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Barrier Island Center

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8385 S Highway A1a, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951-3920
+1 321-723-3556
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Sea Turtle Walk

We booked a "sea turtle walk" online after finding it on a list of things to do while visiting... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Heather A
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British Columbia, Canada
It's a neccesary stop if you're near and love sea turtles and it's free!

My wife and I get a lot of visitors as we host couchsurfers from around the globe and the US. We... read more

Reviewed July 9, 2018
alexandermcfarlane
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Melbourne Beach, Florida
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The 34-acre Sanctuary and education center offers visitors a place to explore the dynamic coastal environment. An observation deck, boardwalk and overlook offer magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean. A 1-mile hiking trail winds visitors across the barrier island, from the ocean to the Indian River Lagoon. Inside visitors can explore aquariums and interactive exhibits, view eco-themed movies in the theater, or shop in the Mermaid's Purse gift shop. The Sanctuary is the environmental education center for the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, one of the most important nesting beaches in the world for sea turtles. Guided sea turtle walks are offered during June and July and a variety of environmental education programs and activities are regularly offered for visitors of all ages. Admission is always free, open Tuesday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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“sea turtles” (28 reviews)
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8385 S Highway A1a, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951-3920
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked a "sea turtle walk" online after finding it on a list of things to do while visiting Florida. The evening walk was to watch a sea turtle laying her eggs. These walks are only booked for June & July with a maximum of...More

Thank Heather A
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Reviewed July 9, 2018

My wife and I get a lot of visitors as we host couchsurfers from around the globe and the US. We always take them here if the timing is right. Every single time we get oohs and aahs at what a cool place it is...More

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Reviewed July 1, 2018 via mobile

Educational for adults as well. They have continual movies that are shown that last about 10 minutes each, having to do with preservation of the land, different topics on sea turtles, and Archie Carr. I found it interesting.

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Reviewed June 26, 2018 via mobile

Cute place but not a lot of turtles. I guess I was expecting to see turtles and was surprised they only had three baby sized ones and that was it. I liked the life size sea turtle in the clear case as you enter. They...More

Thank Donna C
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Reviewed June 25, 2018 via mobile

We came here for an afternoon on a rainy day of our vacay. There are several informational booths that are interactive for kids. It’s definitely geared more for older children though. There were a few things for younger kids, though. The volunteers were very friendly...More

Thank Ashley L
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Reviewed June 18, 2018

-The Barrier Island Center features turtle-oriented exhibits as its location is in prime turtle egg-laying territory. You are able to trace the routes followed by sea turtles released each summer with transponders attached to their backs. There is a boardwalk trail through the hammock across...More

Thank michaelhQ8909SQ
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Reviewed June 14, 2018 via mobile

We loved this educational pit stop just off the road. It is small but has a lot of great little exhibits. The volunteer staff was very friendly and helpful. We also found some great little treasures at the gift shop!

Thank Daphne N
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Reviewed April 10, 2018

we have been here a few years ago, and they have improved. Nice exhibitions and displays. A good family time for an hour. Well run and friendly.

Thank bellabuttons17
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Reviewed April 7, 2018

a tad hokey but interesting and a good way to kill an hour. cross section of life on the barrier island

Thank and101475
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Reviewed April 1, 2018

Nice educational facility with displays and movies about turtles and the wildlife around the barrier island. The short (1/2 mile) hiking trail is a good look at the nature that has been here a long time. Our only complaint is that the sea glass festival...More

Thank Henry C
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jfong52414
April 30, 2017|
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Response from Heather A | Reviewed this property |
I found purchased them online. Trip Advisor wouldn't let me post the webpage address, but search for Barrier Island Sea Turtle Walk in early May & you will find the page.
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jfong52414
April 30, 2017|
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Response from Nichole P | Property representative |
Hey Jeff, Sorry we didn't see this question earlier, starting May 1st we start taking reservations for night time guided turtle walks which occur in June and July. In August and September we offer turtle digs which evaluate... More
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Judy S
December 22, 2014|
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Response from George H | Reviewed this property |
They don't have it,,,,said to try Barnes & Noble or internet direct
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