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“Tybee Island Marine Life Center”

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
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

Small but sweet. Well worth the visit. We don’t like having to pay to park but on an island there are limited spaces so we understand the reason for it. This is geared more for younger kids but mom & dad will enjoy learning about local marine life. Our teen was bored because she’s been to the “Big City Aquariums.” We want to respect all work conducted in conservation and education so we visit all the local places like this and we always put money in the donation boxes. Pay it forward! A little bit goes a long way! The animals are taken care of and the focus is on education not commercialism.

Thank Catherine T
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Brenda M, Public Relations Manager at Tybee Island Marine Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2018

Thanks for your review, Catherine! Parking fees help maintain critical island services available to visitors and residents alike, such as the cost of life guards during the summer season. As a non-profit, our mission is to teach visitors about coastal Georgia and stewardship of our natural resources, which we do by practicing a catch and release protocol for all of our native species. Your extra donation helps us with overhead expenses as well as husbandry needs for all of the 250+ creatures we usually have in-house. We are currently housed in the old police station and our staff has created all of the exhibits you saw, although we are working toward building a new center on the north end of the island.

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Reviewed 2 January 2018

You certainly won't spend a lot of time here, but that's a good thing in my opinion. It kept our kids' attention while we were there and it was interesting, so that's what counts. I think the $5 fee is more than fair considering the work they are doing for the island and animals.

Thank Sheri N
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Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

Before strolling through the shops on Tybrisa, take the kids through the Marine Science center. It's a great way to show them all kinds of cool salt water creatures, a few reptiles. It's very informative and educational. They have tours, and guides. A neat little gift shop. Definitely worth it.

Thank keith b
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Reviewed 20 November 2017

what a great guide very informational and fun at the same time Would suggest comfortable walking shoes

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Reviewed 8 November 2017

Only took about 10 minutes to see the whole thing. Mostly a few aquariums with pictures and details. Considered it a donation to the ecology and environment. Cost about 5.00 Close to the pier so was just something extra to do.

Thank GaryTracySr
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Brenda M, Public Relations Manager at Tybee Island Marine Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2017

Gary--
Thanks for taking the time to share your review. As you mentioned, we're indeed a small facility, however, we generally have 300 or so animals in our Coastal Gallery along with educators who utilize these native species to connect our visitors with the unique environment of Georgia's coast. All funds raised through gallery admissions and gift shop sales go directly into caring for our animals.

During your visit, we were still recovering from hurricane Irma, which necessitated that we release all of our native species, and re-building our animal population. Follow us on Facebook to keep up with our rotating species population and progress on our new facility being built on the north end of the island.

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