Welcome to sea turtle country! This facility, operated by the National Marine Fisheries Service, is the only place in the ... More
NOAA/NMFS Sea Turtle Facility
Welcome to sea turtle country! This facility, operated by the National Marine Fisheries Service, is the only place in the U.S. where visitors can view the endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtle hatchlings as they emerge and mature. You will learn all about the Ridley and other types of sea turtles from the facility's knowledgeable tour guides and view more than 600 living turtles in their saltwater tanks. Interactive exhibits demonstrate how the turtles are tagged for tracking and recovery. Group tours are available by reservation only, and are designed to be fun for visitors of all ages.
the sea turtle tours are no longer open to the public and haven't been for 2 years, they have repeatedly asked the Galveston website to remove them, so we tried to go today thinking they were, couldn't find the building called and were given this info, they now only do school trips
after the short history of sea turtles they pretty much let ya loose in this place to look around, my family and i really enjoyed it, worth it to find out the tour times to stop by if your staying at the beach for a couple of days!!!!
We enjoyed this free tour. The tour guide spoke for about 5 minutes outside the turtle barn explaining the focus of their research. Then we had as much time as we wanted to wander the "turtle barn" and see the different sized turtles. My young children really enjoyed this. We went to the 10 am tour and then had lunch at the near by Rainforest Cafe.
I thought trip was great for my 4 year old son, they had several different types and ages of turtles, for the kids to look at and the tour was concise and interesting the only problem I had was that it was extremely hot in their building, but it probably has to be for the turtles. But for free they probably can't afford a/c.
FREE!! Its a great place to take kids to look at the sea turtles. My boyfriend and I who are 19 actually found it very educational and fun. The tour guide that we had knew alot about turtles and really was enjoyable. I highly think its worth the visit. You might be able to save a sea turtle!!!
I took my 17 and 20 yr old sons and even they found the tours very interesting. Worth going for sure. Perhaps not the best place to take very small children, too hot in the summer and not enough to keep their attention.
Very educational, my little ones loved seeing all the turtles of different sizes, the speaker did a great job of explaining what they do there, all about sea turtles, and how we can help protect them in a kid friendly manner. Takes about 30min-45
Very interesting and fun to see all the turtles!!!
By A Yahoo Contributor, 12/27/05
The tour was very interesting. It was fun to see all the sea turtles. It is warm so wear shorts. The guide did a great job of explaining how they are growing these turtles to test on shrimping net and then they are released later. He did a great job of keeping ti interesting and had a wealth of knowledge. The cost is free and tour is abotu 45 min.
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