Marine Science Center653 Votes Currently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- Address: 100 Lighthouse Drive, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127, U, 32127, Daytona Beach, United States
- Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-3863045545
- Fax: +13863045548
- Ticket Price: 5 USD
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Aquarium, Educational Site, Entertainment, Family And Kids, Social, Arts, Museums
The Marine Science Centre is a research centre focusing on conservation and rehabilitation of sea turtles, sting rays and other marine life along with seabird rehabilitation as well. Take an environmental journey as you expand your knowledge about the area's diverse marine life. Visitors even get to touch stingrays. At their exhibit gallery, you will find many interesting objects on display, like whale skulls and 300-year-old brain coral!
Entrance Ticket Details For Marine Science Center
- Seniors – USD 4
- Adults (13 and over) – USD 5
- Youth (3 - 12) – USD 2
- Children 2 and under - Free
Marine Science Center Hours
- Summer Hours: Memorial Day to Labor Day
- Winter Hours: Labor Day to Memorial Day
How to Reach Marine Science Center
- Marine Science Center bus stop
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78.3% of people who visit Daytona Beach include Marine Science Center in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
90% of people start their Marine Science Center visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Marine Science Center
76.47% of people prefer walking in order to reach Marine Science Center
Marine Science Center Reviews & Ratings
It was raining, very heavily, so instead of the beach headed to this little gem. It's not vast and only cost $5. The entrance is windy via a wooden path with some features in the garden area. In the building they hold 'classes' on marine biology (none running when I visited) and they have a few rooms with various specimens to view and interact with. They have microscopes out for you to use and look at the details of the very small. In the wet area they have various lifeforms swimming about where you can stroke a ray. They can move quickly! There was a volunteer student at the time of my visit and he was talking about the various crustaceans and allowing people to stoke them; carefully. He was very knowledgeable and a personable chap. The puffer fish (balloon fish) called Bella was lovely (not allowed to touch) and she popped her head up with the cutest smile from time-to-time, but then got camera shy. It was a good place to shelter from the downpour for 20 minutes. If marine biology is your thing you could indeed spend much more time here.
What an experience for $5! ($4 for seniors and less for kids.) We were able to feed the sting rays (their stinger was removed and the handler held your hand so you're comfortable). The displays of marine animals were fascinating and included live seahorses. The sea turtle isolation tanks and the bird sanctuary are interesting. I recommend talking to one of the staff or volunteers and asking questions to learn about the rehabilitation efforts and about the animals' biology and sea life. Parking is free. Bathrooms are spacious and clean. Support a good cause.
We had a great visit and learned many new things about various animals found in Florida. The staff was very friendly and helpful and eager to educate everyone around them. I loved the hands on exhibits and look forward to future visits. The turtle hospital was empty and I would have enjoyed seeing a sea turtle and I was happy to see they were ready if needed. Even without a turtle being treated there were many opportunities to learn about them. I appreciate this being available to the community and visitors to better educate and offer opportunity to volunteer.
This is a great place to visit whether you're young or old! They have a nice little museum with a bunch of marine animals and information oh, they also have a turtle rehab center housing the same building, and then outside they have a small but rather impressive bird sanctuary. Well worth the admission price to see what they have to offer.
Ashley and Lorelei and I had a great time. Lorelei loved trying to pet the stingrays. She had a fun time looking at 5he fish. We also in enjoyed the nature walk. Yes we will be back.