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Marine Science Center

Holiday Travel Guide

Known as an environmental odyssey, this is the perfect place to learn about Florida’s local creatures and their habitat and have a hands-on wildlife experience.

Ponce Inlet Marine Science Center is a great place to learn about local sea creatures and birds and see them at close range. The center is home to a variety of wildlife, including turtles, pelicans and stingrays, and offers many interactive activities to delight the entire family.

Get your hands wet in the stingray touch pool filled with Atlantic stingrays, fish, crabs, anemones, sea urchins and other species from Central Florida’s local waters. Enjoy the rare opportunity to actually touch these creatures.

Explore the turtle rehabilitation center, which has seven hospital pools for sick and injured sea turtles, hatchlings and washbacks. Newly hatched sea turtles that have been washed ashore by rough waters have been given the logical name, washbacks. Once the turtles recover, they are released into the ocean. You can also observe land turtles and tortoises that are cared for by the facility.

View the hospital pools from the Turtle Terrace, which is located at the front of the center.Visit the bird rehabilitation facility, a haven for sick and injured birds of all shapes and sizes. Meet pelicans, night herons and bald eagles, and learn more about them from the center’s rehabilitation staff. When they have made a full recovery, the birds are also released back into the wild.

Walk along the nature trail and admire native vegetation and wildlife. Climb the Bird Observation Tower to enjoy stunning views of Ponce Inlet, and try to spot local birds such as osprey, Peregrine falcons, terns, cormorants and egrets.

Attend a wildlife talk or participate in one of the educational programs run by the center throughout the year. Open to adults and children, these programs provide information about wildlife in the area and assist in the center’s ongoing research. Call the center to register before your visit.

The center is open Tuesday through Sunday and charges a small entry fee for adults, with discounts for children. The facility is a 30-minute drive south of downtown Daytona Beach and has free on-site parking. The Marine Science Center is the perfect place to get close to local ocean creatures and learn something new.

Top 10 Hotels Near Marine Science Center

"life At Sea" - Luxury Beach-side Pool Home - 4br/2.5ba
"life At Sea" - Luxury Beach-side Pool Home - 4br/2.5ba
46 Ocean Way Drie, Ponce Inlet, FL
Located in Lighthouse Place, this holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Ponce de Leon Lighthouse and Museum, Marine Science Center and Ponce Inlet Beach. ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Great location
"The house is Nina great location and very nice. When we arrived we found that someone had broken the glass shower door. We were told it was going to be cleaned up. We had to call the property managers back because the cleaners left most of the glass in the shower. The cleaners came back again and ..."

Reviewed on 26 Jun,2021

"life At Sea" - Luxury Beach-side Pool Home - 4br/2.5ba
Kiawah Bay Apartment 2
Kiawah Bay Apartment 2
3 out of 5
4860 S. Atlantic Avenue, Ponce Inlet, FL
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Ponce Inlet Beach, Marine Science Center and Ponce de Leon Lighthouse and Museum. ...
Kiawah Bay Apartment 2
Beachside Condo!!! Renovation Just Finished
Beachside Condo!!! Renovation Just Finished
30 Inlet Harbor Rd, 2010, Ponce Inlet, FL
Situated near the beach, this condo is within 1 mile (2 km) of Ponce Inlet Beach, Marine Science Center and Ponce de Leon Lighthouse and Museum. Lighthouse Point ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Nice Ponce Inlet vacation condo
"Condo is very comfortable, clean, and tastefully decorated. It has everything we needed for a month’s stay, without being cluttered. Owners were very responsive to our questions and requests. Location is in a quiet area, but near some of our favorite restaurants. Would not hesitate to stay there ..."

Reviewed on 10 Feb,2020

Beachside Condo!!! Renovation Just Finished
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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"life At Sea" - Luxury Beach-side Pool Home - 4br/2.5ba
"life At Sea" - Luxury Beach-side Pool Home - 4br/2.5ba
46 Ocean Way Drie, Ponce Inlet, FL
"life At Sea" - Luxury Beach-side Pool Home - 4br/2.5ba
Kiawah Bay Apartment 2
Kiawah Bay Apartment 2
3 out of 5
4860 S. Atlantic Avenue, Ponce Inlet, FL
Kiawah Bay Apartment 2
Beachside Condo!!! Renovation Just Finished
Beachside Condo!!! Renovation Just Finished
30 Inlet Harbor Rd, 2010, Ponce Inlet, FL
Beachside Condo!!! Renovation Just Finished
Beautiful Ponce Inlet 2bd Condo. 100 Yards to the Beach! Beach Supplies/bikes
Beautiful Ponce Inlet 2bd Condo. 100 Yards to the Beach! Beach Supplies/bikes
30 Inlet Harbor Rd, Ponce Inlet, FL
Beautiful Ponce Inlet 2bd Condo. 100 Yards to the Beach! Beach Supplies/bikes
An Architectural gem Surrounded by Beachy Oak Trees! Must See! New Construction!
An Architectural gem Surrounded by Beachy Oak Trees! Must See! New Construction!
4816 S Peninsula Dr, Ponce Inlet, FL
An Architectural gem Surrounded by Beachy Oak Trees! Must See! New Construction!
Island Home - Private Pool - Ponce Inlet - Daytona Beach
Island Home - Private Pool - Ponce Inlet - Daytona Beach
67 CALUMET, Ponce Inlet, FL
Island Home - Private Pool - Ponce Inlet - Daytona Beach
Peace and Quiet by the Beach
Peace and Quiet by the Beach
68 Calumet Ave, Ponce Inlet, FL
Peace and Quiet by the Beach
New! Beachfront Ponce Inlet Condo w/ Pool & More!
New! Beachfront Ponce Inlet Condo w/ Pool & More!
4745 South Atlantic Avenue, Ponce Inlet, FL
New! Beachfront Ponce Inlet Condo w/ Pool & More!
Ponce Inlet Beach House
Ponce Inlet Beach House
4732 S Atlantic Ave, Ponce Inlet, FL
Ponce Inlet Beach House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.