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General Admission Print at Home Tickets Available!
  Ticket Type Your Price Qty  
Georgia Sea Turtle Center attraction information Adult (ages 13-64)
Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
$7.00
Child (ages 4-12)
Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
$5.00
Senior (ages 65+)
Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
$6.00

Valid until: Dec 31, 2016

Visitors under 16 yrs 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.

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is open to the public Monday - Sunday, 9am-5pm. We are closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. We are open on Thanksgiving Day 10am-2pm.

All proceeds help to offset operational costs, including the rehabilitation of our patients.

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Behind the Scenes Tour (includes General Admission) Print at Home Tickets Available!
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Georgia Sea Turtle Center attraction information Non-Member - Adult (ages 13+)
Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
$22.00
Non-Member - Child (ages 10-12)
Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
$17.00
Member - Adult (ages 13+)
Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
$11.00
Member - Child (ages 10-12)
Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
$8.50

Ever wonder what it feels like to be on the other side of the Treatment Window? Wish YOU could get a closer look at the patients? You're in luck! The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is pleased to offer Behind-the-Scenes Tours!

Guided by a member of our Education staff, guests will visit food preparation areas, animal holding areas, the Treatment Room, Radiology and Surgical Suite.

Tours are offered on a first come first served basis, and ADVANCED RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Group size is limited to 6 guests and nearly always sell out days in advance.

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is a hospital & rehabilitation center for sick and injured animals. At no time during the tour will participants be able to handle, touch, or feed live turtles. Behind the Scenes tours are offered daily at 3pm. However tours may be canceled due to veterinary procedures or special events. Be sure to reserve your spot early! Must be at least 10 years of age to participate. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by someone 18 years or older.

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Gatorology 101 Print at Home Tickets Available!
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Georgia Sea Turtle Center attraction information Adult (ages 13+)
Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
$12.00
Child (ages 4-12)
Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
$8.00
GSTC Member - Adult (ages 13+)
Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
$6.00
GSTC Member - Child (ages 4-12)
Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
$4.00

Join Jekyll Island's wildlife researchers for an all-things alligator class. During this hands-on experience you will learn about the American alligator's biology, behavior, and conservation while we demystify common misperceptions about these amazing reptiles. You will also learn about the alligator research happening on Jekyll Island and how it helps create a safe co-existence for alligators and people. At the end of your 45-minute class you graduate as an Alligator Advocate armed with a new understanding of how to safely enjoy these intriguing reptiles and how you can help support alligator conservation.

Attendees will meet their guide at Horton Pond on Beachview Drive across from Driftwood Bistro at Villas by the Sea and should expect the program to begin on time. Limited seating will be available. Photography is welcomed and encouraged.

Children three and under are free
Participants receive a coupon for 10% off at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center Gift Shop

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Sunrise Walks (General Admission ticket NOT included) Print at Home Tickets Available!
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Georgia Sea Turtle Center attraction information Non-Member Fee
Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
$20.00
Member Fee [Must present membership card at time of tour along with ticket]
Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
$10.00

Early morning risers will explore one of Jekyll’s beautiful beaches and discover barrier island ecology. Your trained guides will explain the importance of this habitat, identify a variety of beach-dwelling flora and fauna, and explain how this environment supports sea turtle nesting. Depending on the hatching season, some walk guests may witness a nest excavation on a hatched loggerhead sea turtle nest! However, in adhering to excavation permits, we cannot guarantee there will be a nest excavation during every walk. Group size is limited to 25 people per walk (GADNR permit regulation).

Sunrise Walks are conducted on Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning during August 2016 and will continue through approximately mid-September (hatching season length varies). Walk participants will meet their guide at the GSTC parking lot at 6:30am (times may vary slightly due to tides; you will be notified in advance if there are any changes in the schedule).

