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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 #8 of 17 attractions in Fort Pierce
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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The aquarium may look unassuming at first, but a closer look reveals there is much to see and to do. We have learned a lot about sea life in this area. The staff is very friendly and informaive - thank you Sonia and Adrianna for sharing your knowledge with us.

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

They have a 10 am feeding which offered a guide that explain the different species of fish and plant life and answered any questions. The aquarium has six aquarium displays and touch tank.Price was $4 for an adult and $3 Children ages(4-17)

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Riverview, MI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

This is a small museum, but in conjunction with the nearby St. Lucie County Regional History Center, you can spend several pleasant hours. The 2 museums are only A 3minute walk from each other and a combo ticket for the 2 museums is only $5. The highlights of this museum are a touch tank, a mangrove ecosystem, and several reef... More

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Alameda, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

As a Monterey Bay Aquarium visitor , I can say that I was surprised and delighted that the St. Lucie Aquarium exists ! So important for the children to get the teaching of marine life , that I had to bring my nephews and nieces here to get the sting of discovery in there blood .

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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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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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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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