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NOAA Fisheries Service Galveston Laboratory

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Closed Now: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Really awesome, wish they still did tours.

We had hoped to do a turtle tour while in Galveston for the Moody Gardens activities. But they no... read more

Reviewed December 20, 2018
Dorothy M
Houston, Texas
No more tours offered

I just called to try and book a tour and they said that they no longer are offering them :( It... read more

Reviewed May 3, 2018
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Reviewed December 20, 2018

We had hoped to do a turtle tour while in Galveston for the Moody Gardens activities. But they no longer do tours. I think the facility sustained damage during Hurricane Harvey. When we had visited it in the past we thoroughly enjoyed it. Since 1978,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Dorothy M
Reviewed June 1, 2018

I called (June 1, 2018) and spoke to someone here and they have told me that tours have been suspended indefinitely. It sure would have been nice to experience this.

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank laurieclowers
Reviewed May 3, 2018 via mobile

I just called to try and book a tour and they said that they no longer are offering them :( It sounded like a great experience, disappointed that it didn’t work out

Date of experience: May 2018
7  Thank 3chelseag
Reviewed January 31, 2018

Really enjoyed this tour. Informative talk by volunteers about the turtles and what goes on with them. Volunteers were knowledgeable and enthusiastic. It was awesome to be so close to the turtles. Great tour for kids, families or just adults.

Date of experience: January 2018
4  Thank Donna L
Reviewed January 22, 2018 via mobile

My Husband surprised me with a visit to the NOAA Fisheries Sea Turtle Facility. We volunteer with the Turtle Island Restoration Project. We patrol on Bolivar Pensula during Sea Turtle nesting season. We are still excited to be a part of this effort. This facility...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank cbeehn
Reviewed December 7, 2017

I toured this facility with a group of seniors. We watched an informative and entertaining presentation by a volunteer before we went to the sea turtle building. The turtles are amazing creatures, swimming around in their individual little tanks. The overall experience fostered a deeper...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Melinda B
Reviewed April 27, 2017

Enjoyed every minute of this informative and educational tour! Thank you for all that you do to help our Sea Turtles thrive!

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank ShannonMc2
Reviewed February 16, 2017

We had a great time with the sea turtles today. I was impressed with how patient our tour guides were with all of the children. The wait list is very long so you have to schedule months in advance. It was well worth the wait....More

Date of experience: February 2017
2  Thank Tosha B
Reviewed January 6, 2017

We made an appointment to visit the Sea Turtle rescue facility at this site and were so happy with the experience. The informative volunteer staff are knowledgeable and helpful and share the miracle of sea turtle rescue in the Gulf. It was heaven to see...More

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank Onward07
Reviewed November 23, 2016

So honored to meet in the ballroom of historic Fort Crockett. It was a pleasure to get away from Houston and enjoy the sea wall and the beach.

Date of experience: November 2016
1  Thank wolfeellady
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March 20, 2018|
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Response from Donna L | Reviewed this property |
Hi There are cancellations. I would recommend calling a few days before to see if that has happened. I would not recommend just showing up - puts the volunteer tour guides in an uncomfortable position.
Thelma C
March 22, 2016|
Response from SwissMountainDog | Reviewed this property |
This is a free attraction. I believe tours are only done on Thursdays. They recommend you book months in advance. We've been to Galveston twice and have yet to secure a visit. You need to call for reservations.