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“Beautiful natural coastline”

Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Reserve was established in 1999 as a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) System and is one of three NERRs in Florida. The Reserve staff manage the Guana Dam parking area, three beach lots (north, middle, and south), a trail system, the EEC, and a field office in Marineland, Florida. The Reserve’s 73,256 acres also includes Guana River Wildlife Management Area, Deep Creek State Forest, Stokes Landing Conservation Area, Fort Matanzas National Monument, Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, Faver-Dykes State Park, Moses Creek Conservation Area, Pellicer Creek Conservation Area, Princess Place Preserve, and the River to Sea Preserve, all of which are managed by separate agencies. The Reserve is an important economic, ecological, and educational resource for local communities. The estuary provides valuable ecological services such as a nursery, storm protection, flood protection, oyster habitat, and water quality. Its health is fundamental to the survival of endangered ocean species such as the North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) and sea turtles. These resources provide economic opportunities in the form of fishing, recreational businesses, and jobs. As a NERR, the Reserve conducts scientific research, stewardship activities, and educational programs. Some of the unique aspects of this Reserve are its rich cultural history, location by the first city in America, pristine and quiet beaches, and diverse habitats.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
south carolina
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60 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Beautiful natural coastline”
Reviewed January 20, 2012

Going there it is easy to imagine what the coast must have looked like a 100 years ago.

Visited January 2012
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toronto
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“stunning scenery”
Reviewed January 11, 2012

ive spent many days hiking out there and its soooo beautiful...watch out for some big gators though on the north side, but def worth seeing..

Visited January 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Excellent education center, large reserve”
Reviewed October 28, 2011

This is somewhat like a national park with a research and education focus. The education center is really well done. On the ceiling are life size replicas of Right whales, turtles and more. The exhibits are really well done. The beach across the street is a shallow slope and quiet. Good place forthe family.

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St. Augustine, Florida
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve”
Reviewed August 17, 2009

This is located just north of Vilano or is considered South Ponte Vedra. I am a local and never knew this was here. I had family in town so I took my 13 yo nephew and sister in law. This was a wonderful educational facility! So much to look at and i thought very cheap ($2 for an adult). They featured a turtle the day we were there. I enjoyed this myself.

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