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Tybee Island Marine Science Center

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Address: 1509 Strand Avenue, Tybee Island, GA 31328
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+1 912-786-5917
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

We provide year-round programs for island visitors and groups . . . On the...

We provide year-round programs for island visitors and groups . . . On the beach, in the marsh, on the water, in the classroom, and our Coastal Georgia Gallery.

Our mission is to cultivate responsible stewardship of coastal Georgia's natural resources through education, conservation, and research.

Island's Visitors: Walks, Talks & Treks and Sea Camp: Coastal Kids Ocean Adventure

Corporate-Family-Elderhostel Groups: Authentic Coastal Experience and Floating Classrooms

School Groups: Coastal Classroom

Girl Scouts: Coastal Badge Program

Boy and Cub Scouts: Barrier Island Patch Program and Oceanography Merit Badge Program

Our Ocean Outreach program extends our educational reach to public and private events

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Neat little marine center...Beach walk was very informative.

Marine center offers programs throughout the day, but we missed most of them by the time we arrived. It was $5 per person to get in, but there isn't much to see...it's a very... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fort Wayne
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Sugar Hill, Georgia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We planned the Barrier Island Patch Program and chose our activities - the guided gallery tour, beach walk, and sand sifting. The kids loved it! They learned a lot about local marine life and even got to meet (and name) a newly rescued turtle! They named him "Scout". Perfect! The guides were great - they knew their stuff and you... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a small science center located in the parking lot of the Tybee Island beach. Our family spent about 30-45 minutes here. It is worth the price of admission to the see the marine life and read about their habitats. We really enjoyed seeing the baby turtles!

1 Thank AlabamaAngel
Fort Wayne
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Marine center offers programs throughout the day, but we missed most of them by the time we arrived. It was $5 per person to get in, but there isn't much to see...it's a very small building with many small aquariums where you can view various sea life. I think it's more geared toward the younger crowd, 2 to 6 years... More 

Thank JLN73
Waynesboro, Georgia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

with the warm weather we recently enjoyed, we brought some family members from "up north" to revisit savannah and tybee island. big mistake at tybee. sign on the door of the marine science ctr said 'open every day until 5 pm. it was closed at 3 pm when we arrived. the public restroom was filthy and disgusting. and for that... More 

1 Thank craig a
Appleton, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting place, beautiful layout place, very nice and clean place, very good classes for to teach the children for the sea life......

Thank daeva1
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Reviewed 1 March 2017

The Marine Science Center is a waste of time and money. This a very small "science" center. The souvenir shop is about the same size as the exhibits. Maybe the worst part of the experience was seeing how dirty the tanks and the rest of the place was.

2 Thank bayoumanMichigan
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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Reviewed 26 February 2017

We went there recently to learn more about marsh wildlife. They have small but informative display with very friendly staff. Good for children.

1 Thank Paul N
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Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

The marine science center is definitely worth a visit if you want to see some of the marine life up close and in detail. The staff working there are very friendly and knowledgeable and are happy to answer questions. There was a touch tank where you can handle various critters such as small crabs, snails, a baby horseshoe crab and... More 

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Barberton, Ohio
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Reviewed 23 February 2017

Wow, for a tiny structure, the staff has certainly managed to provide so many wonderful LIVE specimens for us to become familiar with and learn from, in what seems to be a very natural environment. Turtles, Terrapins, and Tortoises, as I learned - each in a tank or terrarium in which they can flourish. Everyone who works there has unmistakable... More 

1 Thank shetravels4922
Baraboo, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 15 January 2017

I am sure young children would find this exciting. For we older folks it was not that interesting. The staff were very nice.

1 Thank Steve P

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