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Where to see rescued sea turtles (for free)

With a focus on protecting oceans and sea turtles, the Marine Environmental Education Center in Hollywood is open to the public with exhibits and a saltwater pool where you can watch rescued sea turtles swim and eat.

The female turtles on site are not releasable due to injuries from boats, according to a representative of MEEC in Hollywood.

Entry is free, and donations are encouraged. MEEC is a partnership of Broward Parks and Recreation and Nova Southeastern University.

The oceanside venue  is usually open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays at Hollywood North Beach Park, 4414 N. Surf Road, Hollywood 33019. It’s a good idea to phone ahead to ensure the venue is open the day you are venturing out.

 

Photo/Broward Parks & Recreation

Educational displays include

  • shark and turtle tracking
  • aquaponics
  • sea turtles

Photo/Marine Environmental Education Center

The rescued turtles Captain and Coral are especially popular. They usually are fed at 3:30 p.m. and spectators are welcome to watch them swim and dine. Dinner often includes such fare as leafy greens, bell peppers and squid.

Photo/Marine Environmental Education Center

For more information, call 954-357-5125; fees for parking meters apply.

Beach parking is $3 an hour Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays and $4 an hour Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

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