Observe, Explore, and Appreciate Natural Diversity at the Jekyll Island Sea Turtle Center

The sea turtle museum on Jekyll Island, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, is the state’s first sea turtle rehabilitation, research, and education facility—a place where locals and visitors alike can learn about these beautiful denizens of Georgia’s waters and see firsthand what effort is being expended their behalf, as well as become aware and empowered in matters concerning habitat and wildlife conservation.

The Jekyll Island Sea Turtle Center features an interactive gallery with a variety of educational exhibits on the coastal marine life ecosystem of Georgia, as well as specifics on various native turtle species. The center’s rehabilitation pavilion is open to the public and has a functioning hospital for ill and injured sea turtles. This hospital is the only one of its kind in the state, and allows visitors to take tours in which they can meet and observe the hospital’s turtle patients being fed. Come check out the sea turtle museum in Jekyll Island and see Georgia’s beloved sea turtles up close and personal!

Admission Hours and Pricing at the Jekyll Island Sea Turtle Center

The proceeds from the Jekyll Island Sea Turtle Center’s gift shops and admission fees are used to help offset operation costs, including the rehabilitation of the center’s patients. Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adults – $7.00 (13 – 61 years)
  • Seniors – $6.00 (62+ years)
  • Active Duty Military Personnel – $6.00 with ID
  • College Students – $6.00 with ID
  • Teachers – $6.00 with ID
  • Children – $5.00 (4 – 12 years)
  • Free for children 3 years and under

Visitors under sixteen years of age must be accompanied by someone eighteen years of age or older. Additionally, in accordance with Georgia State Health Department regulations, all swimsuits must be covered and shoes and shirts must be worn at all times.

The Jekyll Island Sea Turtle Center is open daily from 9:00am until 5:00pm, with the center closing for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. The center is open, however, on Christmas Eve Day, from 9:00am until 2:00pm.

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