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Ocean Sciences Centre Marine Public Education Program

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St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1C 5R3, Canada
+1 709-864-2459
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Nice day out

This is a great spot to visit touch tanks for free (you can also go to touch tanks at the Petty... read more

Reviewed March 18, 2018
laurus-azorica
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St. John's, Canada
A must visit.

Take the time to walkabout and visit this site if time allows, you won't be disappointed... read more

Reviewed February 22, 2018
JRGBonavistaS
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Bonavista, Canada
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OCEAN SCIENCES CENTRE, PUBLIC EDUCATION PROGRAM Touch Tank/Seal Tours- All Ages! Come dip your hands into our salt water touch tank. Explore the underwater world of Newfoundland’s local sea creatures’ hands on! Also be sure to visit our resident harp seals Babette, Tyler, and Deane! Open June 1st-Sept. 10am-5pm daily, rain or shine 7 days a week. Free Admission! (Donations Accepted)
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Reviewed March 18, 2018

This is a great spot to visit touch tanks for free (you can also go to touch tanks at the Petty Harbour mini aquarium but there you have to pay) but then there are also the 3 harp seals. It's nice to combine this with...More

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OSCLogyBay, Manager at Ocean Sciences Centre Marine Public Education Program, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your wonderful review of our location and our summer education program. Yes, Trip Advisor does not allow me to say it is open seasonally, unfortunately. So, yes, if you would like to visit we Open June 1st until Sept but you can visit...More

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Reviewed February 22, 2018

Take the time to walkabout and visit this site if time allows, you won't be disappointed, especially if you have kids in tow.

Thank JRGBonavistaS
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OSCLogyBay, Manager at Ocean Sciences Centre Marine Public Education Program, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your wonderful review! Hopefully you will drop back in the summer to visit the sea creatures on display in our outdoor visitors program.

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Reviewed September 25, 2017

The Ocean Sciences center is mainly a research facility. They do have limited school and public displays, but only in season (summer time). Be sure to check their site before planning a trip! BUT you can visit the seals 24/7/365. It's about a 30 minute...More

1  Thank Mary A. K
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OSCLogyBay, Manager at Ocean Sciences Centre Marine Public Education Program, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

So glad you enjoying vising our site. Thanks for the wonderful review and hopefully we will see you again. Yes, the site does not allow for us to enter our seasonal operation hours. Hopefully this is something I can fix or work around.

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Reviewed September 3, 2017 via mobile

Our visit to the Ocean Science Centre was very fun and educational. It is a must for those with children. The touch tank along with the educational guide makes this fun for all ages. The seals seem very happy and content swimming around in their...More

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OSCLogyBay, Manager at Ocean Sciences Centre Marine Public Education Program, responded to this reviewResponded September 12, 2017

Thanks for your great review of the program.

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Reviewed August 22, 2017 via mobile

Very interesting research learn about seals and about sea life in general.very well informed staff. Free admission. Great for kids to interact

Thank ray l
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OSCLogyBay, Manager at Ocean Sciences Centre Marine Public Education Program, responded to this reviewResponded September 12, 2017

Thanks for your great review of our program and staff.

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Reviewed August 9, 2017

We were told about this quaint spot by the crew on Iceberg Quest. It apparently is not a well advertised spot. It is not far from Signal Hill. We enjoyed the touch tank and watching the Harbour seals. Although that was all there was to...More

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OSCLogyBay, Manager at Ocean Sciences Centre Marine Public Education Program, responded to this reviewResponded August 11, 2017

Thanks for your review of our program and location. We are a very small free education program supported by the University and it is nice to see new visitors to the area.

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Reviewed July 24, 2017 via mobile

Brought my kids here yesterday, loved the touch tank. They were being shy, but the staff engaged them. We came here before, but we were lucky enough to watch the seals being fed. Can't believe it's free, but I wish we were allowed access to...More

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OSCLogyBay, Manager at Ocean Sciences Centre Marine Public Education Program, responded to this reviewResponded July 26, 2017

Thanks for your great review of our program. Unfortunately, there are no public tours of the buildings. It is mostly working research labs and not very interesting for visitors.

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Reviewed July 19, 2017

Very small facility, only have a couple of touch tanks and it was freezing the day we arrived. The seals were very interesting to see and the student that was supervising was very knowledgeable.

Thank Susan R
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OSCLogyBay, Manager at Ocean Sciences Centre Marine Public Education Program, responded to this reviewResponded July 20, 2017

Thanks for your review of our program. Hope you are able to visit again on a much warmer day!

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Reviewed July 17, 2017

Unless you are on an organised tour, you cannot go inside the buildings, nor are there any facilities that you can use. In the summertime, there are touch tanks of shell fish, sea cucumbers, star fish etc. You can also go and view the seals...More

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OSCLogyBay, Manager at Ocean Sciences Centre Marine Public Education Program, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2017

Thanks @musicmandy for your review of our program. Yes, it is a small but free outdoor summer program. There are no inside tours of the buildings, even for organized groups, as it is a working lab and part of the University.Only people inside for visits...More

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Reviewed July 15, 2017

Great for all ages! Thoroughly enjoyed my visit here. Very knowledgable staff, all pursuing biology degrees and happy to answer any and all questions you have. There are several aspects to see, though there are no tours inside the buildings as they are mainly research...More

1  Thank Jordan W
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OSCLogyBay, Manager at Ocean Sciences Centre Marine Public Education Program, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2017

Thanks for your great review of our program and staff.

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