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.
Educational displays include
- shark and turtle tracking
- sea turtles
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.