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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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Interesting and informative!

Really enjoyed visiting this small museum that also houses a turtle hospital. Touch pool... read more

Reviewed May 24, 2016
Susan G
New Boston, Michigan
Great for kids and adults!

Enjoyed the information provided by the Center as it was geared to children and adults. The lady... read more

Reviewed May 22, 2016
Grand Island, Nebraska
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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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  • Average6%
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“bird sanctuary” (73 reviews)
“sea turtles” (119 reviews)
“touch pool” (41 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 May 24, 2016

Really enjoyed visiting this small museum that also houses a turtle hospital. Touch pool, artificial reef and many sea creatures to enjoy.

1  Thank Susan G
Reviewed May 22, 2016

Enjoyed the information provided by the Center as it was geared to children and adults. The lady talking about the snakes and turtles really held the kid's attention. Young and old were allowed to feed the sting rays which was fun. Would recommend.

1  Thank 50ishtraveler
Reviewed May 22, 2016

For only $5 we got to experience turtles, sting rays, sharks and other marine life. This is basically a turtle hospital/emergency with extras. Great information sessions and beautiful tanks with Florida marine life. My favorite is an open tank with stingrays and small sharks where...More

1  Thank Denys B
Reviewed May 21, 2016

What a nice location for children and adults. We enjoyed the turtles undergoing rehab and the birds. My favorite were the sting rays and shark in a petting tank. You can also feed them and that is fun. The staff and helpers are very knowledgeable...More

1  Thank Daisycat75
Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

How wonderful of a little educational gem this place is! Not to mention the great rehab work they do.

1  Thank Crystal W
Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

Our second trip. Inexpensive, informitive, friendly, and a great place all around. The bird sanctuary, the stingray petting pool, the staff, all wonderful.

1  Thank Jaynebrooks
Reviewed May 19, 2016

they have alot of animals to see and to learn about my kids really liked going there and seeing all the aniamls they can see there

1  Thank Jessika L
Reviewed May 19, 2016

Wanting to get out of the house with our 8 month old son my wife and I took the short drive to Ponce Inlet. We had a great time wandering around and showing everything to our son. He loved the touch pool, and he even...More

1  Thank Dallas D
Reviewed May 19, 2016

Have been there multiple times with the kids. Staff is extremely nice and knowledgeable. Be sure to hit the lighthouse nearby.

2  Thank Rich J
Reviewed May 18, 2016

The Marine Science Center is a great place to learn about the marine life of the Daytona Beach area, and it is an excellent place to experience the work that is being done to help wildlife that have been injured or are sick. Being an...More

1  Thank GeneRammage
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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.