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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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Loved it! Small but fun.

This place is a little hard to find but well worth the effort. It's a beautiful marine center. Not... read more

Reviewed August 17, 2017
DeLand, Florida
via mobile
Love this place!

Got to see all kinds of marine life! There is a room where you can hold some of the different sea... read more

Reviewed August 12, 2017
Deanna S
Macon, Georgia
via mobile
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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” (125 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 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
Reviewed August 12, 2017 via mobile

Got to see all kinds of marine life! There is a room where you can hold some of the different sea life... and my fave part, the sea turtles! They have a baby turtle just a few weeks old and the size of a small...More

Thank Deanna S
Reviewed August 11, 2017

A friend suggested we go there for a day trip from St. Augustine. It's a lovely place with a couple of touch pools. It is small, but inexpensive to visit. Admission for seniors was $4, and for other adults $5. The grounds are very nicely...More

Thank kathyl249
Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

We had a lot of fun seeing the turtle hospital. The work they're doing for turtles is amazing. And they have a sting ray touch tank.

Thank NDoyal
Reviewed August 8, 2017 via mobile

We love this place! Our kids cannot get enough of it. Very informative and just all around fun. A must to visit.

Thank Amber M
Reviewed August 8, 2017

We had a wonderful day! I took my granddaughter and 3 great grandchildren for a visit to the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse. The youngest was 5 years old, but he walked the steps all the way to the top. The view was beautiful from here. After...More

Thank Richard R
Reviewed August 6, 2017 via mobile

My kids had such a great time! They enjoyed the touch pool and even got to feed the sting rays. There is a window to the hospital room where you can observe them working on sick or wounded animals. We also went on a guided...More

Thank Carrie G
Reviewed August 6, 2017

Michelle (Education Specialist) and the staff of Marine Science Center are so passionate about serving people and sea animals their enthusiasm is contagious! Touch pools, Intensive Care for hurt animals needing medical care, bird sanctuary and aquarium displays are wonderful. Get there during a feeding...More

Thank 2boysmomj
Reviewed August 5, 2017

This is a very fun place for all ages. They have things that you can look at for fun and for learning. They have a room full of things to touch as well as look at through a microscope. Then there are a couple of...More

Thank tllovern
Reviewed August 1, 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed the touch pools and seeing the turtles they were rehabilitating. The had feeding times and classroom times you could enjoy also.

Thank Andrew L
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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.