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Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve

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Address: 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
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The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM...

The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM Research Reserve) is dedicated to the conservation of natural biodiversity and cultural resources through research and monitoring to guide science-based stewardship and education strategies.

The GTM Research Reserve was formed through a collaboration of Florida's Department of Environmental Protection and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It covers 74,000 acres of coastal lands in northeast Florida from Ponte Vedra Beach to Palm Coast. The GTM Research Reserve is part of a national system of research reserves that focus on research, education and stewardship.

The GTM Research Reserve has a 21,000 square foot Environmental Education Center which includes interpretive exhibits, aquariums, classrooms, teaching and working laboratories, an auditorium and an outdoor amphitheater overlooking the Guana River Aquatic Preserve. Education staff offer programming for all ages on the importance of estuarine ecosystems. A Coastal Training Program offers training for professionals on issues of concern in our local community including watershed, invasive plants and much more.

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Florida, A Natural Beauty

Tired of the tourist attractions? Want to see Florida without the Mackey Mouse, Ripley, and pirates? Spend some time in this beautiful natural setting. There are 2 parts to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Tired of the tourist attractions? Want to see Florida without the Mackey Mouse, Ripley, and pirates? Spend some time in this beautiful natural setting. There are 2 parts to this preserve? The educational center and the park. The center has some exhibits and a documentary. The cost is $2. The documentary gives you good overview, and there are some nice... More 

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Living right near this place for the last 4 years and never visited this place. Stopped by Saturday with my wife and did a small hike of about 1 mile each way. The scenery is amazing! This is what Florida looked like 200 years ago. They have several hikes of varying lengths; places to fish; benches to just sit and... More 

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful beach that runs for miles, a protected Reserve from ocean to river on the lower end of Padre Island.....a rare treat indeed......a learning center, located a the southern end of the Reserve is filled with exhibits and educational material, as well as a small but wonderfully curated aquarium.....don't forget to look for the Bald Eagles

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

We love to walk on the beach and so when they temporarily closed Mickler's Landing for beach renourishment we ventured south (about 3 miles) to this natural preserve. Beach is very wide and long and great to walk on as there were very few people when we were there during the week. Parking is across A!A and costs $3 unless... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

We owe it to ourselves to reconnect with nature and embrace the earth. The reserve was quite and peaceful. It was a welcome departure from loud city noise.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

On a trip here in April, we visited the park for some place to hike and really get into the Florida nature. With the water, woods, sand, and dirt, it was worth the hike. There are plenty of places to fish, plenty of spots to see wildlife, and it is a very well-kept area. I would love to come back... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

I love going to the beach here! There are hardly any people, and it is always amazing. Parking is totally reasonable only $3. There are nice stairways to get to the beach! love love love coming here! :)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

We held my daughter's wedding and reception at the Education Center, and every part of the event was perfect from initial contact through the end of the party. The venue is rented through "Friends of GTM," and allows food and beverage to be catered by an offsite company. We rented the whole facility and had help from Sun & Sea... More 

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GTMResearchReserve, Public Relations Manager at Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, responded to this review

We're so glad that you enjoyed your time at the reserve. We're happy to have been a part of your daughter's special day! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

The GTM Nerr is the US's 25th reserve that offers over 73,000 acres of tidal wetlands, lagoons, uplands and coastal ocean. This is a place of conservation, recreation, education and research. One can spend a day at the research center viewing exhibits, hiking the many trails, wildlife viewing, bicycling, fishing, birding and even volunteering for special projects like butterfly monitoring.... More 

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

The park is a great little get away for a 2-6 mile walk around the reserve. We have seen diamondback rattlesnake and wild pigs.

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