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Tybee Island Marine Science Center
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Owner description: 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
Sequim, Washington
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Worth the visit”
Reviewed 21 October 2013

This is a small but very informative marine center. A lot of interesting information and exhibits on sea turtles. Good for adults and kids.

Visited October 2013
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Brooklet, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Always neat to visit.”
Reviewed 27 September 2013

Right on the beach, interesting to see. Get to see a variety of marine life and get to hear about what is being done to preserve the ocean life in this area.

Visited June 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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250 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Worth a visit if you've got kids”
Reviewed 24 September 2013

We've been going to the Marine Center for probably 10 years now, maybe longer. My kids (18 and 16) still enjoy going. It's not a complete vacation until we hit the Breakfast club and the Marine Center on the same morning. It is informative and you can have some hands on time with some of the creatures of the sea.

Visited July 2013
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Marietta, Georgia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
“Small but very informative and easy stop on way to food or drinks”
Reviewed 23 September 2013

This little gem is tucked away to the side of the Pier so it's easy to walk there from most places on the beach. We were a 15 minute walk along the beach....when you get up on the pier just walk towards the street and the Marine Center will be to your immediate right. This is perfect for smaller kids and they have a cute little gift shop with some lost cost options for the little ones. The center rehabilitates and rescues a lot of turtles and sea turtles and then returns them to the world after a year or so. Definitely worth the visit.

Visited September 2013
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Atlanta
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Educational and FUN!”
Reviewed 21 September 2013

My daughter's Girl Scout troop went on the Marine Science tour this past Spring, where Rachel was our guide (and a fabulous one at that!). Rachel enthralled the girls with facts about sea life, led them through the small aquarium they have at the Center, and let them touch hermit crabs, live sand dollars, and other sea life. Then, she took us on an adventure on the beach, where the girls were able to use a large net in the water to catch (and release!) critters such as jellyfish and crabs. She taught us the difference between stinging and non-stinging jellyfish (I never knew any were non-stinging!) and how to do the "stingray shuffle" while wading in the water.

Rachel was great fun for the girls, even doing some cartwheels in the sand with them. The girls LOVED her! She taught the girls a great lesson about how litter affects the ocean and sea life. She also took us on a walk along the beach, and since the water was at very low tide and it was the first really sunny day of the Spring, we were able to see lots of sea life along the beach. We came across a family who had just found a conch shell...with a live conch inside! The girls were thrilled, and Rachel told them it was rare to find a live one on the beach! The girls asked her if the Marine Center could adopt it, and she walked them back to the Center with it and got permission for the conch to stay there in their aquarium. She asked the girls to name it, and they named it "Aqua."

Overall, Rachel really taught the girls (and moms!) to respect the ocean and the life within it. I highly recommend the Tybee Island Marine Science Center, and ask for Rachel for your tour guide! You won't regret it and will learn a lot more about the ocean and ocean life than you realize!

Visited April 2013
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