Family Fossil Hunting on Morris Island

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A family friendly fossil tour to remote locations on Morris Island, guaranteed to find lots of unique fossils and artifacts.

This tour is hosted by our friends (and local fossil hunting experts) at Charleston Outdoor Adventures.


This is a family friendly event, but kids can also attend without their parents; we will give them the same fun-loving attention we provide during the Summer.

Date: Sunday, September 29th

Time: Departure -- 12:45pm; Return -- 5:45pm (5 hours round-trip)

Location: Charleston Outdoor Adventures -- 1871 Bowens Island Road, Charleston, SC 29412

Please bring: Water bottle, snacks, sunscreen, bag for shell collection.  Dress appropriately for a sandy hike with proper footwear.


Departing from Bowen's Island at 12:45pm on Sunday, September 29th, participants will cruise by boat 9.5 miles through the marshland out to the uninhabited beach front on Morris Island. Once you arrive, an experienced COA naturalist (with a thorough knowledge of paleontology), will lead a 5-mile round-trip beach hike to a remote location loaded with prehistoric fossils.

Along the way, the guide will discuss fossils in general, why fossils are found in this area, and what type of fossils you can expect to find on Morris Island. Participants will be shown the best places to find a variety of giant shark teeth from species like megalodon, mako, great white, and tiger shark. The guide will help to find an assortment of vertebrate fossils from marine mammals, sea turtles, marine fish and Ice Age megafauna. Your guide will identify your fossil finds as you collect them and help sort them for your personal collection.

The boat will return at approximately 5:45pm to Bowen's Island landing.

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