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Sea Turtle, Inc.

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Address: 6617 Padre Blvd, P. O. Box 3987, South Padre Island, TX 78597-7742
Phone Number: +1 956-761-4511
10:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 16:00

Ila Loetscher, the "Turtle Lady of South Padre Island",...

Ila Loetscher, the "Turtle Lady of South Padre Island", originally formed our organization to save the Kemp's ridley sea turtle in 1977. Now we are a sea turtle hospital with a mission to rehabilitate and release any injured sea turtles, increase awareness concerning their safety and habitat, and assist with conservation efforts for all sea turtle species. We are funded by donations, grants and gift shop proceeds--

For rehabilitated sea turtle and hatchling release text message notifications, please see our website membership page. See you at Sea Turtle, Inc.!

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A great place to see turtles being cared for. Lovely volunteers. Definitely worth an hour of your time.

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London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A great place to see turtles being cared for. Lovely volunteers. Definitely worth an hour of your time.

Thank Kate K
Dallas, Texas
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The staff and volunteers are what makes this place special. Their knowledge of the turtles and stories about their rescue and rehabilitation are interesting to hear. It was worth the short time we spent there.

Thank Pamela B
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stopped by this free admission facility on a weekend and enjoyed seeing what they do with sea turtle rescue operations. Numerous tanks with rehabilitated turtles of several varieties. They offered a great short talk covering the turtle rescue program they provide. Educational and inspiring.

Thank lynnnddd
Moore, Oklahoma
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The kids and I always enjoy viewing the turtles, seeing new ones and learning of ones that left. Doesn't take up too much time and there is no charge. They simply ask for donations to keep the place going. Great for a rainy day as well!

Thank brownsgirl75
Poplarville, Mississippi
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a turtle hospital and pretty small. They run on donations, so the price was right. Not many turtles. Just something to do.

Thank DYK640
Dallas, Texas
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The Sea Turtle Center was a great experience for all ages. It was interesting and fun watching all turtles.

Thank Aj H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The sea turtles ranged in sizes. The children at the center were all very excited to be there to see these awesome creatures.

Thank June A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

What a great place to visit at SPI. The staffs presentation was informative, interesting and not to long! My children 6&8 were impressed!

Thank Christa A
New Braunfels, Texas
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We found this very interesting and learned a lot about turtles. They also have turtles on display that cannot be returned to the wild. It is very informative and worth going to.

Thank Lawrence P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Learned a lot of info about sea turtles and enjoyed watching them. This group does wonders with the rescue of sea turtles and released them back

Thank S C

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