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“What a special place! The work they do here is amazing!”

The Turtle Hospital
Ranked #2 of 49 things to do in Marathon
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Signed up for a guided tour of the Turtle Hospital and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Learned a lot about the various turtles that are rescued by the hospital, how they provide medical care and rehabilitation for the turtles and then how they care for the turtles while they are recuperating for release back into the wild.

The tour started with a brief lecture and slide show that was very informative.

We then toured the medical facilities which were very impressive. The staff member was very knowledgeable and was great about answering all sorts of questions.

After the medical area tour, we went out to the tanks to see some of the little guys. They were really cute swimming in these giant crystal clear water tanks. The staff member fed them some leafy greens and it was fun to watch them eat.

After that, we went to the back of the property to some of the tanks that were holding some turtles that had been rescued as recently as the day before. It was a little sad to see them in the small tanks but they were getting great care.

Then we visited some turtles that were in a big enclosure. Many had bubble-butt syndrome. Due to injuries and the like, gas gets trapped under their shell and it can't be released, and they are unable to dive. So they are housed in a big enclosed lagoon. We were able to feed them some food pellets which was cool.

It was a really cool experience and one that I would highly recommend to anyone.

Will give you pause the next time you think about our effects on nature.

1  Thank John M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our stop at The Turtle Hospital was truly one of the most amazing experiences we've ever had. To see what these dedicated people do to heal the beautiful sea turtles was such a rewarding tour. It was definitely an education in what we humans do to liter our planet and how it affects the creatures of the sea. They won me over! I want to go back!

1  Thank Marsha M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I highly recommend visiting and supporting their endeavors. Very informative. You will need to make a reservation, this is important as the tours fill up to capacity. If possible, bring a Go Pro so you can see and take pics above the crowds.

Thank Jan Homer W
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful place! Fantastic to see these turtles being rehabilitated in a clean, maintained, professional place. Florida should make every boater /fisherman and local resident go through this hospital to learn how to help these turtles by NOT DISCARDING FISHING LINE or HOOKS! Not littering plastics or straws, and watching out for turtles when boating! The missing legs, eyes, and deadly shell damage from humans being careless is heartbreaking. This hospital does a great deed and well worth the entrance fee for the tour, it all helps the non-releasable turtles who live there or who are being treated. Highly recommend to everyone.

Thank Michele c
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Educational and very interesting! You see where your admission fee is going as you see first hand the sick and damaged turtles they are caring for. You are outside almost the entire time, so dress appropriately (it was HOT HOT HOT the day we went!). Our tour guide was very experienced and answered all our questions... would recommend the tour to anyone interested in learning more about sea turtles & interested in helping to support them!

Thank Shari M
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