5 Reasons Tybee Island’s Marine Science Center Is The Coolest
Near Tybee Island’s Pier and Pavilion is a large brick building with an aqua-colored awning. That’s our Marine Science Center, and it’s where you’ll find some of the island’s most enlightening and memorable experiences. Here are five reasons you won’t want to miss this gem.
1. Get hands-on learning – literally!
The Marine Science Center offers many opportunities for responsible handling of artifacts and marine creatures. Touch fiddler crabs, horseshoe crabs and hermit crabs in the center’s Touch Tank. Next, pick up and inspect tons of brightly colored barnacles, beautiful shells, dried coral and other treasures from the deep at the Beach Combing Station.
2. Watch sea creatures in action.
The tanks in the science center are teeming with fascinating coastal animals. Huge, speckled crabs crawl and snap their claws, Ike the Loggerhead sea turtle does flips and dips in his watery habitat and Maisie the Corn Snake slithers over logs before relaxing in her mesh hammock. If fish are more your speed, you’re in luck; there are fish of every shape and color here, too!
3. You’ll get active in nature.
From beach walks to marsh treks, you’ll get an authentic coastal experience with a number of fantastic tours led by marine scientists. The Sift & Seine adventure allows you to pull a 10′ seine net through waist-deep water in order to examine marine life before releasing them, as well as sift through the beach’s wet sand for other organisms!
4. Storytime is a must.
Educated experts lead riveting tales of sharks, whales, jellyfish and sea turtles. Learn about local conservancy efforts and ocean health while hearing breathtaking true stories of creatures from the ocean blue.
The Marine Science Center is memorable on its own, but who wouldn’t want a souvenir to remember it by? The Discovery Shop is full of educational toys, books and posters perfect for curious minds, both young and old.
Jess Brannen is Visit Tybee’s Social Media Coordinator. She graduated from Armstrong State University with her BA in English and Professional Communications. Jess is a Savannah native and loves playing with Sir Charles Barkley, her neurotic golden retriever, and watching reruns of Martha Stewart’s cooking shows while eating chocolate.