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Marine Science Center

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100 Lighthouse Dr, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127-7325
+1 386-304-5545
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Local gem

We've visited this place more times than we can count. It's a great place to check-out. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
rkmoore11
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Ormond Beach, Florida
A must visit!

Recently visited with my granddaughter and they loved it! Great exhibits and the knowledgeable... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dave B
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Southington, Connecticut
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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.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good26%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“bird sanctuary” (77 reviews)
“sea turtles” (132 reviews)
“touch pool” (45 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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100 Lighthouse Dr, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127-7325
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+1 386-304-5545
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"turtle hospital"
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"feed the stingrays"
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"small center"
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"pet stingrays"
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"petting tank"
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"bird area"
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"bald eagles"
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"injured turtles"
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"all ages"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We've visited this place more times than we can count. It's a great place to check-out. The volunteers are eager to share their knowledge. Kids love the sting-ray touch pool!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recently visited with my granddaughter and they loved it! Great exhibits and the knowledgeable staff take the time to explain and answer any questions. Plus they are doing great things here rehabilitating injured or I'll sea turtles and other marine life. Highly recommended!

Thank Dave B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I regularly take my grandchildren to the Turtle Tots program. They make a craft and learn about marine wildlife. Then we get to walk around and view all of the fish, turtles, sea horses and birds. We've rescued baby birds and brought them there to...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very educational and great selection of marine and bird life. Very helpful and involved with the local animals. A great cause.

Thank Lindsey C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is really, as others have said, a working hospital for turtles, and they've put up a family-friendly, compact museum/aquarium around that hospital. It's comfortable and lovely, with interesting information and even a shy octopus in one of the displays. If you're looking for an...More

2  Thank JSSAmber
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is not a tourist trap, but rather a working hospital for turtles and birds. Great volunteer staff. They have 7 or 8 tanks with different fish and ocean life inside. Outside there is the sea turtle rehab center where you can see a handful...More

2  Thank Mark P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This entire experience was so fun! We love turtles and marine life! The gift shops, beach, restaurant, center and all of the people were so kind and helpful...super child friendly. Went two years in a row because we loved it so much!

2  Thank Christy B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed walking through the museum and seeing the turtle Hospital. It was all hidden on a small Boardwalk Trail and some native Florida brush. They had many types of fish and some very really large Turtles they were rehabilitating. The staff was very...More

Thank Adrienne F
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really thought this was going to be a wonderful place for the kids to visit for the day. All the exhibits were closed didn't get to touch the 1 Sting Ray in the pool expected to at least see 3. The octopus was hiding in...More

Thank shaquita t
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is just around the corner from the light house. We really enjoyed it. It is on the small side but would be great for young kids. They have several aquariums and a touch pool with a sting ray. They were working on a turtle...More

1  Thank Irishssa1
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Kathy S
August 15, 2018|
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Response from Denise P | Reviewed this property |
Just bought a house about 4 blocks from there and went to visit the center. They do have ramps for viewing the birds. And Ramps thru out. Handicap friendly trail. Did not notice if they provide wheelchairs. I really... More
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ccapps
September 30, 2017|
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Response from raineesaid | Reviewed this property |
I know Saturdays starting around 11am the staff starts feeding all the animals. Usually they get to the rays by noon & will let interested kids feed them, if they are not over stimulated. It's really fun to watch. I think... More
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Julie H
September 11, 2016|
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Response from Megan B | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is free. There are limited spots right next to the building. We had to park on the road.
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