***Disclosure:This was a stop on our #BloggersGo #GirlfriendGetaway Tour. We were compensated for a tour of the facility in exchange for a review. All opinions are 100% mine. ***
The Turtle Hospital opened its doors 1986 with four main goals: 1) rehab injured sea turtles and return them to their natural habitat, 2) educate the public through outreach programs and visit local schools, 3) conduct and assist with research aiding to sea turtles (in conjunction with state universities), and 4) work toward environmental legislation making the beaches and water safe and clean for sea turtles.
The Turtle Hospital (Hidden Harbor Marine Environmental Project, Inc.) is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation. The Hidden Harbor Motel provides the space and buildings needed to house and care for the sea turtles. The Turtle Hospital offers Guided Educational Experiences to the public daily 7 days a week. Please call 305-743-2552 for further information and reservations.
The Turtle Hospital contains up-to-date equipment needed to perform a variety of surgeries on different species and sizes of sea turtles. More than half of this equipment has been donated by local hospitals and doctors, and some equipment has been donated by environmentally- friendly organizations and individuals.
On our #BloggersGo #GirlfriendGetaway Adventure we were able to stop in Marathon Florida at the famous Turtle Hospital. It’s extremely fascinating and gives you a glimpse of a unique sea creature up close. The Turtle Hospital prides itself on Rescue, Rehab, then Release. We went on the 90 minute guided educational tour of the hospital facilities and the sea turtle rehabilitation area.
They’ve taken care of Sea Turtles who have had everything to shell damage due to boat collisions, intestinal impactions caused by ingestion of materials like hooks, balloons, etc, to removing viral tumors and more.
Debilitating Viral tumors called Fibropapilloma, currently affects over 50% of the sea turtles in the Keys and around the world. Due to the Research and Rehab at The Turtle Hospital they are close to isolating the cause. The Turtle hospital has successfully released over 1500 sea turtles since 1986.
After our tour we were able to see the turtles up close and personal and even had the option of adopting one! Rebel, Montel, Bubble Butt, Bender, and April cannot be returned to the wild due to their injuries. Your contribution of $35.00 a year helps provide food and medicine for your adopted sea turtle.You will receive a biography, certificate of adoption, a picture magnet of your turtle, and updates on your turtle throughout the year. Adopt today and become part of the sea turtle family!
Guests are invited to take a guided educational tour of the hospital facilities and the sea turtle rehabilitation area. This educational experience lasts approximately 90 minutes and provides a presentation on sea turtles as well as a behind the scenes look at the hospital facilities and rehabilitation area. At the end of each program guests are invited to feed the permanent residents.
Because we are a working hospital, you must be part of one of our guided educational programs in order to visit with our turtles. Reservations are highly recommended.
Admission: Adult: $18.00
Children (4-12 years old): $9.00
Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult
Reservations are highly recommended as space is limited, please call 305-743-2552
Hours of Operation:
Education Center and Gift Shop is open daily from 9am – 6pm
Educational Programs run daily at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm.
**Please note this is a working hospital therefore the guided educational experience is subject to cancellation due to turtle emergencies and/or weather.**