Locals and tourists can rediscover the wonders of the Marine Science Center, Ponce Inlet, which has resumed public hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The center was closed to visitors due to impacts from Hurricane Ian, but employees continued to care for sick and injured sea turtles.

Visitors can park in the paved lot at the center or in the unpaved spaces across from the center. Parking at Lighthouse Point Park is closed at this time. Additionally, the nature trail is closed until further notice.

The Marine Science Center is home to many different coastal creatures. Visitors can watch as the turtles receive specialized care from a University of Florida veterinarian and trained wildlife rehabilitation staff.

In addition to visiting the turtle and bird hospitals, visitors can view bald eagles and wading birds and learn about marine life in the center’s exhibit hall, which includes a touch pool, artificial reef aquarium, living reef, moray eel exhibit and gift shop.

For more information, call 386-304-5545 or visit www.marinesciencecenter.com.


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