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University of Georgia's Marine Education Center and Aquarium
Ranked #73 of 214 things to do in Savannah
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Savannah
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A family outing”
Reviewed 10 July 2014 via mobile

As a military family that's always trying to get the most out of our travels we try to see everything. This place was really small and took us less than 15 minutes to get through. It was only $15 for our family of 5 and a nice little nature walk at the end.

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English first
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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“This isn't a "gotta do", but it was a nice side trip”
Reviewed 11 June 2014

Skidaway can be a good ride to nowhere, so this one isn't really an on the way type of event. It's a small aquarium, but still quite interesting. All tanks were housed in one room, but there were bonnethead sharks, a small loggerhead, spiny lobsters, and lots of fun stuff. It was kind of pricey for what it was, I think it was over $20 for two adults and two boys, 7 and 3. There is a nature trail behind it that was beautiful. You can see an oak that must be hundreds and hundreds of years old, which was worth the walk for me.

The kids liked it, but without the walk, it's probably a 20 minute stop after a 30 minute ride.

Visited June 2014
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4 Thank jesspete81
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Awesome, inexpensive”
Reviewed 4 June 2014 via mobile

We drove from Hilton Head to get away for a day and so happy we did. Ended up being the kids' (5 and 3) favorite part of vacation. It's a SMALL aquarium but you get very up close with lots of gorgeous ocean creatures. Very inexpensive. Also, don't miss the nature walk behind the building! Packed lunch and ate it on pier- saw a sting ray and dolphin as we ate! Beautiful walk.

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7 Thank Kim M
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Richmond Hill, Georgia
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45 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Exploring the back yard”
Reviewed 28 April 2014

This past weekend I took the whole family to visit the UGA marine education center and aquarium on Skidaway Island, it was ok. The price is fairly cheap it was $15 for a family of five with military discount. The facility has a couple of aquariums probably 15 but less than 20, I might be off a couple, has some fossils displays and gorgeous nature trail that leads to a marsh area that if you are in luck that day you might see Dolphins and or Manatees. We didn't see any because of the low tide. The area is very quite and gorgeous to have a picnic or even a private birthday party with the kids. I do recommend taking school age kids, some teenagers not interested in that type of place. Remember this is not your typical aquarium, this a small education center, if you are looking to visit an aquarium with lots of marine life, the Atlanta Aquarium is the place to go.

Visited April 2014
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4 Thank Arroyin35
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Savannah, Georgia
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104 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Small Fish, Big Tales”
Reviewed 17 April 2014

A small aquarium with lots of information and so close to Savannah. The UGA Marine Education Center is on Skidaway Island, located about eight miles south of historic Savannah. Take the Truman and exit at Whitefield. Follow the signs onto the island. The turtle pond just outside the front door is worth the drive. Gretchen, the Florida soft shelled turtle, is the queen in the water. She looks a little different from all of the others, and she seems to know it. Not only are the tanks extremely clean and well kept, but they are at a level where little ones can enjoy. Especially fun is feeding time for the octopus.There is a nature path and walk behind the aquarium along the river with a boardwalk where one can stop and watch the birds and critters of the area. The center offers lots of written information and posters for kids of all ages.

Visited April 2014
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5 Thank savannahsandy
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