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NOAA Fisheries Service Galveston Laboratory

4700 Avenue U, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77551
409.766.3500
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Ranked #23 of 47 attractions in Galveston
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Traveler Description: Kids will love seeing the hundreds of turtles being raised for release at the NOAA Fisheries Service Galveston Laboratory. Tour must call ahead for... more »
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texas gulf coast
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8 reviews 8 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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20 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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Texas City, Texas
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32 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

First find out when there open house is and come! Bring a bag for all the cool stuff the give out. Talk to scientist, grad students, and other amazing marine workers. They show the turtle tanks, dolphin rescue equipment, and other marine related stuff. Lots of hands on for kids. You can help paint a mural, have kids pretend to... More

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Bertram, Tx
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7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

It was a great morning at the NOAA center, se learned so much about Sea Turtles. The Staff were friendly and very knowledgable. The trip to the beach to look for eggs was fun too.

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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

What an experience! Our family attended a turtle tour hosted 2x a month on Thursday's. Our tour was at 10:00 am and the presentation was very fun and informative. The treat for the kids (an even the adults) were seeing the turtles from hatchlings to 2 years old in the turtle barn. To reserve a spot, you need to go... More

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Kansas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

This might be a wonderful tour. But at the time of our visit in Oct. 2012 the Lab was open for tours only two Thursdays a month - and the visitor numbers are limited. I expect it would be well worthwhile, but it should not be a focus of your visit unless you call well in advance. A lot of... More

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Austin, Texas
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49 reviews 49 reviews
17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

Sea Turtles....holding, touching, learning.....friendly tour guides. It's kind of hidden, almost behind Casey's & Gaido's on that street )(Ave o? or M?)

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Plano, Texas
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30 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

I got to visit this place as part of a tour through Featherfest, the Galveston Birding & Photography Festival. The tour was very informative and we got to see a lot of Loggerhead sea turtles in open tanks. Some good work is being done here to test Turtle Excluder Devices that are required now for fishing boats so that if... More

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