stalk them as they loop the course and hone their knowledge of nautical terminology.
Helmed by water-sports enthusiast Neil Turner, the staff of Sea Monkey Watersports outfits and guides explorers through the aquatic arteries of Hilton Head Island and the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. After a quick tutorial, thrill-seekers take to the waterways atop a Yamaha WaveRunner, which reaching up to 50 miles per hour, while keeping an eye out for local shorebirds and dolphins looking to drag race. Paddlers enjoy a more slow-paced journey piloting single or double kayaks as they traveling on guided nature expeditions or self-led tours of the surrounding waters.
On Jekyll Island, waves lick the 10 miles of beaches as kayaks cut through the salty water, cyclists roll over 20 miles of paved trails, and riders on horseback clop through hushed maritime forests. All visitors to the barrier island can partake in myriad active, relaxing, or educational activities while immersed in its lush natural landscapes, where dunes give way to beaches filled with hermit crabs and shell collecting and where birders clutch binoculars to examine avian habitats and decode gulls' sign language. The island's public golf club, open since 1898, hosts two 18-hole courses and one 9-hole course on manicured greens and rolling terrain. In the summer, the Summer Waves Water Park provides a cool escape from the heat with six slides, a wave pool, and a lazy river. For indoor adventurers, exhibits at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center illuminate the lives of the shelled reptiles, and a museum preserves relics of the wealthy families who used the island as their gilded getaway and a place to bury their expired money. The Jekyll Island Authority oversees all conservation and development on the idyllic island, existing to continually improve the park and its amenities.
Designed to look like an island retreat, Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark is more than just a place to beat the heat. It’s a fun-filled playground complete with slides, squirt guns, and a wave pool. The Big Splash Tree House is outfitted with 66 interactive features, including a giant bucket that drenches visitors with more than 1,000 gallons of water. The Tubular Twister sends riders shooting down a trio of 300-foot slides, while the Big Kahuna recreates the ocean’s waves in a 27,000-square foot pool. Little ones can play in gentler areas such as Lily Pad Lagoon and Otter Bay, which has a six-lane racer slide. In between aquatic activities, you can relax in the lazy river or stop by the concession stands for a quick bite.