The Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet is an educational center focusing on marine life in coastal Florida. They have living exhibits that show some of the ecosystems you will find in wild Florida.
We saw horseshoe crabs, needlefish, puffer fish, snook, freshwater turtles, hermit crabs, and much more. Bryan really liked it. It was a small facility but packed with fun things to see and do. They have a Turtle hospital there, where they are taking care of injured loggerhead turtles, in large round holding tanks, until they are ready to be released into the wild.
Right next door is the Mary Keller Seabird Rehabilitation Sanctuary, where they are taking care of injured Eagles, pelicans, owls, red shouldered hawks, and more. They have treated and released over 4500 birds there since 2004.
On the property are nature trails and a climbable overlook, which you can get a great view of the surrounding area.
The entrance fee was very reasonable and they have a well stocked gift shop. I felt good about spending money here, as the proceeds will go to the rehabilitation and release of some wonderful sea creatures.
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