Neat to be able to touch and hold the turtles, but not much else to do as our booked excursion only gave us limited access to the turtle center, we couldn't proceed on to the swim areas and we had to be back for our shuttle by 11 am despite the boat not leaving until 2:45 pm. That merely left 1 hour for the turtle center.
The weather was bad and our Stingray City Tour was canceled so we decided to go to the Turtle Farm. My kids loved the experience. We paid for the full pass and spent the whole day there. The pool was a bit of a let down as they would not allow my younger children to swim without an adult in the water with them. They were limited to a VERY small shallow area. They did snorkel with the turtles and enjoyed that. They liked the slide as well. The highlight was the turtle tanks and getting to hold them. All in all it was a fun day.
We had two small children (under the age of 3), so the Turtle Farm was just about the only thing we could do together. The tour guide/bus driver was great - giving us essentially a private tour. Our two grandchildren loved it.
The cruise excursion crew really messed up this one... the tenders were not properly scheduled and we had to wait over an hour after our scheduled time. The turtle farm was really cool, you got to snorkel with the turtles in their man-made pond, hold the juveniles, and purchase food to feed the large 600lb+ sea turtles! The tour guides were informative and fun but let you have plenty of free time to explore the farm at your leisure. There are also lots of chickens and roosters roaming around the property with their chicks. Large iguanas are all over the place, in trees, crossing the walkways, even swimming in the lagoon. There is also a neat nature trail in the back. The restaurant had pretty decent food at a reasonable price!
From the bus we stopped at the green sea turtle farm where we saw big turtles and baby turtles. It was a wonderful tour full of information about the turtles. Great photo opportunities too. There was a little time for a quick visit to the the gift shop.
We were given a brief tour starting with the large pools holding the biggest and oldest turtles, then taken to the tanks with the turtles that were a few years old and the tanks for the young turtles. We were allowed to go into the small tanks to pick up the young turtles and play with them. After that we were free to walk around and explore on our own, our total time there was about an hour and a half.
We loved the Turtle Farm! Getting to see the turtles up close, hold them, and learn about their habitat was great. And getting to snorkel with them was a blast! This is a great tour for families with children above 7 or 8.
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