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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
Phone Number: +1 904-823-4500
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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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Great for nice long walks.

Terrific place to get out of the sun and walk for a couple of hours to various waterfront beautiful views. Bring a fishing pole if you like. The paths are color coded and fairly... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 July 2016
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West Islip, New York
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West Islip, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Terrific place to get out of the sun and walk for a couple of hours to various waterfront beautiful views. Bring a fishing pole if you like. The paths are color coded and fairly easy to follow but if a little lost, just ask someone. There is always someone there to help. Nice place for a visit.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

We didn't know what to expect but decided to take our 6 1/2 year old son to the educational center at Guana. He loved it and so did we! Everything was labeled well and there was a wonderful display outlining the ecological environment of the Pone Vedra area. Outside, you could easily walk over to view the estuary and there... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

This is the best beach in Jax and Ponte Vedra Beach. If you go please clean up your trash and respect others.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

I've lived in Florida 34 years and learned some things I didn't know about estuarine environments. The views are amazing. Education center is handicapped accessible, as are some walkways. Would love to have been able to participate in a guided exploration. Those take place infrequently, so check before you go and plan accordingly. Also, when I called, we were warned... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

It was hot out, so we didn't really explore the trails. We stopped at the nature center which has nice exhibits of the wildlife. Staff was very friendly.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

I love to spend a day here. Fishing, or across at the beach access. The nature is breath taking. The real Florida - dunes, tides, crabs, birds, lizards, and of course the insects too! I've seen plenty of kayakers - I just haven't given that a try yet. They have nice facilities, so don't let that stop you from stopping... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

With four energetic youngsters who will go in four different directions, my wife and I decided that the public beaches near Jacksonville Beach were too crowded to keep track of them safely. We headed down A1A aiming for the third parking spot with beach access that are part of the Reserve. Unfortunately, that one was closed for the day, so... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016

Mostly we come to Ponte Vedra to the beach and for great restaurants. This reserve with miles of trails, beaches, birds a river, and lots more is a great place to get out into the nature. Costs $3 to park. Museum is free. Well worth a detour if you have the time.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

It has an okay education center but it looked like a dozen other centers. The best thing was the telescope set up to watch the Bald eagle's nest. I had hoped for a walking path for my mom (whose in her 80s), but if there was one, we didnt find it.

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Panama City Beach, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016

This GTM Reserve experience was mixed for me. I think that it was somewhat interesting but mainly, it was not the most fun experience. I think that places like the St. Augustine Eco-Tour is a much better experience than doing this. However, these people do try to help the environment which is always good.

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