Exhibit Area

Visit Tidelands exhibit area and view live animals native to our Georgia coast!

Live animal exhibits include a young loggerhead sea turtle, crabs, baby alligators, freshwater turtles, tortoises, snakes, marine fish, and more!

Click on a Tidelands exhibit area below for pictures and a brief description.

Download an Adopt- An- Animal form to adopt your favorite Tidelands’ critter.


Our main Saltwater Exhibit area features:

  • Touch tanks with various invertebrates often including  horseshoe crabs, hermit crabs, and knobbed whelks.
  • Aquariums with sea stars, stone crabs, tiny shrimp,  huge red drum fish and more!
  • Loggerhead sea turtle tank and nest exhibit.
  • Seashell displays identifying island beach finds
  • Salt marsh display illustrating the roles of many marsh creatures.
  • Shrimp trawl exhibit including shrimp aquariums, shrimp trawl model with TEDs, and an interactive multimedia kiosk.
  • Check out the Saltwater Exhibit page for more information!

Our Reptile area features:

  • Gopher tortoises — Georgia’s State Reptile!
  • Common Snakes of Georgia
  • Baby American Alligators
  • Box, Softshell, and slider Turtles
  • Diamondback Terrapins
  • Bird Displays including preserved bird species and photos. Mention which birds you’ve spotted in our Bird Sighting Log!
  • Check out the Reptile page for more information!

Our Outdoor Exhibit area and annex building features:

  • Manatee model and mural display
  • Right Whale Calf model 
  • Fish and crabs in a 1,300 gallon tank in our annex building
  • Outdoor gopher tortoise habitat with burrowing and grazing areas
  • Birding area (a Jekyll Birding Hot Spot) where Painted buntings regularly visit our feeders in season!! Also, look for marsh rabbits, bluebirds, & great-crested flycatchers.
  • Please check out Lydia Thompson’s Birding Blog for more bird info!
  • Check out the Outdoor Exhibit page for more information!

Admission Cost for Tidelands exhibit area:

$5.00 per person (Ages 2 and under – no charge. ) Cash or check only.

Tidelands exhibit area hours:

Monday- Friday: 9:00am- 4:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am- 2:00pm

Check our Facebook for Holiday hours

Tidelands Gift (and Ice Cream) Shop:

Our Tidelands gift shop is open during regular exhibit hours. Look for your favorite coastal animals among our selection of T-shirts or collection of stuffed animals. Nature books, ID cards, note cards, posters and frozen treats are available as well.  We gladly accept cash, personal check, or traveler’s cheque – no credit or debit cards.