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Sea Turtle, Inc.

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Address: 6617 Padre Blvd, P. O. Box 3987, South Padre Island, TX 78597-7742
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+1 956-761-4511
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 16:00
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Ila Loetscher, the "Turtle Lady of South Padre Island",...

Ila Loetscher, the "Turtle Lady of South Padre Island", originally formed our organization to save the Kemp's ridley sea turtle in 1977. Now we are a sea turtle hospital with a mission to rehabilitate and release any injured sea turtles, increase awareness concerning their safety and habitat, and assist with conservation efforts for all sea turtle species. We are funded by donations, grants and gift shop proceeds--

For rehabilitated sea turtle and hatchling release text message notifications, please see our website membership page. See you at Sea Turtle, Inc.!

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Very educational and interesting

This is a quick visit (under an hour) so it's a great change of pace. I learned so much, and I keep thinking about sea turtles and the work they do here.

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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a quick visit (under an hour) so it's a great change of pace. I learned so much, and I keep thinking about sea turtles and the work they do here.

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Johnston, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We love this place. It is a good will donation to enter and you can walk around and see all the different tanks on your own time. Our kids (& us) really enjoy it. It's not huge, so easy to do if short on time. We've been to it a couple of times now. This last time we got to... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

By far one of the coolest things to check out on the island here on South Padre. This is a rehabilitation facility so they try to help the ones that can be returned to the natural habitat and if not then this is their home until who knows. Great staff, great purpose, great way to support the sea creatures!

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Hugo, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We made a day of it in South Padre, and this was one of our stops. Our daughter, who is 5, is obsessed with turtles. She loved it! Our son is 9 and he isn't too into them, but he enjoyed this trip as well. They had stories about each turtle and you got to see them swim around the... More 

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Brainerd, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What a wonderful place to visit. Free will donation to help the cause of saving the sea turtles and educating everyone about the sea turtles that nest on south padre island. They have educational speaker everyday at 10:30. They have lots of sea turtles to see in their tanks and a history book about their recovery. They are building a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

So interesting to read the history of each of the rescued turtles. Really liked being able to get so close.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The work that is done here is awesome. Educational for folks of all ages. Wonderful to sea someone caring for these creatures of the sea.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We took our 5 year old boy & 2 year old girl. They had a lot of fun looking at the sea turtles. It was free, though we bought a few items from the gift shop and made a small donation too! I recommend as a nice reprieve from the sun/beach for the kiddos.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

One of my favorite places! Staff is very knowledgeable & friendly. Sea turtles are very well taken care of & easy to view as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Up close and personal and very informative informative. They take donations so it's an inexpensive activity.

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