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Barrier Island Center

#3 of 20 things to do in Melbourne Beach Features Animals
8385 S Highway A1a, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951-3920
+1 321-723-3556
Review Highlights
Fun and educational for everyone!

This is a great place to spend a few hours. There is always an educational event, and guided tours... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Victoria S
Melbourne Beach, Florida
via mobile
Love this place.

Good for kids and adults alike. Short film on the sea turtles. Maps. Fish. Worth a stop. Everyone... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Kathleen R
Muskegon, Michigan, United States
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The 34-acre Sanctuary and education center offers visitors a place to explore the dynamic coastal environment. An observation deck, boardwalk and overlook offer magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean. A 1-mile hiking trail winds visitors across the barrier island, from the ocean to the Indian River Lagoon. Inside visitors can explore aquariums and interactive exhibits, view eco-themed movies in the theater, or shop in the Mermaid's Purse gift shop. The Sanctuary is the environmental education center for the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, one of the most important nesting beaches in the world for sea turtles. Guided sea turtle walks are offered during June and July and a variety of environmental education programs and activities are regularly offered for visitors of all ages. Admission is always free, open Tuesday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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8385 S Highway A1a, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951-3920
+1 321-723-3556
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place to spend a few hours. There is always an educational event, and guided tours at least once or twice a week. My kids loved the waster egg hunt and the mangrove planting. My visiting friends and family love the guided...More

Thank Victoria S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good for kids and adults alike. Short film on the sea turtles. Maps. Fish. Worth a stop. Everyone who visits gets this venue.

Thank Kathleen R
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Beautiful miles of white sand beach and a learning opportunity for those who love Sea Turtles and care about their preservation. Route A1A runs all along the ocean with many places to access the beach. Part of the Archie Carr Wildlife Refuge. The center is...More

Thank Nancy N
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I am a teacher and love all the activities for kids. I am also a great supporter of protecting our sea turtles.

Thank 202allenw
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Great place to take out of town quests. You will learn all about the turtle that come to nest on our beaches. They also have a small gift shop

Thank 255vivian64
Reviewed 1 March 2017

It's a nice small center that gives you an introduction to the Barrier Islands that are in the Melbourne Area. There's no admission fee, but a donations box at the front of the building. There's a short boardwalk that looks out to a beach around...More

Thank MM13159
Reviewed 24 February 2017

We enjoyed the centers exhibits and saw some birds on the beach from the deck out front. Volunteer was very helpful to recommend birding sites in the area

Thank Retiredbeanctr
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

This is an excellent place to learn about the fauna and flora that make up much of the barrier island on which the center is located. There are enough exhibits and interactive displays to easily engage visitors of virtually all ages for an hour or...More

Thank JaneRussel
Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Fun place to learn about the local ecosystem and how to do your part to keep the animals safe! Fun for kids and adults. Clean facilities.

Thank Jeff M
Reviewed 7 November 2016

I attending this place with my daughter's VPK class in September. An appointment was made in advance by the school to attend. Wow what a disappointment. We get there and no one is at the desk, no one hears a class of 15 kids in...More

Thank scott f
Nichole P, Assistant Land Manager at Barrier Island Center, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2016

We are the Barrier Island Sanctuary are so sorry that your experience at our education center was a disappointment. We rarely ever receive negative complaints from visitors especially from our visiting school groups. We work hard to create, improve and even test/evaluate our programs to...More

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Hi. Did you do the turtle walk? Any other activities concerning sea turtles? Thanks Jeff
30 April 2017|
Response from Jeff M | Reviewed this property |
Hey Jeff, We did not do anything turtle specific, but did walk the trails and on the boardwalk. Might wanna call the center for this question to be sure you get the right help. Enjoy -Jeff-
Judy S
Does the gift store have a copy of Treasured Waters - The Indian River Lagoon?
22 December 2014|
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Response from George H | Reviewed this property |
They don't have it,,,,said to try Barnes & Noble or internet direct