The tours run from 10 am to 3 pm at the National Historic District Welcome Center, which is located on Shell Road a short walk from the wharf. Be sure to check for the times before you go. Tours are offered every day except Christmas and New Year's Day, and the phone number is 912-635-4036. Inside the welcome center, you might first view an 8-minute video presentation on Jekyll Island's history and obtain tickets for a tram tour of the District, The narrated tram tour will take you around the village, stopping at least 4 of the restored cottages. Thirty-three of the original buildings still stand. The tour in 2006 was $15 for adults, and $7 for children 6-18. The narrated tour lasts about 90 minutes, but you can easily spend a few hours or half a day exploring the few small shops and houses not on the guided tour or just wandering the village on foot.
You can also do a self-guided walking tour of the 240 acre village. Another way to see the village is by horse-drawn carriage. The carriage tours also leave from the welcome center, and they give you an opportunity to see the village at the slow pace it should be visited.
One warning--don't forget to use bug spray when wandering the island! The mosquitoes can be pretty ferocious in South Georgia! After you've toured the cottages and the historic district, there's still time to rent a bike or explore the rest of the island by car or tour bus.
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