Marine Science Center

Marine Science Center, Ponce Inlet: Hours, Address, Marine Science Center Reviews: 4.5/5

Marine Science Center
4.5
Science Museums • Aquariums • Educational sites
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Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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At the Marine Science Center our main goal is rescue, rehabilitation and release of sick and injured turtles and birds. You can see our sea turtle patients from the turtle terrace and get a behind the scenes view through the hospital viewing window. In the gallery, guests will also take a journey through Florida marine ecosystems discovering the animals that are indigenous to this area. A hands-on experience awaits you at our stingray and invertebrate touch tanks. Explore the nature trail and climb the observation tower for views of the estuary. Don't forget to walk through the Mary Keller Bird Sanctuary. Here you will see our permanent resident birds that can no longer live in the wild. We offer daily animal education presentations where you will experience up close views of raptors and reptiles. Call for daily presentation times.
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klbarth39
Columbus, OH745 contributions
Couples
Stopped by the Marine Science Center. The cost was 5 dollars for adults and 4 dollars for seniors. The center is divided into 3 basic sections. An inside area where they have aquariums with various types of fish, turtles, Florida lobsters, sea horses, stingrays, and large snails. They also have a turtle hospital with a ICU unit, and an emergency room. The ICU area has several different size tanks where the turtles recover from their injuries and /or surgery. The staff is mostly volunteers who are very knowledgeable and willing to walk you through different exhibits.
The center also has a rescue waterfowl area where they have several recoving birds. Owl's, American Bald eagles,pelicans, and other birds. Whenever the staff feels the rescued turtles and birds can be returned to the wild they release them.
Written February 7, 2020
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martypaul1946
Cary Illinois56 contributions
A nice family oriented marine center. we did get to feed the rays and touch them the staff were very informative and friendly. this would be a good choice for young kids to see and school groups the fee was $4 there is a hospital for the marine life that you can see.
Written March 14, 2020
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Courtney D
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We took our 5 children here on our recent trip to Florida, and it far exceeded our expectations. Every single detail at this science center is well thought out. Our oldest daughter loves turtles and even has one. But really all of our kids (ages 10-1 year old) loved this place. The women that work here are amazing and spent so much time teaching our kids about the different turtles, sting rays, and seahorses. We went on a beautiful sunny day and enjoyed the walk on the bridge through the trees and by the pond. The hospital is an incredible place in itself for rescuing injured sea turtles, and it is a great educational place for visitors to come learn more about what they do there. It was also extremely budget friendly.
Written October 24, 2021
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Traci D
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Family
We just absolutely fell in love with this little educational center .close to lighthouse and other attractions. Very knowledgeable and friendly staff, whom love what they do. They have sting rays you can pet and the animals are all rescues. Which is not the case for larger facilities. If you want a small scale marine life center to visit that’s sensory friendly and reasonably priced. Please check this place out. Will return again. Thanks so much for your attention to detail and amazing staff .
Written February 3, 2020
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Ashley D
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We went here today and really enjoyed it. The rays were very friendly in the touch pool. This place isn't very big to the public so you can quickly cover it all in an hour, an hour and a half if you are stretching it. I wish there had been even more to see. The work they do here is great and so important.
Written June 18, 2022
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NorthStar624739
5 contributions
Family
Extremely small but very interesting. Don't expect to spend a long time but you will enjoy your time here. It was very interesting being able to see the turtle hospital and the enclosure they keep recovering sea turtles in. Very small ray touch tank that was extremely crowded but as we've done much larger touch tanks we were not disappointed. Adults were very nice about letting the kids get up front. Something that doesn't happen often at large aquarium touch tanks.
Written March 6, 2020
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hawktraveler8
Davenport, IA187 contributions
Friends
I don’t know how I hadn’t heard of this place when planning my trip. A bartender recommended it to me for something to do when I said I was going to the nearby lighthouse. This was perfect, as it was raining that day so there wasn’t a whole lot to do outside!

This center was educational and hands-on. I walked in right as the seahorses were being fed (can we talk about awesome!). And then we got to feed stingrays-ourselves! That was so cool. The staff was incredible and answering questions-very friendly and knowledgeable. It was so neat to not only learn but really enjoy that this place is rehabbing animals and taking care of them. I went solo but this is a great place for families and all ages!
Written February 10, 2022
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sassygigi
Ponce Inlet, FL63 contributions
Couples
Fascinating place. We saw the turtle hospital and the aviary. You can interact with manta rays with a two finger touch. Nice walk from parking lot to main building. Worth the time to go.
Written February 10, 2022
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BuffaloGryde
Buffalo626 contributions
This little gem is a rehab stop for many of the injured sea turtles and birds that are found along the coast. You can see many of them on display in the tanks outback. There is also a large room full of all types of fish, turtles and more on display. Our kids favorite, of course, was the Touch Tank in the center of the room. There is a room full of snakes and gator displays and a movie about the lives and travels of sea turtles, which is very interesting. On the other side of the property is the rehab area for the injured birds. All types are on display from Gulls to Eagles. Wonderful place to spend a few hours with nature !
Written February 28, 2020
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kentucky_country_gal
Shelby County Kentucky1 contribution
My Kentucky family discovered the Marine Science Center about 5 years ago while on an annual family vacation in the Ponce Inlet Area. The admission fee is always very reasonable and we have returned to the center every year. This is a wonderful family event that educates people of any age about marine wildlife, first hand information how to protect our marine wildlife, and first hand views of Florida's rescue efforts to save the wildlife. There is a hands on science room that interests smaller children. There are aquariums to view the animals like sea horses, a large display of the life cycle of a turtle hatching, "our favorite" a large window viewing area for sea turtles that have been rescued. A more recent addition is the birds that have been rescued. There is a pleasant walking trail and you can see the Ponce Inlet Light House. The gift shop is the best in the Daytona area. Nearby you can visit the Ponce Inlet Light House and a small seafood dining place. There is a harbour with boats where the kids can view pelicans up close. Be sure to take your camera and get your kids pictures by the life size display of sea turtles at the center. Nearby is the walkway pier and public beach area with picnic tables and bathrooms. You can walk this beach area for a beach view of the lighthouse and you can see sea turtle nests roped off along the way depending on the time of year you visit. This is a fun filled family day like I use to experience as a child with my family. No rock walls, go cart, rides, and water parks just a great family adventure and learning experience for the whole family. Enjoy !!!
Written May 17, 2008
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  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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