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Visit the UGA Aquarium

HOURS AND ADMISSION FEES

* The Aquarium is ONLY able to accept CASH OR CHECKS for general admission fees.

Aquarium Hours of Operation:

  • 9 AM - 4 PM weekdays
  • 10 AM - 5 PM Saturdays
  • Closed Sundays, holidays and most Saturdays before a Monday holiday

Admission:

  • Ages 13-54: $6
  • Children ages 3-12: $3
  • Seniors (55+): $3
  • Military w/ID: $3
  • Ages 1-2: Free

*Valid driver's license needed for checks. We are unable to process credit or debit card transactions.

The University of Georgia Marine Education Center and Aquarium is located in Savannah on Skidaway Island. The facility includes a teaching aquarium and educational building. Educational exhibits, an auditorium, two teaching laboratories, an art lab and a computer lab offer additional learning opportunities. A  dormitory and dining room also operate in support of the marine education program to house and feed out-of-town groups.

The UGA Aquarium (Georgia's first salt water aquarium) features 16 exhibit tanks that showcase a variety of Georgia's marine life. Most species are caught by aquarium staff right off the coast. A public Touch Tank allows visitors to get up close and personal with some of Georgia's marine invertebrates such as snails and crabs.

A boardwalk over the salt marsh to the river supports the education program and is an ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) sponsored platform that allows handicapped students to participate in the field courses. This boardwalk is part of the ADA approved nature trail that winds through the maritime forest and along the Skidaway River salt marshes.

Picnic tables line the bluff outside the back door along the Skidaway River and provide a perfect spot to eat lunch!

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History

The University of Georgia opened the aquarium in 1972, after the dissolution of the Georgia Ocean Sciences Center, and the acquisition of the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography by the state university system.

Until the arrival of the Georgia Aquarium in 2005, it was the only saltwater aquarium in the state. It is funded almost entirely through public admission fees and program fees from visiting groups and workshops for marine science programs.

The Marine Education Center and Aquarium hosts ~25,000 visitors per year through formal education programs, general admission, and our annual Open House (Skidaway Marine Science Day). Visitors can observe exhibits of marine fish and invertebrates common to Georgia's coastal region. Live tank displays of fish and invertebrates are supplemented with exhibits depicting local archeological and paleontological displays, Georgia history, as well as the present status of Georgia's coastal resources.

Teacher workshops are held at various times throughout the year and during the summer months - one of which provides accredited classes in marine science from the University of Georgia. Seven different Sea Camp programs, each a week in duration, have attracted up to 260 young people annually. These camps are for specific age ranges from 4-15.

The Marine Education Center and Aquarium maintains the Jay Wolf Nature Trail and Boardwalk, which is wheelchair accessible for guests. Overlooking the Skidaway River and adjacent to the beginning of the Jay Wolf Nature Trail, a palm and oak shaded picnic area provides a scenic lunch destination. After taking a trawling trip or participating in one of many educational excursions aboard the 43' R/V Sea Dawg, enjoy a relaxed lunch at the picnic area!

Directions


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Directions:

From Tybee and Wilmington Islands:
• Take Hwy. 80 West (Victory Drive) to the Truman Parkway going South.
• Take the Truman Pkwy. to the last exit (not viewed on map) and turn left at the ramp onto Whitefield Ave. (which turns into the Diamond Causeway) and follow it to Skidaway Island.
• Cross a fixed bridge and a drawbridge before reaching Skidaway Island.
• Once on Skidaway Isl., continue through two (2) traffic lights & turn left at the 4-way stop onto McWhorter Rd.
• Follow McWhorter 4 mi. bearing left after a green field toward the UGA Marine Educ. Ctr. & Aquarium parking lot.

From Downtown Savannah (Rt. 1):
• Take Bay Street east to the end and make a left onto President Street
• Take President Street to the Truman Parkway going South (not viewed on map above).
• Take the Truman Pkwy. to the last exit and make a left at the end of the ramp onto Whitefield Ave. (which turns into the Diamond Causeway) and follow it to Skidaway Island.
• Cross a fixed bridge and a drawbridge before reaching Skidaway Island.
• Once on Skidaway Isl., continue through two (2) traffic lights & turn left at the 4-way stop onto McWhorter Rd.
• Follow McWhorter 4 mi. bearing left after a green field toward the UGA Marine Educ. Ctr. & Aquarium parking lot.

From I-16 (Rt 2):• Exit onto Hwy. 516 EAST (Lynes Pkwy., Exit A) which turns into DeRenne Ave.
• Continue on DeRenne through seven traffic lights before reaching the Truman Parkway.
• Veer right onto the Truman Pkwy. (going south) and take it to the last exit.
• Turn left at the exit ramp onto Whitefield Ave. (which turns into the Diamond Causeway) and follow to Skidaway Isl
• Cross a fixed bridge and a drawbridge before reaching Skidaway Island.
• Once on Skidaway Isl., continue through two (2) traffic lights & turn left at the 4-way stop onto McWhorter Rd.
• Follow McWhorter 4 mi. bearing left after a green field toward the UGA Marine Educ. Ctr. & Aquarium parking lot.

From I-95 South traveling North (Rt. 3):
• Exit onto Hwy. 204 (Abercorn Extension).
• Continue on Abercorn for several miles before reaching Montgomery Cross Roads.
• Turn right onto Montgomery Cross Roads, then make a right at the third traffic light onto Waters Ave.
• Waters changes names twice (Whitefield Ave. & Diamond Causeway) before you cross a fixed and a drawbridge.
• Once on Skidaway Isl., continue through two (2) traffic lights & turn left at the 4-way stop onto McWhorter Rd.
• Follow McWhorter 4 mi. bearing left after a green field toward the UGA Marine Educ. Ctr. & Aquarium parking lot.

Contacts

Genell Gibson

Administrative Assistant, Marine Education Center and Aquarium
Email: genell@uga.edu
Phone: 912-598-3325