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“Watch your head” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Maritime Center at Historic Coast Guard Station

Maritime Center at Historic Coast Guard Station
4201 First Street, East Beach, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
912 638-4666
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kennesaw
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“Watch your head”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

Get a two-fer. The Maritime Center and Lighthouse for one price. Maritime center has good interactive presentations. You can even go to the top of the building (the catwalk) but watch your head going thru the small opening. The ladder is quite steep, you will need to get close to the ladder at the top for your head to clear.

Visited May 2012
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Aiken SC
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“cool”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012

The selfguided tour with recordings is very informative.

Visited March 2012
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Gainesville, Florida
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“Ecoclogists and History Buffs unite!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012

This is a nice little museum that was included in the price of the lighthouse museum. We hadn't originally planned to come here but we had some time and decided to bike from the lighthouse to the Maritime center museum. It was about a 20 minute bike ride and there was a nice path along the way.

The museum itself is not very big, it could all be seen in about an hour. The bottom floor was the living areas for the coast guard. Now it houses the gift shop, restrooms, video, and two exhibit areas. The second floor has three exhibit areas, and the third floor has the ladder to the look out tower where you can climb up and see out to the ocean and around the area.

The video was well done, though a bit cheesy at times for adults, as it was geared towards keeping kids interested and is told through the fictional character of Ollie, a young man who was stationed at the Coast Guard in the 40s and his friend the professor, a marine biologist.

The whole museum has two different themes, the ecology of the Georgia costal islands and the WWII history. There are a few rooms devoted to the nature of the area and have hands on things for learning about weather patterns, animals in the area, and many more things. The signage and exhibits are all well done and informative. The WWII rooms show what the coast guard's duties were when they were part of the navy and the important role they played in defending the American coasts. There were pictures of the boats that were hit by German subs only a mile or so off the coast of US soil, and the coast guard helped rescue those left stranded.

The museum is very well done, not a mismash of random things, but was well thought out and planned. It's focus is on how the Coast guard protected Georgia's shores in the past and how they and we can protect it today. It's worth a stop in and provides for a leisurely stroll through history in a nicely Air conditioned historic building.

Visited May 2012
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Gainesville, Florida
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“Coast Guard Station museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

This attraction was included in the price of the ticket purchased for the St. Simons Lighthouse Museum. It is located further away from the center of town and we had a little trouble finding it. Not many people were there. It is an old Coast Guard Station and houses historic information and artifacts about the coast guard and the island. If you are retired Navy or Coast Guard, or a history buff you will enjoy it. Our daughters found it creepy and boring. Maybe it's because the building looks "spooky" and old . I think it just needs a fresh coat of paint.

Visited April 2012
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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“Admission: $40 for a family of 4.....Um, not!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

Well, can't tell ya much but that we never saw it. My son was so excited that he asked us for 3 days to go and even over the beach. When we finally arrived were sad to see the admission price. I have 2 kids under 16 (look 12) and the lady promptly imformed us that they were over 12 and consider adults, hence $10 each. She was nice, so we looked around the gift shop and dropped about $30 bucks, then left. Would have and could have spent more, but not willing to pay the price to see "history". Sorry, if that sounds bad, but we are on a budget and they are students. Where's the break here, for seniors eager to learn? Come on!

Visited April 2012
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