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Fun Trip

Took family to Shell Island for a fun day trip. We took the ferry over which was very efficient. The weather was overcast and windy so the waves were quit large. Kids had fun... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Springboro, Ohio
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76 reviews 76 reviews
24 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

We rented a pontoon and went to the island. It was just beautiful and we almost had the beach to ourselves. Probably our favorite family memory of our trip to PCB!

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Took family to Shell Island for a fun day trip. We took the ferry over which was very efficient. The weather was overcast and windy so the waves were quit large. Kids had fun in the waves but we were unable to snorkel. Found some larger shells in the water but no sand dollars. With smaller kids we did not... More 

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Chipley, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Shell Island is a great little day trip! Lots of shells to collect (hence the name) although if you can take an early trip, that is your best bet to get some cool shells. We saw dolphins swimming and playing along our boat on the way over and on the way back.

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Good place to relax, collect shells and snorkel, very remote and totally non developed so if you are looking for attractions this is not for you. We visted on a pontoon charter it was nice as we saw dolphins at play while in route and was able to get them on video camera.

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Abilene, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

The website made it sound like it was this awesome place with snorkeling. The rave about the beach is exaggerated as it was no different from PCB. In fact, once you get off the ferry, they don't tell you how you have to walk 1/2 mile to get to the ocean side. The immediate side was where a few people... More 

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Westland, Michigan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Shell Island has many areas to anchor or beach a boat and just chill for a day. Great water, nice beach areas and a nice island to explore while not being too far away. A nice experience.

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Houghton
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

loved everything except the line to get back....We stayed all day with a lunch basket and cooler and had a fabulous time, nothing but beach and sun.

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Hamburg, Germany
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Enjoyable short ferry ride to this totally unspoiled island. Even though there were quite a few people there, there is tons of room, nothing but unspoiled nature, no noise, no stores, fine white sand, turquoise water, peace and quiet!

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West Frankfort, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Water was beautiful but that's about it. Very long walk from where the boat drops you off to where u walk to enjoy the beach. Suppose to b a place full of shells and was told if went out the first boat that day wouldn't have any troubles finding them. We walked for a good 2 miles down looking for... More 

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Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Why pay $$ to go to beach that is same as our condo had? Plus hot, long walk with children. No shells. Big regret of our trip. Don't bother.

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