Loaded with ecological wonders, the Marine Science Center is a treasure chest of sea and sky. Located just around the corner from the lighthouse and museum, this unique Volusia County ran facility offers a wide range of aquariums and exhibits filled with fascinating animals introduce visitors to the beauty and wonder of the marine life along the Florida coast. In addition, the center has two hospitals that treat and rehabilitate thousands of sick and injured birds and sea turtles every year. Take the nature trail and climb the tower to see a panorama of Ponce Inlet, pelicans and other migrating birds that fly through the Volusia County skies.
A new Touch Pool allows daring visitors to reach out and stroke stingrays as they swim by (it’s okay, their stingers have been removed.). Two species of rays, Atlantic Stingrays and Cownose Rays, share their habitat with fascinating creatures like sea cucumbers and horseshoe crabs. All creatures in the aquariums are native to Volusia County.
The Center’s hospital staff is always on call for rescues. The Turtle Terrace provides an opportunity for visitors to look into the turtle rehabilitation facility and view the sick and injured sea turtles that are undergoing treatment. Outdoor habitats are home to injured hawks, eagles, owls and water birds that can’t be released into the wild. Visitors will find it’s an unforgettable experience and affordably priced for the entire family. Be sure to check the Marine Science Center’s website at www.marinesciencecenter.com for planned family-oriented events.
Hours of Operation and Admission Costs
The Marine Science Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm, and on Sundays from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm. Admission is $5.00 for adults (ages 13 and over), $2.00 for children (ages 3-12), and $4.00 for seniors. Infants and toddlers (ages 2 and under) are admitted free of charge with paid adult.
Marine Science Center Amenities
Directions from Lighthouse
Turn left on South Peninsula Drive when you exit the lighthouse parking lot. Continue traveling on South Peninsula Drive past Kay and Ayres Davies Park and the large boat trailer parking lot. Turn right on Lighthouse Drive. The entrance to the Marine Science Center is on the left at 100 Lighthouse Drive. Additional overflow parking is available along the road.
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