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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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If you live nature or want your kids to love it, this is a MUST SEE

We will admit it, we love all things birds, all things wild, all things alive. What better place... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Miami, Florida
Turtles on the Mend, Playful Stingrays, Sea Treasures

I'd driven past the Marine Science Center a couple times during visits to Ponce Inlet but had no... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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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” (73 reviews)
“sea turtles” (124 reviews)
“touch pool” (49 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
100 Lighthouse Dr, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127-7325
+1 386-304-5545
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We will admit it, we love all things birds, all things wild, all things alive. What better place than this? You can walk the nature trail. You can visit the rehab center and learn about what we humans can do to help (and sadly, hurt)...More

Thank Tootsielala55
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'd driven past the Marine Science Center a couple times during visits to Ponce Inlet but had no time to check it out. So this trip was planned specifically to visit the center. The location is off the beaten path, about ten miles south of...More

Thank FancyFree55
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place was small but well laid out. It is very close to the lighthouse. There is a room with all of the rehabilitating turtles. You cannot get close to them (they are behind glass and you are above in a viewing area) but you...More

Thank wvfriend
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have visited there a few times when visitors come to stay. The cost is a mere $5.00 but the displays are good. There is a stingray tank where you can pet them. The intensive care unit is very sad. Mostly sea turtles injured by...More

1  Thank glennawalkden
Reviewed October 8, 2017

stopped by here and enjoyed feeding the stingrays. staff very friendly and informative, well worth the 5$

Thank dwpllp72
Reviewed October 8, 2017 via mobile

My friend and I recently visited this place, it was small but nice, very affordable, we got to pet the sting rays and the had a sea turtle exhibit that had stories about each one there it was overall a nice little trip

Thank Erika M
Reviewed October 3, 2017

The Marine Science Center is a great little treasure hidden in Ponce Inlet. Loved seeing the sea turtles and touching the sting rays. They also have lion fish, seahorses, hermit crabs, and other fish. Call ahead to learn when feeding times are.

Thank Kelsey T
Reviewed October 2, 2017

The do Turtle and Sea Bird Rehab at the center. You will learn all about their work ans see their patients. They also have an aquatic touch pool and Gallery. Plan to spen a few hours. Have lunch a short walk away and also visit...More

Thank MrPat4642
Reviewed September 29, 2017 via mobile

Very friendly and helpful staff Our grandson fed the rays . We also had a walk around the nature trail

Thank playford
Reviewed September 14, 2017 via mobile

The center was mentioned to us at our hotel and we decided to go. We enjoyed the center. They have small touch pool with sting rays. They are happy to answer questions for you. Also take advantage of the walking trail.

Thank mechanic1987
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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
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.
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.