Loggerhead Marinelife Center


We have been to the Loggerhead Marine Center in Juno Beach numerous times and have enjoyed every trip. Who isn’t enamored by a sea turtle? Most recently we signed up for a summer sea turtle walk at a cost of $17 per person. They do not promise a sighting however, but you will see an informative but looong 2 hour powerpoint slide show while you wait to see if a sea turtle comes ashore and begins to lay eggs.

We experienced a few “false crawls” where the turtles come ashore and then retreat. The center has spotters on the beach in “walkie talkie” contact with the presenter in the center where the group waits. So be prepared to wait until midnight at a slide show for a sighting. We were falling asleep come 11:30pm and still had a 40 minute drive home, so we left early. We learned a lot about turtles though! We brought my 8 year old niece and the age limit is 8 and up with good reason – much late-at-night patience needed and no guarantees. Kids can get disappointed with all the build up and no turtles : (

On day trips you are guaranteed to see the turtles in the tanks and they are an awesome sight to see. The tanks are set up so all ages can peer in and observe the rescued sea turtles, most of them injured in some way and recouperating. On days they release the turtles out to sea, crowds of over 1000 can gather on the beach to watch, so go early if you choose to view a release.

Mostly we just tour the small edu-info center and then visit with the turtles in the tanks outside. They added a fun hands-on “turtle hospital” exhibit that the kids loved. They put on lab coats and, with measuring tapes and calipers in hand, they tend to plastic sea turtles. The little ones lingered there a while day-dreaming about becoming turtle doctors. The entrance fee is a $5 donation per person.

Out back is a park, covered picnic table, and across the street just behind the center is the beach.

You don’t see sea turtles every day, so when you do – it will be a day well spent.

2 thoughts on “Loggerhead Marinelife Center

  1. livingwithahopefulheart – It is my hope to share this blog with folks interested in moving through their journey on earth recognizing daily gifts that bring joy to our lives. I will share my love of family and friends, my Christian faith and my commitment to Living With A Hopeful Heart. I am a breast cancer survivor, an advocate for sharing hope, community service, educating all children with a quality education preparing them for productive lives, and protecting this great world God created for us. My passions are my children and grandchildren, the gifts of birds, ocean life and living my faith. You'll find my blog sprinkled with a generous supply of humor as well as the sharing of some very tender experiences. My post-breast cancer life motto is "Don't waste the miracle!"
    Pat Stewart

    Hi, Holly. I live in NC and just returned from spending the summer with family in Jupiter. I, too, enjoy every visit to the “turtle hospital.” While keeping my grandchildren ages 8 and 5, I was able to take them to two turtle releases this summer. It was amazing! Check it out on my blog at http://livingwithahopefulheart.com/?p=1236. Enjoyed reading your blog. 🙂

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