Posted May 5, 2010 by Jaclyn Liechti
Located off the coast of Georgia, Jekyll Island is a popular vacation destination. The barrier island was once the playground of the rich and famous, and today’s visitors can see how the other half lived by relaxing on 10 miles of unspoiled beaches, exploring the Jekyll Island Club National Historic Landmark District, or riding horses along the island’s north end. The area is no longer an exclusive club, but guests are sure to love the seclusion and lushness found just an hour away from Savannah.
The Georgia Sea Turtle Center: Sea turtles nest on the beaches of Jekyll Island and surrounding areas, and stranded sea turtles found along the Atlantic coastline needed a nearby place where they could recuperate and be released back into the wild. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center, which opened in June 2007, provides a research and rehabilitation facility for sick and injured sea turtles. Come visit Carning, Rostrum, Arthur, and other patients and learn more about the creatures and their environment. Adult tickets cost $6, and all proceeds go toward offsetting operational costs. Visitors can also adopt a sea turtle and receive an adoption certificate, a letter from their turtle, a photo of their turtle, updates about the animal’s progress, and a website link to his or her tracking information. Adoption rates are $50 per turtle.
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(Photo: iStockphoto/Denis Jr. Tangney)