Additional Information:
  • There are no guarantees of seeing a live turtle on these walks.
  • Post-hatching excavation: a nest that has naturally hatched recently likely will be dug up to record contents and determine hatching success rate. Nests may contain hatched eggs, un-hatched eggs, dead hatchlings, and/or live hatchlings. Most of the live hatchlings should have made it out of the nest on their own at this point. Per our permitting from DNR, nest excavations occur 4-6 days after hatching.
  • Tickets must be purchased no later than 5pm the evening prior to your walk. Walk-up requests will not be accepted. These walks last approximately 1-1.5 hours.
  • Children under the age of 4 are not permitted on Sunrise Walks. Participants age 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older.
  • Participants must provide their own transportation from the GSTC to the beach. You may follow your walk guide via caravan to ensure that you reach the meeting location. We strongly recommend walk participants apply bug spray and wear comfortable shoes for beach walking.
  • Cancellations due to weather cannot be made until the morning of the walk, so please plan to meet your guide as scheduled to determine the status at that time. You will receive a refund or the opportunity to reschedule if we need to cancel the walk.
  • All proceeds from Sunrise Walks help to offset operational costs of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, including the rehabilitation of our patients.
  • For additional information read here Sunrise Walks information.

    **Price does not include general admission to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.

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    Turtle Walks Print at Home Tickets Available!
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    Georgia Sea Turtle Center attraction information Non-Member Fee (price does not include general admission into the Georgia Sea Turtle Center)
    Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
    $20.00
    Member Fee (price does not include general admission into the Georgia Sea Turtle Center [Must present membership card at time of tour along with ticket)
    Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
    $10.00
    Combo - Non-Member Fee (price includes Turtle Walk plus general admission to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center)
    Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
    $26.00
    Sea Turtle Camper (adult 15+)
    Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
    $14.00
    Sea Turtle Camper (child only) (ages 6-14)
    Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
    $7.00

    Explore the beach at night, and learn about the amazing journey of loggerhead sea turtles nesting along the Georgia Coast. Your program begins with a MANDATORY 30-45 minute presentation (located in the Georgia Sea Turtle Center exhibit gallery) where you will learn about sea turtle biology, threats, and how you can help! The presentation is followed by a guided beach tour in search of a nesting turtle.

    Walks on Jekyll Island are conducted June 1-July 31st (no walks on July 4th), with two nightly programs beginning at 8:30pm and 9:30pm. Reservations are required as group size is limited by DNR permit restrictions (25 per group maximum) and programs fill quickly.

    Additional Information:
  • Due to the time and nature of these walks, we require that children be at least 4 years of age. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Doors will open for Turtle Walks at 8:15 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. for their respective walks.
  • Participants must provide their own transportation from the GSTC to the beach. You may follow your walk guide via caravan to ensure that you reach the meeting location.
  • During the Turtle Walk presentation the hospital area will not be accessible. However, you are welcome to visit the Center during its normal visiting hours with a general admission or combo ticket purchase!
  • The Turtle Walk will occur rain or shine. Unless you are contacted by Georgia Sea Turtle Center personnel, plan to report to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center for your scheduled walk as planned.
  • While we try our best to find a nesting turtle on the beach, we cannot guarantee that you will see one.
  • Click Here to see Frequently Asked Questions regarding Turtle Walks
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    Ride with Night Patrol Print at Home Tickets Available!
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    Georgia Sea Turtle Center attraction information Non-Member - Adult (ages 15+)
    Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
    $100.00
    Non-Member - Child (ages 6-14)
    Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
    $100.00
    Member - Adult (ages 15+) [Must present membership card start of your program]
    Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
    $90.00
    Member - Child (ages 6-14) [Must present membership card at start of program]
    Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
    $90.00
    Sea Turtle Camper (child only) (ages 6-14)
    Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
    $90.00

    Participants in the Ride with Night Patrol program get the unique opportunity to experience a night in the life of a sea turtle biologist on Jekyll Island. Guests meet our experienced sea turtle patrollers at Great Dunes Beach Deck at dusk where they will accompany the patrol team to the beach in one of the GSTC's all-terrain vehicles. The evening is spent patrolling Jekyll Island’s beaches in search of nesting loggerhead sea turtles. If and when a turtle is encountered, participants have the chance to assist with research efforts making for a truly inspiring and hands-on experience.

    Before purchasing your tickets, please read through the Ride with Night Patrol information.

