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Marine Science Center

Features Animals
100 Lighthouse Dr, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127-7325
+1 386-304-5545
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family time

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

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mount Pulaski, Illinois
Neat place

My friend and I recently visited this place, it was small but nice, very affordable, we got to pet... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Erika M
Maryville, Tennessee
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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” (121 reviews)
“touch pool” (48 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 1 week ago

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

Thank dwpllp72
Reviewed 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago via mobile

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

Thank playford
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed September 6, 2017 via mobile

Visited 3 times this summer with different ages: 8, 6, and 4. All 3 ages loved the stingray pool where they could touch and feed stingrays. The staff answered all questions with patience and knowledge. They also enjoyed the turtles. On one visit we saw...More

Thank Kuner
Reviewed September 5, 2017

What a wonderful little place to see native birds and sealife! It was wonderful to know that there's a place like this to help injured wildlife. Really enjoyed getting to touch the sting rays and seeing the sea turtles! Would be a great place to...More

Thank julu74
Reviewed August 24, 2017

So much packed into a small space! A touch pool with cownose stingrays, a living reef display, a venomous fish tank, and several other tanks housing seahorses, eels, and an octopus. There's even a giant mangrove simulation tank with the cutest balloon fish. But the...More

Thank raineesaid
Reviewed August 17, 2017 via mobile

This place is a little hard to find but well worth the effort. It's a beautiful marine center. Not a whole lot to see, but you don't have to pay a lot either. It would be great for small children.

Thank TK123456
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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.