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NOAA Fisheries Service Galveston Laboratory

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Address: 4700 Avenue U, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77551
Phone Number: 409.766.3500
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The place to go if you love the sea!

Great presentation on sea turtles - everything is covered by their volunteers. Interesting notes on habitat, environmental problems, and the work of NOAA. The live turtle area... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
Motherhen54449
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Marshfield, Wisconsin
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Marshfield, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Great presentation on sea turtles - everything is covered by their volunteers. Interesting notes on habitat, environmental problems, and the work of NOAA. The live turtle area is wonderful and interesting.

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Zionsville, IN
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We were a little lucky to be able to do this tour since according to the office most people book this tour "months in advance". There was a cancellation and the office called to let me know that space had become available. I was a little disappointed at the tour of this government facility, but it would probably worth the... More 

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Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

This facility gives tours to the public free of charge. If you love turtles, this is a must see! Learn what you can do to help save them in a classroom (1/2 hour) and then see over 100 live babies that will be released when they reach 2 years old. Very humid inside, so careful with electronics.

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Antioch, California, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We had a few days in Galveston, TX to site see after returning from a Cruise. We arrived back in Galveston on a Thursday and were looking for something to do that would not take all day since we had spent the morning getting off the cruise ship and checking in to a hotel. We found the NOAA Sea Turtle... More 

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Spring, Texas
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We were excited to watch the sea turtle roundup, and the guide was excellent in the way she told the story! You never really know how many ways the government touches your life until you see something like this come to life before your eyes!

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Overland Park, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Fabulous experience. See the turtles close up. Hear about the life cycle, the endangered species, how they are trying to preserve their existence - all right there on the Island. Well worth a visit.

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texas gulf coast
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Attended the 2014 Spring Open House at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sancuary and NOAA Labs. This is a great activity for kids. There are exhibits showcasing all of the sea life to be found in the Gulf of Mexico and the conservation efforts to preserve it. Kids will enjoy collecting colorful posters, educational activity books, the opportunity to... More 

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Galveston Island, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Visit their website and call ahead to ensure a tour. There is next to zero possibility of a "we just swung by to see the turtles" type tour. The tours were ended after hurricane Ike but they recently began giving tours again based on volunteer availability. Having said all of that, if you call ahead you will be thrilled. The... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Not sure how often the NOAA offers sea-turtle tours, but it's a don't miss if you happen to be in town at the right time. We were, and what a fantastic experience! The volunteer rangers present an excellent, passionate presentation about the plight of the turtles, then guide you to a hangar-slash-barn for a look at the actual creatures. There... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Thanks to Miss BeBe and Miss Chris, certified Master Naturalists, for an excellent presentation and tour. We brought three boys, ages 12, 9 & 7 and all enjoyed it. Tour is about 1 hour, with an interesting "lesson" and pictures/videos about sea turtles. Boys got a lot of kid relaed info, so I agree w/other reviewers, bring a tote bag.... More 

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