The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is one of the most unique animal-care facilities in the Southeast, as it is the only sea turtle hospital in Georgia. Since 1972, Jekyll Island has actively monitored the sea turtle populations on this coastal barrier island, and in 2007, official opened the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.


Explore exhibits on sea turtle conservation & rehabilitation


 gstc-externalToday, the hospital serves as a long-term care facility, as well as a rehabilitation and research institution. The state-of-the-art facility is open to guests for public tours, educational programs and patient viewing sessions. Additionally, the hospital features a large viewing window, which offers a peek into the sea turtle operating room, where guests can watch as staff actively work to treat patients.

Visitors to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center can explore exhibits on sea turtle conservation, rehabilitation, and the creatures remarkable journey from egg to adulthood. School field trips, public programs, and special events highlight Georgia’s unique coastal ecosystem and the mysterious world of these ancient reptiles.

All proceeds from admissions, gift shop sales, donations, memberships and sea turtle adoptions help offset operational costs, including the rehabilitation of patients.