Budget Travel: Visit the Volusia Marine Science Center for Free on Sunday

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Touch tank (credit: Volusia Marine Science Center)

Touch tank (credit: Volusia Marine Science Center)

Florida Travel Guide: Volusia Marine Science Center waiving admission to celebrate anniversary

On Sunday, June 10, staff of the Volusia Marine Science Center, along with officials, friends and members of the public, will celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the educational center, located in Ponce Inlet.

Time your visit right to get in for free

Partly in thanks to the Friends of the Marine Science Center, you can visit the center for free and tour its exhibits between 1pm to 3pm, during a special celebratory open house.

About the Marine Science Center

County councilmen and women had to find a way to build a place where injured sea life could be rehabilitated as part of an agreement made with the federal government in order to allow beach driving in the county. When planning started to build a marine science center, everyone felt it was turning into a fabulous initiative that was exceeding everyone’s expectations.

Ground was broke in September 1999 and on June 8, 2002, the Volusia Marine Science Center opened after a four-year labor of love to complete its construction.

Before the official opening, the sea turtle rehabilitation center was completed and operational. That was 2001. The first rehabilitated sea turtle was released from the Marine Science Center on May 14, 2002.

What you’ll see

Enjoy the new touch pool where you can pet stingrays and observe sea urchins and hermit crabs.  A window to a 5,000-gallon aquarium allows you to watch sea turtles receiving treatment. Go for a walk on the nature trail, climb to the top of the bird observation tower. Check out a whale skull and a 300-year-old piece of brain coral! If the weather and the health status of the animals are good, you may be treated to the release of a rehabilitated animal on the beach at the end of the open house on Sunday.

There will be refreshments served throughout the celebration as well.

Where:

100 Lighthouse Drive, Ponce Inlet. Click for more information.

Tell us…

Have you ever seen a rehabilitated animal being released into the wild?