Explore exhibits on sea turtle conservation, rehabilitation, and their amazing journey from egg to adulthood. School field trips, public programs, and special events highlight Georgia’s unique coastal ecosystem and the mysterious world of these ancient reptiles.
The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is worth a visit! Not only is it a great place to learn about turtles, but it is a functioning turtle hospital...you can even see turtle patients receiving care! So, this is a place that's fun to visit and important to support!
Interactive exhibits like the "Live Like a Sea Turtle" experience, educational displays, the turtle hospital, and public education programs make this a fantastic venue for visiting families. Kids can enjoy summer programs, and take a nighttime walk to discover turtle nesting sites. The center offers Memberships and accepts donations to help offset operating costs, and families can "adopt" a rehabilitating turtle and follow it's progress online from diagnosis through treatment to release back to the ocean - even beyond, where they can track the turtle online as it travels through a GPS transponder attached to its shell. Read more about The Georgia Sea Turtle Center at http://www.jekyll-island-family-adventures.com/green-sea-turtle.html.
The georgia sea turtle center is a great place to go check out some information on sea turtles. You walk into a gift shop in the beginning where you can purchase tickets to enter the center. When we were there we were able to see a puppet show in the center which kept out 2 year old entertained. They have some hand on exhibits to look at that was also interesting for the parents as well as the kids in the center. After you look at the items in the main building you can head outside and then back into another building and see the turtles that are currently in the center. They have signs up for the turtles so that you can read a little bit of how/why they are there. Nice place to visit on Jekyll Island. In a great location with other nice places to walk around after finished visiting the sea turtle center.
We did the night hike when we visited the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. There was an informative demonstration once everyone who had reservations for the night walk had gathered there. (Reservations are required in advance. The center offers a ticket you can buy to visit the center during the day and then you can add the price of the turtle walk to it, or you can buy a turtle walk ticket alone. That's what we did.)
We got a brief look around the turtle center but the real exhibits were closed--so the time you spend there at night is really dedicated to preparing for the walk. After the talk, we all drove to a secondary location and followed the guide.
Of course, we're walking in the sand. It's important to know you can't bring bright flashlights, but the red light flashlights are allowed. They don't confuse the turtles.
We got to see lots of turtle nesting spots but no actual turtles.
This walk goes LATE into the night (10:30-11:00 or so), so I don't recommend it for young kids. My boys were 7 & 5 when we did it. The 5-year-old has always been in love with animals so because it was interesting to him it held his attention. Younger kids will not get this experience. Wait till they're older!
Ok I am a mother of two children and imam so excited to be rating his place. I rate this a five out of five it
Was a great trip we took last year and we will be back you learn all about a sea turtles life from hatching to death it is a
Amazing nourishment whole family will appreciate I will never forget my experience.
We enjoyed seeing how the folks here care for sea turles, we learned alot, more than an aquarium... They have a great gift shop with reasonable prices. We also adopted a sea turtle and look forward to tracking her on the internet. Highly recommend to everyone.
The Georgia Sea Turtle Center staff is amazing! They rehabilitate sick, injured, and immature sea turtles. The center has a wonderful display area that teaches about the life cycle of the turtles and how we can help them. The center is in a restored power station, and also has a rehab area with tanks for the turtles. The staff's hourly programs includes information on how they are treating the turtles, feeding them, etc. You can even sign up for walks in the summer or early fall to try to see a turtle nesting hatchlings going to sea! A must see on Jekyll Island!