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Georgia Sea Turtle Center Jekyll Island

Where is it at?

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Georgia Sea Turtle Center
214 Stable Road
Jekyll Island
GA
31527
Tel: 912 635 4444

Directions

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is located on Hopkins Rd on the left in the former Power Plant building.

Where are we going today?

Georgia Sea Turtle Center is an adorable day out for the family where you can visit an actual sea turtle hospital and see all of the recovering patients!

This animal-tastic experience in Georgia offers an interactive exhibit gallery, as well as the rehabilitation paviloin, where there are often many patients there waiting for their visitors! (That's you!)

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is a great way for kids to not only see how the sea turtles are recovering, but also a great way to learn all about the species, as well as their habits and habitats.

Did you know that the diamondback terrapin lives in the marsh, and is in fact the ONLY known turtle that spends most of it's life there? See, you are learning already, and they are the kind of fun facts that you will leave the Georgia Sea Turtle Center with!

The center also has daily programs that you can participate in, giving you a deeper insight into these cute creatures. You can witness the little patients being fed, and you can actually go and meet them! There are also behind the scenes tours on certain days with limited availability, so get in quick for those!

Don't miss the fun events too that are held across the year, including evening turtle walks and rides over summer. How fun!

Enjoy a beautiful animal experience with some beautiful animals on your next peachy family day out  - it is Georgia after all!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$7
  • Children$5 (Ages 4-12)
  • Free Under: 3 years.
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

9am - 5pm. (10am - 2pm on Thanksgiving Day)

Closed Christmas Day / Eve and New Years Day

Teachers corner

They have great regular programs for classes for a unique learning experience. Each of the programs teach students something different about the animals, including threats for endangered animals. They also offer outreach programs and homeschool events.

I'm Hungry!

There are plenty of places to eat in the area so grab something before your visit!.

Any Top Tips?

Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times..

Doing our bit

They are dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating these amazing creatures, so every day they are doing their bit. You can help by visiting, as the admission goes towards their cause!.

Need a little extra help?

Speak to staff about the accessibility of the center if you have any questions.

Can I get one of those?

The Turtle Shop is filled with sea turtle and marine life merchandise, and all of the proceeds go towards food and medical care! Make sure you take that pocket money.

More information

The behind the scenes tours are extra cost on top of the admission.

What people are saying?

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    Just finished a week of volunteering at this fantastic facility! The vision behind GSTC is phenomenal. I enjoyed the passion and excellence of Dr. Norton, the vet, the researchers, the educators, and the retailers. The exhibits are hands on and very kid friendly, there's a window for watching the turtles have their wounds treated, and there's the hospital area where a visitor may see the turtles in their tanks as they heal and watch them be fed. The Sea Turtle Camp for students is chock full of interesting information and hands on activities....Read More

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    The center is worth a trip. Its very educating but not worth a trip for the center alone. Their doing is making a huge impact on the sea turtle population. Just remember its more worth while for the turtles to be healed than us to be able to see everything that happens. Its a rehabilitation center and not a theme park. But they are doing a great job!! Worth a trip in and cheap too.

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    Great place very entertaining money goes to a good thing

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    Not too much information for little ones to enjoy.

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    Our family is very happy to see good people caring for green sea turtles, logger head sea turtles and diamond back terrapins. It's nice to know that our visit to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, is supporting the operational costs and rehabilitating the patients at GSTC.

    Be careful, when you come to Jekyll Island especially when crossing the causeway to the Island. Diamondback terrapins come up to the causeway in search of a safe place to lay their eggs. The diamond back terrapins are an important part of the marsh ecosystem.

    The entire island...Read More

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by Linda Winkle

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Just finished a week of volunteering at this fantastic facility! The vision behind GSTC is phenomenal. I enjoyed the passion and excellence of Dr. Norton, the vet, the researchers, the educators, and the retailers. The exhibits are hands on and very kid friendly, there's a window for watching the turtles have their wounds treated, and there's the hospital area where a visitor may see the turtles in their tanks as they heal and watch them be fed. The Sea Turtle Camp for students is chock full of interesting information and hands on activities. The gift shop has lots of really nice choices for all ages at reasonable prices.

by A Google User

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Our family is very happy to see good people caring for green sea turtles, logger head sea turtles and diamond back terrapins. It's nice to know that our visit to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, is supporting the operational costs and rehabilitating the patients at GSTC.

Be careful, when you come to Jekyll Island especially when crossing the causeway to the Island. Diamondback terrapins come up to the causeway in search of a safe place to lay their eggs. The diamond back terrapins are an important part of the marsh ecosystem.

The entire island is a great place for learning how islands are formed and the importance of the marsh. Marsh lands have been destroyed by developments and vanish for one man's greed.

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