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Marineland

9600 Ocean Shore Boulevard
Marineland, Florida 32080-9602
Flagler County
904-460-1275

This site is located in the Northeast region of the state.

DIRECTIONS
From the north, exit I-95 at CR-206 (Exit 93) and travel east to A1A. Turn right (south) approximately seven miles to Marineland.

From the south, exit I-95 at CR-100 (Exit 91) and travel east, through Flagler Beach, to the ocean. At that traffic signal, turn left (north) and continue to Marineland.

This site is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The world’s first oceanarium and underwater motion picture studio, Marineland opened in June, 1938, on a narrow strip of land between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intercoastal Highway. With the American military involvement in World War II in December, 1941, Marineland closed to the public. However, the U.S. Coast Guard used the facility for training of combat dogs. Government-contracted research on a shark repellent resulted in the development of a product included in sea survival kits used by downed Army and Navy pilots.

Count Ilia Tolstoy, one of the original founders of Marineland and grandson of the Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, left during the war to become President Roosevelt’s personal representative to the Dalai Lama in Tibet.

After extensive work and approximately $250,000 in expense, Marineland returned to full operation by May 1946.

IMAGES:


Air view of Marine Studios: Marineland, Florida

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Source: Florida State Archives


View of buildings at Marine Studios: Marineland, Florida

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Source: Florida State Archives

LINKS:
Marineland Foundation , Inc. of Florida

  • http://www.marineland.net/
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