    Additional Information:
  • Although Ride with Night Patrol is only offered during peak nesting periods, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center does not guarantee that participants will observe a sea turtle while participating in the program.
  • Ride with Night Patrol will not be cancelled in the event of poor or inclement weather. Exceptions may occur in certain circumstances when conditions are not safe, such as sustained thunder or a tropical storm.
  • All participants must be able to walk at least 4 miles and stay up during the night.
  • It is recommended that participants bring their own food and water, as these are not provided by the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.
  • Reservations must be made no later than the day before your program. Ride with Night Patrol is offered during the months of June and July based on tides and staff availability. The minimum age for participants is 6 years. Maximum group size is 4 people due to space limitations in our vehicles. Please contact us for specifications on how many of your group we can accommodate on each vehicle. Participants under the age of 15 must be accompanied by someone 18 years or older. Our cancellation policy can be found in the program description on the GSTC website. Note: The Georgia Sea Turtle Center does not guarantee that participants will see a nesting or hatchling sea turtle during the Ride with Night Patrol program.

    If you have questions regarding program details or participant capacity, please contact us at ridewithpatrol@gmail.com or by phone at (912) 635-4137.

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    Egg-sperience Dawn Patrol Print at Home Tickets Available!
      Ticket Type Prices From  
    Georgia Sea Turtle Center attraction information Non-Member - Adult (ages 15+)
    Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
    $50.00
    Non-Member - Child (ages 4-14)
    Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
    $50.00
    Member - Adult (ages 15+) [Must present membership card at the start of your program]
    Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
    $45.00
    Member - Child (ages 4-14) [Must present membership card at the start of your program]
    Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
    $45.00
    Sea Turtle Camper (child only) (ages 4-14)
    Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
    $45.00

    Participants in the GSTC’s Egg-sperience Dawn Patrol program get the unique opportunity to assist sea turtle biologists with nest monitoring efforts on Jekyll Island. Guests meet our Dawn Patrol team at Great Dunes park at sunrise where they will accompany patrollers in one of the GSTC’s all-terrain vehicles. On the beach participants provide assistance and gain hands-on experience while covering and locating nests, checking for signs of depredation, and conducting nest excavations. The opportunity to work alongside a seasoned sea turtle biologist and your efforts to protect the sea turtle population of Jekyll Island make this a worthwhile experience you will never forget!

    Before purchasing your tickets, please read through the Egg-sperience Dawn Patrol information.

    Additional Information:
  • Although Egg-sperience Dawn Patrol is only offered during peak hatching periods, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center does not guarantee that participants will observe a sea turtle while participating in the program.
  • Egg-sperience Dawn Patrol will not be cancelled in the event of poor or inclement weather. Exceptions may occur in certain circumstances when conditions are not safe, such as sustained thunder or a tropical storm.
  • All participants must be able to walk for short distances.
  • It is recommended that participants bring their own food and water, as these are not provided by the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.
  • Reservations must be made no later than the day before your program. Egg-sperience Dawn Patrol is offered daily and is based on research staff availability. The minimum age for participants is 4 years. Maximum group size is 4 people due to space limitations in our ATVs. Please contact us for specifications on how many of your group we can accommodate on each vehicle. Participants under the age of 15 must be accompanied by someone 18 years or older. Our cancellation policy can be found in the program description on the GSTC website. Note: The Georgia Sea Turtle Center does not guarantee that participants will see a nesting or hatchling sea turtle during the Egg-sperience Dawn Patrol program.

    If you have questions regarding program details or participant capacity, please contact us at ridewithpatrol@gmail.com or by phone at (912) 635-4137.

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    Annual Membership Print at Home Tickets Available!
      Ticket Type Your Price Qty  
    Georgia Sea Turtle Center attraction information Individual Membership
    [Price includes all sales tax & local option tax]
    $35.00
    Family Membership
    [Price includes all sales tax & local option tax]
    $100.00

    Valid until: Dec 31, 2016

    Become a member of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and enjoy a great value all year round! Your membership includes:

    Individual Membership
    Free unlimited admission for named member for one year
    10% discount at Georgia Sea Turtle Center Gift Shop
    1/2 price Turtle and Nest Walks

    Family Membership
    Same as Individual Membership PLUS
    Family Memberships provide free admission to 1 member & 4 people
    10% discount on education programs, including summer camp, birthday parties & Behind-the-Scenes

    Please allow up to three weeks to receive your Annual Membership card in the mail.

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