Join us at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center for our annual Sea Turtle Day as we celebrate sea turtles! This fun-filled family day of environmental education will be packed with exciting things to see and do, including presentations, face painting, aquarium feedings, children’s theater, guided tours, crafts, exhibitorss, and more!
Free parking and shuttle in Spanish River Park. There will be five shuttle stops in Spanish River Park; please remember which stop you are parked near. Shuttles will run from 8:45 AM - 4:30 PM. A map of the parking lot and bus stops can be viewed here.
Drop offs/pick ups are not permitted in front of Gumbo Limbo during the festival. If you must drop someone off, please do so in the Red Reef West parking lot and they can walk the boardwalk to the festival. There is no parking at Gumbo Limbo.
Sea Turtle Enrichment: Visit our Mangrove Aquarium to see our permanent sea turtles enjoying salad bars! Learn about these cool creatures, their habitat, and favorite foods. Time: 2:45 pm
Ashley Trail Guided Walks
Join us for a peaceful stroll through the hardwood hammock and mangrove forest. A Gumbo Limbo naturalist will help you identify and learn about these amazing ecosystems and the plants and animals that live there. Meet at the entrance to the Butterfly Garden (look for the white arbor in the north west corner of the food court). Times: 10:00 am, 10:30 am, 11:00 am, 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, 1:30 pm 2:00 pm, and 2:30 pm
Join our educator for a quick informative talk about different ecosystems and their inhabitants. Meet in the Classroom. Space is limited.
Guest Speaker: Dr. Chelonia M., Medical Examiner
Our Sea Turtle Rehabilitation center treats about 100 sea turtles every year, each with their own specific ailment. Come hear about some of the most interesting cases with our veterinarian, Dr. Maria Chadam. Meet in the Classroom. Space is limited. Times: 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Face painting is included with your activities stamp purchase. Purchase your stamp ($3 per child. cash/credit cards accepted) at Activity Sales Tent located near the main entrance. Face painting is located behind the Shipwreck Aquarium. The line for face painting closes at 3:00 pm. Times: 9:00 am- 3:00 pm
Try out our new kayaks or paddle boards with our instructors on a fun short course (40 minutes) in the Intracoastal. Beginners welcome. You will get wet! Sign up in advance at the Activity Sales Tent located near the main entrance. There is a fee of $5 per person for this program, and space is limited (cash/credit cards accepted). Ages 12 and up; children 12-17 must sign-up and participate with an adult. Meet at the Chiki (walk through Butterfly Garden toward Intracoastal).
Kids' Crafts & Games
Be sure to stop by the Kids' Activities Tent to create unique, take-home crafts. While you’re there, play games and win prizes! The activities and games are included with your activities hand stamp purchase. Purchase your stamp ($3 per child. cash/credit cards accepted) at Activity Sales Tent located near the main entrance. The Kids' Activities Tent is located on the front lawn. Times: 9:00 am- 4:00 pm
Don’t miss a chance to meet Luna, our green sea turtle ambassador! Luna will be available for photos, hugs, and high-flippers for the first half of every hour. Please bring your own camera! Located on the understory level adjacent across from the Shipwreck Aquarium. Times: 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm
Sol Children Theater Presents: Dig the Dunes
Join us for an original performance in the amphitheater by the talented kids from Sol Children Theater Troupe. Learn why our dunes are so important to protect as you laugh and sing along. Get a chance to meet some of the cast members after the show. Meet in the outdoor amphitheater (in the Butterfly Garden). Times: 10:00 am, 10:45 am, 11:30 am, 12:45 pm, 1:45 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:15 pm.
Audubon Society of the Everglades
Please Go Green and bring your own refillable bottle to the Festival! Visit one of the Hydration Stations to refill your water bottle for FREE! Water coolers are located on the north side of the Nature Center near the Information Tent, and along the Ashley Trail on the way to the Chiki. Water fountains with bottle fillers are located in the Nature Center, near the Classroom, and on the lower level near the Luna Meet and Greet station.
Food & Drink
Food and drink concessionaires are located in the north parking lot along with tables and seating. No food is permitted in the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility or around the Aquariums. Times: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm