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Barrier Island Center

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Preserved History At Its Finest

My husband and I visited and was met by the nicest lady who explained a little of the history of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Interesting views and hike

This small museum and nature area helped us understand a bit better the sea life and other wildlife... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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“sea turtles”(32 reviews)
“rainy day”(5 reviews)
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...more
8385 S Highway A1a, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951-3920
+1 321-723-3556
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I visited and was met by the nicest lady who explained a little of the history of the house. It’s so refreshing to see a community come together to preserve history.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Myckelphillips
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This small museum and nature area helped us understand a bit better the sea life and other wildlife on the east coast including sea turtles and seascape “hammocks”. We did both the boardwalk hike to the ocean and interesting trail hike through the jungle. There...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank laurai832
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Been to this event several times but this year was so much better. They spread out the vendors into the parking lot and had a shuttle service from a local church. Excellent.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Bonnie K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A great place to visit bring kids and visitors to learn about sea turtles and all other creatures that reside in this area. Beach access. Nice restrooms. A gift shop and lots of good exhibits.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Donna M
Reviewed January 15, 2019

If you have trouble getting the kids into museum, try the Barrier Island Center. This stretch of beach is part of the Archie Carr Memorial National Wildlife Refuge, generally considered one of the most important sea turtle nesting sites in North America. It's free to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank FrequentFlier781874
Reviewed December 31, 2018

really shows how the effort to reclaim the islands is working. Whale skulls, turtles and frongs also.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank davidplaster
Reviewed November 21, 2018

The Price is definitely right by being free! There are hands on educational games, tanks and information. There is a film that covers the area as well as a beautiful gift shop that you should buy a lot in and make sure you leave a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Dara B
Reviewed November 8, 2018

A great place to bring newbies to the area. A great place to visit and educate about the area. Lots to see.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Susan L
Reviewed September 2, 2018

We really enjoy coming to this place. The place is beautiful! The museum show you a lot of interesting facts of the turtles. Some water tanks with turtles and fish. Really nice. It is free, but leave a donation! You will understand more why we...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank joselito1959
Reviewed August 27, 2018

The Barrier Island Center is a great place to bring kids especially on a rainy day. Adults will find that they can learn something there as well. The boardwalk is a great place to sit. here is usually an ocean breeze with a beautiful view.

Date of experience: July 2018
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April 30, 2017|
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.
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
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