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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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great for kids

If you are staying in the area on a beach vaca, its a good place to go on a rainy day or when the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Amy W
Small, but fabulous for the price!

Made the 2 hr drive over to check it out and the lighthouse. We have been the Epcot Living Seas... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Clermont, 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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  • Average6%
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
100 Lighthouse Dr, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127-7325
+1 386-304-5545
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Reviewed yesterday

If you are staying in the area on a beach vaca, its a good place to go on a rainy day or when the kids need to take a break and get out of the sun for a bit. Touch sting rays, learn about how...More

Thank Amy W
Reviewed 6 days ago

Made the 2 hr drive over to check it out and the lighthouse. We have been the Epcot Living Seas many times and I was worried my kids might feel this place was blah. I was wrong! We all had a great time. The staff...More

Thank tracey11474
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wife and I drove down after seeing the ad in the local discovery map. Since we are over 50 we were able to get in for $444 each on the senior discount. Regular admission is $5. After you pay, you go to the right and...More

Thank TravellingAZTeacher
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had an enjoyable visit. The employees that were talking about the marine life were very informative. We enjoyed listening to them. There is a classroom, a hospital area for injured wildlife and feeding area and more.

Thank Cheryl Z
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The marine center is very small, but we enjoyed our visit. We enjoyed the sting ray touch tank and another touch tank containing sea urchins. There are a few aquariums with various fish, sea horses, an octopus, turtles, etc. My favorite was the sea turtle...More

Thank Brandie Q
Reviewed 1 week ago

Always having a love for all animals, but especially turtles, I dragged my husband to see this wonderful place! They are doing such wonderful things to help injured animals, and it is well worth the price you pay. I only wish we could have seen...More

Thank Cindy H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awesome experience for the kids the cost was not bad at all very affordable so much for the kids to see and do awesome souvenir shop amazing place to visit during your trip a must!!! It was a little warm being that we went in...More

Thank MzAshAB
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was by far one of the best things we did while on vacation. They have a turtle rehabilitation center, a sting ray touch tank, and different specifies of birds all in one area. If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind experience, I would highly recommend...More

Thank David K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is great whether you have children or just like wildlife yourself. They have a great cause and the things they do are awesome. You can see all sorts of animals up close or from a distance and you will learn a lot while...More

Thank Utjk2006
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our second visit to the MSC and we will definitely return next year. We love this place! It is small but well done and they actually do amazing rehab work for sea life, which we totally support. Highly recommend stopping by.

Thank Steph C
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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.
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.
Heather M
25 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.