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Address: 100 Lighthouse Dr, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127-7325
Phone Number:
+1 386-304-5545
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09:00 - 16:00
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 09:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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We stopped by here one day to check it out. It's small but lots of cool stuff to see inside. There's also a bird sanctuary across the parking lot but that part was closed due to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped by here one day to check it out. It's small but lots of cool stuff to see inside. There's also a bird sanctuary across the parking lot but that part was closed due to hurricane Matthew. The stingray touch pool was our favorite part of the place. The people working there were very friendly and helpful. Worth it... More 

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Beebe, Arkansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We made it to the marine center just in time for the sting ray feeding time. My children who are in college enjoyed watching the younger children feed the rays. We were glad to see the sea turtle recovery process as well as the aviary recovery! Good trip, well worth the time and money for a worthy cause.

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Mississauga, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a small center that helps to rehabilitate injured sea turtles and birds. They have an area where you can feed sting rays, watch the doctors help injured patients and some nice displays. There is an outside area where you can view birds that can no longer be released back into the wild. There is also an education room... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This small science center has an amazing variety of marine animals and an enthusiastic staff that demonstrate and explain what visitors are seeing. Today we were enthralled by an octopus during "dinner time", sting rays in an "okay-to-touch" pool, turtles warming themselves under sun lamps, a moray eel that was trying to hide from us, and a fascinating presentation and... More 

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Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've come to Ponce Inlet for 3 years now and just made it over to the Marine Science Center. Excellent! Lots and lots of live creatures including a bunch of different turtles, fish, and marine life in tanks that allow up close viewing. And you get to see where they rehabilitate turtles of all types and sizes, some very large... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When we got there. Three school buses of kids were on a field trip but we went in anyway. The children were very well behaved. The Rays were swimming in there pool and we were able to pet them. An injured turtle was being tended to in the ER area which has a window which allows you to see what's... More 

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Bellingham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 weeks ago

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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