Loggerhead Marinelife Center Named Top 3 “Best Free Attractions” in the U.S. by USA Today

Juno Beach, Fla. (May 22, 2023) ─ Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) has been named the third “Best Free Attraction” in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards. The winners were announced on Friday, May 19, after four weeks of online voting by the public. USA Today’s panel of travel experts and public votes selected the Center from among 20 nationwide nominees. Other nominees included some of the country’s most notable landmarks such as Central Park, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Great Smoky Mountains.

“To be among the top three winners is a tremendous accomplishment and a great reflection of the amazing experiences Loggerhead Marinelife Center has to offer,” said Andy Dehart, President and CEO of Loggerhead Marinelife Center. “Thank you to all of our local and national supporters who made this possible.”

For 40 years, the Center has been one of Florida’s most visited nonprofit environmental destinations. LMC focuses on ocean and sea turtle conservation through educational and recreational activities. Each year, the Center’s team and volunteers treat nearly 100 sea turtles and 1,000 hatchlings at its oceanside facility.


Loggerhead Marinelife Center. Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) is a nonprofit sea turtle research, rehabilitation, and educational institution that promotes the conservation of ocean ecosystems with a focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. The Center features an on-site hospital, research laboratory, educational exhibits, and aquariums, and also operates the Juno Beach Pier, which hosts world-class angling and sightseeing. Situated on one of the world’s most important sea turtle nesting beaches, LMC is open daily and hosts over 350,000 guests free-of-charge each year. The Center’s conservation team works with 90 local and international organizations across six continents to form partnerships and share conservation initiatives and best practices that are core to its mission of ocean conservation. The Center is expanding and has launched its Waves of Progress capital expansion campaign, designed to accelerate and amplify LMC’s conservation and education impact. When complete, the facility will offer one of the world’s most advanced and unique experiences for guests and scientific partners. For more information, visit www.marinelife.org or call (561) 627-8280.