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Marine Science Center

#2 of 19 things to do in Ponce Inlet Features Animals
100 Lighthouse Dr, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127-7325
+1 386-304-5545
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Got to see all kinds of marine life! There is a room where you can hold some of the different sea... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Deanna S
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Macon, Georgia
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Small But Impressive

A friend suggested we go there for a day trip from St. Augustine. It's a lovely place with a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
kathyl249
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St. Augustine, Florida
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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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100 Lighthouse Dr, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127-7325
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Got to see all kinds of marine life! There is a room where you can hold some of the different sea life... and my fave part, the sea turtles! They have a baby turtle just a few weeks old and the size of a small...More

Thank Deanna S
Reviewed 1 week ago

A friend suggested we go there for a day trip from St. Augustine. It's a lovely place with a couple of touch pools. It is small, but inexpensive to visit. Admission for seniors was $4, and for other adults $5. The grounds are very nicely...More

Thank kathyl249
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a lot of fun seeing the turtle hospital. The work they're doing for turtles is amazing. And they have a sting ray touch tank.

Thank NDoyal
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love this place! Our kids cannot get enough of it. Very informative and just all around fun. A must to visit.

Thank Amber M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a wonderful day! I took my granddaughter and 3 great grandchildren for a visit to the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse. The youngest was 5 years old, but he walked the steps all the way to the top. The view was beautiful from here. After...More

Thank Richard R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My kids had such a great time! They enjoyed the touch pool and even got to feed the sting rays. There is a window to the hospital room where you can observe them working on sick or wounded animals. We also went on a guided...More

Thank Carrie G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Michelle (Education Specialist) and the staff of Marine Science Center are so passionate about serving people and sea animals their enthusiasm is contagious! Touch pools, Intensive Care for hurt animals needing medical care, bird sanctuary and aquarium displays are wonderful. Get there during a feeding...More

Thank 2boysmomj
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very fun place for all ages. They have things that you can look at for fun and for learning. They have a room full of things to touch as well as look at through a microscope. Then there are a couple of...More

Thank tllovern
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed the touch pools and seeing the turtles they were rehabilitating. The had feeding times and classroom times you could enjoy also.

Thank Andrew L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My boys and I visited this facility today. It is small but very interesting. There are tanks with stingrays, horseshoe crabs, sea horses, fish, an octopus, and coral. You can touch the cow nose stingrays and even feed them. There is a turtle hospital there....More

Thank Mom2samandjames
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Julie H
11 September 2016|
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Response from Megan B | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is free. There are limited spots right next to the building. We had to park on the road.
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Julie H
11 September 2016|
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Response from Marcela A | Reviewed this property |
No. There is no extra charge to pet the sting rays or sharks.
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Heather M
24 July 2016|
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Response from Erin L | Reviewed this property |
We spent about an hour there. It is not very big, but it is a neat place to go and very educational.
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