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“Interesting exhibts, especially for children, but don't forget the bug spray.”

Oatland Island Wildlife Center
Ranked #17 of 218 things to do in Savannah
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Located 15 minutes southeast of downtown Savannah, this is an environmental education center where you can learn about local wildlife and native plants.There are lots of programs for children.
Bluffton, South Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
184 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
“Interesting exhibts, especially for children, but don't forget the bug spray.”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

The main headquarters building here is interesting in itself; a very beautiful, large, and regal building that we were told was originally built in the 1920s as a retirement home for railroad workers, and then re-purposed several times since.

As we walked towards this building to begin our tour someone coming out said as they passed us, “get the bug spray” (which is sold in their gift shop) and it was good advice, since the mosquitoes were pretty fierce that day.

First, we viewed several small exhibits of reptiles and other small animals in that building, then we walked along the two miles of trails through the maritime forest, viewing along the way several large cages housing various Birds of Prey; Hawks and Bald Eagles, but I particularly liked the Owls—Screech Owls, Barred Owls, Barn Owls, and Great Horned Owls. Then we hiked to fenced in natural habitats containing Predators native to Georgia--Alligators, Bobcats/Cougars, and Red Foxes--and their newest Grey Wolves exhibit, but—to our disappointment--only the fox and the wolves were in evidence. Further down the trail we also saw a large pond chocked full of turtles and fish, and an exhibit containing White Tailed Deer, and another a couple of Bison.

I was very impressed by how big the several wolves we saw were—far larger that a large dog--and I couldn’t help thinking about the “Wargs” in the “Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings.” There was also a large air conditioned observation building set into the wall of the wolf habitat with a very large plate glass window and seating so that you could better observe the wolves. At the end of the trail we also came upon a garden designed to attract birds and butterflies and some sort of butterfly propagation setup. Their website says there is also a barn section with a lot of domestic animals.

This looked like a perfect place to take young children, and the wildlife center's brochure said that they had some 40 educational programs geared to school requirements.

Visited September 2013
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Warner Robins, Georgia
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“Educational!! great for Kids”
Reviewed September 18, 2013

The hiking trail is stroller friendly!! most of it under the shadows of threes, the trail is well maintain, clean and safe, the walk boardwalk close to the marsh does not have a rail so be careful with young children's hold on tight on them, use insect repellent all over your exposed areas, don't wear any black clothing, use good hiking shoes with socks and be prepare to sweat!!! The animal enclosures are excellent, clean and odorless, animals where active!!! They have a great outlook area that children's can easy watch. they do a great conservation educational program, most of their animals have been rescue and have lost the ability to live in the wild, so that is why they are there so they can continue living and help humans create a conscience on preserving our environment for future generation's!!! Great job people!! We will be back as much as we can

Visited September 2013
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Jackson, New Jersey
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155 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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“Great diversion in windy beach day!”
Reviewed September 17, 2013 via mobile

We took our five kids to visit on a windy day down in Tybee Island. The park was very rustic and had great natural habitats. We had a nice lunch in the picnic area. The trails were well maintained and it was fun to explore through the park. The entrance fee was very reasonable and there were no crowds. Don't forget the big spray, there were tons of Mosquitos.

Visited September 2013
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“Great for young kids”
Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

Nice shady flat nature walk for hot and sunny days. Bring the bug spray and the water to hydrate to enjoy the sights this place will give you. Enjoy the plants, trees, and animals while getting great exercise as you go from one site to another. Need something to do with the kids for three hours with lots of exercise and education? This is the place.

Visited September 2013
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Level 5 Contributor
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“Best Value in Town”
Reviewed September 14, 2013

The admission is very low, $5 adult and $3 military. There was a wide varity of animals. The bobcat and cougar were my favorite. There are many birds of prey. We missed the wolves as we went towards the afternoon and it was a bit hot. I think they may be lore active in the morning when it's not so hot. The walking paths are cover with a canopy of trees and even though it was hot degree wise, it was shady and pleasant. I woul suggest bug spray as there are some ponds and marsh land that had mosquitoes. I am definitely planning on revisiting!

Visited September 2013
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