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Marine Science Center

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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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Turtles, education and fun.

Real science at work helping turtles survive by teaching people about turtles. Beautiful location and very friendly and knowledgeable volunteers.

Reviewed 2 days ago
Daytona Beach, Florida
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Daytona Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Real science at work helping turtles survive by teaching people about turtles. Beautiful location and very friendly and knowledgeable volunteers.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Marine Science Center was quite nice. The turtle rehab porch was quite neat overlooking the rehab tanks for the sea turtles. They had a sting ray petting and feeding pool too. Overall fun place to spend an hour or so. Good place for children 6 to 16.

Thank Michael S
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Marine Science Center is a wonderful place to learn about the local marine life. You can feed and pet stingrays and see an octopus amongst others in beautiful tanks. The star in their cap though is the sea turtle rescue, rehab and release hospital. They do amazing work to save the turtles that have been hurt or are sick.... More 

Thank Teresa K
Warner Robins
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We planed to visit here when we visited the light house since it was basically next to each other. My daughter and I have a love for Turtles, The lady that was in the turtle room was very kind and told my daughter and I many stories of the turtles that where sick and healing. My daughter left with a... More 

Thank VeronicaHome2
Cross City, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here today not knowing what to expect! Great and knowledgeable people working here! You could definitely tell that they loved what they did! Learned so much about helping and rehabilitation of the sea turtles and got to pet and feed the stingrays! We loved this place!!! Very Very affordable!!!

Thank AshleyP06
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What an educational tool!! Only $5 for adults. We always have fun when we come to the science center. They have a turtle hospital. They have live stingray feeds that you can help with sometimes. I love this place and will always visit when we come anywhere close!

Thank Angelec C
Greater Cincinnati
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter enjoyed seeing the turtles and the displays. It is a small center which allows for visitors to get up close to the animals.

Thank 3ofakind2007
Central Florida, Florida
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

See the rescued sea turtles. Wonderful museum. About $5. Lots of exhibits...Especially tailored for children. Hands on.

Thank jennifernix55
Union City, Indiana
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very good attraction to learn of the aquatic creatures of the area. They have several different types of turtles in the rehabilitation area as well as birds that are being nursed to health to be reintroduced to the wild. They also have a walking path with a look out tower that overlooks a large swamp area. You can walk past... More 

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Newport, Minnesota
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

This was my third visit to the Marine Science Center and it was still awesome! My 7 year-old was with me as well and she knew right where to go first....the stingray tank! Since she had also been there a couple times before, she knew a lot of information. But, we learned even more! The staff is knowledgeable and friendly... More 

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