Jekyll Island is the southernmost island of the Golden Isles, and one of the most popular islands for Golden Isles visitors. Originally purchased in 1886 by a group of wealthy families as a private retreat, by 1900, the Jekyll Island Club membership included the Rockefellers, Morgans, Cranes, and Goulds. The State of Georgia purchased the island in 1947, and since then it has been a popular tourist destination. It is still filled with the opulent mansions from its early days, but there are plenty of activities and attractions here as well. The white sand beaches are well worth spending time on, as well as the golf course, tennis courts, Summer Waves Waterpark, dolphin tours, horseback riding tours, bike trails and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.