The Port Royal Sound Foundation Maritime Center offers various educational and recreational opportunities for all ages. Some programs and activities have fees associated with them to help defray the cost of material, supplies and leaders. Our offerings will continue to expand. Let us know if you have a particular interest you would like us to offer or if you would like to volunteer as a program guide.

Check our calendar for dates of individual programs. Register by phone or in person.


Current programs include:

Story Time Special time and activities for preschoolers and toddlers at 10 a.m. every Wednesday. No charge. No reservation needed.

Creature Feedings See our animals live in action as they receive their daily meal! Every Saturday at 2 p.m.

Art of the Sound Local artists featuring original art pieces inspired by the lowcountry, on display and for sale. Check our calendar for dates.

Saturday on the Sound A special Saturday filled with additional activities for the whole family. Check our calendar for dates.

Tuesday Talks*  A classroom series led by area experts on a variety of topics, ranging from Lowcountry plants to sharks to photographing the Lowcountry. $8 for adults, $5 for students with ID, free for those 17 and under.

Eco Boat Excursions*  A scientific expedition of the Port Royal Sound area. More than a dolphin-watching experience (although you’ll most likely see one or two), this is a classroom on a boat. Click here for more information on these excursions. $40 for adults and $30 for ages 6 to 11. Scroll down for registration information.

Dolphin Research Cruise* Eco-Boat tour meets dolphin research! Join biologists from the Marine Sensory and Neurobiology Lab at USCB and Spartina Marine Education Charters as they document dolphin activity in the area. $55/person, ages 12+ only.

Nautilus LIVE* Join the crew of Dr. Robert Ballard, discoverer of the Titanic, as they explore the ocean floor. Researchers aboard E/V Nautilus visit our classroom via LIVE streaming video. $45/person, lunch is included.

Registration Information

There are two ways to register for Maritime Center programs.

In person: Visit the Maritime Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday to register and pay by cash, check or credit card.

Phone: Call 843-645-7774, option No. 1, to reserve with a credit card.

*Programs with fees require reservations and prepayment by noon the day before the program. Limited seating or minimum attendance requirements apply for some programs. No refunds unless program canceled due to weather conditions or attendance requirements. Weather cancellations made by 9 a.m. the morning of the program. Other cancellation decisions will be made by noon the day before program.