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Marineland in Flagler County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Marineland-The World’s First Oceanarium

 
 
Marineland-The World’s First Oceanarium Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, June 29, 2017
1. Marineland-The World’s First Oceanarium Marker
Inscription. Born from the partnership of W. Douglas Burden, C.V. Whitney, and Count Ilia Tolstoy, Marine Studios opened in 1938. The attraction was designed for filmmakers to shoot underwater footage and give visitors an opportunity to see marine life live and up close. An estimated 20,000 visitors attended the opening of the world’s first Oceanarium. During the 1940’s, the attraction evolved into one of the world’s leading marine research institutions. In the 1950’s, with the help of trainers from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Marine Studios became the birthplace of dolphin training. Dolphin shows helped elevate the attraction, now called Marineland, to become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Florida. It provided scientists opportunities to study the behavior of dolphins, and led to the discovery of echolocation, also known as biosonar. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986, Marineland closed for a complete renovation in 2004. Many buildings were torn down and the attraction was converted into a dolphin conservation center in 2006. Georgia Aquarium purchased and rehabilitated the property in 2011.
 
Erected 2016 by : The Marineland Dolphin Adventure, Georgia Aquarium, and The Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-927.)
 
Location.
Marineland-The World’s First Oceanarium Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, June 29, 2017
2. Marineland-The World’s First Oceanarium Marker
29° 40.135′ N, 81° 12.795′ W. Marker is in Marineland, Florida, in Flagler County. Marker is at the intersection of North Oceanshore Boulevard (State Road A1A) and Tolstoy Lane, on the right when traveling north on North Oceanshore Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9600 N Oceanshore Blvd, Palm Coast FL 32137, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Princess Place Estate (approx. 1.6 miles away); Washington Oaks Gardens (approx. 2.7 miles away); Massacre of the French (approx. 3.1 miles away); Fort Matanzas National Monument (approx. 3.4 miles away); Mala Compra Plantation Historic Site (approx. 3.7 miles away); King's Road (approx. 3.9 miles away); Levitt & I.T.T. 'De Bary' Model (approx. 6.9 miles away); Palm Coast, Florida (approx. 7 miles away).
 
Regarding Marineland-The World’s First Oceanarium. Marineland had up to 500,000 visitors yearly during its heydays of the 1950's-1960's. Along with being the "World's First Oceanarium", it was the location of the first dolphin calf successfully born in human care. Over its 80 year existence, Marineland has been the site of numerous film productions. Most notably "Creature from the Black Lagoon" (1954), and "Sea Hunt" (1958, TV). Marineland has been recognized
Entrance to Marineland Dolphine Adventure image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, June 29, 2017
3. Entrance to Marineland Dolphine Adventure
as a place of historical value, receiving Florida's Heritage Landmark sitation.
 
Categories. AnimalsEducationEntertainmentScience & Medicine
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 29, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 29, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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