Witnessing Florida’s wildlife in their natural habitat is an amazing experience, and with so many eco-friendly tours and hikes around, it’s easier than ever to get a glimpse of the Sunshine State’s wild side. Sea turtle season is generally from May to October, which means in a few more months we might even get the chance to watch them hatch — and these are some of the best Florida beach tours to catch these cuties on.\nWhile it’s typically a lot harder to catch wild turtles hatching than nesting because it can happen so quickly, you might get lucky on some guided tours.\nIf you do happen to encounter nesting or hatching turtles, it’s important to remember that only trained and permitted volunteers are allowed to handle them and that onlookers should always retain a respectful distance and never try to touch 'em, no matter how cute.\nLoggerhead Marine Life Center\nPrice: Hatchling Release $18, Guided Turtle Walks $20 \nAddress: 14200 US-1, Juno Beach, FL \nWhen: Hatchling Release Tours daily in August at 8 p.m., Guided Turtle Walks in June & July, Wednesday through Saturday at 9 p.m. \nWhy You Need To Go: The Loggerhead Marine Life Center offers both Turtle Walks and Hatchling Releases during the summer months. The Turtle Walk tour takes you through the center’s outdoor Sea Turtle Hospital to view their current patients, and out on the beach to witness a nesting female. The Hatchling Release brings guests to the beach to see the baby turtles being released into the ocean by LMC staff. \n View this post on Instagram In celebration of our 11th Annual #GoBlueAwards on Oct. 25th, all sea turtle adoptions (*online only) are 10% off from today (9/7) through Tuesday (9/10). All adoptions directly benefit our sea turtle patients and nests. https://marinelife.org/adopt #adopt #shopforacause #giveback #GoBlue #NoBlueNoGreen #animalrescue #ocean #savetheturtles #sponsorshipopportunity #ourocean A post shared by Loggerhead Marinelife Center (@loggerheadmarinelifecenter) on Sep 7, 2019 at 5:38pm PDT\n\nWebsite\n\n\n\nSebastian Inlet State Park\nPrice: $10 \nAddress: 9700 S Highway A1A, Vero Beach, FL\nWhen: June and July, Friday through Tuesday 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. \nWhy You Need To Go: Park rangers from the Sebastian Inlet State Park conduct guided educational tours where you could catch a female loggerhead laying her eggs, concealing her nest, and making her way back to the ocean when she’s finished. \n View this post on Instagram From dusk to dawn, from coast to coast, our team dedicates their time to protecting sea turtles and their ocean home. This year, we released 112 sea turtle patients, rehabilitated 1,179 hatchlings, and removed over 4,578.92 pounds of marine debris from our local coastlines. With your help, we can continue to leave a legacy of ocean conservation and preserve our beautiful blue planet. Help us create a healthier planet for all life at: www.marinelife.org/donate - #newyearsresolutions #createchange #wavesofprogress #seaturtles #seaturtlehospital #jupiter #oceanconservation #wellness #plasticpollution #givehope #donatetoday #leatherbackseaturtle A post shared by Loggerhead Marinelife Center (@loggerheadmarinelifecenter) on Dec 30, 2019 at 2:57pm PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\n\nFlorida Power and Light Company\nWhen: June & July, Fridays & Saturdays \nAddress: Inwater Research Group Inc. 4160 NE Hyline Dr. Jensen Beach, FL\nWhy You Need To Go: While it might not be your first guess as a host of a turtle walk, the St. Lucie Nuclear Plant is committed to their role as an environmental steward. You can join them for turtle walks during the summer months. Tours are limited to 50 guests and require registration to attend. \n View this post on Instagram We’re excited to continue celebrating #SeaTurtleWeek! Tomorrow is #WorldSeaTurtleDay, but before then, we have one last sea turtle species and conservation issue to discuss. Leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) are the largest species of sea turtle, ranging from 500-1500 pounds. Leatherback sea turtles are medusavores meaning that they consume