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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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Very Educational!

What a fun place to see cool ecosystems! My children had a blast and learned a lot! Friendly staff and clean facility.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 via mobile

What a fun place to see cool ecosystems! My children had a blast and learned a lot! Friendly staff and clean facility.

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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Despite the size, this place is packed with a good variety of activities and exhibits, many that are hands on. There are people available to explain and teach. Great for kids and adults. VEry reasonable at $4 each. Small gift shop area. Located in a park that has covered picnic tables, a playground area, and beautiful water views. Also, right... More 

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Ann Arbor
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We stopped in here for a quick visit. It was about $16 for the four of us. They have one large aquarium and several displays. The touch tables was especially interesting -- ask to see the Sea Hare! It was a small museum -- easy to see it in an hour or so.

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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This small museum is worth a stop because of the fascinating exhibits about underwater life around the Treasure Coast and because of the helpful, enthusiastic staff who take the time to explain much of what you see in detail. Beaufitul, unusual fish in large tanks and a touch tank where you can interact with the animals. Open Mondays from January... More 

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Did this with the historical society next door. Very well done tiny museum. Lots of fish and a really nice touch tank with a very welcoming volunteer manning it. Great for kids of all ages. Do the dual ticket and save money. Would visit again. Friendly staff.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The place is small, but with Simthsonian quality. Maybe 10-12 small tanks, but well done. Go for the "feeding frenzy". Great tour and explanation as to what is going one in each eco-system. Check out the web cams on thier site. Really the best $4 spent in a long time!

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Parry Sound, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

It took us about a half hour to an hour to get through. Lots of things for small children. Quaint aquarium. My kids loved it!

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Manchester, Connecticut
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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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