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Barrier Island Sanctuary

8385 South Highway A1A

The Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program’s Barrier Island Sanctuary Land Managment and Education Center is centrally located in heart of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in South Melbourne Beach. The 34 acre sanctuary invites visitors to explore the diverse habitats of the barrier island. The Barrier Island Center provides hands-on educational experiences for visitors to the Refuge through interactive exhibits, nature films, special programs and a 1-mile long “dune-to-lagoon” nature trail. The Center also has an accessible ocean view boardwalk and picnic tables and is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 9 - 5. Admission to the Barrier Island Center is free. 


Rebecca Doremus

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Visited the Barrier Island Sanctuary for an Art and Craft show. It would probably be better to go when there is not an event and the venue is not very large and even a small crowd would make it next to impossible to see the art displayed on the porch area. That being said, inside the building are some very educational displays that are good for adults and kids. The 5 stars is for this. As for an art show location, I really wish they would have held it somewhere else because it just was too crowded and very difficult to maneuver between the tents and the small walkway that wove between them.

Paul Coia

Thursday, June 28, 2018
Had a spiritual experience last night. Out on the beach under a full moon watching a mother logerhead turtle lay her eggs into the nest she dug then cover it up carefully and walked back into the dark, cool, calm ocean just like her mother did 25 years ago on the same beach... mother nature at her best.

Shimone Cobb

Monday, July 9, 2018
Very informative on All sea turtles and other marine life. Very good about updating me through email on special events. Thank you so much👍


Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Great place to spend a little time. The indoor museum is educational and quite fascinating. As is the building architecture. Gorgeous outdoor decking to stroll surrounded by green palms and exotic beach plants, while the ocean is right next to this and accessible. Parking is free! Really gorgeous place for nature lovers and ocean lovers, with lots of great information on sea turtles and more!

Joe Totoro

Thursday, July 12, 2018
Great little place to learn about turtles and the Florida coast! Staff is informative and friendly. Doesn’t cost anything to visit as well.

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