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Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

5600 US 1 North, Fort Pierce, FL 34946
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Ranked #10 of 17 Attractions in Fort Pierce
Type: Educational Sites, Science Museums, Tours, Cultural
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Palm Beach Gardens
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49 reviews 49 reviews
15 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Family of 10 (6 adults & 4 children ages 3, 8, 10, 15) visited for about one hour, purchased items from the small gift shop and enjoyed the displays. Our guide (Carlos) did an excellent job of keeping our attention by providing hands on explanations of various exhibits and many sea creatures. We also found the short movies informative. The... More

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New York City, New York
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467 reviews 467 reviews
160 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

You can be part of scientific community by visiting the Oceangraphic Institute which is set in a great location be tween us 1 and the dixie highway. THe wealth of material that you will be able to glean from the exhibits is awesome. It is attractive and informative and all those who want to know a bit more of the... More

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

This was a great trip. We took our 16 yr old grandson who is very interested in nature and especially marine life. It was a slow week day and we were given a one-on-one tour, watched the feeding program and the guide was so informative. We will take other children there over the next summers!

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Panama City Beach, Florida
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58 reviews 58 reviews
46 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

This is a great spot to take teenagers, esp. if they have an interest in marine or computer science. Well worth a stop if you find yourself in the Fort Pierce area.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

We really valued our trip here. It was very empty and we had a FANTASTIC volunteer guide who was truly made the whole visit memorable. Our children (5 and 11) really loved it. They are very into marine stuff. There is really not a lot to do in the facility but the interaction with the volunteer made rescuing dolphins, touch... More

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New Bern, North Carolina
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92 reviews 92 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Great place to spend a few hours learning about the ocean life in the area. The staff was very helpful in explaining what the Institute was doing and about their research. Great visit and very informative

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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75 reviews 75 reviews
26 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Take the kids and make it a day. This place is amazing. My son attended classes there with the scientist when he as in high school. very educational and anyone that likes marine life will enjoy

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Fort Pierce, Fl
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

My grand kids always like to go to the institute. They very much enjoy going to the various displays. My grand son especially likes the microscope that they can explore pebbles and many other artifacts. They also like to go to the special presentations. We are very fortunate to have this facility in our community.

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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100 reviews 100 reviews
76 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Having gone here earlier (about 12 years ago) I was disappointed that they still haven't reopened the regular tour due to the hurricanes, I guess they never will. My alma mater buying it hasn't helped that. Anyway it's still ok with the main center being open and there being interesting things there and around the place. I didn't do the... More

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Fort Pierce, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

Lots of things to see and do. They have a great little boat tour, and tons of information about sea life. Reasonably priced as we ll. A must visit.

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