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NOAA Fisheries Service Galveston Laboratory

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Closed Now: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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I just called to try and book a tour and they said that they no longer are offering them :( It... read more

Reviewed 3 May 2018
Chelsea G
via mobile
Excellent tour. Great info. Great to see the turtles.

Really enjoyed this tour. Informative talk by volunteers about the turtles and what goes on with... read more

Reviewed 1 February 2018
Donna L
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Manteno, Illinois
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4700 Avenue U, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77551-6015
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Reviewed 1 June 2018

I called (June 1, 2018) and spoke to someone here and they have told me that tours have been suspended indefinitely. It sure would have been nice to experience this.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank laurieclowers
Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

I just called to try and book a tour and they said that they no longer are offering them :( It sounded like a great experience, disappointed that it didn’t work out

Date of experience: May 2018
6  Thank Chelsea G
Reviewed 1 February 2018

Really enjoyed this tour. Informative talk by volunteers about the turtles and what goes on with them. Volunteers were knowledgeable and enthusiastic. It was awesome to be so close to the turtles. Great tour for kids, families or just adults.

Date of experience: January 2018
3  Thank Donna L
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

My Husband surprised me with a visit to the NOAA Fisheries Sea Turtle Facility. We volunteer with the Turtle Island Restoration Project. We patrol on Bolivar Pensula during Sea Turtle nesting season. We are still excited to be a part of this effort. This facility...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank cbeehn
Reviewed 7 December 2017

I toured this facility with a group of seniors. We watched an informative and entertaining presentation by a volunteer before we went to the sea turtle building. The turtles are amazing creatures, swimming around in their individual little tanks. The overall experience fostered a deeper...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Melinda B
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Enjoyed every minute of this informative and educational tour! Thank you for all that you do to help our Sea Turtles thrive!

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank ShannonMc2
Reviewed 17 February 2017

We had a great time with the sea turtles today. I was impressed with how patient our tour guides were with all of the children. The wait list is very long so you have to schedule months in advance. It was well worth the wait....More

Date of experience: February 2017
2  Thank Tosha B
Reviewed 7 January 2017

We made an appointment to visit the Sea Turtle rescue facility at this site and were so happy with the experience. The informative volunteer staff are knowledgeable and helpful and share the miracle of sea turtle rescue in the Gulf. It was heaven to see...More

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank Onward07
Reviewed 24 November 2016

So honored to meet in the ballroom of historic Fort Crockett. It was a pleasure to get away from Houston and enjoy the sea wall and the beach.

Date of experience: November 2016
1  Thank wolfeellady
Reviewed 26 May 2016 via mobile

Great learning adventure for us all. Best of all to be able to see the turtles we love. The tour was fantastic and informative.

Date of experience: May 2016
1  Thank Firelynda
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kaub
20 March 2018|
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Response from Donna L | Reviewed this property |
Hi There are cancellations. I would recommend calling a few days before to see if that has happened. I would not recommend just showing up - puts the volunteer tour guides in an uncomfortable position.
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Thelma C
23 March 2016|
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Response from SwissMountainDog | Reviewed this property |
This is a free attraction. I believe tours are only done on Thursdays. They recommend you book months in advance. We've been to Galveston twice and have yet to secure a visit. You need to call for reservations.
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