The Sapelo Island Visitors Center is located at 1766 Landing Road Southeast, Darien, GA 31305, the mainland ferry dock in Meridian, and serves as a key distribution point for information about how coastal ecosystems link to Research & monitoring, Educational opportunities, and tourism activities such as Public and Group Tours.
Interpretive exhibits at the Center highlight Sapelo Island’s rich cultural history:
The Center also offers a wide variety of books related to local and regional history, ecology, and other interests. T-shirts, caps, postcards, and other souvenirs are available to make your visit to the Visitors Center and Sapelo Island a trip to remember. There is something for everyone!
Reserve Meeting Room Space
The Visitors Center has a 40-seat audio-visual room for lectures, special programs, video and slide presentations. This room is made available for special interest group meetings (Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, Friends of Sapelo, etc.). Please call for information on how your organization can reserve the Visitor Center A/V room for your next meeting.
Hours of Operation
Tuesday-Friday: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Saturday: 8am- 5:30pm
Sunday & Monday: Closed
1766 Landing Road, S.E.Darien, GA 31305
Spend Time With Us During Your Visit
You should definitely plan some time, either before or after the tour, to spend at the Visitors Center. The Visitors Center offers numerous displays and exhibits to educate the public about the many facets of Sapelo IMG_0831 (1)Island – its history, culture, ecology, and geography. Learn about Gray’s Reef, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), the Department of Natural Resources, and the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve (or SINERR).
Explore our gift shop at the Visitors Center. You will find a wide selection of books of local and regional interest, tshirts, souvenirs, postcards, and ornaments, to help you to always remember your visit to Sapelo Island.
Sweetgrass baskets – made from sweetgrass grown on Sapelo Island,and made by residents of the Hog Hammock community.
Preparing for a Visit to Sapelo
A trip to Sapelo Island is like taking a step back in time. With that in mind, please be aware that there are few opportunities to purchase items you might need while you are there. All tours stop at a small convenience store in the Hog Hammock community, where you will find a variety of snacks, drinks, and other items you might need during your visit. You are also welcome to bring your own snacks, bottled water, and other non-alcoholic beverages, as well as sunscreen and sunglasses, bug repellent, hats and protective clothing, etc.
As far as dress requirements for the tour, comfort rules the day. Casual clothing is recommended. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes. There is not a lot of walking involved on the tour. For the real up close and personal views, please expect mud and dry sand.
Because Sapelo Island is largely undisturbed and undeveloped, bugs can be a nuisance at various times of the year. The bug issue is usually minor from late February through mid-November, with the worst times being the wetter and warmer summer months. Insect repellent can be purchased at the Visitors Center if you forget to bring your own.
In case of inclement weather, the ferry still makes its run, and the tour still goes to the island. The ferry is enclosed, as well as the tour bus on the island. The ferry does not make its run Only if the seas are too rough for safe passage, which rarely occurs.