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Address: 100 Lighthouse Dr, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127-7325
Phone Number: +1 386-304-5545
09:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sun 09:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

At the Marine Science Center our main goal is rescue, rehabilitation and...

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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Great learning experience

Wonderful place. Fun and educational for all ages. They help with injured sea life such as turtles and birds. They have on hands things for the young and old to see and touch

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful place. Fun and educational for all ages. They help with injured sea life such as turtles and birds. They have on hands things for the young and old to see and touch

Thank supergrams
Prineville, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our party was made up of three adults and one 8 month old. It was a simple $5 to get in which wasn't bad at all. The touch pool where we were able to pet the stingrays were very cool! The turtle rehab was our favorite part, we were even able to watch them feed the turtles that are currently... More 

Thank Kierra A
Louisville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hubby was working, so the kids and I headed to the Marine Science Center. We had a good time. A tv crew was there recording the release of one of the sea turtle. That was interesting. Getting to touch the sting rays was pretty neat too!! Over all we had a good time. Wish it was a little larger, but... More 

Thank Gage113
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Small, but informative & fun. Inexpensive & informative. Not what I was expecting, but not at all disappointing.

Thank Alexander P
Freeland, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a wonderful way to spend some time with your kids. The staff is wonderful and they go above and beyond to teach kids the importance of treating the environment and wildlife with respect. A must see when you are near Daytona.

Thank Dbellin2013
Brownsburg, IN
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very small attraction. The facility is gorgeous and in great condition, but you can tour the whole thing in about 20 minutes. Really only 2 rooms with a hand-full of aquariums, and an another area with some large tubs for rescuing sea turtles. We visited in mid-November, so maybe that's just not the best time for a visit. They probably... More 

Thank davesellshouses
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

They focus a lot on turtles but there are other things you can learn about. The ray feeding tank, the alligator stuff and some snake items like a snake skin roll. They are a turtle rescue center and they had a lot of "wash backs" from hurricane Hermine. We're planning a cub scout trip there soon and think the kids... More 

Thank gville2otown
Fife Lake, MI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Had another great time here. They had turtle hatchlings in on of the pools. Not too many sea turtles this time which is a good thing. Sting ray touch pool is always my favorite. They also had a touch pool with urchins and other creatures. The staff is top notch and very knowledgeable. Fun place for all!

Thank TrinaFifeLake
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Stopped as I heard on the news they had a number of Sea Turtles from the recent storm. Small fee to get in and the place is doing a lot of good. Great for kids and adults who enjoy nature. We found ourselves taken back by the number of Sea Turtles which were stranded and needing help. Most look as... More 

Thank WWCSeaview
Georgetown, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

What a fun place! The staff is very knowledgeable about the various critters they care for. The facility is clean, the animals are well cared for, and the admission is very reasonable. Loved seeing the baby turtles!

Thank Bridget W

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