Port Royal Sound Foundation Maritime Center

Port Royal Sound Foundation Maritime Center

Port Royal Sound Foundation Maritime Center
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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We are excited to share with you the home of the Port Royal Sound Foundation - the Maritime Center. The Foundation renovated the former Lemon Island Marina to establish an engaging and exciting educational experience. The center opened in November 2014 and features exhibits, classrooms, hands-on learning spaces and other areas where you can learn about and celebrate Port Royal Sound. Enjoy diverse and fun opportunities to experience and connect with the Port Royal Sound Area. Handicap Accessible
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  • Suzanne Vargas
    14 contributions
    Lovely visit
    Our group of 6, ages 9-80, loved our visit. It was perfect for the hottest part of the day, to avoid sunburns and heat and still participate in a local (learning!) experience. The scavenger hunt engaged the youngest two immediately. We each learned something new about the area. I especially appreciated the inclusion of cultural aspects as well as art for awareness efforts. Thankful for funding for dedicated researchers and for volunteers that make this center possible!
    Traveled with family
    Written June 17, 2022
  • LightPacker827555
    Greeneville, Tennessee42 contributions
    Small but well presented examples of local sea life
    We enjoyed learning about the animals of the Lowcountry. Very large aquarium has fish from the area. There are also live turtles and a couple of snakes in their own containers. We did not take any tour which may not have been offered during our visit due to the prevalence of Covid-19 virus in the state. There is no fee to view all the educational exhibits.
    Written April 24, 2021
  • Mibsy
    Hilton Head, South Carolina145 contributions
    Hidden little aquarium
    I have passed this on my way to work every day for who knows how long. Finally decided to stop in. And was i shocked! Wonderful little center! rich in history of the shrimp and oyster industry, lovely, clean displays and an amazing ocean view. The magnificent aquarium smack in the middle is stocked with many of the very species i have caught on the pier! Just wonderful. The staff were friendly, and so knowledgable. The "please touch" room has a large floor tank with puffer fish and minnows and crabs and welks. a small aquarium houses little horseshoe crabs . There is a tank with 2 baby alligators, a tank with diamond terrapins , a tank with a box turtle , a corn snake and a rat snake. The Dossent was so friendly! He gave the history of each animal. Allowed us to hold the baby eastern king snake and the corn snake. We got to pet the alligators. The terrapins were so cute. The one was a super chubbins. After my visit, i told several friends about it, and advised them to take their little ones. A small child with an interest in the ocean and wildlife would love this place. Mom and dad would love the history area. I thought i would be there for 10 mins tops. 2 hours later i left with a big smile. Just wonderful. And was totally free!
    Written November 22, 2020
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CATHERINER352
Okatie, SC44 contributions
Sep 2014 • Family
This is a work in progress but very worth while stopping in to get area history, learn about the fish in our waters and even arrange for a trip up the river with your family. the kids will love it and they even have a hands on learning center for them..
Written February 3, 2015
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AMBER C
MOUNT PLEASANT10 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
We were looking for somewhere to spend some time indoors in the 100 degree heat. It was really nice that this place is 1) free and 2) very educational and fun for kids. They had some tanks where the kids could get an up close view of a sting ray, turtles and more. Highly recommend!
Written July 28, 2016
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mapsmemoriesmom
Indiana50 contributions
Mar 2015 • Family
Although it's still needs to fill out some of its center, it's a great primer for the Beaufort area's waterways and nature. Our guides were very informative and wonderfully nice. They gave us great trips for other nature-oriented sightseeing in the area as well.
Written March 28, 2015
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jtigerm
Beaufort, SC31 contributions
Feb 2015 • Friends
They are still up and coming but its great family fun with lots of things for the kids to touch. Great weekend spot to stop in
Written February 10, 2015
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jamesmorton
Vancouver, Canada551 contributions
It's a nice but modest centre. A converted oyster plant it has some interesting materials about the the low country. Worth a stop if you are in the area. Very child friendly.
Written December 30, 2014
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dixiedog2015
Easley, SC190 contributions
Feb 2019
Volunteers run the maritime areas of this museum to the fishing industry .bTelling about oysters, shrimp, and crabs. Also have pictures old and new industry and sharks and turtles Excellent places to take children and families interested in sea industry .Also free but except donation to keep place up and running.
Written February 14, 2019
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moonchild07
49 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
I and my two teenage grandsons enjoyed our visit. It was well worth the trip from Hilton Head. The drive to the center was scenic. There is no entrance fee. The docent who spoke to us when we arrived introduced us to the uniqueness of the sound and it's impact on the surrounding area 's ecology, history, culture, art and recreation and sea life. He described the exhibits which we viewed at our leisure. Next he showed us the 3,000 gallon aquarium which was full of local sea life. His overview alone was worth the trip. We would definitely return. Word of caution, watch carefully for signs as you arrive. Our GPS said we had arrived but I couldn't see the center because the driveway winds under the bridge and is not easy to see. We retraced our steps and finally saw the sign. Don't give up!
Written July 18, 2018
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Abby M
Beaufort, SC27 contributions
Feb 2017
Port Royal Sound Foundation is a conveniently located Maritime Center on SC Hwy 170 on the Chechessee River. There is no admission charge. The Center offers something for all ages, local history, revolving art gallery,exhibits, hands-on learning centers and so much more. Special events and lectures are offered. It is a place I visit often
Written February 26, 2017
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thekeans
Boston, MA16 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
This is a very small maritime center with a couple of rooms of exhibits/aquariums and a touch tank in the back. My kids really enjoyed the touch tank. We probably only spent 30-40 minutes, but the kids (ages 8 and 9) said they give it 4 stars, so there you go! I wouldn't travel any distance to go here, but if you are in the area and looking for a way to spend 1 hour, this is a nice place to visit.
Written August 28, 2016
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Amanda D
Ridgeland, SC1 contribution
Jul 2016 • Family
The Port Royal Sound Maritime Center is a fun and educational place to visit for people of all ages. Very family friendly. The Naturalists and volunteers are so kind and knowledgeable. There's so much fascinating history to see, beautiful views of the sound, and live marine animals. My son recently spent a week enjoying the day camp offered there. The days were filled with fishing, boat building, team work, fun games, learning about how to care for our ecosystem and much more. We highly recommend visiting this beautiful place.
Written August 1, 2016
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Port Royal Sound Foundation Maritime Center is open:
  • Tue - Fri 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM