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Tybee Island Marine Science Center

Address: 1509 Strand Avenue, Tybee Island, GA 31328
Phone Number: +1 912-786-5917
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Ranked #6 of 13 Attractions in Tybee Island
Type: Educational Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: We provide year-round programs for island visitors and groups . . . On the beach, in the marsh, on...
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Type: Educational Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Savannah, Georgia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

They have a lot of information about different items of interest as far as sea live goes. They had different types of fish, a sea turtle in rehab and even a touch tank. The tanks had pictures and information about the animals that live in this area. They also had tubes of sand from different beaches around the world so... More 

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Cody S, Public Relations Manager at Tybee Island Marine Science Center, responded to this review

Thanks so much for visiting and supporting the science center! Our sand exhibit is one of my personal favorites, so I'm thrilled you enjoyed it. We're really happy yo have you as a member, too! Hope to see you soon! More 

Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

If you are on Tybee, and you have children, please do not miss this little gem. They had the cutest four month old turtle that they had just rescued and he was so happy to have visitors. I really liked how they taught about the affects of trash on the environment and how normal household items can hurt the marine... More 

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Cody S, Public Relations Manager at Tybee Island Marine Science Center, responded to this review

Thanks so much for visiting the science center and joining us for a Beach Walk! We really appreciate your support and kind words. Joy is fantastic and will be thrilled to know that you enjoyed your time with her. It means a lot to us that you connected so strongly with our marine debris and conservation thread, too. I hope... More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

My family and I went on the last day we were on the island, thinking there wouldn't be much there. However, we were delighted to find that though they had only a few exhibits, one of the ladies working, Joy, was a great host, giving us a behind the scenes tour, taking all our questions and teaching us lots about... More 

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Cody S, Public Relations Manager at Tybee Island Marine Science Center, responded to this review

What a great review! Thank you so much for visiting and following up here on TripAdvisor. I am delighted that we were able to surprise your family with a fun science center experience. Joy is a fantastic educator, with passion to spare, and I can't wait to share your appreciation with her. We rally value your support and kind review.... More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Enjoyed the touch tank. Good for the price if you have time to spare. Wouldn't make a special trip for it necessarily. Nice gift shop. Some fun tanks, one baby sea turtle.

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Cody S, Public Relations Manager at Tybee Island Marine Science Center, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting the science center! Our touch tank is pretty great, and we're really glad you enjoyed it. Make sure to stop by on your next visit to the island- the touch tank population is always changing and growing! More 

Bay Village, Ohio
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97 reviews 97 reviews
46 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

For a small local center, it had a lot to offer. We particularly liked the live eco habitat. You could pet a crab or sand dollar if you wished. Noted for Loggerhead turtles, this display was great. There were other live displays and the history was great to learn. It is located right by the pier, convenient to get to... More 

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Cody S, Public Relations Manager at Tybee Island Marine Science Center, responded to this review

Thanks so much for visiting the science center, and for your kind words! Our touch-tank is pretty fun and I'm so glad you had a chance to enjoy it. We really value your support. Thanks again, and stop back by on your next visit! More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Well worth popping in to be greeted by witty and informative staff member who gave a fast paced and great overview of the centre. The set-up is simple but gives a lovely insight into the aquatic locals of the area. Some charming stories there of turtle rescues, turtles returned to the wild and even turtle kidnap attempts! We loved the... More 

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Cody S, Public Relations Manager at Tybee Island Marine Science Center, responded to this review

Wow, thank you so much for that great review! It sounds like you really took the time to explore and discover what we're all about, and that means a great deal to us. I hope you'll keep in touch and stop by for more turtle stories on your next visit to Tybee! More 

Kentucky
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This place is right beside the Tybee Island pier. It's only $4. It is small, but they have quite a bit of marine life. The have a baby loggerhead turtle that they are saving to release. The guy at the front desk was very nice!!! I would recommend this place!

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Cody S, Public Relations Manager at Tybee Island Marine Science Center, responded to this review

Thanks so much for visiting the science center during your time on Tybee! It sounds like you had a chance to meet John at the front desk, and you're right- he's wonderful! We;re so lucky to have him. Thanks again for visiting and for your support. Keep in touch for updates on the hatchling sea turtle! More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The admission was just $4. It is very small but I didn't expect much for $4. The gentleman at the front desk was very helpful as well as the volunteers.

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Cody S, Public Relations Manager at Tybee Island Marine Science Center, responded to this review

Thanks so much for visiting the science center! We definitely are tiny, so I'm really glad you had a chance to explore and chat with our staff- they really help make the whole experience! Be sure to stop back by on your next visit to Tybee! More 

Columbus GA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

The admission price helps pay for preservation and research, so it was worth it. Many informative displays, many sea creatures to see and learn about in a very tiny space. A must see- the baby sea turtle exhibit. They rescue, raise, release.

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Cody S, Public Relations Manager at Tybee Island Marine Science Center, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting and reviewing the science center! You're so right that the hatchling see turtle is a must-see. We just adore her! Thanks also for your kind words of support- it means a lot to us when visitors appreciate the conservation work we do. Come back and see us next time you're on Tybee! More 

Elkhorn, Wisconsin
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We visited the center and talked to a very informative volunteer named Emily. She was feeding a very cute baby sea turtle in a tank while we talked to her and asked our questions. It's a small place to visit but they are doing good work.

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Cody S, Public Relations Manager at Tybee Island Marine Science Center, responded to this review

Thanks so much for visiting the science center! We're very lucky to have such a wonderful volunteers and staff, and I'm thrilled you had a chance to see the hatchling during feeding time. Hope to see you again on your next visit to Tybee! More 

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