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“Free fun with the kids”

Barrier Island Center
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Owner description: The 34-acre Sanctuary and education center offers visitors a place to explore the dynamic coastal environment. An observation deck, boardwalk and overlook offer magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean. A 1-mile hiking trail winds visitors across the barrier island, from the ocean to the Indian River Lagoon. Inside visitors can explore aquariums and interactive exhibits, view eco-themed movies in the theater, or shop in the Mermaid's Purse gift shop. The Sanctuary is the environmental education center for the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, one of the most important nesting beaches in the world for sea turtles. Guided sea turtle walks are offered during June and July and a variety of environmental education programs and activities are regularly offered for visitors of all ages. Admission is always free, open Tuesday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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177 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Free fun with the kids”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

This was a great, informative little center. Lots of hands on learning activities in the center. Great location, easy to find right on the A1A. We took a 1 mile hike that went from the center, down the boardwalk and looped across the street. It was so quiet back there. Saw tons of crabs (even a few larger blue crabs), lots of birds, fish, spiders and bugs. I would recommend using bug spray as we ended up swatting the mosquitos the whole time. It was a very cool experience and who doesn't love some free activities that the kids can enjoy too

Visited June 2014
3 Thank natys_mommy
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Melbourne Beach, Florida
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31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Worth a visit!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

Great building to learn about sea turtles that nest annually on the beach which is right outside the huge windows! Fun gift shop and don' t miss the short film all about the giant turtles. If you visit in the summer, you can sign up for an evening turtle walk on the beach with a volunteer who will take you to see a turtle laying her eggs( (without disturbing her).

Visited December 2013
3 Thank gsellers4
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Sebastian, Florida
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99 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Sea Turtle Nesting Hot Spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2014

This is small free museum that is well worth the stop. It is on A1A near Sebastian Inlet State Park and one of the hot spots for sea turtle nesting. You can learn about the species that nest in this area it in the museum and then in the March to October time frame go on their lovely deck and see the tracks of the nesting turtles from the night before. In the winter months we sometimes see endangered Right Whales pass by with their calves just off shore of the museum.

Visited February 2014
1 Thank Harry R
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Rochester, New York
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“An interesting afternoon!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2014

I only wish that this center were larger! The short films were very interesting and informative. And, we enjoyed the 1/2 mile walk through the refuge. In a beautiful spot overlooking the dunes and the Atlantic. It would be great to return to see the turtles hatch and find their way to the ocean!

Visited March 2014
3 Thank Deborah A
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A great way to learn about the natural wonders of our Barrier Island”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

Beautiful center overlooking the dunes and Atlantic Ocean....a must see if you want to learn about the ecology of the Barrier Island...great for kids, great for adults, everyone really! Admission is FREE...displays, exhibits, films, and lots of scheduled events. Beach and rivers walking trails are available for all ages!

Visited December 2012
2 Thank cbaduini
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