Georgia Sea Turtle Center

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Georgia’s only sea turtle education and rehabilitation facility. The Center offers the public a chance to learn about sea turtles and see rehabilitation in action with a host of interactive exhibits and experiences. Year-round indoor and outdoor programs are also available for guests of all ages.

Visit the official Georgia Sea Turtle Center website to learn more about the programs, research, and other important work being done to save turtles and other coastal wildlife.

Hours

Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Location

214 Stable Rd.

Website

gstc.jekyllisland.com

Phone

912.635.4444

General Admission Tickets

Purchase your tickets online or at the Center. All proceeds help to offset operational costs, including the rehabilitation of our patients.

Child

Ages 4-12
$7.49

Adult

Ages 13-61
$9.63

Senior

Ages 62+
$8.56

To redeem ticket(s), present Voucher with photo identification at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center Gift Shop.

Children 3 and under do not require a ticket for entry. Visitors under 16 years old must be accompanied by someone 18 years or older. In accordance with State Health Department regulations, all swimsuits must be covered. Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times.

All tickets are non-refundable/non-returnable. We are unable to issue exchanges or refunds after a purchase has been made or for lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed tickets. Ticket package and prices are subject to change without notice. Prices include Georgia state and local sales tax.

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Gift Shop

Gift Shop

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center’s gift shop supports the overall mission of the Center. A portion of all proceeds helps fund rehabilitation, research, and educational efforts at the Center.

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Safety Precautions

We’re taking additional safety measures to help keep you and our staff safe. 

Limited Capacity

Limited capacity within the facility, as well as special programming.

Face Masks

Face masks are available for guests and required for staff that interact with guests.

Directional Layout

Guests are guided through the facility in a one-way direction to facilitate social distancing.

Admission

  • Because of the small footprint within our facility, we are limiting admissions to 50 guests at a time.
  • For touchless admission, purchase your tickets in advance online and show your purchase confirmation on arrival.
  • Tickets can also be purchased day-of outside the entrance to the Center.
  • As a courtesy to others, we encourage patrons to limit your visit to 30 minutes.

Educational Areas and Program Limitations

  • The Learning Center, Treatment Room, and Hospital Pavilion remain open and accessible to guests.
  • Floor decals will help guide guests through the Center in a fashion that increases distancing among guests and employees.
  • Some of the high-touch exhibits and interpretive kiosks have been removed for your safety.
  • The Hospital Pavilion is limited to 10 guests at a time.
  • Until further notice, all in-center educational presentations, patient feeding demonstrations, patient updates, and behind the scenes tours are suspended.

Expectations of Guests

As you plan and embark on your visit to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, it is important to implement best practices and judgment to prevent the spread of illness to others. To exercise caution, please follow the CDC’s recommendations:

  • If you, or a friend or family member, are feeling ill or have prolonged symptoms of illness, do not visit the Center, refrain from traveling and seek guidance from a health care professional.
    • Those with compromised immune systems or of an elderly age should avoid travel to prevent the risk of illness, in accordance with the extended Executive Order for Georgia, regarding vulnerable travelers.
  • Practice social distancing; keeping a space of 6 ft. between you and others. Please use the visible floor decals and directional arrows as guides.
  • Follow the department of public health’s preventative measures for illness, including the use of a face mask when in public
    • Masks are available at the admissions entrance, upon request
    • Remember to wash your hands frequently, particularly after touching doors, railings, exhibits, or merchandise
    • Restrooms are in the Center gift shop.

Expectations of Employees 

  • Staff who have contact with guests will be required to wear assigned face masks and encouraged to increase handwashing and sanitization efforts.
  • The facility will be deep-cleaned a minimum of three-times a day. Areas being cleaned will be temporarily closed during sanitization.
  • Employees will maintain a 6 ft. distance with other staff and patrons to the best of their ability, and as reasonable for the given tasks being performed.

Ecology & Wildlife Programs

Jekyll Island is home to more than a thousand acres of maritime forest, 10 miles of shoreline, and best-in-class biologists and researchers. Learn more about the island’s natural resources from these experts during these one-of-a-kind eco-experiences. Be a part of sea turtle hatching season and monitoring.