Nesting Sea Turtle Walks at Sebastian Inlet State Park Florida

Sea Turtle Walks at
Sebastian Inlet State Park

This is Florida's most popular state park







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Turtle Walks at
Sebastian Inlet State Park

Turtle walks at Sebastian Inlet State Park at Melbourne Beach begin at 9 pm during the months of June and July.  

For reservations, contact the Sebastian Fishing Museum 772/388-2750. Reservations for June begin May 15, from 10 am- 4 pm. Reservations for July start June 15, from 10 am to 4 pm: 772/388-2750.  

Turtle walks at Sebastian Inlet State Park are conducted are held nightly, Friday though Tuesday. Regular park entry fee applies.

Loggerhead Turtle Nesting copyright M. Timothy O'Keefe

The program is conducted in almost all conditions, including rain, unless lightning is present.

With a 75% success record, the excursions may last as late as 1 am. Due to the late hour and the need to make a 3-mile roundtrip beach trek, an age minimum of 8 is recommended.

The Sebastian Fishing Museum is located on the south side of the Sebastian Inlet Bridge.  To reach it, enter Sebastian Inlet State Park’s “south use area” after 8 pm. Let the toll collector know you are there for a turtle walk to avoid paying the entry fee.

The Sebastian Fishing Museum is connected to the entrance station, located 7 miles north of County Road 510 at 14251 North AlA, Vero Beach, FL, 32963.

The turtle walk programs begin with a sea turtle Power Point presentation while the beach is scouted for a nesting turtle. If a nesting turtle is located, the group heads directly to the spot after the presentation. 

If turtles are scarce, the group begins its beach trek (10 pm) and walk as much as 1.5 miles in a single direction.  There are no rest room facilities and taking water is recommended. Once you start the trek, you have to complete it. There is no transportation for those who get tired.

No flash photography is allowed and flashlights cannot be used on the beach. However, a small light can be helpful for crossing the dune traveling to and from the beach

Insect repellent is a must. Long pants and long sleeves help to stave off mosquito bites.  

Sebastian Inlet is one of Florida's most popular state parks. It offers fishing and camping. You might want to plan on spending the night,

More information:  Sebastian Inlet State Park, 9700 S. State Road A1A, Melbourne Beach, Fl 32951; 321/984-4852.

The park is Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Entrance fee $8 per carload.  Campsites include water and electricity.

The Sebastian Fishing and McLarty Treasure Museums are open 7 days a week from 10-4.

Sebastian Inlet State Park events website offers turtle walk information only in spring and summer.

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