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St. Lucie County Aquarium - Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit

420 Seaway Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34949
772-462-3474
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Ranked #6 of 16 attractions in Fort Pierce
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Aquariums
Owner description: Our focus is on displaying ecosystems as complex communities of organisms interacting in their environment. At the Marine Ecosystems Exhibit, visitors... more » Owner description: Our focus is on displaying ecosystems as complex communities of organisms interacting in their environment. At the Marine Ecosystems Exhibit, visitors can explore six different Florida marine habitats and learn about the complexity and importance of marine ecosystems. The largest aquarium is a model of a Caribbean coral reef. Other displays include living models of seagrass, mangrove, estuarine and nearshore habitats, as well as a deepwater Oculina coral reef. There are several smaller aquarium displays and a touch tank where you can meet some of our local sea creatures. Feeding Frenzy tours daily at 10:30am and Snack Time tours daily at 2:30pm. Behind-the-Scenes tour Saturday at 2:00pm. « less
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Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Being a Florida resident most of my life and have been to multiple aquariums (or the like), I found this aquarium very small. And being so small, they could only offer a small amount of things to see. There was staff member there giving a very thorough talk about what was in each display. So the staff are certainly knowledgeable.... More

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Bronx, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

One of the coolest things about St. Lucie County is the amazing variety of wildlife that are native to this part of Florida. The aquarium is NOT very big, but almost everything in the aquarium is from local waters. The staff members are super friendly, and the displays (including a great touch-tank) are interesting and educational. They have little things... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

This is a very small aquarium but has a lot of cool fish and is inexpensive. Mostly good for smaller kids. Something to do if you need a break from the hot sun and beach.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

First thing to know is it's on the left hand side after you go over the bridge...look for the aquarium sign. Our gps tried to send us to the Smithsonian Research Center on the right hand side and further down. This was a great aquarium that focuses on life in the Indian River Lagoon. It was small, but it wasn't... More

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Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Don't expect a big, glossy type aquarium, this is a research center. It has some very interesting tanks with mostly local marine life. The docent was informative and enthusiastic. There is also a touch tank. We did not go into the museum portion which was in a different building from the aquarium.

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Miami
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Small museum is extremely interesting for all ages. Our guide was very knowledgable and surprisingly entertaining.

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Sarnia, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Somehow was expecting a bit more from a Smithsonian Exhibit. Although it is interesting, particularly the touch tank, not really much there for adults unless you are REALLY interested in the coastal flora and fauna. One visit was enough

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Ripon, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

My wife and I visited the Aquarium during a recent stay in nearby Jensen Beach. We enjoyed it very much. Although the Aquarium is rather small, it maintains interest by focussing its exhibits on the local Indian River ecosystem and explaining how such a diverse ecosystem functions as well as how it can become endangered. There is also a major... More

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Stuart, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

With the word Smithsonian attached to the name, I guess my expectations were too high. If you visit without that expectation, you will not be disappointed. Common salt water fish but bigger than the ones you see at the retail aquariums. The jelly fish tank was my girls favorite until they saw the touch tank. An educational tank, and plenty... More

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FLORIDA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

Small by city aquarium standards,but does an excellent job of dividing up the different oceans and ecosystems in the exhibits, The staff are so helpful and informative. There is a touching aquatic area in addition to the large tanks,plenty of parking and a great view of the Indian River.Very educational and would be great for kids as well as adults.

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