This aquarium serves as a resource for educators, students and the public on coastal Georgia marine ecosystems. Featuring ... More
University of Georgia Marine Extension Service Marine Education Center and Aquarium
This aquarium serves as a resource for educators, students and the public on coastal Georgia marine ecosystems. Featuring exhibits on tidal creek, salt marsh, ocean environments and 14 tanks containing native species, the center is the only saltwater aquarium open to the public in Georgia. Kids can climb aboard a model shrimp boat that is part of an exhibit on the shrimp industry. Take a hike on two trails through forest and along the marsh.
I liked the touch tank for the kids, with a few crabs and what nots. There were some nice fish to see, but we drove from Jesup specifically there to take the kids to an "Aquarium" It took all over 15 mins to see all they had. the outdoor park and trail was nice, that took longer to walk than the aquarium itself. When you walk in the front door, you can basically look around at the entire exhibit and see almost everything they had. It seemed kinda pricey when you take multiple family members to view 2 rooms. We took 5 and in my mind I had to justify it by saying Im donating to help build a better exhibit lol. Honestly its not somewhere I'd go again till they expanded.
The UGA Marex Aquarium on Skidaway Island is quite small (about a dozen fish tank) and features mostly animals indigenous to the Georgia coast. There is a nice nature trail along the marsh on the Atlantic Intra-Coastal Waterway. The Aquarium is about a 45 minute drive from downtown Savannah,
Well, the aquarium was very very very very tiny. Not many exhibits. Nothing too exciting. It had a lot of interesting tidbits of information on the wall. It had a cute little touch tank with a horse shoe crab, lots of hermit crabs, and some regular ones. It was only four dollars to get it. It's out in the middle of nowhere. It had a great but small nature trail but it started raining heavily so we were only able to take the short version of the trail.
The classes could have been much more interesting, but the bunks were ok...
no bars on top bunk, one kid fell out. Yeah, that's about it. Oh did I mention the classes were pretty boring???
The staff was nice, mostly.
The time I spent here was far superior to any traditional aquarium experience that I have had. I have been to aquariums in six states, and none can compare to the up-close, hands-on, learning environment at Skidway! Go if you get a chance!
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