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Tybee Island Marine Science Center

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Address: 1509 Strand Avenue, Tybee Island, GA 31328
Phone Number: +1 912-786-5917
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: We provide year-round programs for island visitors and groups . . . On the...
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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We Had So Much Fun!!!

This place was a riot for our family. The kids loved the touch tanks and INCREDIBLY engaging staff. It was so clear that they all love what they do there. It is small compared to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Ontario
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

This place was a riot for our family. The kids loved the touch tanks and INCREDIBLY engaging staff. It was so clear that they all love what they do there. It is small compared to some "aquarium" standards but this is what makes it so unique. It is also quite reasonably priced and you can come and go throughout the... More 

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Mansfield, Georgia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We stumbled upon this little science center that packs a lot in to its little space. You can truly take your time because there isn't 5 miles of walking, they have a touch and feel pool, lots of sea turtles which was the best part. explanations about the ecology of the species and how people affect them. Had a great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015 via mobile

Stopped here on a whim while visiting Tybee with my boyfriend on Valentine's Day. We had a very good experience! The man at the front desk was very friendly and helpful, and we had a nice time checking out all of the

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

Thanks so much for coming to visit, and on Valentine's Day!! Marine science definitely inspires love in us all year round, and we're really glad you came to share the love this VDay! More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

My wife and I took our five year old daughter to this little marine science center. She really loved it. They have numerous fish and loggerhead turtles. They also have a small petting area for the kids. It was very informative. The guide there was a young lady named, Joy. She did an awesome job explaining things to us and... More 

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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. I'm thrilled you and your family had such a nice time- Joy really is the best! We're lucky to have her. I hope you'll stop in on your next visit to Tybee. Your daughter sounds like a perfect candidate for our summer Sea Camp! More 

Rome, Georgia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

It's a fun place to spend some time learning about local sea life. Great place to go if you have a rainy day on the island.

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

Hey there, and thanks so much for visiting the science center. Hopefully it won't be rainy next time you visit and we can take you our for a Beach Walk or Marsh Trek! More 

Statesville, North Carolina, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Museum is small but exhibits are interesting and well explained with scrolling screens above each exhibit. It's worth the $4 entrance fee, but I wouldn't pay much more than that. Paid parking area is attached. Interesting tidbits of info including why the ocean has different colors and a fabulous collection of sands from around the world. Touch tank with limited... More 

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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! I'm so glad you enjoyed your time here. Our sand collection is one of my personal favorites, so I really appreciate that you liked it so much. When next you're visiting a coast of any kind, be sure to grab some sand to share with us! You could come see your... More 

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
9 helpful votes 9 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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 

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