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Marine Science Center

Known as an environmental odyssey, this is the perfect place to learn about Florida’s local creatures and their habitat and have a hands-on wildlife experience.

Ponce Inlet Marine Science Center is a great place to learn about local sea creatures and birds and see them at close range. The center is home to a variety of wildlife, including turtles, pelicans and stingrays, and offers many interactive activities to delight the entire family.

Get your hands wet in the stingray touch pool filled with Atlantic stingrays, fish, crabs, anemones, sea urchins and other species from Central Florida’s local waters. Enjoy the rare opportunity to actually touch these creatures.

Explore the turtle rehabilitation center, which has seven hospital pools for sick and injured sea turtles, hatchlings and washbacks. Newly hatched sea turtles that have been washed ashore by rough waters have been given the logical name, washbacks. Once the turtles recover, they are released into the ocean. You can also observe land turtles and tortoises that are cared for by the facility.

View the hospital pools from the Turtle Terrace, which is located at the front of the center. Visit the bird rehabilitation facility, a haven for sick and injured birds of all shapes and sizes. Meet pelicans, night herons and bald eagles, and learn more about them from the center’s rehabilitation staff. When they have made a full recovery, the birds are also released back into the wild.

Walk along the nature trail and admire native vegetation and wildlife. Climb the Bird Observation Tower to enjoy stunning views of Ponce Inlet, and try to spot local birds such as osprey, Peregrine falcons, terns, cormorants and egrets.

Attend a wildlife talk or participate in one of the educational programs run by the center throughout the year. Open to adults and children, these programs provide information about wildlife in the area and assist in the center’s ongoing research. Call the center to register before your visit.

The center is open Tuesday through Sunday and charges a small entry fee for adults, with discounts for children. The facility is a 30-minute drive south of downtown Daytona Beach and has free on-site parking. The Marine Science Center is the perfect place to get close to local ocean creatures and learn something new.


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Kiawah Bay Apartment 2
Kiawah Bay Apartment 2

Kiawah Bay Apartment 2

4860 S. Atlantic Avenue, Ponce Inlet, FL
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Ponce Inlet, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Ponce Inlet Beach and Ponce de Leon Lighthouse and Museum. Marine Science Center and Lighthouse Point Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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    IMV113 - Inlet Marina Villas - 2Br Condo

    IMV113 - Inlet Marina Villas - 2Br Condo

    2700 N. Peninsula Drive, New Smyrna Beach, FL
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in New Smyrna Beach, this condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Smyrna Dunes Park and New Smyrna Beach. Coronado Community United Methodist Church and Flagler Avenue Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Inlet at Minorca 1007 Apartment 2
      Inlet at Minorca 1007 Apartment 2

      Inlet at Minorca 1007 Apartment 2

      257 Minorca Beach Way, New Smyrna Beach, FL
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in New Smyrna Beach, this beach apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Smyrna Dunes Park and New Smyrna Beach. Coronado Community United Methodist Church and Flagler Avenue Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Inlet at Minorca 1402 Apartment 1
        Inlet at Minorca 1402 Apartment 1

        Inlet at Minorca 1402 Apartment 1

        257 Minorca Beach Way, New Smyrna Beach, FL
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in New Smyrna Beach, this beach apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Smyrna Dunes Park and New Smyrna Beach. Coronado Community United Methodist Church and Flagler Avenue Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Inlet at Minorca 903 Apartment 2
          Inlet at Minorca 903 Apartment 2

          Inlet at Minorca 903 Apartment 2

          257 Minorca Beach Way, New Smyrna Beach, FL
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in New Smyrna Beach, this beach apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Smyrna Dunes Park and New Smyrna Beach. Coronado Community United Methodist Church and Flagler Avenue Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Inlet at Minorca 1502 Apartment 1
            Inlet at Minorca 1502 Apartment 1

            Inlet at Minorca 1502 Apartment 1

            257 Minorca Beach Way, New Smyrna Beach, FL
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in New Smyrna Beach, this beach apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Smyrna Dunes Park and New Smyrna Beach. Coronado Community United Methodist Church and Flagler Avenue Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              M-Andros 603 - Minorca Beach Way Condo by RedAwning
              M-Andros 603 - Minorca Beach Way Condo by RedAwning

              M-Andros 603 - Minorca Beach Way Condo by RedAwning

              253 Minorca Beachway, #603, New Smyrna Beach, FL
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in New Smyrna Beach, this condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Smyrna Dunes Park and New Smyrna Beach. Coronado Community United Methodist Church and Flagler Avenue Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                1814B - North Beach Beauty by RedAwning
                1814B - North Beach Beauty by RedAwning

                1814B - North Beach Beauty by RedAwning

                1814 Beacon Street, New Smyrna Beach, FL
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Coronado Shores, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Smyrna Dunes Park and New Smyrna Beach. Coronado Community United Methodist Church and Flagler Avenue Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).