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Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve

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Address: P.O. Box 15, Sapelo Island, GA 31327
Phone Number: 912 485 2251
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Description: Rich in natural history, this island's human history dates back 4,000...
Rich in natural history, this island's human history dates back 4,000 years and is made up of salt marsh, maritime forest, beach and dune areas.
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Reynold's Mansion

Christmas time is a great opportunity to visit Sapelo Island and to experience the Reynold's Mansion there. We were treated to a great tour done through local supporters of Sapelo... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 13, 2014
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Augusta, Georgia
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Augusta, Georgia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Christmas time is a great opportunity to visit Sapelo Island and to experience the Reynold's Mansion there. We were treated to a great tour done through local supporters of Sapelo and given a delicious luncheon. Included was an opportunity to walk this lovely barrier island and learn more of the local culture.

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Lenoir City, Tn
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24 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

It was very nice with a walking trail and a large gift shop with a porch that had rocking chairs. We were there the day after Thanksgiving so the gift shop was closed, but just looking through the windows it looked as if there was lots of goodies to take home. We also missed the ferry, it ran at 8:30... More 

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Mexico Beach, Florida
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We were fortunate to make reservations for the extended tour which is provided on the last Tuesday of the month. This tour includes both the north and south ends of the island. The normal tour is only in the south end. The tour uses on old school bus that the driver and tour guide handles like it is a sports... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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51 reviews 51 reviews
20 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

To be honest when I called to sign up for this tour I was not quite sure what to expect. I arrived, paid and was told to go to the right and show your ticket to the park ranger at the dock. Ok cool walked out to the "ferry" got seated and waited. I saw many other folks heading towards... More 

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Warner Robins, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

My family booked a four hour tour of the island and we had a good time. We were able to see a number of attractions on the island and had a knowledgeable tour guide. The tours and tour schedules that are setup for the island are a little strange. A visitor can't see the whole island, except on certain days,... More 

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Piney Flats, Tennessee
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Another part of the $15 bus tour after taking boat to island. Climb to top of lighthouse & enjoy great view. The whole island tour is money well spent & VERY fascinating !!

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Irvine, California
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26 attraction reviews
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

If you are interested in experiencing a way of life which no longer exists on the mainland (or on many of the other islands along the South Carolina and Georgia coast), a visit to Sapelo Island should not be overlooked. Most of the island (except for the small community of Hog Hammock) is preserved as part of the Sapelo Island... More 

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Titusville, Florida
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105 reviews 105 reviews
19 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Took a group of seniors (21) out to the island. The ferry ride is about 30 minutes. Bus tour superb. Had lunch at the Reynolds Mansion up in the circus room. Food great and service wonderful. Visited Hog Hammock Library where we had a presentation on the local community and climbed the lighthouse for a spectacular view. Everyone I dealt... More 

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Savannah, Ga
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49 reviews 49 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Going to Sapelo was a great experience. It's well worth the cost and extremely interesting. There's a welcome center with information (hello to Stacey), gifts, and facilities where you purchase a ticket for the boat ride to the island. It's not something everyone does, so be prepared to brag about where you've been and what you've done. The estuaries are... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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71 reviews 71 reviews
39 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

Enjoyed the tour through Sapelo arranged by the Northeast Florida Sierra Club. We were able to visit the north end of the island and see the Chocolate Plantation with a park naturalist. Also got a chance to climb to the top of the lighthouse and to see the island from that vantage point. We had lunch at the Reynold's Mansion... More 

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