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“An eye opening experience”

The Turtle Hospital
Ranked #2 of 48 things to do in Marathon
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed February 13, 2013

Highly recommend this place if you have any interest in sea turtles. The entrance fee is fair and all the money goes back into the hospital. The people here do amazing work and my husband and I really enjoyed the tour. Our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgable. You get up close and personal with several types of sea turtles (even get to feed them a snack) and learn about the challenges that these majestic creatures face. Be prepared to see some very disheartening images when you see what fishing lines and boats do to these amazing animals. I love that this hospital exists to help with injured and sick turtles!

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Reviewed February 10, 2013

A friend recommended that we stop at The Turtle Hospital and I am so glad we took her advice. This not-for-profit organization rescues sea turtles that have been injured or that are ill and rehabilitates them, returning them to the ocean or keeping them at their facility if needed. The guided tour is fascinating. It was the best money I spent on my entire 3-week vacation in Florida!

2  Thank AnnaSoo
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

We stayed next door, so we thought we would drop in and check it out after seeing good reviews. I have two older teens that typically balk at such tours. However, the tour was outstanding! I was so impressed by the work that they are doing to save endangered species. Do stop in for a great 90 minutes and to support a very worthy cause.

Thank David C
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

An interesting tour and lecture by knowledgable personnel. They are providing a great service to the Keys.

Thank shoals
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

If you are driving to the keys, the turtle hospital is a great spot to stretch your legs. They have tours every hour starting on the hour which takes you around the hospital to see sea turtles patients in treatment and rehabilitation.

The 90 minutes tour is informative and our guide most patient and knowledgeable. Keep in mind it is not a cruise ship excursion nor an aquarium. You will not get to play or swim with these turtles. You do, however, have a chance to feed them and take lots of photos.

Wildlife lovers might feel a little sad afterwards. It was a very educational experience nonetheless.

Thank Verlisia
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