baby sea turtle hatchlings in the beach sand

directions and parking


Located in Ponce Inlet, the Marine Science Center is just south of Daytona Beach between the ocean and the Halifax River. Parking can be found along the south side of Lighthouse Drive.

Get directions to the Marine Science Center.

explore the area


Come for a visit, stay the day! With so much to do and see in Ponce Inlet why not stay to take in the rich history of the area. Visit Lighthouse Point Park to relax, take a swim or do a little fishing. The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is just a few steps away and is one of most beautiful working lighthouses on the east coast.

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hours and admission


Note: The Marine Science Center will be closed the month of October 2023 for maintenance and construction. We will reopen on November 1st! 

The Marine Science Center is open Tuesday through Sunday year-round. We are closed New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Find out more information about MSC hours and admission.

gift shop


The Marine Science Center Gift Shop offers marine related educational books, videos, puzzles, games and toys to enrich your child’s mind. With items too numerous to mention, you must visit the Marine Science Center Gift Shop to fully appreciate the vast selection of nautical merchandise.

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