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St. Lucie County Aquarium - Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit

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Address: 420 Seaway Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34949
Phone Number: 772-462-3474
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Description: Our focus is on displaying ecosystems as complex communities of organisms...
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.
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Quaint but interesting

We went as a family in August if 2014. The exhibits were nice and interesting. Our 9 year old liked it the best. It was clean and had a variety of things to look at in different... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 5, 2015
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Manchester, Connecticut
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Manchester, Connecticut
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We went as a family in August if 2014. The exhibits were nice and interesting. Our 9 year old liked it the best. It was clean and had a variety of things to look at in different rooms. I just wish it was a little bigger for the money.

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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

The Aquarium is located on the South Beach causeway and visitors can tour the historical museum and the aquarium for one modest donation. The aquarium is small but filled with examples of local fish and aquatic vegetation. It's a great place to take children since everything is accessible to them and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The entire park... More 

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Liverpool, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

I was fortunate to arrive at feeding time when a special guided tour takes place. For the $3 admission fee (for seniors over 55) you can't go wrong!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

This is not worth going out of your way but if you happen to be at the place, do stop in. It has a touch tank and lots of good info

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Stuart, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Beautiful huge tank full of live coral and fish as you enter the building. Could've stared at it forever! Lots of smaller tanks throughout from salt water to fresh water. Even had a small touch tank that we enjoyed most of all. Spent about an hour but for the price of only $4 per person it was well worth it.

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central NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Visited during feeding time so a guide explained the significance of each tank as the fish were fed. For under $5 it was a real treat.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 via mobile

They have some very unique species here that I have never seen. We saw a baby boxfish and a dwarf seahorse. The educators were excellent and made the exhibits even more interesting. Cool touch tank too!

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Whitehorse, Yukon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

This is a small, but very "user friendly" aquarium. There were not many people there so we had lots of time to view the exhibits read the information and take our time. It was very informative and had a variety of teaching models. The staff were informative and helpful. I would highly recommend bringing children here, as the exhibits are... More 

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Fort Pierce, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Great family spot, simple exhibits, great location, beach, inlet, small, wish it were larger. Great place to escape the sun for awhile.

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The aquarium isn't big , if you expect large tanks, this is not the place. However the staff is very friendly and the exhibits are very educational about our local eco system, something we should all be aware of. The touch tank is fun for all ages, get a shrimp manicure, touch a sea cucumber, horseshoe crab or urchin.

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