A guide to visiting the Georgia Sea Turtle Center

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For those looking for a different type of attraction while in Georgia, consider visiting the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. The center is ideal for families and provides an entertaining and educational experience in the conservation of stunning sea turtles. Next time in Georgia, add this great family experience to your bucket list.

There are many places visitors can take guided tours to see sea turtles in the United States, the Caribbean, and beyond. One of the famous places in Costa Rica is the Tortuguero National Park (which got its name from the large number of turtles that inhabit the park). One of the most rewarding experiences in the Caribbean is watching the huge leatherback sea turtles pull themselves onto the beach to nest.

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Jekyll Island and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is located on Jekyll Island, just off the coast of Georgia. It is one of the Sea Islands and one of the barrier islands of Georgia. The island belongs to the state of Georgia and has become a major tourist destination. The island has beaches, sandbars, bike paths, historical attractions, wildlife, inland salt marshes, and more.

  • Based: 2007
  • To concentrate: Rehabilitation and education of sea turtles

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center was founded in 2007 and focuses on the rescue and rehabilitation of sea turtles in the region. Not only do they care for sick and injured turtles, but they also have an educational mission. They offer daily programs, excursions, guided tours and beach walks.

Some of their programs are aimed at participants aged six and up, but they also offer programs for all ages.

Center Sunrise Turtle Walk

One of the activities offered is the Sunrise Turtle Walk (activities vary depending on the season). This beach walk uncovers the ecology wonders of Jekyll Beach. The guide introduced guests to the basics of sea turtle nesting and hatching as well as the ecological history of the island.

It is even possible to see an excavation of a recently hatched sea turtle nest. The tour is not limited to sea turtles but will also explain any wildlife the tour may encounter.

  • Group size: Limited to 20 people
  • Transportation: Participants must provide their own transportation to get to the turtle center
  • Understand : Access to the turtle center
  • Meeting time: 6:50 am
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Cost: $32

This tour is not suitable for families with young children as there is an age limit of 6 years and over.

Related: This Is Where To See Endangered Leatherback Sea Turtles

The Center Tour with Dawn Patrol

Another activity offered by the sea turtle center is their Ride with Dawn Patrol. This tour offers participants the chance to see what it is like to be a sea turtle field biologist in charge of daily nest monitoring. Learn about the biologist’s tasks of protecting nests, checking for signs of predation, and observing nest inventories.

The tour spends the morning patrolling with the sea turtle patrol team, hiking and riding in utility vehicles. Participants will gain hands-on knowledge of efforts to protect the sea turtle population on Jekyll Island.

  • Transportation: Participants must provide their own transportation to get to the turtle center
  • Understand : Access to the turtle center
  • Meeting time: 6:45 am
  • Duration: 3.5 hours
  • Cost: $175

This tour lasts 3.5 hours and participants must walk at least one mile and up to 4 miles along the beach. As with the other tour, there are restrictions for small children with an age limit of at least six years old.

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Plan a visit to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is Georgia’s only sea turtle education and rehabilitation center. At the installation, visitors see conservation and rehabilitation in action with a mix of exhibits and interactive experiences.

They offer indoor and outdoor programs year-round for guests of all ages.

  • Open: Every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission:

  • 4-12 years old: $8.00
  • 13-61 years old: $10.00
  • 62 and over: $9.00

In addition to daily admission, one can also become a member for $45.00 or have a family membership for $140.

If you are not in Georgia, there are other places to see sea turtles. In Florida, there are also a number of beaches where visitors can watch sea turtles nesting on the beach.

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