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Visiting

We are excited to share with you the home of the Port Royal Sound Foundation – the Maritime Center. The Foundation renovated the former Lemon Island Marina to establish an engaging and exciting educational experience. The center opened in November 2014 and features exhibits, classrooms, hands-on learning spaces and other areas where you can learn about and celebrate Port Royal Sound. Enjoy diverse and fun opportunities to experience and connect with the Port Royal Sound Area.

HOURS
The Maritime Center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Administrative offices are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Please check our calendar for holiday closings and special-event hours.

PRICING
There is no admission fee for the Maritime Center. Tours are self-guided with volunteer docents available to answer questions and assist as needed. Some programs and activities do have fees associated with them.

GROUPS
When available and scheduled in advanced, tour guides may be arranged to lead your group of 10 or more through the Maritime Center. Please call 843-645-7774 to inquire.

ADDRESS & DIRECTIONS
The Maritime Center’s street address is 310 Okatie Highway, in Okatie, SC (29909). It is centrally located in Beaufort County, where S.C. 170 crosses the Chechessee River. Take the right exit from either direction at the bridge (see map at bottom of page). Tip: If you’re traveling east (toward Beaufort), you’ll drive under the bridge after exiting S.C. 170 to reach the center.

From Beaufort:

  • Take Robert Smalls Parkway/S.C. 170 and cross the Broad River and Chechesee River bridges.
  • Use the right exit ramp immediately after the Chechessee River bridge, which will bring you into
    the Maritime Center parking lot.

From Bluffton:

  • Take S.C. 170 and travel toward Beaufort (10.3 miles from the U.S. 278 intersection.)
  • Use the right exit ramp just before the Chechesee River bridge, which will bring you into the public boat landing parking lot.
  • Drive toward the water, go left under the bridge, and you will enter the Maritime Center parking lot.

From Hilton Head Island:

  • Take U.S. 278 through Bluffton toward Interstate 95.
  • Exit right onto S.C. 170 toward Beaufort.
  • Travel 10.3 miles.
  • Use the right exit ramp just before the Chechesee River bridge, which will bring you into the public boat landing parking lot.
  • Drive toward the water, go left under the bridge, and you will enter the Maritime Center parking lot.

From Charleston:

  • From U.S. 17/Charleston Highway,  travel toward Beaufort/Savannah (56.2 miles from Lockwood Boulevard)
  • At Gardens Corner, exit right, take the roundabout and exit onto Trask Parkway/U.S. 21 and travel 12 miles.
  • Turn right onto Parris Island Gateway/U.S. 21 and travel 1.2 miles.
  • Turn right onto Robert Smalls Parkway/S.C. 170 toward Bluffton/Savannah and travel 7.4 miles.
  • Use the right exit ramp immediately after the Chechessee River bridge, which will bring you into the Maritime Center parking lot.

From Savannah:

  • Take the U.S. 278 exit off Interstate 95 (Exit 8) and travel approximately 5 miles toward Beaufort/Hilton Head Island.
  • Turn left onto Argent Boulevard/S.C. 422 and travel 3.8 miles.
  • Turn left onto Okatie Highway/S.C. 170 and travel 6.8 miles.
  • Use the right exit ramp just before the Chechesee River bridge, which will bring you into the public boat ramp parking lot.
  • Drive toward the water and go left under the bridge, and you will enter the Maritime Center parking lot.