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Injured bird or turtle drop-off

Admission:* (When reopened)
Seniors - $4
Adults (13 and over) - $5
Youth (3-12) - $2
Youth 2 and under - free

*Sales tax is included in the admission price.

The Marine Science Center will be open on Fridays and Saturdays in May.

Hours of Operation
Sunday: CLOSED
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: CLOSED
Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Employees will continue to work seven days a week to care for the sick and injured turtles and seabirds in their care. They will also accept new animals. Residents who find a sick or injured turtle or seabird can call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 888-404-FWCC or the Marine Science Center at 386-304-5545 for instructions.

The Marine Science Center will be open on Fridays and Saturdays in May.

The Marine Science Center is happy to announce a soft reopening. Beginning in May, we will be open Fridays and Saturdays only, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The soft reopening will allow staff to evaluate its measures to keep visitors and staff safe at the current pandemic level. Occupancy will be limited to 1/3 capacity (approximately 100 people) and face coverings will be strongly encouraged.

We apologize for the extended closing, but felt it a necessary measure to help ensure our rehabilitation work could continue during the pandemic. Throughout this coronavirus pandemic, the staff of the MSC continue to care for sick and injured sea turtles and birds. In an effort to continue our education outreach, we are offering unique virtual programs in place of our in-person field trips.
Please see our list of virtual options located on the educational programs page for more information.

Welcome to the Marine Science Center

Discover and learn about Volusia County’s rich marine life – its inhabitants and the ecosystems that make this area unique – at the Marine Science Center. Through innovative learning experiences, visitors can view seabird and sea turtle rehabilitation, get hands-on in a teaching lab, and explore exhibit galleries and a nature trail that illustrate the story of marine life in Volusia County. 

While at the Marine Science Center, view our medical facilities where seabirds and sea turtles are treated for their injuries and illnesses. Learn about the ways we rehabilitate them so they can be released back into the wild. Discover ways you can conserve and protect the marine environment and resources around us. Join us as we seek to conserve our environment through education, research and stewardship.  

The Marine Science Center also offers a variety of educational programs.  From feeding stingrays to enjoying the “Raptors Live” programs, there are many opportunities to learn about the wildlife that call Volusia County home. Come visit and learn at the Marine Science Center, and then take your newfound knowledge outside and explore the marine wonders at our doorstep.

Featured News and Happenings

  • Daily Presentations at the MSC
    Experience unique presentations during your visit to the Marine Science Center (MSC). Check the posted daily schedule when you arrive for live animal presentations.
  • Turtle Tots - Monthly Program
    Children ages 2 to 5 can learn about local marine life through stories, crafts and activities at the Marine Science Center, 100 Lighthouse Drive, Ponce Inlet.

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