Georgia Sea Turtle Center in Jekyll Island, GA
My family and I just spent the most amazing weekend getaway to Jekyll Island, GA and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center was one of our main highlights that I want to share with our readers. There is so much information to write about this visit that I decided to write this as a separate review……so please stay tuned for my main feature for Jekyll Island, GA which will post very soon.
The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is a sea turtle rescue, rehabilitation, research and educational center that will appeal to children of all ages and adults too. When we arrived we were greeted by a very friendly and knowledgeable staff and it is quite evident that everyone on the team is very passionate about protecting the sea turtles.
My children were immediately drawn to the large indoor interactive exhibits area where you can learn about sea turtles, discover their journey from eggs to adult, play games and even watch a “live” treatment of an injured sea turtle by the veterinary staff. On our visit, a sea turtle was receiving treatment for a wound on its shell after being injured by a boat propeller. My family and I were fascinated to learn about the turtles that are being rehabilitated and it was amazing to watch the care given to these magnificent creatures. My five year old son really enjoyed an up close and personal view of a young 1 ½ year old turtle in an aquarium. The educators were so knowledgeable and friendly and really provided us with so much information that my kids absorbed like a sponge. In fact, my son even went to the beach later that day and built a sea turtle “burrow” in case “an injured turtle needs a place to sleep tonight.”
Our next stop was the Puppet Show which follows the story of “Scoot”, a young turtle who hatches and begins his life in the ocean. “Scoot” soon learns the hardships of being a sea turtle when he accidently gets a shopping bag stuck in his throat that he thought was a jellyfish. Thankfully, the friendly puppet “Veterinarian” and “folks at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center” were able to help him and release him back to the ocean. My family thought this puppet show was fantastic and my children didn’t move once during the entire show. My husband and I found ourselves laughing out loud too and singing along to the catchy song.
We then entered the Sea Turtle Hospital where injured sea turtles were being cared for by the staff with the ultimate goal of being released back into the ocean when they had been rehabilitated and could safely hunt and eat blue crabs/prey. It was so inspiring to watch an injured loggerhead, who was missing one eye and part of her beak learning to eat again and hopefully she too can be safely returned to the ocean.
The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is very affordable and all proceeds help to offset operational costs, including the rehabilitation of the sea turtles in their care.
(All proceeds help to offset operational costs, including the rehabilitation of our patients.)
- $6 for adults (13+ years)
- $5 for Seniors (65+ years)
- $4 for children (4-12 years)
- FREE for children 3 and under.
- $5 for Active Duty Military Personnel, Students and Teachers (ID required)
(*Prices include tax)
I encourage everyone who has the opportunity to visit Jekyll Island head over to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and enjoy an afternoon learning about our precious sea life and get inspired by the amazing staff members that are providing exceptional care for these turtles.
You can learn more about the Georgia Sea Turtle Center by visiting their website.
The Georgia Sea Turtle Center also accepts donations and you are invited to read their blog which gives interesting updates on turtles being released back into the ocean. I recently read about six sea turtles near my hometown that were rehabilitated by the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and were returned to the sea of Cape Canaveral, Florida!
*I received an all-expenses paid trip to Jekyll Island, GA to facilitate this review. The opinions expressed are based only on my experience.*