Marine Studios, later named Marineland, was founded in the 1930s as the world's first oceanarium. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, it became one of Florida's earliest tourist attractions. This historic site was used to make many early underwater movies, such as "Creature from the Black Lagoon" and "Return of the Creature." The Oceanarium today features new dolphin lagoons and interactive programs for the visitor. The Town of Marineland has been further recognized as Florida's first "Remarkable Coastal Place." Today it is home to Georgia Aquarium's Marineland Dolphin Adventure attraction. Find out more by visiting Marineland Dolphin Adventure at www.marineland.net.
On the eastern side of A1A is the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, a research institute specializing in the cell, molecular, and neurobiology using marine models. Each spring, the facilities host Florida’s Birding Festival, with top nature photographers in attendance. Florida’s abundant bird life and photogenic natural beauty are celebrated with workshops, tours, and excursions, and photo technique workshops during annual Florida’s Birding & FotoFest, held each spring! The festival is headquartered at the Whitney Lab for Marine Bioscience at Marineland, located 15 miles south of St. Augustine on A1A. The region’s phenomenal bird life and abundant natural habitats that sustain them can be viewed with bird walks and boat and kayak trips to undisturbed areas. The Festival Headquarters is at Whitney Lab for Marine Bioscience at Marineland, 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd, Marineland, FL.
View the video on Marineland's Marina
49 miles: heading south on the byway.
Marineland's community seeks to expand its permanent population while emphasizing its strengths in research, education and tourism. Surrounded by 10,000 acres of picturesque public land, the town offers a leading world-renowned laboratory of ecological research and interactive adventures with dolphins for almost all ages, all in the middle of an amazing estuarine system that cleans the water and shelters young fish and other marine life.
Points Of Interest
- Ponte Vedra Beach
- Bird Island Park
- Mickler’s Landing
- Guana Tolomato Matanzas
- Guana Tolomato Matanzas Environmental Ed Center
- Nease Beachfront Park
- Vilano Beach
- Colonial St. Augustine
- St. Augustine
- The Flagler Factor
- America’s Tourism Capital 1890-1930
- Anastasia Island
- Fort Matanzas – National Monument
- Marineland and UF Whitney Lab
- Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
- Malacompra Plantation Archaeological Site
- Betty Steflik Memorial Reserve
- Flagler Beach Pier
- Gamble Rogers Memorial State Park