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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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This was a fun visit for all ages. The place is small, but definitely worth going! The little ones... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Owosso, Michigan
You can pet a stingray

We were looking for something to do on a cloudy day, and this was perfect. Admission is only $5... read more

Reviewed 6 days 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” (74 reviews)
“sea turtles” (124 reviews)
“touch pool” (49 reviews)
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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 3 days ago

This was a fun visit for all ages. The place is small, but definitely worth going! The little ones got to touch and feed the sting rays. They also got to touch some other sea creatures. The employees were very helpful and really knew their...More

Thank Rosebush20
Reviewed 6 days ago

We were looking for something to do on a cloudy day, and this was perfect. Admission is only $5 for adults, $4 for seniors. We touched stingrays which came right up to the surface of an observation pool, and at feeding times you can feed...More

Thank Gwennie55
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here on our way to lighthouse. Small facility, was fun for the kids. Not a lot to see or do. Enjoyed getting to see the turtles, love the idea of the center and what it is doing!!

Thank Stephanie S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great place to go with our toddler and my 11 year old step daughter. We were looking for a place to visit for an hour or so. It is located further down the coast, but worth he drive. It’s inexpensive too. It...More

Thank Megan M
Reviewed November 23, 2017

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 November 19, 2017

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 November 14, 2017

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 November 8, 2017

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
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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.