jellyfish. However, due to their massive size, they dive depths up to a mile deep in order to consume large enough jellyfish to eat their body weight in them everyday! Plastic bags pose a huge threat to sea turtles because when a bag is floating in the water, it often looks like a jellyfish. Sea turtles often mistake bags and other trash items for prey items and eat them, leading to injuries and illness. You can do your part by saying no to single-use plastic and purchasing reusable products to help reduce your waste. A post shared by Loggerhead Marinelife Center (@loggerheadmarinelifecenter) on Jun 15, 2019 at 1:00pm PDT\n\nWebsite\n\n\n\nHobe Sound Nature Center\nPrice: $5 \nWhen: May through July, Thursdays & Fridays at 8 p.m.\nAddress: 13640 U.S. Highway One, Hobe Sound, FL\nWhy You Need To Go: This is one of the only tours that offer waitlists for turtle walks, so if you’re eager to claim a spot before the season starts, check this one out. Guests will first meet at the Nature Center and wait under a covered pavilion while staff locates turtles for you to walk to. \n View this post on Instagram A green sea turtle hatchling steps into its first sunrise and the vast unknown of possibility. It was a record year for sea turtle nest and the greens had strong numbers. The conservation efforts of years past combined with sustained hard work by conservation groups across the board are starting to pay off .The biggest threat to these little guys continues to be plastic . We can all do our part by reducing plastic use in our lives. Please check out and support @loggerheadmarinelifecenter @hobesoundnaturecenter@myfwc to learn more about what you can do to protect sea turtle populations. (Image acquired and conducted in compliance with state and federal law) ........................... @loggerheadmarinelifecenter @hobe_sound_nature_center @myfwc #turtletuesday #conservation #saynotoplastic #marinebiology #endangeredspecies #wildlifephotography #sunrise #possibility #helpinghand #babies #hatchling #turtlerelease #nosingleuseplastic #support #bhakti #ourbrotherkeeper #naturelovers #natgeoyourshot #natgeo #discoverocean #passportocean #sealegacy #oceantribe #oceanminded_arts #alphacollective #sonyalphaimages #jeffbiegephotography A post shared by Jeff Biege (@jeffbiegephotography) on Oct 8, 2019 at 6:07am PDT\n\nWebsite\n\n\n\nArchie Carr National Wildlife Refuge\nPrice: $21\nWhen: Select days in June & July, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. \nAddress: 3315 Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach, FL\nWhy You Need To Go: The Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge offers both Turtle Walks and Turtle Digs. The Walks are led by a permitted guide and gives you the chance to see nesting loggerhead turtles. The Digs allow you to watch a live excavation of a nest that has been dug up to learn about survival rates. Occasionally, baby turtles will be found on the digs and released into the ocean.\n View this post on Instagram Almost there...!!! Green sea turtle. (Check my gallery for a number of other shots!) #seaturtles #seaturtle #sealife #turtles A post shared by Susan Petracco (@susanpetracco) on Jul 22, 2019 at 10:10am PDT\n\nWebsite\n\n\n\nMuseum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale\nPrice: $21 with registration required.\nWhen: Select dates in June & July.\nAddress: 401 SW Second Street Fort Lauderdale, FL\nWhy You Need To Go: Your moonlight discovery adventure begins at the museum with a presentation about turtles and continues on the beach where guides lead you to the nesting grounds. While there’s never a guarantee that you’ll encounter turtles, you're most likely to see them is during the summer months. \n View this post on Instagram Don’t move too slow! This #GivingTuesday, support the 10,000+ sea turtle hatchlings that have been released in the history of MODS. Help us reach our goal! DONATE: Link in bio. A post shared by Museum of Discovery & Science (@modsftl) on Nov 30, 2019 at 11:36am PST\n\nWebsite\nDon't move too slowly, you won't want to miss this amazing experience!\n\n\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.