January 1 - February 28Free
In the early 1900s, east coast fishermen used hollow glass balls, or floats, on their nets as markers. Occasionally, the floats would break loose and wash ashore for lucky beachcombers to find and keep. Collecting these rare, highly sought after glass floats became a hobby in the 1950s.
Today, Jekyll Island hand-picks artists from across the country to create one-of-a-kind glass floats for its annual Island Treasures event.
The glass floats are part of a hide-and-seek style game played on Jekyll Island every day throughout January and February. Each day, volunteers called Beach Buddies hide two to five floats around the island for lucky guests to find and exchange for dazzling handcrafted glass globes.
Each float is marked with a special tag and instructions for treasure finders to register their Island Treasures at the Jekyll Island Guest Information Center where they will receive their one-of-a-kind glass globe with a certificate of authenticity and artist biography. The Center is open daily, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.