The main visitors center is the Charleston Visitor Reception and Transportation Center (375 Meeting St., 800/774-0006, www.charlestoncvb.com, Mon.–Fri. 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.). Outlying visitors centers are the Mt. Pleasant–Isle of Palms Visitor Center (Johnnie Dodds Blvd., 843/853-8000, 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.), and the North Charleston Visitor Center (4975-B Centre Pointe Dr., 843/853-8000, Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.).
Beaufort and the Lowcountry
The Beaufort Visitors Information Center is within the Beaufort Arsenal building (713 Craven St., 843/986-5400, www.beaufortsc.org, daily 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.).
In Hilton Head, get information, book a room, or secure a tee time just as you come onto the island at the Hilton Head Island Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center (100 William Hilton Pkwy., 843/785-3673, www.hiltonheadisland.org, daily 9 a.m.–6 p.m.), in the same building as the Coastal Discovery Museum.
You’ll find Bluffton’s visitors center in the Heyward House Historic Center (70 Boundary St., 843/757-6293, www.heywardhouse.org, Mon.–Fri. 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–2 p.m.).
The main place for tourist information in Savannah is the downtown Savannah Visitors Center (301 MLK Jr. Blvd., 912/944-0455, Mon.–Fri. 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat., Sun. and holidays 9 a.m.–5 p.m.). The Savannah Convention and Visitors Bureau (101 E. Bay St., 877/728-2662, Mon.–Fri. 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.) keeps an up-to-date list of lodgings at its website at www.savcvb.com.
Other visitors centers in the area include the River Street Hospitality Center (1 River St., 912/651-6662, daily 10 a.m.–10 p.m.), the Tybee Island Visitor Center (S. Campbell Ave. and Hwy. 80, 912/786-5444, daily 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.), and the Savannah Airport Visitor Center (464 Airways Ave., 912/964-1109, daily 10 a.m.–6 p.m.).
The Golden Isles
The Brunswick/Golden Isles Visitor Center (2000 Glynn Ave., 912/264-5337, daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m.) is at the intersection of U.S. 17 and the Torras Causeway to St. Simons Island. A downtown information station is in Old City Hall, at the corner of Mansfield and Newcastle Streets (912/262-6934, daily 8 a.m.–5 p.m.).
The Jekyll Island Visitor Center (901 Downing Musgrove Cswy., 912/635-3636, daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m.) is before you get to the island, on the long causeway along the marsh. The St. Simons Visitor Center (530-B Beachview Dr., 912/638-9014, www.bgivb.com, daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m.) is in the St. Simons Casino Building near Neptune Park and the Village.
The Darien Welcome Center is at the corner of U.S. 17 and Fort King George Drive (912/437-6684, Mon.–Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m.). The Sapelo Island Visitors Center (912/437-3224, www.sapelonerr.org, Tues.–Fri. 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Sun. 1:30–5 p.m.) is actually not on Sapelo, but at the dock where you take the ferry, in Meridian, Georgia, on GA 99 out of Darien.
The St. Marys Visitor Center is located at 406 Osborne Street (912/882-4000, www.stmaryswelcome.com, Mon.–Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. noon–5 p.m.).
Cumberland Island Visitors Center is at 113 St. Marys Street (912/882-4336, daily 8 a.m.–6 p.m.).
There are several entrances to the Okefenokee Swamp, with the closest thing to a visitors center being at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center (912/496-7836, daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m.) at the eastern entrance near Folkston, Georgia.
© Jim Morekis from Moon Charleston & Savannah, 4th Edition