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Marine Science Center

#3 of 19 things to do in Ponce Inlet Features Animals
100 Lighthouse Dr, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127-7325
+1 386-304-5545
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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.
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
100 Lighthouse Dr, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127-7325
+1 386-304-5545
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This place was AWESOME! Great hands on, fun aquatic science! The turtles they help were huge! My son really enjoyed TOUCHING the sting rays! Great education for young and old about taking care of our planet and being responsible for the trash we put back...More

Thank Clint R
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was our second time visiting. We enjoyed the stingray touch tank and learning about the birds. The staff was very knowledgeable. I wish there were a few more activities or animals for children.

Thank Shawna G
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Pretty cool seeing the sea life but it is a small place. The sea turtles were cool. You can pet stingrays. Small gift shop.

Thank Marie E
Reviewed 1 week ago

After stumbling upon this place my wife and I enjoyed a fun filled day of learning about the local flora and fauna. I had not imagined that morning that I would be "petting" an Atlantic Stingray in the afternoon........

Thank Tom O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

it was raining and we couldn't get in the ocean so my mom decided to give this museum a try. And man it was worth it. We got to see fish and other wildlife. I especially enjoyed seeing the birds especially the bald eagle because...More

Thank Halloween543
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I heard this place was small and bla bla bla but it was great! Lots of friendly and well educated staff with smiling faces and a welcoming spirit to share their passion for marine life. You get to pet the mana rays and learn how...More

1  Thank Abethea
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A really nice science center with marine exhibits and a bird rescue center. Well worth the small price of admission!

Thank Daytona_Mac
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a small place, and the staff give the visitors lots of attention. Plenty of people were available to answer our questions about the animals, and they did demonstrations that let us see the animals up close. My daughter and I got to feed...More

Thank Shannybanany424
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this place small little place right next to the Atlantic with lots of cool sea life and of course the sea turtles that are there for rehabilitation. Kids will love this place as they have a sting ray touch pool and several tanks of...More

Thank bdehartjazz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There were several tanks with fish life to look at. A touch tank had three cow nose and one Atlantic bottle nose sting rays, a horseshoe crab, and a very large Caribbean rock hermit crab. There were large tanks in back with giant turtles receiving...More

Thank Melodycthomas
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Julie H
Is parking free?
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.
Julie H
Is there an additional charge to pet the shark or stingrays (seen kids touching them in a picture on the site)?
September 11, 2016|
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Response from | Reviewed this property |
No. There is no extra charge to pet the sting rays or sharks.
Heather M
How long does it take to go through all of it
July 24, 2016|
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Response from Erin L | Reviewed this property |
We spent about an hour there. It is not very big, but it is a neat place to go and very educational.