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Barrier Island Center

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8385 S Highway A1a, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951-3920
+1 321-723-3556
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Quick Stop

It was a nice stop and the staff were nice. We spent about 45 minutes at the center. Educational... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Nicolas C
Bismarck, North Dakota
Great Spot

Very nice hour for the family, learning about the barrier island and all its wildlife and the eco... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Orlando, Florida
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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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8385 S Highway A1a, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951-3920
+1 321-723-3556
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Reviewed 3 days ago

It was a nice stop and the staff were nice. We spent about 45 minutes at the center. Educational for kids and adults.

Thank Nicolas C
Reviewed 3 days ago

Very nice hour for the family, learning about the barrier island and all its wildlife and the eco system. County operated and staffed. Nice touch

Thank mikeorlando2017
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

We usually come here during some of the events they have. It's very nice and they have some hands on activities for kids. There's a patio with a small play area and it overlooks the beach. Last time we visited my kids got to hold...More

Thank Allie F
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

My grandchildren have to visit it at least once a week. They love it so much. They are both under 9 years🐢🐢🐢

Thank Nancie W
Reviewed 19 August 2017

Very good small museum detailing the marine environment and the local beach area. Interactive displays well done, a small theater, deck, walking trails and fine examples of life found in the local area. Highly recommended. It is located right on the beach with a spectacular...More

Thank Mr_Objectivity
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

This was a very interesting stop when concerned with sea turtles and their environment. The Film regarding, sea turtles, their environment and Florida's Raising Sea Water levels is compelling. To learn that NO STATE MENO CAN MENTION FLORIDA'S RAISING SEA WATER LEVELS is criminal especially...More

Thank 186NeptunusRex
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Great little stop just north of Sebastian Inlet. The center has some really nice local turtle displays you won't find anywhere else, and it has AC so it's a great place to get out of the sun for an hour in the middle of the...More

1  Thank Mike A
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

This is a great place to spend a few hours. There is always an educational event, and guided tours at least once or twice a week. My kids loved the waster egg hunt and the mangrove planting. My visiting friends and family love the guided...More

Thank Victoria S
Reviewed 24 May 2017

Good for kids and adults alike. Short film on the sea turtles. Maps. Fish. Worth a stop. Everyone who visits gets this venue.

Thank Kathleen R
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Beautiful miles of white sand beach and a learning opportunity for those who love Sea Turtles and care about their preservation. Route A1A runs all along the ocean with many places to access the beach. Part of the Archie Carr Wildlife Refuge. The center is...More

Thank Nancy N
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30 April 2017|
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Response from Nichole P | Property representative |
Hey Jeff, Sorry we didn't see this question earlier, starting May 1st we start taking reservations for night time guided turtle walks which occur in June and July. In August and September we offer turtle digs which evaluate... More
Judy S
22 December 2014|
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Response from George H | Reviewed this property |
They don't have it,,,,said to try Barnes & Noble or internet direct