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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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Great for Families

We took our 20-month-old grandson who constantly asks to see "animals" and is learning names and... read more

Reviewed today
SpracherK
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Woodbridge, Virginia
Loved this place

We went it was amazing, small but great. Didnt get to pet stingrays and such it was down at the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Edfrmf
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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.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good27%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“bird sanctuary” (74 reviews)
“sea turtles” (127 reviews)
“touch pool” (42 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
100 Lighthouse Dr, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127-7325
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+1 386-304-5545
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"bird sanctuary"
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"sea turtles"
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"touch pool"
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"feed the stingrays"
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"turtle hospital"
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"sting ray"
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"small center"
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"pet stingrays"
in 15 reviews
"bird area"
in 10 reviews
"bald eagles"
in 33 reviews
"injured turtles"
in 27 reviews
"all ages"
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"great learning"
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"gift shop"
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"great place to visit"
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Reviewed today

We took our 20-month-old grandson who constantly asks to see "animals" and is learning names and sounds. We had such fun looking at the turtles, bird sanctuary, and of course aquariums. The staff was professional and friendly and the gift shop one of the best...More

Thank SpracherK
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We went it was amazing, small but great. Didnt get to pet stingrays and such it was down at the time but plenty to look at and they gave us a discount because the petting part was down. Loved the fact the rescue turtles ,...More

Thank Edfrmf
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great example of a local wildlife resource that has managed to progressively build itself into a great little institute. They pretty much survive on funding from individuals, county, business and other local funding sources. Most the personnel are volunteers who are very...More

Thank MENemier
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing!! We loved this place!! It is also a rescue hospital for sea turtles! The petting and feeding of the stingrays was amazing! My granddaughter (3) loved it and was not scared at all to touch them! The staff was amazing and so informative on...More

Thank MariaPhelps74
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was a great experience! My family love wildlife, and what better day trip than to cost the rehabilitation center! We got to see, touch, and feed the rays. They had a window to watch the examinations of the marine life that was brought in. They...More

Thank momma2elisenoelle
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to this center on Turtle Day and it was great fun. Well worth the trip. Great for kids and adults. You can see the animals they are rehabing. Great store to shop. Pet stingrays.

Thank Denise P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The staff could not have been friendlier or better educated. Very informative and engaging. Small but personal. Reasonably priced souvenirs and a good variety.

Thank By-Tor66
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a few hours between checking out from the hotel and catching our flight. Our child saw an advertisement for this and asked about going so we stopped here in between. Most definitely worth it! Awesome exhibit and I am so glad we stopped!

Thank magankay88
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I visited this centre on a weekday in March. There is free parking in a small gravel area nearby and admission cost is $5 ($4 for seniors). We found this a very interesting facility. There was a touch pool (with friendly stingrays),...More

Thank DaveThePubsinger
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Great place for all minds, young and adult, to remind us of the impact we have on our environment. The staff is passionate about what they do and are knowledgeable.

Thank AllyGflo
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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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Julie H
September 11, 2016|
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Response from Marcela A | Reviewed this property |
No. There is no extra charge to pet the sting rays or sharks.
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