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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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It was a rainy day on our vacation so we gave this place a shot. With the inexpensive admission rate I wasn't getting my hopes up! This place was fantastic! Staff was friendly and... read more

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Bellingham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was a rainy day on our vacation so we gave this place a shot. With the inexpensive admission rate I wasn't getting my hopes up! This place was fantastic! Staff was friendly and knowledgeable and we all had a great time. I'd definitely go back

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Although it was raining and we did not see bird sanctuary it was a wonderful experience. Tickets were extremely reasonable and staff friendly and knowledgeable.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Some friends recommended that we check out the Marine Science Center since we planned to see the lighthouse nearby. Glad we did! They have touch tanks with sea cucumbers, visitors who are present for the stingray feeding have an opportunity to feed them and they even feed the seldom-seen octopus. The facility seems to be mainly staffed by volunteers who... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Marine Science Centre is such a "special" place. It is an honour really - to be able to see what they do and what incredible achievements they have made with regard to marine life. The safety of sea turtles in particular and their incredible efforts to heal their wounds inflicted by BOATS, SHARKS AND OTHER SPECIES is exemplorary. The... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed our visit here and got to see many sea creatures. You can also feed a sting ray from your hand a unique experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Enjoyed seeing the turtle and birds very informative staff good thing to do for 2_3 hours in a very pretty setting the staff went out of the way to answer questions.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

I got to feed the stingrays and actually touch them in their tank. They have lots of different types of fish and ocean life. It was interesting seeing the turtles that they have taken in to heal and what they do to take care of them. They also have a bird sanctuary to walk thru.

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Port Orange, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Took my friend to visit, she loved the tour and seeing how the turtles are cared for and the whole experience.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

This volunteer run rehab centre for marine and bird wildlife is small but manages to cram alot in. The "classroom sessions / presentations " are upbeat and interesting. The guides managed to engage the children and involve them in the talks. Very informative and informal !

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Self guided tour of ONE room! Very disappointed. Some tanks with cool eels & fish and a hands on pet the stingray tank but otherwise quite boring. Even the turtle rescue area had 3 turtles in the pools- no one working, nothing to explain why each turtle was there or what they were hoping to do with them. The bird... More 

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