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Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve

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Address: 1766 Landing Road SE, Sapelo Island, GA 31327
Phone Number: (912) 437-3224
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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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Georgia's Jewel of the Golden Isles

First advice - Don't forget your insect repellent and you will have a wonderful time at a very low price for a day tour. You will enjoy Georgia and American history... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
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Pooler, Georgia
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Palm Desert, California
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9 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This is the tour sold by JR - a resident of Sapelo Island. We were really excited to be taking a tour of this unique island with a local guide and were very disappointed. We arrived at the dock and found the tour only because a few others were gathered around our guide and van. No one was actively looking... More 

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Pooler, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

First advice - Don't forget your insect repellent and you will have a wonderful time at a very low price for a day tour. You will enjoy Georgia and American history, tropical forest, beach, tabby ruins, research education and the Reynolds Mansion. The Mansion may be rented through the Georgia State Parks Dept for 16 - 29 people and the... More 

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Eldon MO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We went on a Saturday morning on the 9:00 am to 12:30 pm tour. The fee of $15 pp is very reasonable. This includes the Ferry ride to the Island and a tour of the island in a large school type bus. It is very rural and our guide (a lady who also resides on the island) was very knowledgeable... More 

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Augusta, Georgia
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26 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 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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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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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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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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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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