Reserve an educational tour
Take a guided educational tour of the facility. The 90-minute tour includes a presentation to teach about the hospital’s services and lessons in practicing ocean safety to prevent the injury of these sea creatures.
Learn about the dangers sea turtles face
About 50% of sea turtles living in warm climates suffer from Fibropapilloma, a virus which impairs vision, eating and breathing, among other problems. Turtles suffering from this disease can easily become victims of shark bites, boat collisions, and other fatalities. (The hospital also treats turtles for this disease.)
See the turtle ambulances
The facility owns three ambulances to pick up and rescue injured sea turtles on the beach.
Visit the 100,000-gallon salt-water pool
Observe the rehabilitating sea turtles in their semi-natural environment. The hospital is home to several rehab enclosures where they keep injured turtles that are being nursed. While many will be rehabilitated and released in the future, several others have sustained injuries that will make it impossible for them to return to the wild. Visitors can get to know the permanent sea turtle residents.
Visit the hatchlings
Many of the resident sea turtles have had hatchlings, and the tiny sea creatures are on view. In general, sea turtle eggs buried in the sand hatch and crawl out of their nests at night and head toward the water guided by the light of the sky that reflects off the ocean. However, artificial lights on the beach can disorient them and lead them to head inland instead of the ocean. The facility collects those that go astray and returns them to the sea. The beachfront hospital has assisted more than 2,000 hatchlings gone astray.
Feed the turtles
After the presentation and tour of the premises, visitors are invited to feed the turtles. Loggerhead turtles feed on crabs, lobster, and conch.
Catch a free public turtle release
You’ll have to check their calendar for upcoming events, but the hospital does hold public turtle releases free of charge. Observe the thrilling moment of a rescued sea turtle swimming back into the ocean!
Adopt a sea turtle
Five permanent resident sea turtles are available for adoption. Your contribution of $35 a year will provide food and medicine for your adopted sea creature. Plus, guardians will receive a photo, biography, and certificate of adoption!
Admission to the Turtle Hospital is $25 for adults, $12 for children 4–12 years old, and free of charge for children under four years old. Reservations are recommended; call +1 305 743 2552.