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“Great way to spend a few hours!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Turtle Hospital

The Turtle Hospital
2396 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050-2232
305-743-2552
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Ranked #1 of 15 Attractions in Marathon
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
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Vermont
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“Great way to spend a few hours!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

Today we decided to take a ride down to Marathon to check out the Turtle Hospital. We have been living down here in the keys first as part-timers, and now full-timers and have heard all good things about this attraction. It definitely stood up to its reputation! The tour is very educational and informative. We took our 8 year old boy who is very interested and knowledgeable in marine life and it was a great experience for all of us. Our guide was perky and passionate...she started with a slide show and talk that was accompanied by hands on props, followed by a stop into the actual hospital where the surgeries are done, and then out to the pools where the "patients" and resident sea turtles are kept. It especially hit home with us as we are out on the water whether by boat or paddle board almost everyday, and we are even more equipped with knowledge on how to help protect and support these beautiful creatures. I would recommend this attraction for people of all ages from any walk of life!

Visited January 2013
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“Great place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

This is a wonderful place to visit if you are interested in sea life or the oceans. It goes way beyond a typical tourist type aquarium and gives you an in depth education on sea turtles and the challenges they face in our modern world. After a slideshow presentation on the turtles that is very informative on the different species and hazards to the turtles, you get to go and view the turtles that they are currently rehabbing. There are also about 14 turtles that are permanent residents there due to complications that don't let them be released.
All in all it is a very informative and cool stop on a FL Keys vacation.

Visited April 2012
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“informative”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

Very interesting. Our daughter was there this week and they even saw an operation on a turtle that had to have his shell fixed.

Visited January 2013
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“Wonderful Staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

This facility is not only a real treat for the locals, as well as vacationers, but provides a wonderful service. The staff is extremely informative, patient in detailing information and the work that is being done here. CALL AHEAD EARLY!!! Reservations fill up quickly, so don't be afraid to book your tour a week before you arrive in Marathon. I wouldn't miss it!

Visited December 2012
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Alpharetta, Georgia
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“Fun for the kids, and good wildlife presentation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

We have been to the Turtle Hospital three times now, and the kids enjoy going back again and again. Always be sure to make reservations in advance, especially during the holidays and spring break times, it fills up fast. We enjoyed the tour of the hospital the most -- it was the fun part. The educational part went on a little too long and moved a little too slow for the audience, but still, it was informative, interesting, and educational in spite of dragging on a bit. The walk through the hospital and turtle rehabilitation facility is really fun and interesting -- you will see several types of turtles in different stages of life (from little ones to older ones), and get an idea of how the turtles are harmed from the simple things like clear plastic bags resembling jelly fish to being hit by boats,among other problems.
Seeing the turtles in the pools and enclosures by the ocean wast the highlight of the tour, and we spent a good amount of time just watching them swim around, eat, and just be turtles.
After hearing the bad news about all the injured and sick sea turtles, and how much they are at risk, it is good to hear about successful rehabilitation efforts in many cases, and to hear that The Turtle Hospital regularly releases rehabilitated turtles back into their natural habitats.
The tour meets in a gift shop to start, so be prepared!

Visited December 2012
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