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The Turtle Hospital, Marathon
(4.7/5 based on 2,600+ reviews on the web)
Nestled in the core of the Florida Keys, The Turtle Hospital rescues, rehabilitates, and protects injured and sick sea turtles. Since 1986 the center has worked to raise awareness of the dangers sea turtles face. The staff conducts research on turtle health and returns wounded turtles that are healed to their natural habitat. Some turtles cannot live in the wild due to surgeries or permanent disabilities, so the hospital cares for its permanent residents. To take a tour and see the turtles, be sure to call well in advance; slots are limited and fill up quickly. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Marathon holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the The Turtle Hospital and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Had some time to kill so we stopped by on the way up to Ft Lauderdale. Glad we did, we took a 90 min tour of the facility. Very educational and if you have children they would enjoy seeing the turtles...  more »
  • Are you close, you should visit The Turtle Hospital, it costs some money but the money goes directly to this plant. The visit takes about 1, 45tim, and you get to learn a lot about turtles and what hazards they may encounter. You may also feed the turtles.
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  • Amazing place to learn about turtles and feed them in the pools. Great people are working there, treating many endangered turtles from hatchining to adult turtles. Have to see it!! 
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  • This was an incredibly educational & informative tour that allowed us to be right next to the turtles - awesome! It is a little pricey, but totally worth it for the tour - plus, just think of all the good they are doing with that money!
  • Cool place and experience. They do a great job rescuing and rehabbing turtles and educating the public at the same time. Well worth the small price of admission.
  • Great educational sea turtle program! Saw over 60 sea turtles including newborn hatchlings. It was our daughter's favorite thing that we did on vacation. Bring a drink; it can get warm going around outside to the tanks.
  • Great experience for the family! Up close and personal with turtles including a great education about taking care of them. The baby turtles were super cute too!
  • Loved this experience! This facility does an outstanding job of rehabilitating sea turtles to return them to the ocean! What really touched my heart was that they care for turtles that can never go back into the ocean....…..the facility becomes their forever home.🐢🐢🐢