Experience the marine environment as you journey past mangroves, coral propagation tanks, alligators, whale and dolphin anatomical exhibits, a dune habitat with a cross-section of a sea turtle nest, and a wide variety of local fish and invertebrates including a 5,000-gallon aquarium. There are always new exhibits to learn from and to enjoy. Text, audio, and on-site naturalists (when available) provide interesting information on the ecology of Volusia County.
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Stand next to a full size manatee or measure yourself next to a giant leatherback sea turtle. Check out whale skulls and 300-year-old brain coral!
Mary Keller Seabird rehabilitation Sanctuary
Discover new bird enclosures as you stroll the wooden “birdwalk” while gaining a better understanding of various bird species. The Center’s goal is to release each bird back to the breeding population. However, non-releasable birds are housed and can be viewed for greater understanding of that species.
Bird Observation Tower
Visit the tower nestled within the maritime habitat. Take in the outstanding view of the surrounding area including Ponce Inlet while searching the skies for bald eagles, osprey, and Peregrine falcons and various other bird species including pelicans, terns, cormorants, herons, and egrets.
Meander through a handicap-friendly trail observing the natural flora and fauna of Ponce Inlet.
Check out the laboratory where students young and old discover the wonders of animals, habitats and conservation. Special lectures and labs are held several times a month and are open to the public. Programs include Shark Biology, Introduction to Birding, and Squid Dissection among others. Check the program/activities section of marine science center's web site (link) for details.
See rehabilitation in action! Observe injured sea turtles as they receive specialized care in and effort to return these threatened and endangered species to their natural habitat. Posted information explains each turtles’ identification and diagnosis.
Marine Science Center Gift Shop
The gift shop offers a wide variety of merchandise for all ages including t-shirts, gold and silver jewelry, books, toys, educational items and garden treasures. Much of the merchandise represents Marine Science Center endeavors. Unusual turtle, bird, dolphin, manatee, and other sea life items are available at great prices.